August 22, 2016
While rearranging plants in your yard, you may need to dig a substantial hole in an area that has not been disturbed for years and suddenly be surprised to see a large, mahogany-colored, stout-legged spider crawling out of excavated dirt.
It will be bigger than you will want to handle, but if you can encourage it to go into a large jar or small bucket, you will probably have a mature female trapdoor spider (Ummidia audouini).
Not common and very secretive, the females can live 15 or more years in a silk-lined tube found six or eight inches deep underneath an amazingly camouflaged, hinged… Keep reading.
August 18, 2016
Cubers from all over the Southeast competed at Discovery Place’s first Speedcubing Competition last Saturday.
Using five different-sized Rubik’s Cube puzzles in six rounds, the official World Cube Association event played host to 100 competitors throughout the day.
With an average solve time of 2.43 seconds, Daniel Wannamaker took first place in the 2x2 Cube event. Wannamaker also took first place in 3x3, 4x4 and Rubik’s Clock, with average scores of 8.26 seconds, 37.40 seconds and 10.07 seconds, respectively.
As if solving a Rubik’s Cube isn’t hard enough, Cubers completed in a round… Keep reading.
Do you like to create, innovate, tinker and invent? Then join us June 17 - 23 for the National Week of Making!
This nationwide event celebrates ingenuity, inspires creative problem-solving, and supports opportunities for people of all ages to tinker and make.
At Discovery Place, we'll be offering FREE workshops every day from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. No Museum admission is required as we explore:
Sticks, Bands and Basic Geometrical Fun
Air Men & Monsters
Makey Makey Madness
3D Printing & Design
June 03, 2016
Spiders are fascinating in body shapes, colors and patterns. They show an enormous range of adaptive behaviors and as a group are probably the best small predators on the vast diversity of insects on this planet.
When you look, spiders are everywhere! Some 46,000 species have been described in 114 families of spiders worldwide.
The Collections department at Discovery Place is home to nearly 6,000 spider specimens, most of which were collected by emeritus biology professor Dr. David Grant throughout his teaching career and from Davidson College students enrolled in his biology and marine … Keep reading.
April 28, 2016
Each year, hundreds of volunteers generously donate their time, talent and energy to bringing science and nature to life at our Museums.
At our recent Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Dr. David Grant was named Adult Volunteer of the Year.
Dr. Grant has been a volunteer in the Collections Department for 32 years. In that time he has logged 1,842 hours as a very dedicated volunteer.
We were honored to present him with the 2016 Weldon and Edith Storey Award, which recognizes outstanding adult volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment and passion to educating our guests in an engag… Keep reading.
April 01, 2016
April 1 is April Fools Day, but it's also the start of Earth Month and there are no jokes about it. OK, maybe just one: Why did the leaf go to the doctor?
Because it was feeling green!
Discovery Place’s family of Museums are all celebrating our blue planet with earth-friendly programs all month long. Check out five ways we are going green in April:
1. Have you ever wondered how a seed becomes a beautiful flower? Stop by the Explore More Collections lab at Discovery Place every day at 2:00 p.m. to take a closer look at seed germination and leaf identification.
2. Soil, dirt and worm… Keep reading.