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06/04/2020

On Monday, May 25, our community had a stark reminder of the continued disparities in our society as a police officer killed another African American man while arresting him. We know the excuses we will hear, but none matter. The man should be alive. His name was George Floyd.

At the Science Museum, advocating for justice and equity is one of our foundational values – one to which we are fiercely committed. With that commitment and in partnership with you and our community, we will continue the work of our mission to inspire learning, inform policy, and improve lives.

On March 28, 2018, the Science Museum’s Board of Trustees approved our Statement of Equity and Inclusion. This statement acknowledges the Museum’s role in creating systems of injustice and inequity. Our Trustees, senior leaders, and staff are working to make the Museum - and ourselves - a part of the change that society needs now. Read the full statement at smm.org/equity.

05/27/2020

Hey, Facebook friends 👋 We've had a lot of fun putting together at-home activities, providing Omnifest movies, and writing in-depth science stories during these unpredictable times.

We want to know: what kinds of things do *you* want to hear more about?

If neither of the options are what you're hoping for, please comment below with your thoughts. We appreciate you!

Are you deep in thought today like Don, a Western Lowland Gorilla?Don was transported from Cameroon, Africa, with a part...
05/25/2020

Are you deep in thought today like Don, a Western Lowland Gorilla?

Don was transported from Cameroon, Africa, with a partner gorilla to the Como Zoo. After many years at the zoo, unfortunately, Don died of kidney failure. After his body was donated to the Science Museum, preserving him took a considerable amount of thoughtful effort. Because of illness-related hair loss, the taxidermist had to re-implant over 6,000 hairs on Don's back, chest, and head. It was worth it, though—he is one unique specimen. What do you think Don is dreaming of? 🤔 🍌 🌴

#MuseumFromHome #MemorialDay #MemorialDay2020

When the coronavirus outbreak struck, many of us have turned to baking for a pleasant distraction and to pass the time t...
05/24/2020
Making bread with substitutions and science! | Science Museum of Minnesota

When the coronavirus outbreak struck, many of us have turned to baking for a pleasant distraction and to pass the time therapeutically. However, with grocery stores still experiencing shelf gaps, we have to think a little outside the box.

Here's one recipe that will surely elevate your quarantine baking.
https://new.smm.org/learn/blog/making-beer-bread

Make sure to share some of your delicious quarantine recipes with us! #ShareYourDiscovery
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#baking, #homemade #quarantinebaking

 I’ve noticed at the grocery store that while the bread aisle remains well stocked, yeast and flour have been a little hard to find lately. As people hunker down and shelter in place, I think their thrifty/crafty instincts have been kicking in. This might be kind of like buying running shoes and...

Turn your rainy weekend into a fun at-home science project! Repurpose recycled materials, build your own rain gauge, and...
05/23/2020

Turn your rainy weekend into a fun at-home science project! Repurpose recycled materials, build your own rain gauge, and start recording how much rainwater falls onto your yard. Learn how: https://new.smm.org/learn/activity/build-a-rain-gauge
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#rainyday #weather

"We know the climate is changing and it is disproportionately affecting low-income countries and poor people in high-inc...
05/22/2020
The changing climate is a social justice issue | Science Museum of Minnesota

"We know the climate is changing and it is disproportionately affecting low-income countries and poor people in high-income countries. Climate change is a social justice issue, and we all need to understand this intersectionality." By working hard to combine science, equity, and education, says Laurie Fink, Chair of Science, we can make a more meaningful impact. Read more:

“Equity is at the heart of reversing climate change. Our collective challenge is to fundamentally change our behaviors, our habits, and our lifestyle to reduce carbon emissions, end the age of fossil fuels, and sustain a liveable planet for all.”— Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President of Science,...

Soil and water are interconnected 💧 🌱  A hobby gardener here at the Science Museum explores how to keep your garden soil...
05/19/2020

Soil and water are interconnected 💧 🌱 A hobby gardener here at the Science Museum explores how to keep your garden soil where it's supposed to be and why that's crucial for protecting rivers, lakes, and other nearby water sources.

https://new.smm.org/learn/blog/protecting-water-good-gardening

#StayHomeMN #gardening

Spring is an excellent time to transform your yard into a pollinator-friendly paradise! 🐝 🦋 Find out more about local pr...
05/15/2020
Plant a bee-friendly lawn this spring | Science Museum of Minnesota

Spring is an excellent time to transform your yard into a pollinator-friendly paradise! 🐝 🦋

Find out more about local programs and resources to help you provide food and habitat for bees and other pollinators:

https://new.smm.org/learn/blog/bee-lawns

#Nature #NatureLover

Spring is beginning and we are all looking forward to spending more time outdoors, although we will need to continue practicing safe social distancing. One way to do something good for your local ecosystem while practicing social distancing is planting a pollinator-friendly lawn.

