March 04, 2014
This June, our Explore More Life lab will dive into an active exploration of oceans, from marine mammal communication to the benefits of blubber.
Through dynamic hands-on activities, visitors of all ages can engage in real-world life science as they find out what a whale might eat, how a jellyfish moves and why some marine invertebrates look like plants.
You can help us present this month-long look at life under the sea with a generous contribution through power2give. A project of Arts & Science Council, power2give.org empowers you to give directly to local arts, science and history projects.
With a gift of $50 or more, you and a guest will receive an invitation to join us on World Oceans Day, June 7, 2014. For $250 or more, you will receive complimentary Donor Cards, good for fre… Keep reading.
February 24, 2014
Have you met our newest World Alive residents? Stop by the aquarium and check out our spotted lagoon jellies (Mastigias papua).
These mushroom-shaped jellies have rounded bells and clumps of oral arms that hang below. Instead of a single mouth, they capture tiny plankton with the many small openings on their arms.
Spotted lagoon jellies typically live in bays, harbors and lagoons in the South Pacific. They grow up to six inches in diameter and feed off of zooplankton.
The jellies also grow a small crop of symbiotic algae in their tentacles. The algae gives them a greenish-brown or blueish color and provides food for the jellies to harvest.
When the jellies are swimming around, their tentacles could be shadowed by their bell. So you might see them turned upside-down and rotating… Keep reading.
February 19, 2014
Wilson from WCCB News Rising stopped by Discovery Place recently to check out 101 Inventions That Changed The World, now on exhibition for the first time in the Southeast.
This revolutionary, multi-sensory experience explores some of the most important inventions in history using high-definition graphics, cinema-quality surround sound, hands-on activities and touch-screen displays.
During his visit, Wilson chatted with Alexander Graham Bell, rocked out on invention #72 and learned why the history of invention is unfair to women.
"You know I'm a big fan of Discovery Place," he said. "Now that I've said that, this is the coolest thing I've ever seen here!"
Click here to watch today's WIlson's World segment.…
January 28, 2014
Posted By: Elliot Provance
This is the final installment in a three-part blog series. Read Part I and Part II.
I recently attended the annual SECORE Foundation field workshop in Curacao to learn more about coral biology and how I can help protect coral reefs.
SECORE specializes in coral reef restoration and is currently focusing on staghorn and elkhorn coral in the Caribbean. These threatened species of coral are extremely important to the coral reefs in the Caribbean.
As an added project this year, SECORE decided to take advantage of the group of handy aquarist plumbers that were on the island for the workshop. We gathered together one hot afternoon to construct floating coral farms that will serve as added nursery space for the coral babies.
The current nursery space is limited to about 1,000 gallons o… Keep reading.
January 22, 2014
Posted By: Elliot Provance
This is the second installment in a three-part blog series. Read Part I.
SECORE specializes in coral reef restoration and is currently focusing on staghorn and elkhorn coral in the Caribbean. These threatened species of coral are greatly important to the coral reefs in the Caribbean.
I recently attended their annual field workshop in Curacao for the second year in a row, a hands-on opportunity to learn more about coral biology and how I can help protect coral reefs
During last year's workshop, I got to see corals spawn in the wild for the first time, as well as "plant" fledgling coral back out on the reef with the aid of epoxy.
This past spring, I saw a SECORE update on Facebook with a picture of a 3-4-inch tall juvenile colony of elkhorn coral. It was growing on the rock wall … Keep reading.
January 16, 2014
Discovery Place is now accepting applications for adult volunteers for the upcoming exhibition 101 Inventions That Changed The World, which makes its East Coast debut at the Museum on February 2.
101 Inventions That Changed The World is an exciting journey through time and space. Sensory4 immersive media technology allows the stories of these inventions to unfold all around the visitor. The exhibition also houses an Inventors Den, where visitors may try their hands at tinkering to create or adapt new inventions, and an Artifact Gallery showcasing examples of these amazing inventions.
The success of this experience depends on having a great staff, and Discovery Place needs the help of an outstanding volunteer team to engage the public and help visitors navigate the exhibition. Discove… Keep reading.