As summer transitions to fall, the crisp air and longer nights make for the perfect backdrop for stargazing!
Discovery On Demand
Discovery Place's Digital Learning Center
Whether you’re out camping in the mountains, on the coast or in your backyard, here are some spectacular constellations you can see in the night sky this summer.
Discovery Place scientists are sharing tips and techniques that will maximize the capabilities of your smartphone camera and get you set up to take brilliant photos of the night sky!
Have you ever wondered how ancient civilizations dyed their clothing?
Did you know spring showers make for the perfect opportunity to see colorful rainbows?
Are we successfully reducing the waste in landfills and polluting our ecosystem?
It’s winter in the Carolinas!
In celebration of World Snow Day on January 15, 2023, let it snow!
Constellations in the sky this season.
Fall Leaves Chromatography
Let’s learn about sea-level rise and storm surge right from your kitchen!
September is National Preparedness Month. Get tips on how to make emergency plans and assemble your own emergency preparedness kit.
Playful experimentation with oobleck to explore the properties of and states of matter.
Although beautiful, flowers' main function is reproduction; creating more plants by growing seeds and attracting pollinators like bees.
Learn the stages of the water cycle and make your own rain gauge!
Ever wonder how large chunks of ice fall out of spring and summertime thunderstorms?
Learn about tornadoes by swirling one in a jar right in your kitchen!
As the Earth revolves, we get different views of constellations. What constellations should you keep an eye out for during the springtime in the Northern Hemisphere?
Create something beautiful out of trash
A Closer Look at Leaves
The first day of spring marks a season of new beginnings. Want to take an active role in exploring or preserving nature? Find out more in this Stay-at-Home Science blog.
You may be surprised by (and probably recognize) some of the living components of your home ecosystem
As part of a collaborative research project Queens University, motion sensitive cameras captured images of various animals in the woods around Discovery Place Nature
How do trees prepare for winter? Find out here!
Make your unique snowflakes and we won’t need freezing temperatures to do it!
Create wet and dry snow in a bowl - it's snow science!
Let's dive in to learn about what squirrels do to prepare themselves for the colder weather.
Ever wondered what happens to all the reptiles during winter? Learn about their strategies to make it through the colder months.
Design your own track fit for a small object using physics concepts.
Learn how a plant’s vascular system works with an experiment you can do right in your kitchen!
Celebrate World Kindness Day! Be kind to each other, yourself and the world.
Dive into the origins and history of Daylight Saving Time and how to prepare for the time change
Learn more about four main groups of reptiles
Explore similarities in reptiles species
Take a closer look at the living residents at Discovery Place Nature.
Create your own field guide to document your explorations and findings.
Learners will take part in the scientific process to determine the relative amounts of exposure to air pollution.
Find out what makes wetlands in North Carolina so special, how to protect them, and the closest wetland near you.
About 90 percent of the world’s population is right-handed. Why might that be?
If you live in the heart of Charlotte, or in the vast countryside, the area around your home is called an ecosystem!
Blood pressure tells you about the force at which blood pushes against the walls of your arteries or blood vessels.
Though they may break up your lawn, these plants may be more important than we give them credit for.
Looking at a variety of different idioms that have their basis in science
Hydrangeas aren’t just beautiful; they also offer some very cool science lessons!
Today we will be discussing the science of mummification in Ancient Egypt. But first, what is mummification?
There are only two species of venomous snake found in Mecklenburg County, the copperhead and timber rattlesnake.
Research spotlight: An experimental toothpaste that could help those affected by peanut allergies build a tolerance over time.
Before clocks and watches existed, people used sundials to tell time
Here's how you can identify poison ivy (and why you should avoid it)
Get to know a new animal in our biodiversity lab
Meet the Komodo dragon's cousin, the Mangrove Monitor
Brood X is a group of periodical cicadas that only emerge every 17 years
Learn about the different nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and how they help us stay healthy
With candles and fire create a moving seesaw
Did you know you could make paint using flowers?
Learn the square knot, the slip knot and the half hitch
Learn the square knot, the slip knot and the half hitch
Make liquid fireworks in a jar using items you already might have in your kitchen.
Maps have been around for millennia.. and are more reliable than phones!
