Science Sunday: Science of Snow

This time last week, the state of Connecticut saw the first major winter storm of the 2019 season. Winter Storm Abel inspired us to explore a little bit more of the science behind a common winter occurrence for us here in New England.  The first snow science we explored was the water content in snow, …

Science Sunday: Generating Sparks

Today, we are making sparks without using any fire. How exactly are we going to do this? Through the use of metal and movement. When we smash the chrome spheres together very fast, they generate enough heat to burn a small hole through the paper placed in between them. Another way we can generate some …

Science Sunday: Experimenting with Nylon

It’s Monday, so you know what that means. Another edition of Science Sunday came out yesterday and we are so excited to share it with all of you. Nylon, a synthetic fiber, has been around since World War II and is seen almost everywhere. It is in our clothing, tents, ropes, and more. For this …

Science Sunday: Using Eggs to Learn About Inertia

Today we are going to have some eggcellent fun with inertia. How can we tell if an egg is hard-boiled or raw without cracking it? By using the laws of inertia, of course! This is something you can try for yourself at home. We will spin both eggs and try to stop them by lightly …

Science Sunday: Talking About Tesla Coils

Greetings and welcome to another edition of Science Sunday! Today we are talking about electricity- specifically about one of Nikola Tesla’s most notable inventions. Many of you have probably heard about the car company Tesla, but have you ever heard of the Tesla coil? We can use the Tesla coil to make electricity. Tesla coils …

Science Sunday: Density

We are trying to solve a mystery on this weekend’s edition of Science Sunday. Look at the picture of this bottle with liquid and beads inside. The beads are suspended right in the middle of the bottle. How is this possible? Well, it all comes back to density. The liquid inside looks like it’s just …

Science Sunday: Hydrogen Fuel Cells

This edition of Science Sunday is all about a really awesome alternative energy source- hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power cars, as another alternative to clean energy and electric cars. What you may not know is that there are hydrogen fuel cell refueling stations located across the state of Connecticut …

Science Sunday: How Telegraphs Work

Today, almost everyone you see owns a smartphone, but the smartphone did not magically appear overnight. It has taken time to get to where we are today in the field of long-distance communication. Do you know where it all started? Well, on this edition of Science Sunday, we are going to explore the device that …

Science Sunday: Playing an Instrument without Touching It

On this edition of Science Sunday, we are making music without even touching the instrument we are playing. No, this is not magic. It is a theremin. How does this work? The theremin has an electromagnetic field around it, with two antennas located in different spots on the instrument. Each antenna serves a different purpose, …

Science Sunday: Experimenting with Candy

Halloween is right around the corner. It is only fitting that we do a couple of experiments using candy. Here is what you will see when you watch this episode of Science Sunday: Skittles and M&M Experiment: For this experiment, line up Skittles or M&Ms on a plate in any pattern you would like. Then …

Science Sunday: Mazes & Brain Games

This past weekend, we opened our brand-new traveling exhibit, Mazes & Brain Games, at the Connecticut Science Center. To mark the occasion, we decided to share with you some fun activities to show how your brain can be tricked with your own vision.  Our first test uses an old whirligig fidget toy with a different …

Science Sunday: Learning About Pendulums

Note: As you watch this edition of Science Sunday, we encourage you to follow along and let us know what you discover using your homemade pendulum.   Pendulums are important in our everyday lives. They are used for timing, playground swings, a metronome in music, a wrecking ball and so much more. Now, you might have …

Science Sunday: Why Invisible Gases Can Be So Dangerous

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 …

Science Sunday: Meteorites

Have you found a unique-looking rock in your backyard and wondered where it came from? Could it be a meteorite from outer space? In this edition of Science Sunday, Aoife describes three simple tests to see if that cool rock you found truly is a meteorite.  IS THE ROCK PATTERNED? One of the biggest telling …

Science Sunday: Explaining What a Robot Is

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, …

Science Sunday: Outrageous Reptiles

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 …

Science Sunday: Science Behind Cracking an Egg

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 …

Science Sunday: Electromagnets

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 …

Science Sunday: Dog Days of Summer

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 …

Science Sunday: Protecting Astronauts from the Sun

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 …

Science Sunday: Experiment Showcases Danger of Hot Cars

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 …

Science Sunday: Mess Fest at the Science Center

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. …

Science Sunday: Equipment standards when it comes to golf

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 …

Science Sunday: How balls bounce

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 …

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

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 …