There’s science behind creativity. Take a look into this brief science lesson that we had to share!
Originally posted on Random Inspirations:
I have an extensive chemistry background from my “previous life” as a pharmacist; in pre-pharmacy Organic Chemistry classes, I spent hours poring over molecular structures and their reactions, and in pharmacy school I learned about biochemistry. I was particularly intrigued by the chemistry of the brain, and the way that certain behaviors and medications affect it.
Our creativity is directly affected by neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals native to our bodies that transmit signals from one neuron to another. The two neurotransmitters that affect our creativity the most are seratonin and dopamine.
Operations & Programs Manager
Summer is coming faster than we realize and that means I am getting ready for summer camp here at the SEE Science Center! Although it ranks right up there as two of my most tiring weeks of the year, they are also a contenders for my two favorite weeks of the year. I honestly have just as much fun as the campers. Our science camp is all hands-on and extremely engaging.
For most of the year, I interact with a child for an hour or two during a school field trip but during camp we have a whole week filled with cool science activities.This year I am excited about two brand new modules we are offering to our campers. Nano Science, which is the science of things that are TINY! It should be really interesting exploring things that are too small to see. And the very tricky Science of Magic which will delve into some of the science behind the magic. Add in some serious free explore time at the science center, Reverse Engineering, exhibit prototype building and top it off with a Make Your Own Sundae Party and how can you lose?
I am SO ready! Now all I need are the campers…
Thank you to everyone who attended sponsored or donated to this year’s event last Thursday. It was the most successful Putt to date. Over $16,000 was raised to support SEE programs. 18 teams battled it out on the course with Dan, Jim & Jared from DEKA winning the tournament. Rob Batchelder from Bank of New England was the longest putt winner.
RiverStone, A Fairfax Company
Rothwangl Dental Care
Toohey Law Group LLC.
Bellwether Credit Union
Central Paper Products
Bank of New England
Coca~Cola of Northern New England
Country Spirit Restaurant
Goffstown Dental Associates
Great NH Restaurants
Grossman Tucker Perreault &Pfleger, PLLC
John Holm Insurance
Lang Door & Hardware
Members First Credit Union
St. Mary’s Bank
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
See a complete list of all contributors here. Link to PDF.https://www.see-sciencecenter.org/library/pdf/2014-thank-you-flyer.pdf
This is a neat little blog that SEE agrees with! #HappyPresident’sDay
Originally posted on Adam Ickes:
There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
- George Washington
By Adele Maurier, Design Coordinator
The staff here at SEE is busy preparing for our 13th Annual Champagne Putt. While it does take a considerable amount of preparation, it is worth it because the event is so much fun! This event is an adult’s only fundraiser that supports SEE’s mission to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the event we set up an 18-hole science themed mini-golf course in the Science Center. (SEE will be closed Feb. 13th to prepare).
Each year we try to re-design one of the holes and give it a new theme. This year we are re-designing our Monte Carlo hole. This hole is not part of the 18-hole tournament but is one of 3 additional contests that we set up for the event. The hole is unique in the golf world because it is a two story hole. The contestants putt on the upper level at SEE and the ball lands on the green on the lower level. This year we are adding a wheel of chance to the contest as well as a colorful new landing area. This brings a math theme to the putt . Contestants will contemplate statistical probability as they take their shot.
Odds are you will have a fabulous time if you attend the Champagne Putt! Join us for this great event where adults have the science center to themselves. The event is on February 13, 2014. Get all the details here.
This year marks the 2nd year that this event is held in memory of Fred Kfoury Jr. a see board member for over 20 years. Fred loved this event, as you can see in the photo below.
This is a neat post. Did you also know that #puzzles may make your brain sharp as you age? Explore how @SEE Science Center today. Re-blog if you agree!
Originally posted on The Weekly Show:
A massive study released last week found that brain games and training can help slow the cognitive decline that comes with aging. The study, funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first to find long-term benefits associated with brain games.
Researchers placed subjects in groups receiving speed-based tasks, memory exercises, reasoning games, or nothing at all. Sessions lasted about an hour and took place over six weeks. Testers evaluated subjects immediately following the trials and at intervals throughout ten years. At the end of the study, 71 percent of participants who received speed training performed at or above their level from the start of the study compared with 48 percent in the control group. Those who participated in reasoning games showed improvement as well, with 74 percent performing at or above their initial marks compared with only 62 percent of the control group. The memory games had no effect on performance.
By Glenna Lydick, Programs Facilitator
As we welcome 2014 here at SEE, we also welcome some great new exhibits. We have three new exhibits that provide lots of hands-on science fun!
Do you like science? Do you like to cook? With the help of Chef Nicole we have a wonderful new interactive exhibit that puts both science and cooking together. You can learn about coagulation, which foods are best for your body and even which foods will never spoil!
Imagination Playground is another of our new exhibits. Play is fundamental to imagination and creativity and is the primary means to which young children develop. In this exhibit, children are encouraged to build with the blue blocks using their own creativity and maybe even some math and logic skills.
Everyone is familiar with the words “green energy”. Here at SEE we are very familiar with them as we just opened up our new Hybrid House. You can check out this interactive exhibit and learn which light bulb is more efficient or how to collect and re-use rain water. Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Come check out our carbon footprint scale and learn what impact certain things we use have on an everyday basis.