Spooky Science today at the Museum of Discovery

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event? Then Spooky Science at Museum of Discovery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, is for you! Here are the fun, but not-too-spine-tingling activities you can enjoy:

  • Static Ghosts
  • Fall-Themed Loose Parts Play
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Halloween Games with Game Goblins
  • Cardboard Mask Creations
  • Frankenstein’s Electricity Lab
  • Spooky Science Shows at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Tesla Shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Mystery Boxes
  • Candy Corn Construction
  • Large-Scale Spider Web Build
  • Meet Creepy, Crawly Animals
  • Glow Lab & Shadow Play
  • Hack-O-Lanterns

Spooky Science is included in regular museum admission or free for museum members. Purchase your tickets at the door or online.

Become a museum member and receive free admission for one year along with many other benefits, including free admission to hundreds of museums across the country! Memberships make great holiday gifts too! Purchase yours online.

Today at noon at the Clinton School: Brandon R. Brown looks at the stories and lessons INSIDE APOLLO

Image result for brandon r. brownToday (October 17) at noon, the Clinton School presents a look inside the Apollo missions.

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo, the nation’s attention returned to the minute-to-minute missions, the brave astronauts, and the political machinery that launched the program.

We can also pause to ask: How exactly did the engineers solve so many daunting problems from scratch – from unstable engines and extreme temperatures to the many unknowns of regions beyond Earth’s orbit? This presentation will crawl into Apollo’s chariot, revisiting some fascinating and lesser known engineering stories, informed at every step by interviews with the Apollo-era engineers. Importantly, what did we learn and what are we still learning from America’s first moon missions?

Brandon R. Brown is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco, where he has also served as department chair, associate dean for sciences, and director of external affairs. His research work has spanned high-temperature superconductivity and sensory biophysics. His writing for non-physicists includes two books, “Planck” (2015) and “The Apollo Chronicles” (2019), as well as columns and articles in Scientific American, Smithsonian, Slate and other outlets. He completed a bachelor’s degree in physics at Rice University, a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics at Oregon State University, and post-doctoral training in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239.

Artober – Museums…. the Museum of Discovery

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October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month. Today looks at the Museum of Discovery.

Related imageLittle Rock’s oldest museum, it was founded in 1927 as the Museum of Natural History & Antiquities. After starting in a downtown storefront, it later moved to the third floor of Little Rock City Hall. In December 1929, it was given to the City as a “Christmas present.”  In the mid-1930s, the museum went dormant when the space it occupied in City Hall was needed to house federal New Deal agency offices.

In 1942, the museum reopened in a new location, the formal Arsenal Tower in City Park (now MacArthur Park.) It would remain in that building for over 50 years.  In 1998, with name change to its current one, it relocated to the Museum Center in the River Market district. In 2011, the facility closed for a major renovation and reopened in January 2012.

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Today, the Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’ premier science and technology center, with a mission to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences.

The permanent galleries include Discovery Hall, the Amazing You gallery, Earth Journeys, Tinkering Studio, Room to Grow, the Tesla Theater and Tornado Alley Theater.

It has been ranked the 6th best Science Museum in the US. by MENSA.


Artober – Animals at the Little Rock Zoo

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is Animals. And what better place to see animals than the Little Rock Zoo?

Here are a few photos the Culture Vulture has taken at the Little Rock Zoo over the past few years.

This evening at the Clinton School – Theo Witsell discusses his Bicentenary interpretation of Thomas Nuttall’s exploration of the Arkansas Territory

Image result for theo witsellThe year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the great botanist and naturalist Thomas Nuttall’s year-long journey of discovery through the Arkansas Territory, present day Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Tonight at 6pm, as part of the Clinton School Speaker Series, Theo Witsell will discuss Nuttall’s trek and the implications it has for today.

Nuttall would be the first trained naturalist to record observations and collect specimens in most of the territory. His first-hand account of this trip, later published as “A Journal of Travels into the Arkansas Territory in the Year 1819,” provides some of the earliest reliable information on the natural history of the region. These observations and his surviving botanical specimens are central to our understanding of what the region was like before it was forever altered by the ravages of human progress.

To commemorate the bicentennial of Nuttall’s trip, Theo Witsell, Ecologist and Chief of Research for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Curator of the ANHC Herbarium, worked for the past several years on a “200 years later” reinterpretation of all the natural history observations he made in Arkansas Territory.

This included retracing his route using both historical and modern geospatial datasets, updating the nomenclature and taxonomy of all the plants and animals he mentions, and weaving his own observations gained over the past 24 years conducting field work for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. The aim is to provide a fairly detailed interpretation of Nuttall’s natural history observations, and discuss changes in the landscape since his trip, specifically as they relate to ecological and biological diversity.

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239.

Volunteers sought for 2019 Boo at the Zoo

Volunteers are needed to assist with Arkansas’s largest Halloween festival – Boo at the Zoo!

Boo kicks-off Oct. 18 with our Adult Night (must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this night) and picks up Oct. 20 for a special night for McLarty Auto Group and then continues with their VIP/Members Night on Oct. 24 and the general event Oct. 25 – Nov. 1.

The event is 6 – 9 p.m. each night and there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older for regular Boo nights.

Click here to learn more or to register! If you have questions or want more information please contact Kaylah Jackson at 661-7212 or kjackson@littlerock.gov.