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Talking About Race, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children, from EmbraceRace
Talking Race with Young Children, from NPR Life Kit
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child To Advance Racial Justice, from Raising Race Conscious Children
How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids, from Common Sense Media
Books That Promote Diversity and Inclusion, from Common Sense Media
Books to Support Conversations on Race, from EmbraceRace
This summer, prepare for an exciting season of special events and programs when dinosaurs take over the Montshire Museum of Science. During the Summer of Dinosaurs, the Montshire will offer an exciting opportunity to explore the lives of dinosaurs, big and small. Enjoy hands-on exhibits about dinosaur eggs and babies, dramatic dinosaur fossil specimens, and a series of events and programs for all ages.
See the Amazing Allosauruses, featuring a life-sized adult (23 feet long!) and a juvenile Allosaurus, in the Montshire’s main atrium gallery. These carnivorous theropod dinosaurs lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the late Jurassic period. During this time, they were the largest predators, placing them at the top of the dinosaur food chain!
In the second floor, visitors can catch a rare and exciting glimpse at the lives of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies. Sponsored by GEOKON, this remarkable handson exhibition offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe—including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups.
A captivating experience for all ages, Tiny Titans invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations, and view animated video presentations featuring wellknown dinosaur experts. Each science-rich section is enhanced with exciting life-like models of embryos and hatchlings, colorful illustrations of dinosaur family life, and stunning photographs of some of the world’s most renowned dinosaur scientists and their discoveries.
Outside the Museum, observe a variety of greenery at the Prehistoric Plant Life exhibit, and learn about the origins of current-day plant species.
Explore the Summer of Dinosaurs and discover the science behind these phenomenal creatures that once roamed the earth!
A shadow occurs when light is blocked by an object. Experiment with shadows to begin exploring some of the properties of light.
By tracing the shadow of an object over the course of the day, you can track how shadows change as the Sun moves across the sky. Use chalk to trace your own shadows throughout the day, and build a sundial. Download the activity sheet to get started.
Stars (like our sun) create their own light. The moon and planets are visible because they reflect light from the Sun. Montshire educator Amy explains and introduces a fun new activity for this week. Download the activity guide to get started.
Many of us think of a mirror when asked where we can see our reflections, but there are many things besides a mirror that are smooth and shiny and reflect most of the light that hits them. Find as many things in and around your house that reflect light well enough that you can see yourself in them.
Download the activity guide to get started!
Paleoanthropologist Jerry DeSilva (and special guests!) compare different types of bones to show just how much we can learn from skeletons and fossils. Then download our activity sheet to go on a skeleton scavenger hunt and learn more about your own bones!
Before or after lunch is a great time for science! Dissect a chicken wing to identify its arm bones and compare them to yours.
Watch Montshire educator Rebecca explain, then download our activity sheet to get started.
Wondering what to do with your leftover chicken? How about some bone experiments?
The most visible part of our skeleton are our teeth! Smile and show someone your skeleton. Count, compare, and map out the teeth in your mouth with our downloadable activity guide.
Animals have teeth that are well adapted to how and what they eat – bark, seeds, insects, fish, grass, meat. Can you match the animal to its teeth?
How do the bones in your hand connect? Build a working model of your hand bones using cardboard, string, and straws.
Watch Montshire educator Rebecca explain the process then download the activity sheet to get started.
Do cats have knees and do bats have pinky fingers? Compare your skeleton to these other animals to see if we’re all the same inside.
Learn about the lives of animals and the world’s past through bones and fossils!
Spend a week exploring color chemistry with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Spend a week exploring the science of light with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Spend a week exploring the science of skeletons with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Spend a week exploring the science behind air with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Experiment with your own Montshire paper spinning helicopters, fish, and octopuses at home!
Download the activity sheet for more information.
Claim that hair dryer in the name of science!
Download the activity guide here and make your own mini ball floater at home.
The dart, the glider, or the even keel? Which paper airplane is right for you?
Check out these different airplane designs and then experiment with them!
Turn your summer time fan into a wind tube or sail boat exhibit, just like the ones at the Montshire! Watch Montshire educator Rebecca explain, then download the activity guide to get started.
Operation TOY RESCUE is underway! Build a miniature parachute to bring your toy home safe and sound.
Watch our video and download the activity guide to get started!
Developed, hosted, and curated by the Montshire’s Education team, this online learning series consists of videos and resources that provide a variety of learning opportunities.
Every week will focus on a new topic, allowing young learners to delve into a subject using a variety of learning methods.
