Your Learning Connection | October 5, 2020 | Vol. 1, No. 14
What’s black and orange with scales all over? Maybe a Halloween monster, or our friends the clownfish! We have four different species of clownfish at the Seacoast Science Center. Take a closer look and learn more about them from Daryn in the clownfish video below.
Clownfish are named for their unique coloration that resembles a clown’s makeup. When dressing up, we might wear costumes or makeup to look like someone or something different. Many sea animals in nature use colors and patterns to either stand out or to blend in to their surroundings. Clownfish stripes might also help them to recognize each other! Learn more about clownfish stripes at The Conversation.
Want to make your own sea animal costume? Try making your own snail, jelly, or fish costume! We’d love to see them! Send your designs to [email protected] and we will share them on our social media pages!
Halloween might be a time of year when we are thinking about ooey gooey science experiments gone wrong. Explosions? Oozing goo? These are all examples of chemical reactions! Chemistry is the study of all of the gases, liquids, and solids in the universe, and how they react with each other. Learn more about chemistry and the scientists who study chemistry–called chemists–at Britannica Kids.
Science is all about trying new things, and trying to answer new questions. What questions have been on your mind lately? Learn how the scientific method can help scientists, such as chemists, to answer all sorts of questions at Little Bins for Little Hands.
Now it’s your turn to become a chemist! All it takes is a little bit of curiosity, and maybe a little bit of a mess! Check out this Mad Scientist Experiment to see what sorts of new things you can discover about chemistry right in your own kitchen!
Fall Scavenger Hunt
Have you noticed anything different about the trees in your neighborhood as we enter autumn? Here in New England, the leaves of many trees have been changing color before falling to the ground. Have you ever thought about why this happens, and why it doesn’t happen to all trees? Learn more about these changes from this SciShow Video. Want to make some leaves change color yourself? Try this experiment by Science Fun.
Now it’s time to head outside and see what signs of fall you can discover! Try out our Fall Scavenger Hunt and use your senses to see, hear, and feel the coming of the new season.
Inky Story Art
Art comes in all forms, and much of our art originates from stories from history, ghost stories, or myths. Dive into the Peabody Essex Museum’s blog in order to learn more about how stories and art are linked. Halloween is the perfect time of year to tell some spooky stories, and to take a closer look at some of the plants and animals in nature that might have helped inspire some of these stories. Vampire squid are great animals to spark the imagination! Take a look at Vampire Squid Facts and watch National Geographic’s Vampire Squid Video to learn more about these fascinating creatures. What do you notice about them?
Now it’s your turn to create some art! Try out this Ink Craft, inspired by vampire squid and other Cephalopods’ ability to emit mucus, or ink, in order to escape from predators.