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Science Sunday: Why Invisible Gases Can Be So Dangerous

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon and Aoife Ryle On 9.23.19

We are suiting up with protective gear for this latest edition of Science Sunday: gloves, lab coats and, of course, goggles. Why? Because today we are working with invisible gases to show how they can be so dangerous, and why — especially firefighters — warn us about the dangers of gas leaks. First, we used …

What is the Mandell Academy?

Blog Author:  Lindsey Sullivan & Holly Hollander On 9.5.19

Whether you are an educator, parent, or member of the community, most people know that the Connecticut Science Center is a premier destination for student field trips (in 2018 we served more than 30,000 K-12 students on field trips!). Educators bring their students here to support classroom learning and create rewarding experiences with tools that …

How to Protect Our Native Bees: A Lazy Lawn Care Guide

Blog Author:  Jessie Scott On 8.29.19

 While you are winding down your summer activities, getting ready to head back to school, and thinking about the cooler weather, let me introduce you to some of our native pollinating bees and give you some tips and tricks on how you can help them prepare for the cooler weather as well. A quick note …

Science Sunday: Explaining What a Robot Is

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 8.18.19

Robots are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, but what defines what a robot truly is? In this edition of Science Sunday, Mark and Aoife explain it all! Looking at our robotic monkey, Bananas, would you think he is a robot? Well, he has mechanical moving parts so yes right? No, …

Women in Science Spotlight: Kristen Govoni, PhD

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti & Katelyn Rutty On 8.15.19

As part of the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science Initiative, each month we will highlight local Connecticut women in a variety of science fields. This month’s Women in Science Spotlight features Dr. Kristen Govoni, our 2019 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award Honoree. This award is presented to a woman working in …

Science Sunday: Outrageous Reptiles

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 8.11.19

Here at the Science Center, we have a blue-tongued skink named Pat. Pat is known as a mimic because he himself is not poisonous or venomous, but he is mimicking another reptile that is- a death adder. Pat did not make a conscious choice to mimic this deadly predator, it was a random mutation that …

Inspiring Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

Blog Author:  Bernard Kavaler On 8.7.19

Launching a major new initiative aimed at inspiring Connecticut’s young people to embrace expanding career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Connecticut Science Center has kicked-off STEM Career Connections.   Describing the Science Center as uniquely equipped to motivate young students and set them on a path to pursue in-demand careers in the …

Science Sunday: Science Behind Cracking an Egg

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 8.5.19

This Sunday morning, as you make scrambled eggs or incorporate a couple of eggs into your pancakes, take a closer look at your egg cracking technique. In this edition of Science Sunday, Mark and Aoife crackdown on a scientific way to break open an eggshell.  When you crack an egg on the edge of a …

Greyhound Superpowers with Connecticut Greyhound Adoption

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 8.2.19

When Gracie, a nimble black greyhound, first walked around Kelly and Chris Orts’s small apartment, her ears perked up with curiosity and Kelly and Chris’s hearts melted.  To continue our “Dog Days of Summer” celebration, we have teamed up with Connecticut Greyhound Adoption to explore the superpowers of greyhounds and share the stories of Gracie …

Women in Science Initiative: Spotlight on Amy Sailor

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 7.31.19

The Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science initiative encourages girls and young women to pursue studies and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and celebrates the achievements of women in the sciences.  The Celebrating Women in Science initiative was launched in 2013 with the help of founding sponsor the Petit Family Foundation, …

Science Sunday: Electromagnets

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.29.19

In this magnetizing segment of Science Sunday, Mark and Aoife show you how to turn a magnet on and off, as well as highlight the different types electromagnets we encounter in our lives. Unlike a regular magnet, an electromagnet runs on electricity, which means you can change the strength of the magnet by controlling how …

Designing and Redesigning the Science Center

Blog Author:  Matt Fleury On 7.26.19

Editor’s Note: Since this article was published in the Association of Science and Technology Center’s magazine, Dimensions, the architect of the Connecticut Science Center building, Cesar Pelli, passed away at the age of 92. Science Center President & CEO Matt Fleury issued the following statement: “Cesar Pelli played a gigantic role in the creation of …

Insects in Your Backyard: Celebrating Bug Week

Blog Author:  Ellie Clark On 7.24.19

This year, the Connecticut Science Center is celebrating Bug Week July 21 through 28 in collaboration with UConn Extension and the Connecticut Museum of Natural History. We’ll be bringing you bug-themed programming all week in honor of insects and all that they do. Why celebrate insects? Insects are the most diverse group of animals, meaning …

