Biodiversity on the Nassau Science Plaza

In the garden in front of the Connecticut Science Center, changes are happening – there are new plants being planted, beautiful benches being installed, new sculptures to explore. Welcome to the newly rededicated Nassau Science Plaza! Even with so many changes, there are still more to come, including new educational signage and public programs that …

Make it Grow Spotlight: Keney Park Sustainability Project and the Urban Ecology Wellness Center

On a sunny, sweltering day back in May, the Connecticut Science Center hosted its second installment of MakeFest, Make it Grow, presented by Stanley Black & Decker in partnership with the Connecticut Master Gardener Association (CMGA). The Science Center team welcomed nearly 700 visitors on-site to engage safely with community partners, dig in, get their …

“Water Bears” Cute, Baffling, Almost Indestructible

Tardigrades, also know as, “water bears” or “moss piglets” are the cute, baffling, and extremely durable organisms you can find in your own backyard. Likely due to their incredible resiliency water bears have been around for over 500 million years. These prehistoric multicellular microorganisms are a great point of research for microbiologists since their survival …

Spring Floods in the Connecticut River

One of my favorite things about working at the Connecticut Science Center is the view of the Connecticut River. Not only is the river in Hartford beautiful, but it is constantly changing every day. The river rises and falls twice a day with the tide, and again when large rainstorms add water to the river. …

Butterfly Bytes: Origins

If you have been in our Butterfly Encounter, you know how beautiful the butterflies look. They are not actually native to Connecticut, so where in the world do our butterflies come from? Today, on of our butterfly experts is here to share with you the origin of the butterflies found in our butterfly encounter.  …

Invasive Species

Invasive species are something we have experience with here in Connecticut. Do you know why invasive species are so bad for an environment? What type of damage can they cause? One of our Teen Innovation students explores more about invasive species and their impacts in this special report. Watch the full video below to learn …

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 …