Science museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum Tue, 10 May 2022 14:24:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Science museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum 32 32 Science lessons for kids at the Chicago History Museum’s City on Fire exhibit Tue, 10 May 2022 14:24:13 +0000

Who started the Great Chicago Fire – Peg Leg Sullivan or Mrs. O’Leary? We can debate it until the cows come home. But one thing we can’t argue with is the science behind the fire. What made Chicago the perfect storm for this disastrous event? The Chicago History Museum‘s City on Fire exhibit gives kids a rare chance to peek behind the curtain and see what role science played in how the fire started, how long it lasted lasted and how it hampered the city’s reconstruction efforts.

Which materials are the most flammable?

From 1861 to 1871, Chicago constructed many new homes and buildings, mostly of wood with flammable tar and shingle roofing materials. Roads and sidewalks were even covered with wooden planks. Also, there were wooden water pipes in the city at the time. In addition to all the wood, the companies used coal, a type of rock that is found underground and can be burned for electricity and heat. People used kerosene, a kind of oil, and lanterns for lighting. All this created a high risk of fire. Near the start of the exhibit, kids can explore the “Will It Burn?” section to see if they can guess which everyday building materials – from straw to coal – are flammable.

Why does fire melt some materials and not others?

As Chicagoans fled the blaze, many abandoned items were caught in the flames. People tried to bury their valuables in hopes of recovering them after the fire, but afterwards most of the items were burned. To make money after the fire, some people started collecting and selling burnt items, such as construction nails and books, as keepsakes. ‘Cause the fire was so hot,

some of these objects turned into unique artifacts as metal and glass objects softened, warped, melted and even fused together. The exhibit features some of these artifacts such as teacups, marbles, and unknown metals. For an interactive experience in the exhibition, children can test their powers of observation to try to guess what the deformed objects (pencils, piggy banks, cookies) were before the fire.

Photo credit: Chicago History Museum

What is the impact of the weather on the fire?

Weather played a big role in how the Great Chicago Fire started and how long it lasted. The summer of 1871 was extremely hot and dry. From early July to the outbreak of the fire in October, less than 3 inches of rain — mostly brief showers — had fallen, leaving Chicago in a massive drought. Moreover, it was exceptionally hot in October 1871 with a maximum of 85 degrees! As the fire burned, the superheated wind sent chunks of the burning city flying through the air, eventually sparking more fires. When it rained on Tuesday morning after the fire, it finally started to die down after 30 hours. Rebuilding Chicago was also a challenge due to cold winter weather and the inability to mix building materials like cement. With exhibit graphics, toddlers can visually explore how weather elements like heat, drought and wind can contribute to fires.

How did the fire spread so quickly?

They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing! On the day of the fire, there were very strong winds. The fire needs oxygen to burn, and the strong winds in the city gave the fire the oxygen it needed to grow. The fire started southwest of downtown and eventually destroyed downtown. Those high winds also helped the single fire spread to eventually become multiple fires, which historians say spread in their own way and then recombined. Winds in the area also made it even more difficult to extinguish the flames. When firefighters tried to douse the fire, the water turned to fog from the wind. In the exhibit’s “Physics of Fire” video, children can learn how a small fire spread to destroy more than half the city – 17,500 buildings within a three and a half mile radius – where at least 300 people were killed and 100,000 were left homeless.

How do technological advances protect us from fires today?

Although the Great Chicago Fire was devastating, the lessons learned and resulting technological advancements protect us from fires today. For example, building codes have changed dramatically – we no longer have wooden sidewalks, and downtown structures are now built with more fire-resistant materials like brick and steel. The City on Fire exhibit takes visitors on a journey to discover what the city was like before the fire, and culminates in a “Fire Safety Today” section where families can explore more changes and innovations in prevention fires and how we can all do our part to stay safe.

For more information on the Great Chicago Fire, visit

Moscow museum chronicles NATO ‘cruelty’ amid Ukraine campaign Sat, 07 May 2022 06:02:15 +0000 Moscow (AFP) – Paintings of wounded children and grieving women line the walls, while loudspeakers spit out the sound of approaching warplanes.

Welcome to a Moscow exhibit depicting NATO “crimes” amid the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

“NATO. A Chronicle of Cruelty” opened at the Museum of Contemporary Russian History in Moscow in early April, more than a month after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to the pro-Western country.

According to the museum, the exhibit is dedicated to the history of NATO, including the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945, although the Western military alliance was only founded in 1949.

It also lists the bloc’s 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia, the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Ukraine-NATO cooperation “that led” to the current conflict.

“Each time it is difficult to talk about the crimes committed by NATO troops,” said guide Yaroslav Polestrov, 46.

The Kremlin sees the US-led military bloc as an existential threat to Russia, and Putin blames Washington for using Ukraine as an instrument to drag Moscow into conflict.

The exhibit lists the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV AFP

Since the beginning of Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine, independent media have been shut down or suspended while TV stations have increased the production of anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western propaganda.

A few days before the annual Moscow military parade to mark the Soviet victory in World War II on May 9, the exhibition is very crowded.

At the entrance, a group of teenage cadets in uniform pose for a photo before heading inside, which, unusually in the Russian capital, is free.

Along the walls, photos of anti-NATO demonstrations in Europe and many photos of children in conflict zones, some visibly injured.

For the museum’s principal researcher, Fyodor Kokin, NATO played a crucial role in the Ukrainian conflict.

“We see that actually the alliance countries are very actively involved in this conflict,” said Kokin, 28.

“They supply arms, equipment and ammunition to Ukraine.”

Part of the exhibit is a “UK-produced anti-tank missile launcher used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, Kokin said.