Learning opportunities include:
Spend a week exploring the world of bugs and creepy crawlers with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Bring all your bug questions for this special live Zoom webinar with Montshire Educators, Rebecca and Amy.
Biologists will track and follow an animal, recording everything it does. Be a bee biologist and follow a bee as it visits flowers. Record as many behaviors as you see.
Download our activity sheet to track bee behavior.
Why dissect frogs when you can dissect a flower?
Download our activity sheet and get an inside look (literally) at flowers.
How many itsy bitsy spiders can you find in your house?
Download our activity sheet and let the hunt begin!
Your favorite blood sucking parasites are back this spring! Learn more about them with Montshire educator Rebecca.
Download our activity sheet and track their activities, just like scientists do!
Bugs, slugs, worms and dirt. What’s living under there?!?! Map your animal discoveries as you look under that rock.
Download our activity sheet to get started with mapping out an entire world of bugs.
Head outside on a bug hunt to find the tiny, slimey, leggy, crawly, and creepily cool denizens of nature! Download our activity guide to start your adventure!
Spend a week exploring the world of puzzles with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!
Tangrams are puzzles that were thought to have originated in China around 1,000 years ago and were introduced to Europe and America in the 1800s.
Montshire educator Amy shows us the different ways you can have fun with tangrams. Don’t forget to download a few for you to solve!
You can create some fun shapes with tangrams — even letters! Can you spell out your name using tangrams?
Give it a go, then download our activity sheet to solve tangram puzzles that spell out “Montshire.”
Puzzles can help you develop numerous skills, including spatial and geometry skills, problem solving skills, and patience!
Explore the many benefits of puzzles through this Montshire cube puzzle!
Peg solitaire, or brainvita, requires you to develop a strategy to improve each time you try and solve it.
Montshire puzzle maven Amy shows us how to play these games. Then, give it a go yourself by downloading our activity guide.
Try out some lateral thinking as you solve these toothpick puzzles, also known as matchstick puzzles. Lateral thinking is a thought process that requires a creative approach as opposed to a purely logical approach
Don’t forget to download the activity guide!
The Handcuff Puzzle is a type of disentanglement puzzle that requires you to take apart or untangle parts of puzzles that aren’t completely attached. This type of puzzle falls into a study of geometry called topology—the mathematics of distortion.
Montshire puzzle expert Amy explains how to do a handcuff puzzle at home. Then download our activity and give it a try!
On April 30, 2020 ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Montshire Museum of Science, and Vermont Institute of Natural Science will launch FourScienceVT, a consortium to provide critical support for the science education needs of Vermonters during the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis.
The goal of FourScienceVT is to provide STEM educational content, programs, and resources from four trusted science museums to Vermonters across the State. Together the institutions seek to meet the social and emotional needs of struggling families during this time of great uncertainty through integrated online and in-person learning experiences.
As the pandemic continues to shutter schools, early childhood learning centers, out-of-school environments, and other informal learning spaces, these Vermont-based museums have banded together to provide resources in various online formats. Through offerings such as live science broadcasts on Zoom and Facebook, video content with friendly and knowledgeable educators, behind-the-scenes tours of collections, and downloadable resources for families and teachers, the group’s collaborative efforts cover a spectrum of learners.
“I want to thank the FourScienceVT museums for stepping up to provide STEM educational content to Vermont learners,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “Because so much of STEM is about discovery and application, it is important to have high quality learning resources for students to explore. Vermont is lucky to have such robust institutions within our small borders, and I appreciate them contributing to our Continuity of Learning efforts.”
“Working together, we are able to provide a greater variety of learning resources, each leveraging our core collections, science experiences, and expertise,” says Montshire’s executive director Marcos Stafne. “Our ability to reach multiple audiences with high quality STEM content and to direct people to local science content happening in our State helps give Vermont families and teachers a place to turn to for inspiration and intellectual stimulation.”
The mission of the consortium is to provide high quality STEM education experiences to Vermonters during a time of crisis. The group also offers support to each other. “Each museum has the need to care for their collections, facilities, and employees, while developing new digital learning opportunities—all in a time of trauma,” notes ECHO’s executive director Phelan Fretz. “Our teams have been meeting on a regular basis to share best practices for digital engagement and action plans for safely reopening.”
To guide people through the stream of digital and downloadable resources, the group has developed FourScienceVT.org, a curated platform for families and schools to access Vermont-centric STEM interactive curriculum and experiences. “It’s a new world of digital engagement,” says Fairbanks’ Executive Director Adam Kane. “We made a quick shift to delivering programming online and have seen our viewership grow exponentially. Teachers are especially hungry for high-quality STEM content.”
