Science Sunday: Experimenting with the Tesla Coil

The Tesla coil is probably one of the most recognizable science tools around. Today, we are going to have some electrifying fun experimenting with this awesome tool. How exactly does a Tesla coil work? Can it really make a light glow without plugging it in? We are here to answer all those questions and more …

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 …

This is Just a Test

Talk to any educator, administrator, or support staff member and you’ll hear concern about our new next generation assessments. With the slow roll out of the Next Generation Science Standards, a lot of districts focused on curriculum. Specifically, preparing ourselves to incorporate the disciplinary core ideas, the science and engineering practices, as well as the …

Science At Play: Cartesian Divers

Are you looking for a new use for some recyclables in your home? Need an activity the whole family can participate in? We are here to help! Today we are going to show you how to make a Cartesian diver at home. Don’t worry, we know this sounds fancy, but Cartesian divers are an easy …

Science At Play: Rubber Bones

Hi everyone! Samantha and I are back with another fun experiment you can try at home. Yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly, we are going to show you how to make rubber bones, rubber eggs and more. Still confused? Check out me and Samantha trying this out at our house. Start …

Science Sunday: Polymers

We have talked about polymers before on Science Sunday, can you remember what they were? That’s right! One of our favorite things here at the Science Center, slime, is a polymer. There are so many other polymers that you can find in your everyday life, including a plastic bag. We are doing a fun experiment …

Science At Play: Your At Home Makerspace

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s lunch bunch with Stanley Black & Decker. Audrey Van de Castle and Elyse Korsyn demonstrated the use of a chainsaw and then deconstructed it right before our eyes. While we don’t recommend taking apart a chainsaw at home, they were on to something, right? It’s fun to take things apart, …

Science At Play: Artifact Rubbings

When archaeologists doing fieldwork discover a large artifact that is important to decoding a culture’s way of life, they often take images of carvings or other elaborate details to study until the object can be excavated and transported to research labs. However, instead of taking a picture with a camera, they often create a rubbing …