Special thanks to Lindsay Bartholomew, Science CuratorÂ at the Miami Science Museum, for allowing us to repost these amazing blogs.
With 175 Smithsonian Affiliates in 40 states, Panama and Puerto Rico, there is always an opportunity forÂ people to engage with the Smithsonian in their own communities. Here’s an example of one Affiliate’s recent collaborations with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, National Museum of American History,Â and Smithsonian Magazine.Â Are you an Affiliate interested in guestÂ blogging or seeing your collaborations posted here? Contact Elizabeth Bugbee for more information.
Smithsonian Affiliations- Opportunities Galore!
The Smithsonian is a name recognized all over the world. Internationally, if people know one museum in the US, itâ€™s most likely the Smithsonian. But through Smithsonian Affiliations, museums all over the country can partner in efforts to share science, art, and history with everyone. The Miami Science Museum is a proud Affiliate member, and recently has taken advantage of several unique opportunities made available by the Smithsonian. Read more…
The Dust Bowl â€“ Man and Nature, Cause and Effect
The MiamiÂ Science Museum is one of only 10 museums nationwide that was selected to participate in the Smithsonianâ€™s National Youth Summit on October 17th.Â Â The focus of this summit was contemporary environmental issues and the legacy (as well as lessons learned) from the Dust Bowl period in the 1930s. During this time, the boom of wheat farming (sometimes called the â€œgreat plow-upâ€) brought on a 10 year drought, showing that human activities can cause large scale environmental effects. Students from around the countryÂ participated in the summit via video/web conferencing, and had the opportunity to view clips from Ken Burnsâ€™ recently released â€œThe Dust Bowlâ€ documentary. They discussed what they learned from the Dust Bowl and shared ideas on how they can be protectors of their environments. Â The overarching theme of the event was to explore how to better understand the complexity of environmental issues and to learn what people can do today to avoid (or lessen) other environmental crises. Read more…
Baby’s First Museum
Itâ€™s not something normally recounted in baby albums, but as you read this story, you may start to wonder â€¦ â€œWhy not?â€ You always hear about babyâ€™s first words, first steps, first laugh â€“ but what about babyâ€™s first museum? Recently the Museum received a lovely email from a family who brought their 3 month old son to our Museum, on a free-admission day sponsored by Smithsonian Magazineâ€™s Museum Day Live. They were not sure how much he would even react to the trip. But as it turns out, baby loved the Museum just as much as mommy did when she came here as a child. This is the kind of story that makes our work at the Museum all the more worthwhile…Read more…
Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos
Weâ€™ve all seen the amazing images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The details in the colors and swirling patterns are not just beautiful â€“ they also tell a story about what is happening there. Is that cloud of gas and dust a nursery for newborn stars? Are these massive bubbles of gas that have exploded from a supernova? And perhaps most importantly, who creates these images, and how? Read more…Â And read even more in the YCCC blog series from Pinhead Institute, an Affiliate in Telluride, Colo., here.