This week, we made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 in-person summer camp season in the interest of the safety ...
05/14/2020

This week, we made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 in-person summer camp season in the interest of the safety of our campers, their families, and our staff. We know camps are a beloved part of many kids’ summers, and we will miss exploring STEM with you!

Camp families, if you're registered for camps this summer, please check your email for more information on your reimbursement options. And don't forget to visit smm.org/learn for ways we're bringing the museum to you at home! https://www.smm.org/classes

Practice your engineering skills at home! It's simpler than you might think. Give the ramp activity a try and then see m...
05/13/2020
Engineering Fun: Right On...Target | Science Museum of Minnesota

Practice your engineering skills at home! It's simpler than you might think. Give the ramp activity a try and then see more experiments in action in the video, featuring Science Museum instructors and produced by our friends at Twin Cities PBS. 🎯

At the Twin Cities Public Television studios, as a part of Hands-on-Science, Science Museum instructors presented a great exploration of the engineering design process through fun, hands-on activities with the young studio audience. Now you’re ready to practice being an engineer at home!

This short film, created by our Science Live Theatre company for the National Informal Science Education (NISE) network,...
05/12/2020
3 Angry Scientists | Science Museum of Minnesota

This short film, created by our Science Live Theatre company for the National Informal Science Education (NISE) network, looks at how decisions to use new treatments, medicines, and technologies are interconnected with our personal values. While this scenario is fiction, it's based on very real conversations that are happening right now. Does the film make you consider anything you hadn't before?

I would love to share with you our 20-minute film, 3 Angry Scientists, created by SMM’s Science Live theater company for the National Informal Science Education (NISE) network. It is extremely relevant today as we wrangle with the questions about public health and safety.

Aren't these morpho butterflies beautiful? 🦋 ✨ This drawer is from our entomology collection, which has been dutifully c...
05/11/2020

Aren't these morpho butterflies beautiful? 🦋 ✨ This drawer is from our entomology collection, which has been dutifully curated by our wonderful volunteer, Ron, for many years.

Morpho butterflies are best known for their iridescent wings that shift colors as they move. Their wings do not contain any blue pigment, so how do they appear so blue?

This unique effect is known as structural color, which is when tiny pieces of chitin, known as scales, reflect specific colors of light. These scales are positioned in such a way that to our eyes, they reflect a bright, shimmering blue 💙 These butterflies are the perfect example of bold science - understanding their color requires a combination of physics and biology!

Keep exploring the #MuseumFromHome at smm.org

How are you honoring the moms in your life as we #StayHomeMN? 💐 We want to hear how you're making #MothersDay special th...
05/07/2020

How are you honoring the moms in your life as we #StayHomeMN? 💐 We want to hear how you're making #MothersDay special this year during social distancing 💕 Let us know in the comments:

Exploring ecosystems isn't just for the pros: community science projects can encourage understanding for anyone who is w...
05/06/2020

Exploring ecosystems isn't just for the pros: community science projects can encourage understanding for anyone who is willing to help gather and interpret information in the natural world.

Find out how easy it is to get involved in a local #communityscience project near you: https://www.smm.org/pluggedin/community-science-getting-involved

Photo credit: Amber Burnette, a Science Museum Community Science Superhero

We don’t know how the world would go on without you, educators. Your unwavering dedication to education, even during the...
05/05/2020

We don’t know how the world would go on without you, educators. Your unwavering dedication to education, even during these tough times, doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for supporting students during these confusing times—make sure to take time for yourself, too! #ThankATeacher #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Today’s the day - it’s #GivingTuesdayNow! If you’re able, support science by making a donation of any size or becoming a...
05/05/2020

Today’s the day - it’s #GivingTuesdayNow! If you’re able, support science by making a donation of any size or becoming a Member. We’re able to keep producing online content for everyone to enjoy because of your support.

