The Careers in Science curriculum offers three classes: Paleontology, Biology and Chemistry.
At the Paleontology class, participants meet off-site and dig into history to uncover 45 million-year-old fossils from locations on the banks of the Brazos River and at a park teeming with petrified wood. Each participant keeps the fossils she finds!
In Biology class, participants go behind the scenes of the Cockrell Butterfly Center to learn where our butterflies are sourced, how the plants are grown and even how our waterfall works. They’ll also interact with live insects and learn just what makes our “containment room” so important.
Finally, Chemistry class teaches participants about everyday chemical reactions through hands-on experiments, including creating chemical temperature changes and understanding the role chemical reactions play in cooking.
Siblings at least 10 years of age can also participate in class with the purchase of a ticket, and each class ticket allows one adult to accompany each child.
Terrence McGovern, a volunteer here at HMNS, does several chemistry shows a week to help teach the basics to our visitors. His show, geared towards both kids and adults, is a great way to see science in action.
Terrence explains the principles of density, acids and bases, and polymers in a way that makes it easy to understand no matter what your age is or your background in chemistry. A simple experiment with an egg, saltwater and freshwater helps to show how density affects whether or not items will float.
Terrence McGovern demonstrates how density works
with the help of a member of the audience.
Terrence also shows how acid and bases can react with one another. Filling a bottle with vinegar (an acid) and placing a little baking soda (a base) in a balloon, he shows how the two react to form a gas that inflates the balloon.
So come on down to HMNS and see one of Terrence’s many shows and learn all about chemistry.
This show is free for patrons with a ticket for our exhibition halls. For more information and show times, call the box office at 713-639-4629.
Go green this Valentine’s by turning OFF your computer and come interface with some cuties without perusing any profiles.
This Friday night from 6 - 10 p.m. HMNS will work its magic to create a flirty, fun atmosphere where love can blossom. It’s Love Bugs!
Dance to the rhythms of Grupo Ka-Che, Houston’s hottest salsa band, who will be sure to pack the house with singles and couples alike. Grab some light bites, a drink from the cash bar, and make your move. Grab that cutie and take them to the Cockrell Butterfly Center for a romantic stroll through the butterfly sanctuary.
Finding love online has its place, but on Valentine’s we’re going to do it the old fashioned way: in person. The band and the people are going to be smokin – come feel the heat this Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!
HMNS has been around for 100 years! It’s hard to believe, but in 2009 HMNS will be celebrating a BIG birthday. Since we are hoping to have as many people as possible participate – we are going to hold the party ALL YEAR LONG. Exhibits, classes, special events, and behind the scenes action are going to allow all HMNS patrons the opportunity to experience their favorite part of the Museum in a way they’ve never been able to before.
Seriously, though, we have to have cake. I LOVE cake.
If you like cake, face painting, bug chef concoctions, watching different chemicals get mixed and go ‘BANG!,’ taking docent led tours through every hall, learning how to preserve sentimental items, molding & casting dinosaur bones, learning about how exhibits are built, petting tarantulas, and making cool crafts – then you’re going to want to be at HMNS on January 3rd from 10am – 2pm when we have the best party of all: OUR BIRTHDAY PARTY! Don’t miss this special day as we kick off a year that’s going to be filled with surprises that will excite, tantalize, and leave you wanting more!