Science Sunday: Dog Days of Summer

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.22.19

Ever wonder what our dogs see as they explore the world? In this week’s Science Sunday, Mark and Aoife talk about the differences between dog and human vision with eye anatomy models and a specially-designed camera to let you see how your dog sees.  https://www.wfsb.com/weather/science_sunday/ If you want to learn more about the science behind …

Supporting Life in Space: An Interview with Ed O’Connor

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 7.19.19

“Do you wear a snowsuit to keep warm in the winter? Or bring a backpack to school?” asks Science Center volunteer Ed O’Connor as a young girl stares up at the space suit replica in the Connecticut Science Center’s Space Gallery. “Well, this suit does the same thing for astronauts; it has everything to keep …

Waiting for the Amazing: Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Blog Author:  Nick Villagra On 7.16.19

As an experienced space nerd, you learn to be patient. The Universe doesn’t make it quick or convenient for us Earthlings to visit other planets or witness far-off celestial events. Want to catch a shuttle to Mars but missed your flight? Too bad; you’ll have to wait two years for the next optimal launch when …

Science Sunday: Protecting Astronauts from the Sun

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.15.19

As the Connecticut Science Center celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Science Sunday has a new space-themed edition asking the question: How do we protect our astronauts from the harmful radiation of the sun?  Once astronauts leave the protective magnetic field surrounding our earth, they can be left vulnerable to health …

NASA’s Women in STEM: Then & Now

Blog Author:  Katelyn Rutty & Amanda Coletti On 7.12.19

From Margaret Hamilton and Katherine Johnson in the 1960s to Katie Bouman in 2019, women have been a central, if too-long overlooked, part of the space field. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we recognize the contribution of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in a fast-fact comparison …

Sniffing Out Your Dog’s Superpowers

Blog Author:  Melissa Garafola On 7.10.19

We’re having a great time celebrating the “Dog Days of Summer” and judging by the response, there are lots of dog lovers out there. There are countless reasons why dogs have fascinated us through the years.  As the proud owner of a Golden Retriever/Lab mix named Zoe, I know I am definitely captivated. Let’s see …

Science Sunday: Experiment Showcases Danger of Hot Cars

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.8.19

Good Morning and Happy Fourth of July to everyone. Summer is officially underway and we have seen our first heat wave of 2019, meaning it’s time to talk once again about the danger of hot cars; especially for our furry friends. Mark and Aoife showcase how hot a car can get, and how quickly it …

Top 4 Out-of-this-World Space Events to See in July

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 7.3.19

Get ready to explore new phenomena in space this summer, right from your own backyard! In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, Down to a Science is featuring content about space all through the month of July. Take your summer stargazing to the next level and check …

Experiencing Spidey-Sense in Spider-Man: The Science Behind Science Fiction

Blog Author:  Zac Zemantic On 7.2.19

Spider-Man. Is he strong? Listen bud. He’s got radioactive blood. He‘s agile too, these things go without saying. Under the mask, Peter Parker is a spectacular scientist and engineer as well; having developed countless inventions and gadgets, including his signature Web-Shooters, to take down an unending gauntlet of super villains. Spider-Man works tirelessly to save …

Science Sunday: Mess Fest at the Science Center

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.1.19

Greetings and welcome to another edition of Science Sunday! To help celebrate our big weekend event, Mess Fest, Aoife brought a little bit of the mess to the WFSB studio. No there isn’t any slime or bubbles for this one– today she brought the Science Center’s vacuum cannon to show the power of air resistance. …

Bubble Bonanza: Science At Play

Blog Author:  Kate Saulsbery On 6.28.19

Welcome to summer everyone! We finally made it! It’s time to get outside, run through the sprinklers, and play with science. That’s right, get ready to have some good clean fun and explore the world of bubble science with your family, friends, and neighbors.  Top Secret Recipe: So far, the best recipe we have come …

Decoding Dinosaur Genetics in Jurassic Park:The Science Behind Science Fiction

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.26.19

When I read Jurassic Park for the first time in 8th grade, genetics came alive. Just like the moment in the 1993 film where Dr. Grant and Dr. Satler first saw their fossilized dinosaurs come to life on the island, I saw just how interesting genetics could be. A few years later in my high …

Science Sunday: Equipment standards when it comes to golf

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 6.24.19

To celebrate the final round of play in the Traveler’s Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT, this week’s Science Sunday explores the science behind equipment standards in golf. Using the science of water displacement, Mark and Aoife test out the standards of golf club heads to ensure that they follow the rules laid …

From Designing Exhibits to Data Analysis: A Decade of Dedication with Richard Thomas and Caity Leamy

