How To Build An Exhibit: Our Changing Earth

Have you ever wondered how the Connecticut Science Center’s exhibit galleries and exhibits are developed? Here is a behind the scenes tour of how our most recent gallery, Our Changing Earth, came into being. Exhibit design is a way of telling a story, determining the most effective way to engage audiences in the topic. There …

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 …

Movie Mondays: Chasing Coral

Watching time tick away while you click through YouTube clips? Why not watch something inspirational? This week Netflix has made Chasing Coral available for free on YouTube. Visit coral reefs around the world to engage with incredible animals and the amazing ways they are fighting for survival against climate change. Chasing Coral not only details …

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 …

Down to a Science Book Club: Inconspicuous Consumption

Author Tatiana Schlossberg asserts that “our daily activities don’t exist in a vacuum,” and spends the next 236 pages of Inconspicuous Consumption digging into minutiae like the role athleisure plays in microplastic fibers entering our waterways. This is the product of a journalist who asks question after question. She investigates everything from how we are …

Australian Wildfires, Climate Change, and Why Your Choices Have Global Consequences

The scale of devastation caused by the wildfires in Australia is difficult to comprehend.  Who can picture over 26 million acres or 41,000 square miles, and over 5,500 buildings laid to waste?  The only way we can come close is by using satellite photos and videos. Smoke billows over areas far larger than the fire …

I’m Not a Scientist, Why Should I Care About Science?

Science can feel exclusive – reserved only for those with the highest degrees and the most laboratory hours. But it shouldn’t feel this way. Science is at the very core of what makes us human. It is a desire to explore and understand everything around us. Science is a curiosity-driven, awe-inspiring yearning to know. You …

“Our Changing Earth” Explores Implications of Climate Change

A version of this commentary was previously published in the Journal Inquirer on Nov 5, 2019 Issuing a clear and compelling warning to residents of every country on every continent across the planet, the United Nations has delivered a comprehensive report outlining the stark “signs of harm caused by climate change. Coral reefs are dying, …