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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 …

Science At Play: Soap Boats

Blog Author:  Aoife Ryle & Justin Reily On 5.5.20

   Materials to Collect Milk  Soap  Foam (takeout boxes work great)  Food coloring  Toothpicks  A big container of water  Shallow plate   Try it Out Milk Magic Put some milk in a shallow plate, and then place a couple drops of food coloring on the surface of the milk. Cover a toothpick in dish …

Highlighting the Helpers: Educators Edition

Blog Author:  Tracy Shirer On 5.4.20

These days, educators are working double-time to teach in new ways while balancing their own new normal. We’re all missing the personal connections, and educators are no exception,  finding new and creative ways to keep close from a distance. From supporting colleagues with messages of hope to creating ways to engage students at home, here …

Movie Monday: Decoding the Weather Machine

Blog Author:  Zac Zemantic On 5.4.20

The Earth is warming. Rising sea levels, hurricanes, droughts, extreme rain, and wildfires are all symptoms of climate change. The science behind climate change is the subject of Decoding The Weather Machine, a 2018 episode of the PBS documentary series Nova. Join us for Movie Monday and stream Decoding The Weather Machine for free at …

Science Sunday: Homemade Bath Bombs

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 5.4.20

 Materials to Collect 1 cup baking soda ½ cup citric acid ½ cup Epsom salt 1 tsp water 3 tsp oil (olive oil, coconut oil, whatever oil you prefer) 2 mixing bowls Molds (cookie cutters, plastic eggs, whatever you can think of!) Optional: essential oils, food coloring   Make it! Mix the baking soda, …