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.21.19

Richard Thomas  Exhibit Design Director My primary role is to create concepts, provide design direction, and manage fabrication and installations for new Science Center exhibits.    What is your favorite memory of the Connecticut Science Center? I have a lot of favorite memories.The one with the most lasting impression is being a part of the creation …

Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist: Down to a Science Book Club

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.20.19

Who are the scientists behind the research? What are their lives like? What are the stories of their discoveries, failures, and successes? To celebrate Pride Month, June’s book club read is Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres. As a neuroscience masters student, I often read scientific articles on brain development written by Ben …

Spilling the T. (rex) on Dinosaur Behavior in Jurassic Park: The Science Behind Science Fiction

Blog Author:  Samantha Hall, with an Introduction by Amanda Coletti On 6.19.19

While watching my favorite science fiction movies and TV shows, I’m often left with more questions than answers. Can we actually clone ancient animals like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Does gamma radiation change our DNA, like the process behind The Hulk’s angry, green transformation? What are the quantum mechanics behind “Pym Particles” and the …

Science Sunday: How balls bounce

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 6.17.19

Check out this sports-themed edition of Science Sunday for Father’s Day as Mark Dixon and Aoife Ryle illustrate the physics behind how balls bounce. Try out some simple experiments using balls around your house to see how force and energy transfer work together to make balls bounce in your favorite sports. https://www.wfsb.com/science-sunday-how-balls-bounce/video_8b783b06-793f-57d6-b836-92ff0199f608.html Mark Dixon is …

From Exhibits to Executive Finance: A Decade of Dedication with Liam Cawley and Lisa Mottola

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.14.19

Liam Cawley Exhibit Specialist What is your favorite memory of the Connecticut Science Center? Watching the first tractor trailer loaded with exhibits pull into the loading dock during a snowstorm in early 2009. What is your favorite exhibit/event (past or current) at the Connecticut Science Center? Table-top puzzles in Invention Dimension. I love watching people …

10 Years of Partnership with the Connecticut Science Center & WFSB

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.13.19

With a robot-assisted countdown and a shower of confetti, the Connecticut Science Center officially kicked off a year-long celebration of ten inspiring years. After opening to the public on June 12th, 2009, the Science Center has experienced ten years of successes, challenges, and opportunities, developing many lasting partnerships along the way. One such partnership is …

Happy 10th Birthday, Connecticut Science Center! A Timeline Celebrating 10 Inspiring Years

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.12.19

With the help of two robots, the Connecticut Science Center cut the red ribbon and welcomed its first customers on opening day ten years ago, June 12, 2009.  The Connecticut Science Center has a rich history spanning from the initial conceptual designs and building construction to the development of educational programing, scientific initiatives, and the …

Celebrating 10 Years of the Connecticut Science Center: A Decade of Dedication with Ed Lane and Claudia Davis

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.11.19

In 2009, the Connecticut Science Center opened its doors as a place of scientific discovery, innovation, and exploration; a centerpiece of the community in Hartford, CT. The Science Center was built by scientists, educators, and business, government, and community leaders who shared a vision to inspire children and adults to increase joy and interest in …

Science Sunday: What to do if you encounter a snake?

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 6.10.19

Did you know that there are 12 species of snakes that can be found in CT? Check out the latest edition of Science Sunday to hear Aoife’s PSA (Public Science Announcement) about what to do if you encounter a snake in the wild (or in the Critter Corner on Level 6 of the Connecticut Science …

Experiencing REAL BODIES: an overview of the REAL BODIES exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.7.19

When you enter Real Bodies: The Exhibition at the Connecticut Science Center, you’re faced with a few questions: What are we made of? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Throughout history, the study of human specimens has shown us the intricate details of our bodies, giving rise to new knowledge and treatments …

Down to a Science Book Club

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.6.19

If you’ve spent many afternoons getting lost in a good book, it’s not hard to imagine how a compelling narrative can transport you to another world. When it comes to science, both non-fiction and science fiction books can inspire you, freeing your imagination to explore limitless scientific possibilities. Reading a great science book can even …

Top 10 Must-Listen-To Science Podcasts

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti On 6.5.19

When my co-worker first suggested to me that I should listen to science podcasts, I was initially a bit skeptical. As a neuroscience graduate student, I used to read and talk with people about science all day long, why would I want to listen to more people talk about science in my free time? Eventually, …

President’s Welcome

Blog Author:  Matt Fleury On 6.3.19

Welcome to Down to a Science, the Connecticut Science Center’s brand-new blog. As we kick off our tenth anniversary, we are excited to launch this blog to bring together experts, beginners, partners, educators, and the community with one topic we are all passionate about: science. We all know that knowledge can carry us forward, and …