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Scenes from a Party for The Nature of Patterns

By Patricia Jenkins | April 3, 2017

One of the best things about joining your local non-profit, CuriOdyssey, as a member is the exclusive access to exciting members-only events like our preview party for The Nature of Patterns exhibition. Member kids and parents were the first to play with all our new hands-on science exhibits.  They swayed to ukulele Aloha from Hiram Bell, created unique S.T.E.A.M. crafts like Now You…

Differences Between Similar Animals

By Adele Rios | March 28, 2017

Do you ever whether a big black bird is a crow or a raven?  Or whether a croaking frog is really a toad?  What about that swooping bird – is it a falcon or a hawk?  There are some animals that seem really difficult to tell apart!  Here are some easy ways to know the difference.…

At-home Science Activities for Kids

By CuriOdyssey | March 24, 2017
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CuriOdyssey camps and classes inspire the inner scientist in kids with S.T.E.A.M. activities facilitated by professional educators.  But there are lots of quick and easy at-home art projects you can do with your child that teach science concepts.  Here are a few we recommend for your young science enthusiast. Paper Helicopter Come fly with us! This simple…

Nature’s Patterns Around Us

By Michelle Sweany | March 23, 2017

From organic to physical to auditory, there are patterns everywhere.  Our exhibit explores many of these patterns.  A great article in the Smithsonian explores a well respected book called Patterns in Nature and an interview with its author, Philip Ball.  Our newest exhibition is based on the same concepts in this book. Artist Theo Jansen applies physics to his “Strandbeest”…

The Mathematics of Nature’s Patterns

By Patricia Jenkins | March 3, 2017

If you are looking for more information about the mathematics behind patterns, but math was not your favorite subject, here is a rudimentary review for those of us who are not math-inclined. For an overview of the math behind nature’s patterns, check out this video. Produced by Alom Shaha in a straightforward manner, it discusses the mathematics…

Child Development Research

By Adele Rios | March 1, 2017
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At CuriOdyssey, child development research is on our radar. We use that science superpower for good in everything from our exhibit design to classroom activities. It is our pleasure to share great child development discoveries with you. Gardener or Carpenter Are you a ‘gardener’ or a ‘carpenter’ parent? Based in a plethora of research, what Dr.…

More Wildlife in Winter

By CuriOdyssey | February 21, 2017
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Our Wildlife in Winter blog article on the behaviors wildlife uses to cope with cold winter weather was very popular.  Here are a few more examples of the incredible ways wild animals have adapted and behaviors they use to survive in the cold. Hummingbirds Hummingbirds look frail but are incredibly tough birds.  In cold weather, their 107 degree body…

Wildlife in Winter

By Laurie Wagner | February 13, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what animals in the wild do to cope with the cold of winter? Some bears go into torpor to lower their temperature and heart  rate, saving energy until food is more plentiful in spring.  Some bird species migrate to find food.  Many animals get warm winter coats and some even change the color of their fur…

Simple Ways You Can Help Wildlife

By Megan Hankins | January 21, 2017

We all love seeing animals in the wild and want to help them however we can.  Adopting a few simple behaviors make our environment friendlier and less toxic for animals in the wild. Here are a few very easy changes we can all make in our own daily lives that make the world a friendlier place for wildlife. Avoid Rodenticides!…

Patterns Found in Nature

By CuriOdyssey | January 18, 2017

CuriOdyssey is exploring visual and auditory patterns found in nature in a series of blog posts and in our upcoming new exhibit, THE NATURE OF PATTERNS.  A few of the patterns we will delve into are: Symmetries (mirror & radial) Fractals (branching) Spirals Flow Foam Waves Tiling Cracks Spots & stripes Plus, auditory patterns These…

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