Take 10: COVID-19, A Teachable Moment?

During the 40 years I’ve spent as a classroom teacher I had my course curricula interrupted many times by weather events, disasters, and tragedy. Needless to say, nothing compares to what my former colleagues are facing during this World Pandemic, COVID-19. I know they are all working in overdrive to put together meaningful lessons that …

Science At Play: Pen Chromatography

 Materials to Collect Tall cups  Coffee filters  Tape   Different black markers   Pencil   Water or rubbing alcohol   Try it Out Cut your coffee filters into long strips about 2 inches wide. Take your markers and color a black dot about 1 inch from the bottom of the coffee filter strip. Use a different coffee …

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 …

Science At Play: Pond Water Critters

Four of our Connecticut Science Center campers looking for critters in their bowl of pond water.   Materials to Gather: -A Net -A Bucket -Boots or shoes that can get wet! -Shallow trays/white bowls for observing in -Spoons for scooping -Magnifying glass for observing (optional) -Paper and pencil for drawing the critters you find (optional) …

Science Sunday: Experimenting with Torque

Torque is an interesting force that we don’t talk about very often, so we decided to make it our topic on this Science Sunday. We are showing you some simple machines that you can try at home that demonstrate torque. Simple machines help us to magnify forces, making some tasks easier. The simple machine we …

Movie Monday: The Search For Life In Space

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell  If you’re like me you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about one thing lately. Aliens. Where are they, how long have they been here, and who has already been replaced by shapeshifting invaders? This Movie Monday, join us in the Netflix Queue for The Search For Life In Space. The …

Virtual Field Trip: Toyota Test Lab

I’ve watched a lot of science fiction in my life, and ever since I was little, I noticed that many of these visions of the future have one thing in common: self driving vehicles (ok, and flying cars too). Now, you, like me, may be wondering, where are these autonomous vehicles we were all promised? …

Science At Play: Homemade Butter

   Materials to Collect Heavy Cream  A container with a tightly sealed lid (like a mason jar)   Try it Out Step 1: Open your container and pour in some heavy cream.  You can choose the amount, just make sure the container is not filled all the way to the top.  Step 2: Close …