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.
Thanks to our fabulous presenting sponsor KBR we are able to offer the GEMS event free with HMNS general admission for the day!! That means this event is FREE for HMNS members and the regular price of $10 for children and $15 for adult non-members for the day. There’s no need to pre-register (unless you want to avoid the box office line on a Saturday morning) so we hope you’ll grab your family and head on over to HMNS for a little fun in learning with us this Saturday! Tickets are available online here.
We have a great line up of Girl Scout hosted booths who will be sharing lists of really fun science and math demonstrations and activities with visitors from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Two KBR engineers will share with us their passion for science and math and a little about how they use their skills in their job in the Mechanical Engineering Department at KBR here in Houston. Want to come up with some questions to ask our visiting Engineers about their jobs – check out this website to find out more about engineering.
Since 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry we are also including a Cool Chemistry program for GEMS participants. The Cool Chemistry program is presented by our Science on Stage presenter here at the Museum and will include exciting reactions, and liquid nitrogen demonstrations! Science on Stage can be booked to visit your school – for more information email email@example.com.
There are some amazing photographers that wander the halls of HMNS, and when we’re lucky, they share what they capture in our HMNS Flickr pool. This month, we’re re-starting a series where we’ll share one of these photos on the blog each month.
The Beauty of Xioahe may have been the exhibit’s celebrity but the Yingpan Man still captured me. His simple funerary mask with the delicately painted eyebrows and the gold leaf evoke a sense of elegance and peace that I hope he carried with him into the after life.
Inspired? Most of the Museum’s galleries are open for photography, and we’d love for you to share your shots with us on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. Check out the HMNS photo policy for guidelines.
Photography is prohibited in this exhibition during general hours. If you’d like to join one of our Flickr meetups, check out our Flickr group Discussions page for updates on upcoming events.
Ever wondered where snakes come from? Why they’re poisonous? How they move so quickly? Or, how a a python couldeat an alligator? Whether they freak you out or fascinate you, snakes are an ancient species with much to tell us about the process of evolution.
Enter Brazilian paleontologist Hussam Zaher and a one-of-a-kind, 50-million year old fossil snake from the Green River formation in Wyoming.
Zaher (professor and curator of the collections of Herpetology and Paleontology at the Museu de Zoologia of the Universidade de São Paulo) is currently in Houston to investigate this unique fossil, which is thought to be the evolutionary link between snakes who take a lot of small bites to eat their prey and snakes who swallow their prey whole (a la the famed alligator-hungry python linked above).
This Friday at 10 am, the fossil will undergo a 64-slice CT scan at The Methodist Hospital, giving Zaher a peek at the previously-unseen inside and underside. The cross-sectional images will allow him to examine the internal structure of the snake’s brain cavity to more accurately place it within the context of snake evolution.
We’ll be there to bring you the science as it is uncovered, by live tweeting (follow @hmns and #snakefossil) the scanning process on Friday morning. We’ll also be getting behind-the-scenes pictures for our Flickr photostream and a video reaction from Zaher once the fossil has been scanned that we’ll post as soon as we can.
Check out the blog tomorrow for a pre-scan post from Zaher. If you’ve got any specific questions you’d like answered, leave them in the comments!