Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Maya Architecture

Maya Architecture is thought of as towering pyramids and detailed palaces. However, these pyramids look different than the typical pyramids we think about in Egypt.  Maya pyramids have steps built into the external structure so the buildings can be climbed from the outside. The design of these buildings were inspired by other Mesoamerican cultures such …

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 …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Baby Names of the Maya

When the expecting parents hear that they are going to have a child they become excited with all of the possibilities of what to name their newborn pride and joy, including parents of the Maya civilization. Like many parents, Maya parents are very deliberate with every intention they set for their children so there will …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- The Maya Calendar

The Maya people had many innovative and defining practices and structures that helped their civilization flourish. The Maya had a numeric system, games, aqueducts, and even a calendar to tell time. The calendar that the Maya used looks very different in comparison to the 12 month Gregorian Calendar that we use. The Mayan Calendar consists …

Science At Play: Cloud in a Bottle

   Materials to Collect: 2 Liter Bottle  Isopropyl Alcohol  Bike Pump  Duct Tape Try it Out: Remove the label from the 2 liter bottle and add 1 teaspoon of Isopropyl Alcohol into the bottle. Allow some time for the alcohol to evaporate inside, a few minutes is enough.  Place a strip of duct tape …

Experience Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Maya Stories

The Maya Genesis Story, also known as the Maya Creation Story, can be found in the Maya book called, “Popol Vuh,” or “The Book of the People.” Luckily, this book was not destroyed when the Spanish invaded in the 18th Century, making the “Popol Vuh” a valuable historical text and a great way for us …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- Maya Body Modifications

In the twentieth century, body modifications gained immense popularity in American culture, but they were commonplace for the Maya centuries before we adopted them into our own society. The Maya saw body modifications as symbols of strength, representations of their religious beliefs and spirituality, and demonstrations of social status. They believed that the pain and …

Butterflies, Science and a Little Bit of Magic

With more than 165 hands-on activities and exhibits, what more could the Connecticut Science Center offer to make visits more magical? Butterflies, of course! Thus came the idea for the Butterfly Encounter, a walk-through vivarium where curious visitors, beautiful tropical insects, and Chinese Button Quail would occupy the same space. Here was an opportunity to …