Category: musings

sand and water

We cleaned up Science in the Parks today. I came home with specks of white powder all over my shirt from when I was taking out some garbage that included the remnant of a 50-pound bag of corn starch. I had a rainbow of food color staining my hands from washing out the bin with…

work and play

We’re rounding out the first week of the 2016 tour of Science in the Parks, and already we’re having all kinds of fun. On our Facebook page and on our Flickr account you can see photos that people post. (In addition, we had this recent bit of press, and some people out in the community…

in preparation

The other day I walked into our modest prep area in the basement of the lecture hall. There was a line of string running from a cabinet to the gas spigot, and from the string there was a makeshift collection of miniature laundry. In this case, it was pieces of filter paper that had been…

science and children (and adults, too)

One of the things we think is unique about Science in the Parks is that it offers children a unique way to engage with scientific ideas.  We offer them the stuff and the space, and for the most part we let kids get their hands into the moving parts, simple patterns, and gooey messes, all on their…

color changes

While we’re hosting Science it the Parks each summer, we also spend some time looking at future activities.  Just yesterday afternoon, the staff were making sure that the bottles of soda (orange, grape, strawberry, and pineapple Fanta) were drunk as quickly as possible so that we could use the empty bottles for new sound experiments.  This…