Artifact of the Week: Telegraph Key ca. 1910s

With a marble base and brass hardware, this Boston Telegraph Key was made in Massachusetts by the Clapp-Eastham Company. Telegraph key is a general term for any switching device used to send Morse code. From 1844 right up until World War II, the telegraph was the principal means of fast long-distance communication.   Connect with… Continue reading

The James Webb Space Telescope – Ready to Launch!

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built. Learn more about the telescope before the launch on Dec. 25! Visit NASA’s website to learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope!

The James Webb Space Telescope – Who Was James Webb?

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built. Learn who James Webb was and why he’s important to U.S. space program history. Visit NASA’s website to learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope!

The James Webb Space Telescope – Introduction

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built. It will allow scientists to look at what our universe was like about 200 million years after the Big Bang. The telescope will be able to capture images of some of the first galaxies ever formed. It will also be able… Continue reading

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Makerspace Shelves: Create Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

Create Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine A Rube Goldberg machine, named after the American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a chain-reaction machine that uses purposely overcomplicated methods to accomplish a simple task. You can make your own by creating a series of simple machines like ramps, levers and pulleys! You will need: Supplies: Variety of household… Continue reading

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Makerspace Shelves: Cardboard Engineering

Cardboard Engineering Try your hand at a variety of engineering skills using the simplest building material – cardboard! Turn your cardboard into a robot or a creation all your own. You will need: Supplies: Corrugated cardboard Tools: (use with a grown-up’s permission) Hot glue gun Scissors X-acto knife

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Makerspace Shelves: Build Your Own Automaton

Build Your Own Automaton! An automaton is a machine that animates a figure using a hand-crank. Automata have been made for over 2,000 years by many cultures. In Greek, the name translates to “acting of one’s own will.” Gather your supplies and tools, then watch the video to learn how to create your own automaton… Continue reading

Gateway Legends Esports Competition Hosted by Fair Saint Louis

Support science for our future. Make a gift to the Youth Exploring Science Program today to help power connections to STEAM through efforts like these. The Saint Louis Science Center was proud to participate in the recent Gateway Legends esports competition hosted by Fair Saint Louis and sponsored by Centene Charitable Foundation. Held over the… Continue reading