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Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Baby Names of the Maya

Blog Author:  Sarena Salmeri On 5.12.20

When the expecting parents hear that they are going to have a child they become excited with all of the possibilities of what to name their newborn pride and joy, including parents of the Maya civilization. Like many parents, Maya parents are very deliberate with every intention they set for their children so there will …

Science At Play: Rube Goldberg Machines

Blog Author:  Sarah Soszynski On 5.12.20

You stand staring at a complex contraption of your own design. Hands shaking with excitement, you question if all your hard work calculating, designing, testing, building, and redesigning will pay off. You take a deep breath to calm yourself, and slowly move your hand to set off the first reaction in your highly complicated Rube …

Movie Monday: Our Planet

Blog Author:  Zac Zemantic On 5.11.20

This Movie Monday we’d like you to join us on a tour of our most incredible shared resource. Our Planet. Each episode of the 2019 Netflix original documentary series, Our Planet, delivers us to another corner of the earth. Dive into oceans, trek through jungles and forests, and cross brutal deserts and frozen worlds to …

Science Sunday: Citizen Science

Blog Author:  Aoife Ryle On 5.11.20

In this week’s Science Sunday segment, Mark and I shared some ways that you can get involved in citizen science. Let’s take a step back and talk about what citizen science is and why it’s important. Simply, it is a collaboration between scientists and the public. You help scientists by gathering data or helping solve …

Virtual Field Trip: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Blog Author:  Jessie Scott On 5.8.20

Hawai’i Volcanoes Virtual Tour I have wanted to travel to Hawaii for as long as I can remember. I still haven’t made it all the way out to those beautiful islands, but this virtual tour of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is helping me explore the world from my couch! Join me on this tour …

Take 10: A “Lightbulb Moment”

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan On 5.7.20

Do you ever have a hard time conceptualizing the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards? There’s  no question that the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) take a bit of getting used to.  Between the disciplinary core ideas, the science and engineering practices, and then the crosscutting concepts, it all …

Behind the Scenes in the E-Cab: Raising Butterflies

Blog Author:  Kaila Ringgard On 5.7.20

At the Connecticut Science Center we have a special exhibit called the Butterfly Encounter. This is an indoor greenhouse filled with an assortment of exotic plants and butterflies. The Encounter is an ecotourism attraction that helps support the education of students and the public alike regarding conservation, biodiversity, and different environment. With hundreds of people …

Science At Play: Sand Drags

Blog Author:  Nick Villagra & Kate Saulsbery On 5.6.20

   Materials to Collect Sand  Tray or flat surface for the sand  Wooden block with string attached (taped/stapled)  Water   Pipette, or some way to dispense a small amount of water   Try it Out Put some sand on a tray or other flat surface, making it smooth. Place the block with the string on …