Science Sunday: Filling Bags with Air

Today on Science Sunday we are talking about a fascinating air phenomenon. Think about how long it would take to fill up a plastic bag with only your lungs, a long time right? How can we use science to make our lungs feel like they’re 10 times the size? The answer is surprisingly simple! Learn …

Science Sunday: Experimenting with Physics to Make Art

Have you ever gone around a corner in a car or on a roller coaster and felt yourself being pushed towards the corner? Have you ever spun your arm around in a circle and felt it pulling away from you? What causes these forces? What are these forces called? Today we will demonstrate how these …

Science Sunday: Insects and Communication

Did you know the sound that crickets make is caused by them scraping their wings together? Did you know fireflies communicate with flash patterns? Did you know that the sound made by cicadas is them clicking at a rate of 300 to 400 times per second? That’s fast! But how do these insects make these …

Science Sunday: Science Behind Sparklers

Did you know that traditional sparklers can burn at up to 3000 Degrees Fahrenheit? 3000 Degrees! Now that’s HOT. This makes it very important to be careful with them and closely supervise children who play with them. How do these sparklers get to such high temperatures? What does it mean that sparklers are made of …

Science Sunday: Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda

We all know there is a big difference between baking powder and baking soda when it comes to cooking. But why are they so different? Why is baking soda the ingredient of choice for science fair volcanos everywhere? Why do we use baking soda for cleaning purposes? Today we are going to demonstrate and explain …

Science Sunday: Groundwater Contamination

Did you know that only 0.3% of the world’s water supply is available for us to use? Only 0.3%! That’s not a lot. So it is very important for us to protect that water supply from becoming contaminated. How easily can groundwater get contaminated? And how can we prevent our groundwater from getting contaminated. Today, …

Science Sunday: How Do Astronauts Breathe in Space?

Who doesn’t love space? Astronauts have one of the coolest jobs, because they get to live in and explore space for months at a time. In thinking about this amazing journey astronauts take, we had one very important question. How do astronauts breathe while they are living on the International Space Station? Actually, astronauts get …

Science Sunday: Butterflies vs. Moths

We decided to explore a different, more tropical part of the Science Center today- our Butterfly Encounter. The Butterfly Encounter is a fully living experience, with hundreds of plants and free-flying butterflies. This beautiful greenhouse is not only fully living, but constantly growing and extremely diverse. The newest edition to the Butterfly Encounter looks very …