How a Classic American Game is Taking a Swing at Data

On any given night between April and September in our capital city, you will hear adults and children alike singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game at the top of their lungs. Going to Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium and watching the Hartford Yard Goats play has become a staple summertime experience for many throughout the …

Planting Michaela’s Garden

Throughout the spring and summer, and even fall, weather permitting, visitors to the Connecticut Science Center explore our rooftop garden. There, we invite them to observe native plants and pollinating insect species, take in impressive views of the Connecticut River, and enjoy and draw inspiration from the blooms in Michaela’s Garden.  Did you know that …

Highlighting the Helpers: Educators Edition

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 …

Backyard Digs

“Some [archaeological] sites are found by luck or by accident,” writes Sarah Parcak, in her book Archaeology from Space. For example, in 1900 “a donkey transporting a gentleman from a quarry in Alexandria, Egypt, fell into an abandoned shaft. What the poor donkey landed in were second-to-fourth century AD Roman Period catacombs.” You don’t have …

Meet Your Makers: MakerspaceCT

Nothing happens overnight. Devra Sisitsky, a serial entrepreneur and the Executive Director of MakerspaceCT, read an article about makerspaces in 2014 and felt moved to create one here in her native state of Connecticut. Supporting a societal move from conspicuous consumption to innovation and creation appealed to her, having come from a “family of makers” …

Meet Your Makers: MakeHartford

After a forty year hiatus, the Jumping Frog Contest returned to the Mark Twain House & Museum, only with a twist: the 2019 winner was a robot. All the contestants, actually, were robotic. Bill Hoover, a MakeHartford member and retired biochemist, created the first prize hopper through trial and error. Bill took pride in spending …