“We know that in the best of times, teachers reach out to each of our museums for STEM support, and we have long established connections with local schools,” says Charlie Rattigan, executive director of VINS. “It’s a natural fit for our individual teams to work together to both create dynamic STEM experiences and get the message out. We’re here to support Vermonters during this time of need and hope to address the STEM education access disparity inherent in our rural communities.”
While this consortium has formed in a time of crisis, each museum has looked into the future when their individual institutions will serve as a place of recovery for families and schools. Creating a collaboration now works toward a targeted resource for STEM learning in the future, when schools and families will need additional support. For more information about FourScienceVT, visit www.FourScienceVT.org
Mary Davidson Graham
Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.
This program is produced and organized by Dartmouth Synergy, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Montshire Museum of Science, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health.
David de Gijsel, MD, MPH, MSc, is an infectious disease doctor and researcher for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute.
Richard A. Zuckerman, MD, MPH, is an infectious disease doctor and researcher for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine for the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine.
Density is this week’s science topic on Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of experiments demonstrating density that you can do yourself with salt, water, food coloring, cups, balls, and a few other items hanging around the house.
This week we’re learning all about density! Density is how much mass something has. A great way to learn about it is by building your own density column with household materials. Learn how with Montshire educator Mike.
Watch the video then download the activity sheet to start the experiment at home!
One way to explore relative density is by testing whether something sinks or floats in liquid or gas.
For this experiment, we’re going to see if objects are more dense or less dense than water by observing if they sink or float.
Watch Montshire educator Amy explain, then download the activity sheet and try this experiment at home.
Have you ever wondered how liquids can stack on top of each other instead of mixing together? It’s because they have different densities and don’t mix well together.
See this in action! Create a liquid rainbow using density to colorfully layer salt solutions. Download the activity sheet here.
Surprisingly, the density of the salt water keeps the melt water in a cold layer on top that insulates the ice cube.
Make a colorful density column using items from your kitchen. Montshire educator Mike explains today’s experiment.
Set off fireworks underwater! For today’s experiment, create cool patterns by making food coloring “erupt” in water.
Download the activity sheet here!
Join us for a week of videos, home projects, downloadable activities, and other learning resources as we build cardboard creations!
Why do we love building with cardboard at the Montshire?
- It’s cheap (sometimes free!) and easy to cut
- It’s sturdy yet flexible
- It has loads of textures that make cool designs
This week we’re working on some amazing cardboard creations! Watch this video and download our design worksheet to get started.
Transform 2D to 3D by making a cube from a single flat sheet of cardboard!
Download our activity guide to get started.
Create a beautiful work of art using a variety of shapes! Learn how to create abstract art by piecing together cardboard and create a masterpiece from your own imagination!
Follow the instructions in our our activity sheet here.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Keep them marbles rollin’!
Today, we’re making a marble run using recycled materials. Ramps, trap doors, seesaws — so many ways to roll!
Watch Montshire educator Katie explain, then download our activity guide to get started.
Make a fashion statement by creating your own hat! Use your newfound cardboard crafting skills to create something fun, different, and wearable.
Watch Montshire educator Katie explain then download our activity guide to get started.
Brendan Nyhan, PhD is a professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care. He also studies social networks and applied statistical methods. He is published widely and contributes to The Upshot at the New York Times, and is the co-organizer of Bright Line Watch.
Alice Ely, MPH, is Executive Director of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley which, as one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks, has quickly become the largest and broadest coalition of advocates on public and population health issues in the greater Upper Valley region.
Just what is inside an egg? Montshire educator Rebecca uses some simple chemistry to reveal what goes on beneath a chicken’s eggshell.
Download our handy egg diagram to see if you can spot the different parts!
The egg yolk and egg white serve two different purposes for a developing embryo. But these two different egg parts also serve different functions in the kitchen! Montshire educator Rebecca explains and even offers some fun and easy recipes to make with them!
Download the recipes and make it in your own kitchen at home!
Why don’t eggs break when hens sit on them? Join us for today’s egg strength challenge to see just how tough tiny eggs can be. No eggs to spare? No worries! Just watch along for a fun experiment.
Don’t forget to download the activity sheet for this experiment.
Do your eggs spin slow? Do they wobble to and fro? Montshire educator Rebecca will explain. And if yours spin fast she’ll explain that too!
