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Jellybot: Soft, Aquatic, Bio-inspired Engineering (Ages: 9-12)

Students will explore the Montshire’s insect collection to learn about insect diversity, adaptations and life cycles in this VERY hands on workshop series that includes live bugs in every class.

Students will explore the Montshire’s insect collection to learn about insect diversity, adaptations and life cycles in this VERY hands on workshop series that includes live bugs in every class.

It’s an exciting time in space science! Students will get a better understanding of our place in the universe and some of the most incredible discoveries through a series of hands-on experiments and eye-popping demonstrations!

We are going to get inspiration from the book “Rollercoaster” by Marla Frazee and work together to build our own marble coasters all across the Montshire classroom.

Enjoy FOUR SUNDAYS of savings in the Museum Store

Choose from the Museum Store’s unique collection of science and nature-related products. You’ll find science kits, puzzles, games, ukuleles, art supplies, nature guides, art calendars, toys, books, journals, jewelry, and great stocking stuffers!

Savings Include:

  • 25% savings on all Museum Store purchases for members
  • 20% savings on all Museum Store purchases for non-members
  • Employees of MBP member companies enjoy 25% savings during MBP Employee Appreciation Day on December 4, 2022
Jumbo plush fox, raffle prize

Enter our in-store raffle to win a jumbo plush fox for you or someone on your gift list!

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for New Year’s at Noon!

We’re hosting an early New Year’s Eve for families with children under the age of six, who are eager to ring in 2023. Enjoy activity stations around the museum and experience a New Year’s celebration, Montshire style!

What makes a light bulb light up? We’ll explore this question and others by testing circuits using wires, bulbs, motors, and switches. By the end of the series participants will use their new knowledge to build their own electric games to take home.

This program has three required sessions on December 6, 13 & 20, 2022.

Why does Earth have so many different types of rocks? We’ll explore the rock cycle using the Montshire’s rock collection, comparing igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and how they can transform from one type of rock into another. We’ll do (some messy) experiments on weathering and erosion; and get to examine some of our special collections of fossils and meteorites.

This program has three required sessions on November 1, 8, & 15 2022.

Focusing in a wholly unique way on how horticulture intersects with our every day world and on women whose work has enriched and expanded these intersections in the last 25 years, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants explores and celebrates how the plant world is improved by not only greater representation of women generally but also by diversity amongst those women. The work of these women illustrates how the many challenges of our world - environmental, economic, cultural/societal, individual - can and are being met through cultivating an interdependence with plants.

These paradigm-shifting women range beautifully across race, ethnicity, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation, and age - in a way that transcends preconceived notions of what horticulture/gardening are and what plants people/gardeners look like. These women and their work have profoundly positive impacts on the larger world - aesthetically, environmentally, culturally, and economically - making them joyful and encouraging role models and inspirations for us all.

NORWICH, VERMONT, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 — The Montshire Museum of Science is pleased to announce a self-curated exhibition of mixed-media art by Montshire staff. I Never Saw It That Way celebrates the many different ways one can interface with science and present those interactions to the world.

This fall, visitors can consider science from fresh perspectives in this original exhibition created by artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters on the Montshire Museum staff. Through this special collection of works, visitors will be invited to engage in a broad range of subjects from genetics to data visualization, from chemical reactions to arithmetic. Special hands-on workshops and artist talks are planned for the run of the exhibition.

I Never Saw It That Way will be on display at the Montshire Museum of Science from October 7th 2022 to January 2nd 2023.

This exhibition is made possible in part by The Benjamin Schore Art Fund and contributions to The Montshire Fund.

About The Montshire Museum of Science

The Montshire Museum of Science forges and empowers lifelong learners.

The Montshire Museum of Science is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Admission is $19 for adults and $16 for children ages 2-17. The Museum is free for members and children under the age of two. Memberships are available. Visit montshire.org or call 802-649-2200 for more information.

I Never Saw It That Way: Exploring Science Through Art

This special evening event at the Museum will feature “tricked out” exhibits and live Halloween-themed demonstrations designed especially for families with children through age 12.

The event will also include opportunities to make Potions, build Skeletons, handle Creepy Crawlies, and investigate the Dark. For young guests, there will be a not-so-spooky edition of the Montshire’s new TogetherTime Tales program. The event will conclude with a Grand Finale and trick-or-treating.

Guests are invited to come in costume and participate in costume contest. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including: Best Family Costume, Best Baby Costume, Most Earth Friendly Costume, Best Science-Themed Costume, and Most Creative Costume.*

The Museum recommends that you purchase tickets in advance as this event will sell out. Ticket price includes museum admission and access to all Spooky Science exhibits, activities, demonstrations, and light refreshments. Tickets to Spooky Science are $10 per person for Montshire Members and $14 for non-members. Admission is free for children under the age of two. Free event parking is available at the Museum.

