Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996, whether part-time, full-time or as a volunteer. She taught for seven years in public school, including four years in Fort Bend and a short stint overseas. While she never taught science, she was always the teacher called when someone needed to remove a swarm of bees, catch a snake in the playground, or get the bat off the ceiling of the cafeteria.

How-To with HMNS | Pysanky Eggs

Group of colorfully painted pysanky eggs

Eggs are traditionally associated Easter and spring as symbols of new life and plenty. Pysanky eggs (pysanka – singular) are a beautiful, traditionally decorated eggs inscribed with motifs that communicate specific well wished to the recipient. These eggs are typically made to be given to loved ones and as symbols of respect. Giving a pysanka […]

Explore Nature and Become a Citizen Scientist with the iNaturalist App

Spring in Texas is an amazing time. The heat isn’t turned up to 11, the precipitation is questionably predictable and, for those few fortunate amongst us, the pollen coats everything you own. It is also a time when the wildflowers bloom, the critters start reemerging and the mosquitoes haven’t found us…yet. Because it IS getting […]

Creepy Stop Motion Horror Films Made By Our Very Own X-plorations Summer Campers

The campers in Movie Monster Maker have been hard at work learning how to create stop motion animation films.  Through this week long camp, the kids learned to storyboard, made sets and characters and then filmed their movies.  Because these films are stop motion, there may be hundreds of static images in just a ten […]

Buttercream: The Icing On Our Delicious Cake Experiment!

  So.  Buttercream. I make one heck of a delicious buttercream frosting. Only problem is that it isn’t technically buttercream because I don’t use eggs. If you are a real baker, you might recognize my frosting as a delicious abomination called “American Buttercream”.  If you’re good, I’ll give you the recipe at the end of […]

The Science Behind Baking, Part 2!

Welcome to part two of this series on the chemistry of baking/making a geode cake. For those of you joining us for the first time, you can find part one here And Now We Bake   Baking happens in three basic stages. In the first stage, all those gas bubbles in the batter you have been […]

Revealing The Science Behind Baking With A Geode Cake Experiment!

  I like to bake. I really, really like to bake.  But I don’t have a problem. I can stop whenever I want…..   I have no formal training other than my mom was a Home Ec. Teacher and I have access to the internet.  I do, however, come from a long line of people […]

My Favorite Part About Camp!

Summer is here and our campers have arrived! As the museum buzzes with activity and excitement this week, we have for your viewing pleasure another installment of our “My Favorite Part About Camp…” series. Some of the Education staff started their careers at HMNS as campers in Xplorations Summer Camps; some of us started as […]

Gin and Tonic and Malaria and Fluoresence

   At the age of 17, George Washington was diagnosed with malaria. The disease, then referred to as the “ague”, came and went over the years. Although it was known at the time that quinine was a successful treatment, Washington wasn’t prescribe the powder until after the revolutionary War had ended and he was […]

Okra and Tomatoes

Okra, photo courtesy of Swallowtail Garden Seeds As Julia mentioned in our last okra blog, cooking with okra can be a bit slimy. One of the tricks to combat the slime, is to cook it at high heat and really fast. Usually, this means frying okra, but there are other ways to cook it quick! […]

HMNS & the OKRA Charity Saloon!

  In September, HMNS will be one of four featured charities at OKRA Charity Saloon. To better serve the Houston community, we need your help. Visit OKRA in September to vote for HMNS—if we get the most votes, OKRA will donate their October proceeds to benefit the Museum’s educational programs!     How does it […]