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Take 10: Raising Questions

Blog Author:  Becky Fahey, Lindsey Sullivan & Rachel Shurick On 4.2.20

Welcome to Take 10 – 10 minutes of professional learning designed to meet educators’ needs remotely. Our purpose is to provide you with quick and easy strategies that you can use for planning. In this Take 10 we will be discussing how you can help elicit student questions. The essential question that we are addressing today is, …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Maya Body Modifications

Blog Author:  Sarena Salmeri On 4.1.20

In the twentieth century, body modifications gained immense popularity in American culture, but they were commonplace for the Maya centuries before we adopted them into our own society. The Maya saw body modifications as symbols of strength, representations of their religious beliefs and spirituality, and demonstrations of social status. They believed that the pain and …

Science At Play: Homemade Lava Lamp

Blog Author:  Andrew Fotta On 3.31.20

Materials to Collect Empty clear bottle (any size, but 1 liter works well)  Water  Oil (vegetable or other liquid oil)  Food coloring  Oil-based food coloring (optional)   Glitter (optional)  Alka-Seltzer or other effervescent tablets Small light to place your lamp on (optional) Build it! Fill about 3/4 of your bottle with water (you can always add …

Science Sunday: Outdoor Experiments

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 3.30.20

We are continuing to provide experiments you can do at home with the whole family. Since it is starting to get a little warmer outside, we want to show you an activity that will get you outside.  Disclaimer here: you may want some protective eyewear, and please be careful of what you are wearing – …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Maya Home Life

Blog Author:  Tyler Green On 3.27.20

    Tyler Green is the Visitor Experience Supervisor at the Connecticut Science Center where he works to develop content and staff engagement strategies to elevate the experience of our visitors. A historian by training, Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in American Studies and Museum Studies from Trinity College, Hartford. He …

Virtual Field Trip: National Cherry Blossom Festival & Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Blog Author:    On 3.27.20

A tradition for more than 100 years, the blossoming of the Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C. is a reminder of the beauty of the season and a popular time for tourism in our nation’s capital. Typically, this time of year, an estimated 1.5 million people flock to see the blossoming cherry trees, a spectacular …

Take Ten: Digging Deeper – A process for unpacking the Disciplinary Core Ideas

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan, Becky Fahey & Rachel Shurick On 3.26.20

Welcome to Take Ten – 10 minutes of professional learning designed to meet educators’ needs remotely. Our purpose is to provide you with quick and easy strategies that you can use for planning. In this Take Ten we will be discussing how you can figure out what content your students really need to know.     Lindsey …

Science At Play: Change the Color of the World Around You

Blog Author:    On 3.26.20

The world around us is full of amazing colors. Whether your favorite is red, blue, green, orange, or somewhere in between, you can always find something that suits your taste. But did you know that light plays a big role in the colors that we see? In this video, watch us explore how changing the …