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Greenhouse Update: What About the Fish?

Shortly after writing the last blog post, we replanted in our deep-water culture with seedlings we started in soil. With the newly introduced seedlings, we’re diligently watching for any signs of new infestations. We laid out new sticky traps to keep an eye on the insect populations but haven’t seen any major changes from last… Continue reading

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Greenhouse Pest Update: Trapped and Recorded

It’s been two weeks since we started our pest-control adventure in the greenhouse, and since then we’ve made a lot of fascinating discoveries. We laid out sticky traps to survey the different kinds of insects living in the greenhouse, and now we’ve been taking the traps back to our exhibit microscope to take a closer… Continue reading

Aphids: Greenhouse Invaders

Today we meet the aphids! Aphids are tiny (and I mean really tiny, sometimes only a little larger than a grain of sand) insects that feed on the sap of plants. Despite the fact that they are problematic to farmers everywhere, aphids are very unique insects. There are more than 5,000 species in the aphidoidea… Continue reading

Meet our GROW summer YES teen!

You might remember from our last GROW blog post that the GROW team is hosting a teen from the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program over the summer. That would be me! My name is Christopher, and I’m going to be helping around the GROW gallery (mostly at the greenhouse) as well as writing blog posts… Continue reading

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Now Open: The GROW Greenhouse

Have you ever visited the GROW gallery and wondered, “When will the aquaponics greenhouse ever be open?!” Well, you’re in luck! Thanks to safety improvements made by our exhibits department, the greenhouse is now open for self-guided exploration during the Science Center’s normal operating hours. We were able to creatively reuse material from the recently… Continue reading

Visitors line up to visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium on its opening day, April 16, 1963.

Happy 58th Birthday, McDonnell Planetarium!

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium marks its 58th birthday on April 16! When the Planetarium opened in 1963, the U.S. was in the midst of the space race, and there was a great deal of interest in learning about astronomy and the possibilities of space travel. It was named for the American aviation pioneer James… Continue reading

Can you dig it or do you pick it?

Can you DIG IT or do you PICK IT?

Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown is not as common as it once was. As we have become reliant on purchasing food from grocery stores and restaurants, we have become less connected to the ways our food is grown. When our guests visit the GROW Gallery, many of them are… Continue reading

How to Extract Strawberry DNA

In this easy science experiment, Lauren shows us how to extract DNA from a strawberry using common household materials. Connect with curiosity!