Download the activity sheet for this experiment here!
Can you protect Humpty Dumpty from a great fall? Invent a container that will keep a raw egg from breaking when tossed to the ground.
Remember to download the activity sheet for this experiment.
Surprise eggs, or cascarones, are a great way to make the most of your extra eggs and bring some fun to your weekend. Montshire educator Rebecca walks you through how to make your own!
Don’t forget to wash that egg beforehand and wash your hands after, too!
Remember to download the activity sheet here.
This week, we’re going to work on our own chain reaction at home! Montshire Educator Mike will explain the basics and how to get started!
Then, it’s time to gather your materials from around your home. Download our activity sheet to guide you through your search.
The first step of building our own chain reactions at home is to gather materials. The next step is figuring out what to do with them.
Montshire educator Mike talks about some different ways to work through this planning process. Think about your end goal. Sometimes a theme can help spark your building idea. What are some other ways to get creative?
When building your chain reactions at home, think about how you can use common materials in uncommon ways.
Here are a few examples from Montshire educator Mike.
A key part of building chain reactions is testing.
Test, test, test! And test often! You’ll get immediate feedback about what works.
Here, Montshire educator Mike puts together a chain reaction at the Montshire. Even with manufactured materials and magnets to hold everything together, it took 12 attempts before lucky number 13 worked and all 3 balls made it to the end bucket.
Drumroll please! It’s been one week of hard work on our chain reactions!
Check out the amazing Montshire-inspired chain reaction created by Montshire educator Mike. And keep an eye out for all your favorite sights and exhibits from the Montshire.
Download our activity sheet and go on a scavenger hunt for Montshire favorites in Mike’s chain reaction.
Join Montshire educator Amy as she gives a quick overview of seeds AND starts a fun seed sprouting experiment!
Download the complete experiment instructions and observation sheets.
Just how many seeds does Montshire educator Amy have in her kitchen?! How many are in yours?? Join us for a seed scavenger hunt!
Download our activity sheet to help you on your search.
Just about anything can be sorted — seeds, socks, crayons, rocks and more.
Sorting makes you look at how things are the same or different and then allows you to make decisions about which of those characteristics are important. This is an important skill scientists use all the time!
Got seeds or beads? Got socks or blocks? Got shells or buttons or coins or rocks?
Let’s get them sorted!
Download our activity sheet for more fun sorting ideas.
Earlier in the week, Montshire educator Amy began a seed sprouting experiment. Check out Amy’s progress!
Montshire educator Katie talks about the basics of bubbles. What makes bubbles round? What makes them colorful? It looks magical but it’s really all about math. Learn more and even how to make the Montshire’s not-so-top- secret bubble solution.
Download the Montshire’s Bubble Solution Recipe and make your own bubble creations at home!
Soap is amazing stuff that not only makes bubbles, but also keeps you and your house clean! With your grownup, see how many you can you find together in your home.
After your soap scavenger hunt, choose three soaps and experiment with them.
Ask yourself: How do they move on a plate, wax paper, or in water? How do they mix together? Which make the best bubble solution to use at home?
Download our Slippery Soap Scavenger Hunt to guide you through your experiment.
Time for a bubble wand scavenger hunt! Search around your house for objects that might make good bubble wands.
See what you can find at home. Then go outside and test them!
Foam is lots and lots of tiny bubbles! Follow these easy steps to make your own.
Then go outside and test with your homemade Montshire Bubble Solution!
Learn how to make big bubbles at home with only string, straws, and your homemade bubble solution!
For years, Dr. Carl Brandon at Vermont Technical College, his colleague, Dr. Peter Chapin and their students have been working on miniaturized satellites called CubeSats for use in space research. In fact, they launched a CubeSat that is considered the only successful satellite of any kind launched by a college on the East coast of the United States. Dr. Brandon’s work has spanned the sciences, from developing video games to studying bat flight aerodynamics. How does a career in science evolve, from physicist to rocket scientist? And how do you use this rich and varied experience to cultivate a successful CubeSat program?
Dr. Carl Brandon’s diverse background — from working on a cyclotron and early video games, to flying airplanes and launching satellites — has led him from IBM to Vermont Technical College. With a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Brandon has been teaching at Vermont Tech since 1977. Having received 30 NASA grants for their projects, Dr. Brandon and team constructed a CubeSat that was launched in an Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket in November, 2013. It was in orbit and operational for 2 years it the only successful satellite of any kind launched by a college on the East coast of the United States.