Topic: stem

Monday, March 7, 2011

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone from the US Patent Office.  On March 10, three days after receiving the patent, he successfully transmitted the famous first words. What famous sentence was transmitted? Answer:  "Mr....
The word "nerd" is a fairly recent addition to the English language and is now quite common in everyday speech. When and where was the first recorded usage of the word? (Hint:  Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday...) Answer:  Dr. Seuss holds the honor of...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Space, the final frontier... Today at 4:50 pm, space shuttle Discovery will blast off on its final mission into space.  On board Discovery are six astronauts, the Permanent Multipurpose Module which will become sort of a storage closet for the space station, and...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!  Sure, Valentine's Day is about love and your significant other, but Valentine's Day is also about chocolate.  How much do you know about this delicious and tempting treat? Which statement(s) below are true?    ...

Friday, February 4, 2011

So you've probably seen the big black plane outside of the Virginia Aviation Museum when you're on your way to the airport. But what exactly is it? This plane is the SR-71 Blackbird and was manufactured by Lockheed under the direction of the CIA. After World War II, the United States...

Monday, January 31, 2011

This Wednesday, cute and cuddly Punxsutawney Phil (officially known as "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary") will emerge (well, actually, he will be pulled) from his burrow to predict how much longer...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pilot Wings Pilot wings were described by the War Department as “The shield of the United States of America without stars in the shield at the center of the wings”.     Senior Pilot Wings The Senior Pilot wings look the same as the Pilot wings but with...

Monday, January 24, 2011

What do you think of cold weather?  Polar bears love it!  Their thick fur coat covers a layer of insulating fat, allowing them to be quite comfortable in the frigid Arctic. Why do you think polar bears walk at such a leisurely pace?      a...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Recently I discovered a scrapbook at the Virginia Aviation Museum. Glued inside a bound ledger of the “Southern Fire Insurance Company, Inc. of Lynchburg, VA”, were newspaper clippings spanning from the early 1920s to the late 1930s describing various advancements and events in the...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On August 1, 1945, over one hundred US B-29 Superfortresses flew over Japan at around 20,000 feet. At this height they dropped 500-pound containers, each holding leaflets that warned the Japanese civilians of the necessity of surrender. At around 4,000 feet the containers opened and released...

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