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What’s Up March 2021

March 4, 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”…

How to Do Dollar Store Science Day! Feb. 2021

February 9, 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…

What’s Up February 2021

February 1, 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…

Elisha Gray’s Telephone, Part 3

February 1, 2021

August 1, 2025 I have good news and bad news. The good news: I’ve built Mark I of the Quantunnel (I’ve also settled on a name) and it (almost) works. I still had some bugs to work out, but I have a good feeling about this one. But it wasn’t easy—it was all I did…

What’s Up January 2021

January 25, 2021

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to explore what astronomical events we can expect in the coming twelve months and this will be the focus of this month’s column. As usual, I will concentrate on events that can be experienced without the need for expensive equipment. Conjunctions One interesting event in…

Elisha Gray’s Telephone, Part 2

January 12, 2021

July 7th, 2025 I suppose my last entry is due some clarification from Yours Truly. About the patent; it’s for quantum technologies no. 2, quantum tunneling. I would explain it to you, but it’s too complex. I’ll give you the simple version: on a quantum scale (smaller than microscopic) some particles like neutrons are so…

Hello 2021!

January 5, 2021

Hello, 2021! As 2021 pulls away from the station, tickets punched, destination unknown, we continue to time travel along. We take turns gazing optimistically forward or stealing sad glances back, and together we forever ride the future train. I have packed some items to help me navigate 2021: 2021 Future Packing List: Item Number 1:…

Elisha Gray’s Telephone, A Science Fiction Story

December 4, 2020

by Linux Spangler   June 5th, 2025 I’m not a mad scientist. Sorry—I just needed to get that off my chest. I’m an inventor, and I’m not insane. My name is Professor Sirius Moppe (it’s a weird one, I know)  and this is (obviously) my journal. Anyway, as I said before, I’m not crazy. I…

Lemonade Tea Ceremony

December 1, 2020

Tea Ceremony During a brief window of opening last summer I was fortunate to spend a couple of nights in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods. I was nestling into the giant trees, channeling the thoughts of a little forest fox, when I came across a couple who invited me to share some black jasmine tea with…

moon image from nasa

What’s Up in the Night Sky: November 2020

November 10, 2020

By Colin White, NASA Solar System Ambassador. The end of Fall and the beginning of Winter is a great time to go out in the evening and look at the night sky. The Sun is now beginning to set in the early evening (around 5 PM on November 1), which means you can go out…

Recent News from ScienceWorks

Investigate SPACE in November!

October 30, 2021

Need something to do in Ashland this fall? ScienceWorks is investigating space this November! Join us all month long to make your own rover, become a crater creator, and more! Not to miss is our James Webb Space Telescope event happening Nov. 13 and 14 at the museum. We’ll be offering exciting one-weekend-only programs…come check…

A grayscale book is open and in the center of a purple rectangle. From the pages of the book, out fly various science tools like a beaker, telescope, rocket, and more.

Introducing: Storybook Labs!

October 24, 2021

New at ScienceWorks! Storybook Labs kicks off this Halloween and is free with your museum admission. Bring your future scientists, engineers, and change-makers for an NGSS-aligned, STEM-focused storytime and activity. Following our Halloween event, we’ll be offering Storybook Labs every Saturday and Sunday at 10:15 AM and 1:45 PM! Best for Pre-K thru 1st grade…

Introducing: the Southern Oregon Volunteer Coordinators’ Council

October 13, 2021

Introducing: The Southern Oregon Volunteer Coordinators’ Council. This group of volunteer coordination and community engagement professionals from the Rogue Valley area is always seeking new members! This professional development network meets monthly to connect about and improve upon all things community engagement.

Bite-Sized Science Printable Instructions

October 12, 2021

Episode 1: Lava Lamp worksheet Episode 2: Disco Whirler worksheet Episode 3: Spinning Chairs worksheet Episode 4: Underwater Fireworks worksheet Episode 5: Bubble Art worksheet Episode 6: Make Instant Snow From A Diaper worksheet Episode 7: Marbled Cards worksheet Episode 8: Bottle Orchestra worksheet Episode 9: Elephant Toothpaste worksheet

FrankenToys are back!

October 10, 2021

This October, FrankenToys are back at ScienceWorks! Explore the scientific concepts of structure and function with this free, NGSS-aligned, facilitated activity. Sure to inspire conversations about habitats, biomes, and other STEM fun with scientists of all ages, this is a make-and-take activity. Have a stuffed animal or other toy you want to donate? Consider ScienceWorks!

Erin Endress Exec Director ScienceWorks Museum

Medium Magazine

July 16, 2021

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

What’s Up May 2021

May 5, 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.…

What’s Up April 2021

March 30, 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…

Animals of Ashland Episode #1

March 20, 2021

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…

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

March 18, 2021

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…