Behind the Scenes: Science on a Sphere

Posted by John Chamberlain on March 28, 2016 in News No Comments

UPDATE: Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is fully installed, and operational. Our staff here at Discovery Museum has been training all week and working with a team from NOAA to align, configure, and complete setup of our new exhibit. SOS will be fully operational at Space Day on Saturday, April 2nd so that the public

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Reunion in Outer Space

Posted by John Chamberlain on March 18, 2016 in News No Comments

Trumbull students have been journeying to space at Discovery Museum for years. The Museum is home to Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, a unique facility where groups of young learners can take on a variety of roles in an immersive learning environment. They must solve problems collaboratively to complete a simulated space mission. Discovery’s Challenger

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Happy Rounded Pi Day!

Posted by John Chamberlain on March 14, 2016 in Cool STEM Stuff No Comments

3.14 is celebrated as Pi Day annually, and it is also Albert Einstein’s birthday (happy 137th birthday!). If you’re not busy baking or enjoying pies today to celebrate, perhaps you’ll enjoy this fun activity that was recently posted by the great folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA! While last year’s Pi Day

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How Google Cardboard Helped Save a Baby

Posted by Alex Cannon on January 21, 2016 in Cool STEM Stuff No Comments

These Awesome Doctors Saved a Baby with Google Cardboard and an iPhone Here it is: irrefutable proof that we live in the future. When baby Teegan’s parents were told she would not be able to survive due to a severe birth defect in her heart, they requested the help of a brilliant pediatric surgeon who

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Ask a Scientist #1: Why Are Planets Round?

Posted by Alex Cannon on December 29, 2015 in Ask a Scientist No Comments

Why are planets round, when other objects in space have funny shapes? Discovery’s Director of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium, David Mestre, explains. There are a couple of reasons. One reason is part of the working definition scientists use for what makes an object a planet is that it IS round. Some objects in

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Discovery Launches High Altitude Balloon

Posted by Alex Cannon on November 5, 2015 in News No Comments

View From the Top (Originally appeared in Discoveries…newsletter, Fall 2015) At 6:20AM on Saturday, September 29, 2015 Discovery’s David Mestre emerged through the Museum’s automatic doors to glare at the sky for the fourth time in the last hour.  The coming dawn was a faint gray glow amid pattered clouds. “The sun’ll burn through that,”

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