Topic: stem

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Do you remember the first time you were on an airplane? My first flight was when I was in 4th grade to visit relatives in Arizona. Many of us experienced our first flight on a commercial airliner, complete with cushioned seats, in flight movies, and a snack. But what do you think it would have felt...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Check out these cool & colorful World War II era postcards that are in the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum. Postcards such as these were often sold at the various camps around the world to servicemen to send back to their loved one and friends. Some cards (like the last...
Want to wow your guests at the Thanksgiving dinner table with your incredible knowledge of turkey trivia?  Check out these "Turkey Day" facts! Most farm raised turkeys are White Hollands. They cannot fly. An adult turkey has about 3500 feathers. Big Bird’s...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Model railroading has been around for over 100 years.  Can you answer these questions about model trains? What is the difference between the scale and the gauge? Which scales are the most popular? See model trains in action this weekend, November 26-28, at the...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Want to wish upon a falling star? This is the week - the Leonid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow. Earth is currently passing through the “tail” of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Often called a “dirty snowball,” a comet usually orbits the sun in an elliptical orbit. The comet’s...

Monday, November 15, 2010

On this day in 1975, the last passenger train departed Richmond’s Broad Street Station, now home to the Science Museum of Virginia. On what date did the first passenger train depart? Extra credit: How many passengers passed through the station on its busiest day? What was the date?...
Plastic shopping bags: do ya’ love ‘em or hate ‘em? They are a mixed bag in my book - I love the convenience but hate the trash they create. Today is America Recycles Day. To commemorate the day, Virginia is launching the “A Bag’s Life” campaign at the State...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall foliage season is here! According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the trees producing this beautiful display are:Ash - yellow, maroon leaves Beech - yellow to orange leaves Dogwood - scarlet to purple leaves Hickory - golden bronze leaves Oak - red, brown or...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What are you afraid of?  Snakes, spiders, heights, loud noises? For me, I am ok with snakes and spiders, although I am not fond enough of either to have one as a pet. One animal that really creeps me out, though - crickets.  Perhaps I had one too...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Suppose you are going on vacation and want to save on your heating bill.  Which will save more - turning off your heat completely (assuming your pipes won't freeze) or just setting the thermostat to a lower temperature? In other words, does it cost more to heat the...

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