Science At Play: Day Length Detectives

You may be noticing that the days are starting to get shorter as the weather begins to cool and the leaves begin to change. While they have technically been shortening since the solstice, which fell on June 20 this year, we often don’t notice the change until this time of year. As a massive summer …

Science At Play: Stand Castles?! Stabilized Earth

Welcome to Earth Science week at the Connecticut Science Center. If you have ever made a sand castle at the beach, you know that sand can be great for building, but not too strong when weight is added. What if there was a way to make the structure stronger, strong enough for me to stand …

Mosquitoes and Ticks: What Can We Do and Why We Should Care?

I’m sure everyone reading this has encountered at least one of these pesky pests before. Today, I’m writing to tell you more about these pests, what we can do, and why we should care about them. While these insects and arachnids play an important role in the food web, they are also vectors of disease. …

25 Facts About the First Earth Day and 25 Ways You Can Celebrate

“Climate Action” is the theme of Earth Day 2020, but first, let’s hop in our time machines to see what the very first Earth Day was like. What was the catalyst for Earth Day? Who came up with it? What did people do to mark it throughout Connecticut? 25 Facts About Earth Day: The first …

The Maya and Butterflies: Then and Now

Butterflies have become an integral and fun addition to the Science Center over the past couple of years and as we explore our newest traveling exhibition, Maya: The Hidden World Revealed, we are learning about how butterflies were important to the ancient Maya civilization and the current Maya descendants in Central America. Then: Butterflies were …

Science At Play: Bird Watching

Looking for a fun way to observe the natural world while staying cozy indoors? Hang up some bird feeders where you can see them from your window! You can curl up with a snack and a bird guide and see who is visiting your yard. This is a great activity to get your kids involved …

Movie Mondays: Disney Nature Oceans

Feeling guilty about all that Netflix binging? Not to worry. The Connecticut Science Center is here to give you a few recommendations about educational content streaming right now on Netflix. Today we’re recommending a film that was first released on Earth Day, 2010. Narrated by Irish actor and environmentalist, Pierce Brosnan, Oceans is as beautiful …

Science At Play: Backyard Wilderness

As the weather warms and the days get longer, the yearly migration of humans from couch to yard begins anew. Hopefully you are enjoying time reviving your gardens, hiking some of CT’s many beautiful trails, or simply getting some fresh air. In spring, it feels like the whole world is waking up and coming out …