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Fighting the Invasion, Giving Native Wildlife a Chance in a Global World

Blog Author:    On 8.8.20

The habitats of Southern New England have been changing dramatically since the arrival of Western Europeans.  The transfer of materials and species both decorative and functional, intentionally or accidentally, began on a scale and speed unprecedented in our planetary history as recorded in the fossil record.  I say materials and species because the transfer of …

Using a Makerspace with the Next Generation Science Standards

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan On 8.6.20

The Next Generation Science Standards place a greater emphasis on the Science and Engineering Practices (the doing of science) rather than some of the standards of the past. Of course, this is not completely new to educators in Connecticut, as our previous State Standards included similar inquiry components . But, now we’re expected to weave …

The Maya Harvest

Blog Author:  Sarena Salmeri On 8.5.20

Since 2500 BC, the Maya have grown and cultivated crops like maize (corn), squash, beans, tobacco, and cocoa, settling into an agricultural lifestyle quite different from their previously nomadic ways. They used astronomy to work the seasons to their advantage and determine the best months to plant and harvest their crops. Maya farmers harnessed rainwater …

Science At Play: Sense Games

Blog Author:  Andrew Fotta & Nate Gagnon On 8.4.20

So our five senses are touch, sight, smell, sound and taste. We use our senses every day, but how good are your senses? Andrew and Nate are here to show you some simple games you can try with your family and friends at home to test your senses. Let’s get started!  Materials to Collect …

Science Sunday: Learning About Liquefaction

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 8.3.20

During an earthquake, do you know what causes the most damage to structures? It might not be what you think. It’s not the shaking of the ground itself, it is actually this concept called liquefaction. Typically, individual pieces of sand or soil are held together with friction, but this all changes when a lot of …

The Hartford – STEM Career Connections Spotlight

Blog Author:  Kelsey Ballard On 7.31.20

Since the early nineteenth century, highly successful insurance companies have flourished in Hartford, fittingly establishing “Insurance Capital of the World” as the city’s unofficial slogan. The Hartford, a Connecticut-grown insurance and investment company, has been a prominent industry player for over 200 years. In fact, back when it was known as The Hartford Fire Insurance …

Take 10: Creating Interdisciplinary Connections through the NGSS

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan On 7.30.20

No matter what grade level you teach, there is no denying you could use more time to get through your curriculum. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. One way that you can make your new science curriculum more manageable, is by capitalizing on interdisciplinary connections. Not only will this make …

STEM Achievement Awards Honoree Interview: Carmen Cid, Ph. D.

Blog Author:  Amy Sailor On 7.29.20

The Connecticut Science Center celebrates the achievements of professionals, groups, advocates, businesses, and leaders who share our mission to inspire lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. We honor these individuals and organizations in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields at our annual STEM Awards Breakfast, …