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Featured Activities in March - S-T-E-A-M Weeks
Mondays - S in STEAM Science
Tuesdays - T in Steam Technology
Wednesdays - E in STEAM Engineering
Thursdays - A in STEAM Art
Fridays-M in STEAM Math
Wild Weather Weekend - March 25 & 26
Blast from the Past: The Science of Vintage Toys
Exploration Center Nature Wall
Old Red Museum to showcase a variety of America’s favorite toys dating from, or popular during, the 1950s and 1960s.
The 1950s space race was reflected in popular culture icons sporting futuristic motifs, from “boomerang” pattern Formica and atomic-inspired lighting to the rocket-shaped tailfins on a 1959 Cadillac. In the toy aisles, children could find a number of items that piqued their curiosity about science and medicine including chemistry sets and plastic anatomical models of the Invisible Man and Woman. Gyroscopes taught us about gravity and balance. The much sought after Microscope kits were equipped with slides and tweezers to look at specimens, while some came complete with dozens of mounted insect wings and prairie grasses. Though often considered entertainment for the entire family, home movie projectors were advertised adjacent to the toy section, where shortened clips of popular cartoons could be purchased for as little as $1.45. Living room projectionists and narrators may have been an inspiration to our rich tradition of American filmmakers.
All of the toys selected for our exhibition, as with most of those lining store shelves today, can readily serve to demonstrate the science topics children learn in the elementary classroom.