Category Archives: Science

Growing Jack’s Beanstalk

By Karen Dewhirst
Museum Experience Manager – Science/Exhibits


Kids are fascinated by growing things, especially fast-growing beans. Growing a bean stalk won’t be as fast or as big Jack’s beanstalk, but sprouts occur fast enough that young children won’t lose interest. Here’s a really simple way to get started:

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Charlotte – A Lesson in the Cycle of Life

By: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

Charlotte, a Golden Orb Weaver, sits on her nicely-spun web.

Charlotte, a Golden Orb Weaver, sits on her nicely-spun web.

There was a buzz of excitement when Creative Discovery Museum staff members noticed that our resident Golden Orb-Weaving Spider, Charlotte, had created a large, round, golden egg sack. The thought of watching hundreds of baby Charlotte’s hatch in the coming months was thrilling. Continue reading →

Q and A with DJ Vanderwerf, Blade Runner Athlete

By Shannon Johnson
Director of Exhibit Development, Evaluation and Capital Projects

DJ competes in a 5K

DJ competes in a 5K

One of the things I like most about the exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering is how it tells the stories of real people who design and use adaptive technologies.  Every component in the exhibit tells a story, whether it’s the entry kiosk that features several people including Erik Weihenmayer, an outdoor adventurer who is blind and uses a variety of tools in his outdoor adventurers, or the exhibit component where kids can fade and scratch music using a DJ system controlled by a wheelchair, which was inspired by the collaboration between assistive technology developer John Schimmel and DJ E-Money, who uses a wheelchair.

By hosting Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in our own community who design and use adaptive equipment.  A great example of this is the wonderful staff at Fillauer Companies, the global leader in the manufacturing, fabrication, development, and education of orthotic and prosthetic solutions in the United States. As a complement exhibit to Human Plus, Fillauer Companies made a hands-on component for Creative Discovery Museum so that children and their families can use three different Continue reading →

Technology is Like Dessert

By Jenette Dean

Early Childhood Manager

children-on-ipad-alamyWhen my children were young, we spent a lot of car rides singing songs, talking, and playing rhyming games. My children are now in college, but they still remember those long road trips where Mom sang with them and played the ABC game.

It seems that everyday I notice younger and younger children who have amazing skills using electronic devices. Though we want our children to develop competence with the technology they will eventually use in everyday life, the amount of time some young children spend looking at and manipulating screens is troublesome. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time. Though this approach might seem rigid, it’s based on what is happening in the brain during the first two years of life. Continue reading →

Dew vs. Frost

KarenBy: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of cold weather science outside your front door this time of year. Experiencing the snow, sleet, frost, dew, fog, and blustery north wind of the season are great ways to foster an interest in the science of weather.

Try this simple experiment to explore the difference between dew and frost: Continue reading →

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