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Science Educators and guest authors exploring our world and the science and technology that connects us.



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DESIGNING SUNDIALS by Patrick King II, Planetarium Educator

For thousands of years, people have used sundials to measure time using the position of our Sun. In fact, the world’s oldest surviving sundial  comes from a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings (pictured), dating all the way back to 1500 BCE - that's at least 3,500 years ago! Significant find: After thousands of years the Egyptian sun dial was brought back to light. © University of Basel While the Egyptians were the first to use sundials, they... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/25/18
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I'M A MAKER... A PUPPET BUILDER! by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

“It's time to play the music It's time to light the lights…” via GIPHY If there were a soundtrack to my childhood, The Muppets theme song would definitely be the most-played track on the list. Even as an adult, my heart lifts when I hear the first few notes of “Rainbow Connection.” Most kids’ heroes wore capes on their backs, but mine wore puppets on their hands. Jim Henson, Mr. Fred Rogers and Shari Lewis were my superheroes and I... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/18/18
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BUILDING A BOT by Jason Moeller, Outreach & Homeschool Educator

Adam Savage, the former co-host of the Discovery Channel show MythBusters , eloquently answered the question “What is a Maker?” in this way: “Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.” As an educator at Adventure Science Center, I do both of those things every day as I work to create memorable science experiences for the students I teach. I get... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/27/18
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The next time you're searching for venues for your special event, don’t forget to consider Adventure Science Center! With spaces of varying sizes and types that can accommodate nearly any gathering, your local science center is the perfect location for parties, receptions, meetings, luncheons and even weddings. It's not just about the atmosphere - FREE parking, easy access from the interstate and downtown and interactive exhibits combine to make Adventure... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/20/18
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ENCELADUS: THE FROZEN GIANT by Jason Moeller, Science Educator

Despite recent Mars discoveries, an icy moon circling Saturn may hold the secret to extraterrestrial life!  In 1960, a young astronomer named Frank Drake aimed the National Radio Astronomy Observatory ’s 85-foot radio telescope towards two nearby, sun-like stars. The goal of Frank’s project, named Ozma after the fictional ruler of Oz, was to search for life using a radio frequency that Frank thought an interstellar civilization might use. Although the stars failed to... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/9/18
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SPACE ARCHAEOLOGY by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

When I was a young girl, I fell in love with an adventurer who swung from vines and “recovered” lost treasures. When I watched my first Indiana Jones  movie, I knew I was going to be an archaeologist. After years of hard work, dedication and a whole lot of digging, I achieved my goal! Equipped with my archaelology degree and my trusty Indy hat, I can now explore the amazing history of our world. One thing I love about the field of archaeology is that there are so many... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/31/18
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I have always been fascinated by the myriads of ecosystems that call our oceans home. So, it's easy to see that, when I was offered a place on a fishing vessel to study and clean up barrier islands, I jumped at the chance! After completing a fishing trawl earlier in the day, the research vessel Caretta headed towards Petit Bois Island for a beach cleanup. Petit Bois is French for “little woods,” which alludes to a small wooded section found on the eastern end of the island. ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/23/18
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WHAT IS SCUBA? by Emily Orbison, Science Educator

You've probably seen scuba divers on television or even in person while vacationing on the coast, but just what is scuba anyway? SCUBA is an acronym that stands for  “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.” Basically, it is equipment you can use to breath underwater! Let's dive a little deeper with a few fun facts about scuba diving! The tank on your back is full of oxygen, right? Actually no! It is full of air. Oxygen only makes up about 21% of... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/17/18
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5 REASONS TO ATTEND RED, WHITE & BOOM by Laura Braden, Events Coordinator

Looking for an opportunity to enjoy Nashville's breathtaking fireworks show with your family without all the crowds and traffic of downtown? Look no further than Adventure Science Center's annual Red, White & BOOM July 4th event! This family-friendly event is both fun and educational, providing indoor and outdoor activities for guests of all ages up until the first firework lights up the night sky. Check out our Top 5  Reasons to attend this dynamic event... ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/4/18
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WOLF TO WOOKIEE by Erin Castellano, Science Educator

Happy Star Wars Day! Star Wars has been a part of our hearts since the franchise began in 1977 with Episode IV: A New Hope , making each character almost a part of the family! Some of Star Wars more notable characters, however, look very… familiar. In fact, Chewbacca , everyone’s favorite Wookiee, was based off of director George Lucas’ own dog! When asked about the creation of the Wookiee, George Lucas said: I had an Alaskan Malamute when I was writing the... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 5/3/18
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ROBOTS PRINTING ROBOTS by Omar Peña, Makerspace Educator

We live in a world where robots can build other robots. In fact, 3D printing technology has advanced so much that robots can actually 3D print other robots. Did you know you don’t even have to travel to a high-tech laboratory to see this?! Inside Adventure Science Center’s makerspace, the Innovation Incubator (aka I 2 ) , you can get up-close-and-personal with 3D printing and robotics. I could go on and on about the incredible technology in I 2 , but this isn’t a... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 4/13/18
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MARIA MITCHELL #WSW by Molly Hornbuckle, Marketing Communications Manager

No woman should say, "I am but a woman!" But a woman! What more can you ask to be? With only 19 days until totality hits Nashville for the first time since 1478, I wanted to take this chance to feature one of the original “eclipse chasers,” Maria Mitchell. Born in Massachusetts in 1818, Maria grew up in a large Quaker family and community where they valued education and insisted on giving girls the same quality of education that boys received, as one of the... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 8/2/17
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Testing the elements of our Spartabot before the competition. The pits are a frenzy with last minute modifications! Here, we are trying to sort out an electrical problem on the robot. Check out the rope climb mechanism! A custom creation built from the pieces of a boat winch! The thrill of the competition. The challenge of problem-solving mechanical... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 4/14/17
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TOP FIVE SCIENCE PODCASTS by Paul Attea, Science Educator

For any of you auditory learners out there, here is a list of my top 5 favorite science podcasts that are sure to entertain, inspire, and excite! Get ready to turn your routine dog walk or morning commute into the most enlightening listing experience of your day. 1. SCIENCE FRIDAY If I could pick one word to describe Science Friday, I would go with "Delightful." Sometimes I tune into SciFri just to get a little dose of Ira Flatow’s warm and enthusiastic radio persona. The... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 3/6/17
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DISCOVERING THE WORLD by Paul Attea, Science Educator

Photo from The New York Times .  In the book The Forest Unseen , David Haskell tells the fascinating the story of the life he observes in a 1x1 meter patch of woods over the course of a year. Inspecting a cicada wing at 15x magnification with the help of my handy dandy pocket lens. Look at those veins! My sketch of the pattern of a bumblebee’s stops at a patch of... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 3/2/17
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Last summer, I was lucky enough to land an internship at Adventure Science Center in, what has proven to be, my best “job” ever. The staff was kind, the jobs were challenging, and the results were greater than I anticipated. I learned a ton about informal education, project development, marketing, and more, some of which I didn’t expect to learn. It was really grand. So, though every internship is different, here are some of my tips on how to get the most out of your... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 2/28/17
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