The exhibition was put together in “less than a few weeks” and has had 14,000 visitors so far, he added.

The Kremlin sees the US-led military bloc as an existential threat to Russia
The Kremlin sees the US-led military bloc as an existential threat to Russia Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV AFP

One of those visitors, Alexandra, who declined to give her surname, said the display was shoddy work.

“It was done in a rush,” said Alexandra, who teaches library science and brought her students to see the exhibit but now “regrets wasting time.”

“Why do we talk about ‘cruelty’? Why not talk about the reasons for the creation of the block, its evolution over time?” the woman said, sporting a black and orange ribbon pinned to her chest as a symbol of Russia’s World War II victory celebrations.

Pointing to a section dedicated to the Vietnam War, Alexandra said, “It’s the United States, not NATO,” that is to blame.

“Soviet Propaganda”

The Polestrov guide shows students at Alexandra a mix of blue and yellow Ukrainian flags displayed alongside a Nazi SS helmet and an American flag, with maps illustrating how far NATO missiles can reach in Russia .

Of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, he said: “Russia and China did not agree with … the decision taken by (Bill) Clinton, the President of the United States and criminals like him”.

The exhibition was mounted in
The exhibition was put together in ‘less than a few weeks’ and has had 14,000 visitors so far Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV AFP

Anyone who disagrees with the organizers’ view is free to voice their thoughts in the guestbook, Polestrov said.

Some praised the display.

“Children, teenagers and even many adults need to see for themselves how rotten the Western world is,” wrote two women, who signed their full names, in a message seen by the AFP.

Maria Butina, a lower house lawmaker who served 15 months in a US prison for acting illegally as a foreign agent for Russia, thanked organizers for telling the “truth”.

Other visitors lambasted Moscow’s account.

“This exhibit is Soviet-style propaganda shit,” read one entry.

“There is no black and white in politics, there are only shades of grey,” said another.

“Don’t let the propaganda fool you. Peace to Ukraine and to the whole world, freedom and wisdom to Russia!

Evacuation orders in Jurupa Valley brush fire lifted Fri, 06 May 2022 21:45:00 +0000

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (CNS) – Evacuation orders from the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center prompted by a 60-acre bushfire were lifted Friday afternoon.

The fire was 10% contained and was first reported at 12:49 p.m. near Granite Hill Drive and Pyrite Street along the westbound lanes of State Route 60, according to the State Fire Department. Riverside County.

Initially, fire officials said the fire was between two and three acres and was burning in light, flashy fuels at a moderate rate of spread. They later said the fire grew to 100 acres before reducing that figure to 60 acres.

“Fast work by firefighters halted the rate of spread of the fire,” county firefighters said in a tweet at 2:56 p.m.

Evacuation orders issued for the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, a mostly outdoor facility offering earth science activities for families at 7621 Granite Hill Drive, were lifted at 3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, authorities said Granite Hill Drive was closed in both directions and firefighters asked the public to be careful when traveling in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the flames were fanned by gusts of wind that were expected to reach up to 60 mph.

Mountains, deserts and passes in Riverside County are subject to a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters said firefighters would remain at the scene overnight

There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures from the fire. There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures from the fire.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announces Upcoming Events | Local Thu, 05 May 2022 04:15:00 +0000

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is hosting a number of family and adult-only events at the museum in the coming weeks.

n Revenge of the Fifth: Star Wars Trivia Night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Compete with other “Star Wars” moviegoers for the top prize, a visit to the museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology Collection to view real Diplodocus fossils with the museum’s leading dinosaur researcher.

n Super Science Saturday: Poo, guts and butts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 14. Take a closer look at guts and digestion in the animal kingdom. Learn how scientists analyze feces to understand animal health, hone your wildlife tracking skills by exploring the science of feces identification, and have fun searching for seeds, fruits, mushrooms, minerals and ass-shaped fossils in this family activity.

n Nature Crawl from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 10. Join museum staff for a self-guided exploration for ages 21+ through selected exhibits. Enjoy walk-in style activities including talks with scientific experts, tours, animal encounters and more.

n Science Friday presents Cephalopod Movie Night on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m., doors opening at 6 p.m. Guests can watch short science documentaries, hear from cephalopod researchers and other experts, and have the chance to ask special guests questions on the high seas.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 412-622-3131.

Permanent closure of the Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science; Education outreach program absorbed by Rhode Island Computer Museum Tue, 03 May 2022 12:00:27 +0000

The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) announced today that it will close on Westminster Street in Providence on June 1, 2022 and that its educational outreach program will be absorbed into the Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM).

Founded in 2010, RIMOSA’s mission has been to spark curiosity and encourage experimentation through STEAM-based hands-on exhibits and experiences that enable open experimentation, to develop curiosity, motivation, courage and creative problem solving. The 501(c)(3) organization has offered educational outreach programs since its inception and opened its physical museum space in 2017.

The RICM has been collecting and preserving rare and historically significant computer equipment since its founding in North Kingstown in 1999. Twenty-two years later, the museum has one of the largest collections of vintage computer equipment in the country, stored in a warehouse at Quonset Business Park. Spreading knowledge and encouraging research in computing through tours, lectures, discussions and publications, the RICM aims to inspire young people for the future workforce by rescuing old and new technologies.

When RIMOSA disbands its organization and closes its museum at 763 Westminster St., Providence, its educational outreach program will be absorbed into the RICM and classes will continue to be delivered as “RIMOSA Workshops Powered by the RICM” from the RICM learning laboratory.

Following RIMOSA’s closure, RIMOSA says in a press release that Executive Director Bonnie Epstein, PhD, and Board Member Jennifer Pietros, PhD, will join RICM’s leadership team to help support its educational leadership. .