Virus Hunters

In this ever-changing world, we at the Connecticut Science Center place our trust in science now, more than ever.  So, we thought we would delve into the science of virology and COVID-19 in our latest Live Science program, “Virus Hunters.”  In this interactive program, you will become virologists for the day, learning what makes a …

The Maya Harvest

Since 2500 BC, the Maya have grown and cultivated crops like maize (corn), squash, beans, tobacco, and cocoa, settling into an agricultural lifestyle quite different from their previously nomadic ways. They used astronomy to work the seasons to their advantage and determine the best months to plant and harvest their crops. Maya farmers harnessed rainwater …

Experiencing Maya Hidden Worlds Revealed: Maya Rites of Passage

Many civilizations, including the Maya, have specific social events that are celebrated as significant moments in an individual’s life. These events are called rites of passage, and they demonstrate transformation within a community and indicate a change to a different social status. We will take a look at some examples of Maya rites of passage …

Science At Play: Static Electricity

We are starting with an experiment I’m sure many of you have tried before. What happens to your hair when you rub a balloon on your head? That’s right, your hair sticks to the balloon and you might get a kinda crazy hairstyle. That is an example of static electricity. Today we are going to …

Virtual Field Trip: Dinosaurs

I’ve never really understood why the word ‘dinosaur’ is used to describe something unintelligent, slow, or out-of-date. Dinosaurs hosted an incredible range of adaptations including tremendous size, huge teeth and claws, defensive plates and spines, incredible speed and teamwork, and innovative ways of flying, swimming, or moving. Their almost 165 million year domination of our …

Science At Play: Fun with Density

   Materials to Collect Clear containers Water Oil Other safe liquids around your house to test Build it! Oil and Water Fill your container about halfway with water. Fill the rest of the container with oil. Now fill a new container, but this time start with oil and then add water. Density Column Find …

Virtual Field Trip: Computers

Before we jump into our virtual field trip all about computing, we need to be on the same page about what a computer is and how it works. Check out this quick video from code.org that will give you all the background you need to start your field trip!    Let’s Talk History: The earliest …

Science At Play: Centripetal Force Fun

   Materials to Collect Bucket with a handle  Marble  Big bowl   Try it! Place your marble into your big bowl. Keep the bottom of the bowl on the table while moving the bowl quickly in a big circle. Imagine you are drawing a circle on your table using the bottom of the bowl. …