Science At Play: Gardening from Food Scraps

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, but been unsure of where to start? This guide will give you some ways to reuse your kitchen scraps to grow your own vegetables at home! It is a great way to repurpose produce that might be wilting or starting to sprout – those fruits and …

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 …

Science At Play: Rube Goldberg Machines

You stand staring at a complex contraption of your own design. Hands shaking with excitement, you question if all your hard work calculating, designing, testing, building, and redesigning will pay off. You take a deep breath to calm yourself, and slowly move your hand to set off the first reaction in your highly complicated Rube …

Science Sunday: Citizen Science

In this week’s Science Sunday segment, Mark and I shared some ways that you can get involved in citizen science. Let’s take a step back and talk about what citizen science is and why it’s important. Simply, it is a collaboration between scientists and the public. You help scientists by gathering data or helping solve …

Virtual Field Trip: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes Virtual Tour I have wanted to travel to Hawaii for as long as I can remember. I still haven’t made it all the way out to those beautiful islands, but this virtual tour of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is helping me explore the world from my couch! Join me on this tour …

Behind the Scenes in the E-Cab: Raising Butterflies

At the Connecticut Science Center we have a special exhibit called the Butterfly Encounter. This is an indoor greenhouse filled with an assortment of exotic plants and butterflies. The Encounter is an ecotourism attraction that helps support the education of students and the public alike regarding conservation, biodiversity, and different environment. With hundreds of people …

Science At Play: Sand Drags

   Materials to Collect Sand  Tray or flat surface for the sand  Wooden block with string attached (taped/stapled)  Water   Pipette, or some way to dispense a small amount of water   Try it Out Put some sand on a tray or other flat surface, making it smooth. Place the block with the string on …

Science At Play: Soap Boats

   Materials to Collect Milk  Soap  Foam (takeout boxes work great)  Food coloring  Toothpicks  A big container of water  Shallow plate   Try it Out Milk Magic Put some milk in a shallow plate, and then place a couple drops of food coloring on the surface of the milk. Cover a toothpick in dish …