December 03, 2013
Need some help with your holiday shopping? Check out our top gift ideas for 2013.
All items are available at Shop Science, which is open seven days a week during regular Museum hours. Discovery Place Members receive a 20% discount on all purchases.
Crossover 8-Wheel Stunt RC Car ($29.99) - With eight wheels, nothing stops this remote control stunt vehicle as it spins, twists, flips and rolls. Kids will love the colorful flashing lights and adults will appreciate the lack of sound effects. Ages 3 and up.
Magna-Tiles ($59.99) - These jewel-toned translucent tiles are a hit in KidScience, and now you can bring the fun home. Children learn shape recognition and build motor skills as they create flat patterns or 3D sculptures. Ages 3 and up.
Laser Pegs ($29.99) - Build eight differe Keep reading.
What do dinosaurs, rockets, volcanoes, muscles and physics all have in common? Aside from being some of the most fun topics in science, they're also part of our Winter Break Camps!
It's November, which means that the holidays are right around the corner, and the kids will be out of school. Are you looking for something fun, engaging and educational to do for them? Discovery Place's Winter Break Camps are back for a third year, running December 30 - January 3, and I'm tremendously excited!
Winter Break Camps are interactive and hands-on, with great opportunities for inquiry. We'll be answering scientific questions and asking new ones, performing experiments and getting active. What a great way to bring in the new year!
This year, we've added four new programs to our roster of cool Keep reading.
November 15, 2013
Have you met our newest World Alive residents?
Stop by the aquarium and check out our armored fish! These fish defend themselves with thick scales that make them difficult for predators to devour.
Pinecone fish (Monocentris japonica) are found in the western tropical Indo-Pacific oceans, at depths of 2 - 100 meters, on both rocky and coral reefs. They grow to about 8 inches long and are encased in large, thick scales.
The pinecone fish has a light-producing organ on the side of its lower jaw that is thought to be used for night hunting. They feed at night on small invertebrates that may be lured by the glowing lights on the fish's mouth. The light is produced by luminescent bacteria.
Also residents of the Indo-Pacific region, longhorn cowfish (L Keep reading.
October 14, 2013
In a flurry of squeals and giggles, children raced to snatch the colorful scarves and pom-poms floating to the ground.
Both hands full, they jostled in line, eager to stuff the soft, squishy objects into the waiting vacuum tube of A-Mazing Airways, the newest addition to KidScience.
The exhibit, added October 8, has been an instant hit with Discovery Place's youngest visitors. It allows children to experiment with the physics of airflow as they watch colorful objects whiz through a maze of clear tubes.
A-Mazing Airways spans a window near the Museum's 6th Street entrance, providing a mesmerizing display for visitors and passers-by.
KidScience is an early childhood exhibition where children ages 0-7 and their caregivers learn about science and math as they experiment, create and Keep reading.
October 10, 2013
After a month-long renovation, the Explore More Stuff lab is now open, with even more to explore!
The newly enclosed lab has improved sound-reduction features and a host of technology upgrades that will allow Museum guests to get the most from their lab experience.
The lab is no longer open to the Museum floor, so groups and classes can focus more easily on their lessons.
Each of the six lab stations features a new touch-screen monitor and wireless printer connections so students can take their 3D drawings or data home with them. All video cables and displays have been updated to HDMI connections for crisper, clearer images and interfaces.
Want to make the connection between a robot's brain and its body? Students working with LEGO Mindstorms robots will get to use new, more sta Keep reading.
September 17, 2013
Posted By: Gabor Zsuppan
Recently, 19 Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum educators completed a training program to become Certified Interpretive Guides.
By completing this program, our educators have added to their toolkit of teaching and learning approaches, specifically with respect to museum and collection-based teaching. Good teachers are always looking for the most effective ways to engage with the content and to consider how to present that content through experiences that are relevant, engaging, and meaningful.
At Discovery Place, we have a natural inner drive to learn, sometimes for personal reasons and other times for professional reasons to help us serve our public and our students better. We strive to incorporate the best approaches in formal and informal education to design the best exp Keep reading.