Science at Play: CD Spinners & Rattlebacks

We all know how tops spin equally well whether they’re spinning clockwise or counterclockwise. But is there something that will only spin in one direction? How would that work? Today we are talking about rattlebacks and the interesting physics phenomenon behind them. Watch the full Science At Play segment below to learn more.  Materials …

Science At Play: Turing Test

June is Pride Month so we wanted to highlight the work of an LGBTQ+ scientist for this edition of Science At Play. Alan Turing was a computer scientist and mathematician in the early 1900s. He came up with a lot of the things we still use in computer science today. Alan Turing’s legacy shows the …

Science At Play: Composting!

So many people are getting their gardens started for the spring and summer and we are here to help those gardens be successful. Compost is organic matter that can be put into the soil and help your plants grow big and healthy. Composting is not only great for your garden, but it is also a …

Dear Science: Bees

We have received so many amazing questions through our Dear Science campaign, including this one from Nazeli, age 9. I wonder if bees got extinct what would happen to us? As you may know, bees provide a very important role in our ecosystem. They are very important pollinators and pollinate a lot of fruits and …

Science At Play: Seed Balls

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is definitely one of our favorite holidays around here at the Science Center, and we love sharing ways you can celebrate at home. It was a little chilly here in Connecticut this morning, but warmer weather is coming, which means beautiful flowers will be popping up all across our state. …

Spring Scavenger Hunt

The weather is finally starting to warm up and it is the perfect time to get outdoors and watch the landscape change from winter to spring! Here are some interesting things to keep an eye out for next time you go for a walk! Flowers: The flowers are starting to come up! Look for some …

Dear Science: Why Does Yeast Rise?

We have received so many amazing questions through our Dear Science campaign, including this one from Oli, age 10. Why does yeast rise? You might know that yeast is used a lot in baking, especially in baking bread. There is something very special about yeast that causes it to rise, do you know what that special …

Science At Play: Color Mixing

 Materials to Collect Various colors of paint or food coloring A jar to mix in Different colored lights, or lights with colored filters over them Try it! Mix your paints or food colorings together in your jar In a dark room, shine your colored lights at a white background. Overlap the lights and see …