STEAM Learning Lab – Leaf Color Chemistry

STEAM Learning Lab – Leaf Color Chemistry

Looking outside we can see the first leaves starting to change color as fall begins. While kids understand that leaves changing colors (and falling off trees) is something that happens every autumn, and some may even understand that this happens from a lack of chlorophyll, this is a great experiment to really help them understand how leaves get their colors.

STEAM Learning Lab – Jacob Lawrence City Scape

STEAM Learning Lab – Jacob Lawrence City Scape

Today we are celebrating the birthday of famous artist, Jacobs Lawrence. Lawrence was born on September 7th, 1917 and is one of the best known African-American painters of the 20th century. Throughout his life, he found ways to help teach others in his community, and also to capture daily life in New York and Harlem.

STEAM Learning Lab – Marble Runs

STEAM Learning Lab – Marble Runs

How do people build roller coasters? How do they know they won’t get stuck somewhere on the track? Physicists have to carefully design coasters to ensure that they are not only fun but safe as well! In this activity, we make our own coasters and attach them to our walls.

Children’s Festival To-Go!

Children’s Festival To-Go!

This year, the 2020 World Connections Children’s Festival will be a new, virtual experience. Children’s Festival To-Go! invites you to celebrate the diverse cultures in Utah by joining us on a road trip across the state and sharing new virtual experiences.

STEAM Learning Lab – Bee Hotel

STEAM Learning Lab – Bee Hotel

Do you know that 90% of bees are solitary bees? Unlike Queen Steve and her hive, solitary bees live alone out in the wild. Solitary bees don’t make honey, but they are responsible for pollinating a majority of wild plants and 30% of agricultural crops.

STEAM Learning Lab – The Food Rainbow

STEAM Learning Lab – The Food Rainbow

Fresh produce comes in a wide variety of bright colors, and it’s healthy too! Next time you’re at the store with the little ones try to pay attention to the colors of all the food you’re getting.  Different colored fruits and vegetables have different nutrients. A fun way to teach kids this idea is to promote eating an entire rainbow as a way to get the most nutrients.

STEAM Learning Lab – Bee Rockets

STEAM Learning Lab – Bee Rockets

Today we are going to make objects fly with air pressure! Air takes up space, just like all matter, and when it pushes on something it can have a big effect! Here at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, we can see this happening in the ball tubes in our Pollinator. The plastic balls are heavier than air, but the air can still push them through the tubes by putting pressure on them.

STEAM Learning Lab – Stained Glass Window

STEAM Learning Lab – Stained Glass Window

Have you been inside a building with stained glass? Where was it? Stained-glass combines colored pieces of glass to make pictures. The light that comes through the glass appears to have changed color! Since stained glass is usually colored by different minerals, the addition of those minerals changes the way light passes through the glass. We can mimic this affect anytime we change how light passes through a clear object.

STEAM Learning Lab – The Buzz on Bees

STEAM Learning Lab – The Buzz on Bees

Today, we are visiting The Farm here in the museum. Tucked into the corner of Kid’s Eye View, The Farm lets museum visitors ride a horse, care for crops and tend to some broody chickens. We especially love the picture of a cute piggy, so today we are going to make a cute piggy of our very own!

STEAM Learning Lab – Piggy Pinch Pots

STEAM Learning Lab – Piggy Pinch Pots

Today, we are visiting The Farm here in the museum. Tucked into the corner of Kid’s Eye View, The Farm lets museum visitors ride a horse, care for crops and tend to some broody chickens. We especially love the picture of a cute piggy, so today we are going to make a cute piggy of our very own!

STEAM Learning Lab – Hexagon Bubbles

STEAM Learning Lab – Hexagon Bubbles

A hexagon is a shape with 6 sides. Can you think of anywhere in nature that you might be able to find hexagons? They are all over the place! Snowflakes, turtle shells, insect eyes, pineapples, and the honeycombs in beehives all contain hexagons! This is because the hexagon is a very efficient shape. When bees make their honeycombs, the cells are shaped like this because it doesn’t waste any space. Today we are going to make our own hexagons with bubbles!