*Please ensure that costumes are not too scary (no gore, blood, or weapons) and that costume-wearers can move safely around the museum.

This event is made possible with a generous contribution from LCS Controls, Inc.

This self-curated exhibition of mixed-media art by Montshire staff celebrates the many different ways one can interface with science and present those interactions to the world.

This fall, visitors can consider science from fresh perspectives in this original exhibition created by artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters on the Montshire Museum staff. Through this special collection of works, visitors will be invited to engage in a broad range of subjects from genetics to data visualization, from chemical reactions to arithmetic. Special hands-on workshops and artist talks are planned for the run of the exhibition.

I Never Saw It That Way will be on display at the Montshire Museum of Science from October 7th 2022 to January 2nd 2023.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Benjamin Schore Art Fund and contributions to the Montshire Fund.

In this 45-minute program, you will take inspiration from jellyfish to design, build, and test your own JellyBot. This is a bio-inspired engineering activity, led by a museum educator who will guide you through a customized experience allowing you to play with different materials to make a soft, underwater robot that swims under your control. You might get wet!

This event is full. Sign up for the next session on 10/23 here.

Design, build, and test your own underwater propulsion system in this new engineering design challenge. With guidance by a museum educator, visitors will play with water, balloons, and customized 3D-printed parts to build an underwater rocket and complete challenges like spinning through the water or collecting objects from the bottom. You might get wet! Sign up now to reserve a spot. (Program length: 45 minutes)

Jellybots on Sundays

Experiment with bio-inspired aquatic engineering!

The Montshire Museum of Science offers unique programs to enrich your family’s homeschool curriculum with opportunities for inquiry-based science learning.

Through these multi-week drop-off programs, a small group of learners will engage in hands-on, creative exploration of science, technology, engineering, math and the arts at the Montshire.

All programs will accommodate current guidelines of mask-wearing, social distancing, and healthy hand hygiene.

Science Yoga is on hold this winter. We will make an announcement when have new dates scheduled. Thank you for your understanding.

Explore how simple shapes can be rearranged to make endless combinations after reading Windblown by Edouard Manceau.

Come read Birds by Kevin Henkes to learn about different bird colors and behaviors. Afterwards create your very own flapping flying bird to take home.

After meeting the worm and caterpillar that star in the book Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel we’ll have a chance to meet and examine a live worm up close.

Explore how simple shapes can be rearranged to make endless combinations after reading Windblown by Edouard Manceau.

We’ll read the delightful book Just a Little Bit about friends both large and small on a teeter totter. Young families will then use the museum’s balances to compare and measure a variety of objects.

Create your very own fuzzy caterpillar after reading the Eric Carle classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Build, test, and sink your own boat as we learn about balance and weight (along with the silly antics of some cute critters) in Pamela Allen’s Who Sank the Boat.

Enjoy the wonderful book Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris and create our own patterned fish with stamps and creativity.

We’ll read Who Has These Feet by Laura Hulbert and afterward explore other local animal tracks and learn which tracks belong to which animals.

A favorite for young museum families! We’ll read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stole Walsh to get us ready to make our own rainbow of colors using mixing trays, pipettes, and primary colors.

It is summer in our bee colony. As our Live Animal Care Specialist, Lorenz Rutz, explains: “Summer is when colonies produce swarms and raise numerous generations of larvae as the workers forage constantly for nectar and pollen. This foraging is extremely dangerous and has a high death rate – only the oldest bees forage, they have different jobs inside the hive when younger. This is also the only time to see the male drones.”

Our 2nd floor Creative Building Center is home to three ways to make something new.

The Rigmajig is a large-scale wooden building kit that inspires imagination, curiosity, and discovery through hands-on and open-ended play. With no instructions or right-and-wrong answers, you are are free to imagine what to make, and to figure out how to make it. Through hands-on play you’ll develop physical, emotional, and intellectual skills to engage with the world with confidence.

Cojiform and Design Planks are small-scale building tools that allow people to discover their “inner sculptor” as they experiment with form, negative and positive space, pattern, and composition.

Cojiform is designed by Isaac Bower Studio.

More to Explore

Build and test a mini-machine based on the Machines in Motion summer exhibition.

Plan for a day full of engineering and science exploration!

Summer Science Day is the second event in Montshire in Motion, a series of fundraising events that help to move forward the Montshire’s mission of science education. Thank you to all Montshire in Motion sponsors and to our Summer Science Day presenting sponsor, Global Forest Partners LP.