🧪 smm.org/give
👩‍🔬 smm.org/join

#GiveAtHomeMN

#MayThe4th be with you! As Yoda said, "Do or do not, there is no try," and that's especially true with your imagination....
05/04/2020
How to Make a Lightsaber

#MayThe4th be with you! As Yoda said, "Do or do not, there is no try," and that's especially true with your imagination. This DIY lightsaber project teaches some battery basics to turn the light on and off—the saber noises are up to you, though! 😆 If you don't have all the materials at home, leave your swap ideas in the comments! 🔦

In this how-to guide, we are going to show you how to make a Lightsaber using simple materials.

Good news: We've added more movies to our Omnifest at home selection! 📽️ 🍿  In addition to our other big-screen #movies,...
05/02/2020

Good news: We've added more movies to our Omnifest at home selection! 📽️ 🍿 In addition to our other big-screen #movies, now you can watch:

⛰️ National Parks Adventure
🦑 🐋 The Living Sea

https://new.smm.org/omnifest/

From our online Omnifest to our in-depth blogs, we’re excited that our resources are helping you turn on the science at ...
05/01/2020

From our online Omnifest to our in-depth blogs, we’re excited that our resources are helping you turn on the science at home. 🔬🧠 If you’re able, please make a contribution of any amount to help us keep sharing discoveries smm.org/give
#GiveAtHomeMN

Who doesn't love fossils and skeletons? #ThrowbackThursday to the Paleontology Hall in our old building 💫 #TBT
04/30/2020

Who doesn't love fossils and skeletons? #ThrowbackThursday to the Paleontology Hall in our old building 💫 #TBT

The loon is a beautiful bird in the water, but on land, they're clumsy walkers. Today's #MuseumFromHome features our sta...
04/27/2020

The loon is a beautiful bird in the water, but on land, they're clumsy walkers. Today's #MuseumFromHome features our state bird, which has so many interesting qualities we can't possibly fit them all in this post.

Loons, unlike most other birds, have solid bones instead of hollow ones. This extra weight allows them to dive for food up to 90 feet underwater. They arrive in Minnesota in the summer, and their haunting calls—the tremolo, yodel, wail, and hoot—can be heard near lakes across the state. Minnesota has around 12,000 loons (more than any state except Alaska). ⛺ This loon can be found in our Mississippi River Gallery, which showcases the diverse wildlife of Minnesota.

Science is bold.Experience science at home: new.smm.org/learn
04/27/2020

Science is bold.

Experience science at home: new.smm.org/learn

The placebo effect makes a big difference in how you feel—for better and for worse 💊 Watch our video to learn more and k...
04/26/2020

The placebo effect makes a big difference in how you feel—for better and for worse 💊

Watch our video to learn more and keep the placebo effect in mind as you’re bombarded with news of potential treatments for—and symptoms of—a COVID-19 infection.

https://new.smm.org/learn/media/placebo-effect

“Now more than ever, we must recognize that the spread of infectious disease is tied to so many other challenges we face...
04/24/2020

“Now more than ever, we must recognize that the spread of infectious disease is tied to so many other challenges we face as a society, and there are lessons to learn from the right way to fight COVID-19 that can be expanded to other vexing problems.” - Jessica Hellmann, Director of Institute on the Environment — University of Minnesota

Discover the critical links between preventing the spread of disease and making the world more #sustainable https://new.smm.org/learn/blog/covid19-and-environment

Dig this: TPT's newest documentary, Bound By Earth: Archaeology in Minnesota, premieres on Channel 2 Sunday, April 26. T...
04/23/2020
Bound By Earth: Archaeology In Minnesota - Twin Cities PBS

Dig this: TPT's newest documentary, Bound By Earth: Archaeology in Minnesota, premieres on Channel 2 Sunday, April 26. The documentary was produced in partnership with the state archaeology office and the Prairie Island Indian Community, and features Science Museum staff like archaeology research assistant Jasmine Koncur 🔍

Bound by Earth: Archaeology in Minnesota focuses on the science and new technology archaeologists use to uncover and preserve archaeological resources in a non-invasive way, and how remaining evidence, such as Indian burial mounds, are still significant to Native people today. Produced in partnershi...

