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Erin Endress Exec Director ScienceWorks Museum

Erin Endress of ScienceWorks Hands-On-Museum: 5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Lead A Nonprofit Organization

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What’s Up May 2021

The evenings are getting warmer and there are plenty of fun things to view in the night sky. Several of the bright planets are visible in May, but only Mars is easily seen in the evening sky. To see Jupiter and Saturn you will need to get up in the early hours of the morning.…

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Dominoes – Endless Possibilities!

"dominoes" by Tafkabecky (Becky Bokern) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Dominoes – some history, some science, and the endless possibilities for fun and creativity! We got very excited about what you can do with Dominoes when we heard that our good friends at Ashland Independent Film Festival were closing their festival with Lily Topples the World, an amazing film about 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh, the world’s most acclaimed…

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What’s Up April 2021

Spring has arrived and it is a great time to enjoy the night sky. The diagram above from timeanddate.com shows the evening sky in Medford on April 11, the night of the new moon. The full moon on April 26 is the first supermoon of the year. A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger than…

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Animals of Ashland Episode #1

A puzzle for you: What creature has bony, hard cylinders instead of feet, a four chambered stomach, and gives birth to identical twins every year ? Don’t know yet? Here’s another clue: Which Ashland creature, like a magical Pokémon, annually sprouts tentacle-esque organs out of its head? These growths begin sensitive, velvety, full of blood…

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Elisha Gray’s Telephone, A Sci Fi Story, Part 4

September 8th, 2025   He built it in time. No no no! This is bad. This is very very bad. His engineers must be brilliant! Furthermore, he won the patent! He filed it one hour before I did. I can still start a company, but I’d have to pay rights, and those aren’t cheap. I…

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What’s Up March 2021

Spring is fast approaching and the weather is improving, which makes it a good time to go outside and enjoy the night sky. Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins on March 14 when we move the clocks forward one hour. To help remember which way to turn the clocks the phrase “spring forward and fall backward”…

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NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson. Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

Katherine Johnson was a very talented African American mathematician. After she graduated from college at age 18, she worked as a teacher before joining NASA. Johnson was known for making careful and accurate calculations, and became known as “the computer.” She was responsible for analyzing the flight trajectory of the Freedom 7 mission, which sent…

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How to Do Dollar Store Science Day! Feb. 2021

Guess what today is? Hooray! It’s Dollar Store Science Day! You might be asking, exactly what is Dollar Store Science Day? Well, allow me to walk you through it. After escaping the motherbored, I mean motherboard, of online work or school, collect up your couch cushion change, grab a science partner (an adult, if you…

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What’s Up February 2021

Winter brings long cold nights that are ideal for sky gazing. Unfortunately, Oregon is prone to clouds and rain during the winter months that frequently prevent sky gazing. So take advantage of every break in the weather to go outside and view the night sky. The focus this month is on the planet Mars, which…

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