What science are you "consuming?" Today’s staff pick: Eugenia Cheng's “How to Bake Pi," which starts every chapter with ...
04/23/2020
How to Bake Pi

What science are you "consuming?" Today’s staff pick: Eugenia Cheng's “How to Bake Pi," which starts every chapter with a recipe to illustrate math methods & principles 🥧 Find it wherever you buy books or at your local library, and let us know what you think or your other recommendations in the comments!

One of the world's most creative mathematicians finds the meaning of mathematics in the kitchen in this "whimsical...rigorous and insightful" (New York Times) bookWhat is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a...

Climate change is threatening the lives we all live. The problems it causes can feel unmanageable, but together, we can ...
04/22/2020

Climate change is threatening the lives we all live. The problems it causes can feel unmanageable, but together, we can take action. 🌎

Whether it's encouraging your elected representatives to make systemic changes, advocating for local environmental improvements, using sustainable household goods, planting pollinator-friendly plants, or whatever change makes sense for you, we support you this #EarthDay2020 and every day.

Read more about how your actions can change the world: https://www.smm.org/pluggedin/small-steps-against-climate-change

Get empowered and discover resources for taking action: https://new.smm.org/action-for-earth/

Meet Patrick Hamilton, our Director of Global Change Initiatives. He is passionate about projects and partnerships that ...
04/21/2020

Meet Patrick Hamilton, our Director of Global Change Initiatives. He is passionate about projects and partnerships that address the connections between energy, food, water, and climate.

"We often think of climate change as being just an environmental issue. But it presents significant employment, education, and equity opportunities in addition to environmental ones." Patrick believes that centering all voices in a conversation where many have been left out is the key to finding (and implementing) solutions to #climatechange, which is especially relevant right before #EarthDay2020.

Discover more of Patrick's knowledge at smm.org/learn and meet our other experts with #MuseumVoices

We want to acknowledge that Patrick is in temporary layoff status due to our museum closure and COVID-19, but that we greatly appreciate his expertise and can't wait to have him back once we reopen. This quote was gathered from Patrick before our closure.

Meet Dr. Alex Hastings, our Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology. He helped discover the giant Titanoboa fossil and now ste...
04/20/2020

Meet Dr. Alex Hastings, our Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology. He helped discover the giant Titanoboa fossil and now stewards, studies, and adds to our #paleontology collection – and shares the knowledge that it imparts with the world.

We asked Alex how #climatechange and paleontology connect. He explains, "We have thousands of data points sitting in our collections vaults. All of these fossils provide several different kinds of records about how life has interacted with climate change throughout time. By connecting these fossil data sets you can find a hugely robust record for addressing what is going to happen to the diversity of life once the world continues to warm."

Discover more of Alex's knowledge at smm.org/blog and meet our other experts with #MuseumVoices

We want to acknowledge that Alex is in temporary layoff status due to our museum closure and COVID-19, but that we greatly appreciate his expertise and can't wait to have him back once we reopen. This quote was gathered from Alex before our closure.

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At this point when might you be opening up to the public again? And when you do open up again will you still have the Apollo 11 film in the Omnitheater ? I just couldn't make it to the museum during what turned out to be a very short window between opening that film and closing the museum because of the pandemic. If only I had known you were going to close and I would have hurried to see it.
Congratulations Science Museum of Minnesota and the leadership of Joanne Jones-Rizzi, vice president of STEM Equity and Education at the Science Museum. “The museum is deeply committed to the powerful role that STEM can play in creating a more equitable and just society..."
Our family watched the film Wild Ocean at home and our 5 year old did this all on his own. Thank you for providing the film! We all learned a lot!!!
An open letter to all.
My microscope collection some were used during 1918 Spanish flu pandemic pathology at the time was crude virus was not discovers till 1930s with election microscope.
Covid 19 host pathology
Thank you!! Science Museum birthday crew, planner & the people that made the delicious cake 🥳
Thank you so much for the amazing experience of going behind the scenes. We loved seeing the collections and most importantly, the volunteers who clearly get to live out their passions in science, especially Mr. Ron.
Are you doing an OmniFest this year?
Is there a way I can be notified for specific upcoming exhibitions?
Is the museum open on new year's day?
Very disappointed in my latest visit to the science museum, we went to body works and spent more time standing in line than we did actually walking through the exhibits, wanted to go see body works, not digital signs on why sugar is bad for you.