This fun activity is a great way to learn more about absorption
In order to solve crimes, one must find clues
Microbiology doesn't need to be done in a lab - it can be done at home
It's all about pH with BASF Kids’ Lab!
Make a simple compass out of household materials
Learn more about local turtles, the red-eared slider and the yellow-bellied slider
Make your own fossils out of kitchen items
Discover the latest in The Wonder Lab
Let's make nachos using science
Live with Larry Sprinkle
We celebrate Groundhog Day all month long.
Create a “sweet” rainbow with BASF
Be Sun Safe
Find and make clay from dirt in your backyard
Let's see what happens when we use certain ingredients to create bubbles on a large scale.
The Science of Crystals
Why do mammals have fur, snakes have scales and birds have feathers?
DIY Pet Present
Use watercolor, a white crayon and stencils to create a secret world on your page
Our CNC router in Thinker Space uses subtractive manufacturing to create designs
Let It Snow
Wax on, wane off!
A new vision a life with smart lenses
Playing with polymers
Safely find mushrooms in your yard and test them to see what species they belong to
Experiment with Sound
It's a friend, a way to warm up and a way to build fine motor skills
Meet our Marbled Salamander
Geometric string art MAKE activity
You may find one right in your own backyard
Join Leah as she explores the 3 states of matter
Stargazing in November & December
Build your own Snail Terrarium
Painting with Vegetable Scraps
Constellation Night Lights
Ectothermic vs. endothermic animals
Fall Foliage with Naturalist Alden
A colorful lesson in reflection and refraction
Explore the science of sound with Krysta
Make time for brain breaks
A project you can do with a (virtual) partner
You probably didn't know you can make it rain inside
Celebrate the rainy days by setting up a rain barrel
Using science to make butter
Bromothymol Blue is a fun science experiment that helps you learn about pH indicators
A lesson in biodiversity
Join Leah in Thinker Space for this quick tutorial
Get Outside and Learn About Clouds
Mindfulness through Meditation
Operation Beach Clean-Up
Meet the butterflies
Learn how shells play a vital role in the marine ecosystem
Leah talks about all types of energy and how we can look for examples around our houses
Check out some of our favorite animals with sensational senses
It's a beautiful day in Freedom Park.
Dissect a flower to understand how they reproduce
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet
Elliot explains coral propagation
Create art by demonstrating this gravity-defying activity
Get to know our resident Eastern King Snake
Some tips to help you ensure your child is comfortable and protected
What makes the white, fluffy clouds you see above you?
By the books
Miniature Yeast Volcano
Leave your worries behind by making Guatemalan worry dolls
Get your fruit and veggie fix with this simple and yummy smoothie recipe
On your mark, get set, go!
Paint your perfect pet
Join Riana in this video about silkworms
Still staying home? We get it.
Summer Bucket List
Stop the Summer Slide
National Ice Cream Day
Digestion in a balloon
How do birds build nests?
The coolest thing on the planet
Citizen Science Projects
Plastic Bottle Seed Starter
Gear up for some out of this world reading
Taking flight with coffee filter butterflies
Four lessons your child is learning when you answer their many - many - questions
The buzz about bees
Get the scoop on making your own ice cream or sorbet
Have you ever wondered about the names of these countries?
Bet you didn't know these fun facts about amphibians
How To Raise A World Problem Solver or a Future Scientist? Celebrate Curiosity
Tips for a successful hike
At-home mini weather station for meteorologists in the making
Attract pollinators to your yard with this fun at-home activity
Family fun in the kitchen
Get to know Herbie, our red-footed tortoise
A Lesson on Bernoulli's Principle
Play a game of Eco-Jenga
See how we care for the iconic bears in Explore More Collections lab
Make your own plankton net
Join Laszlo as he reads Blueberry Bear
Learn about our skeletal and muscular systems by dissecting a chicken leg
Use genetics to create your own alien
Adaptation relay game
The resource games
Paper rockets three ways
How many balloons can we fit into this container of liquid nitrogen?
Make your own hydroponic plant
Compare estivation, hibernation and brumation
Learn how your lungs function with this DIY lung model
Explore how the water from your faucet gets to your house
Join Waffle for a hair-raising look at electricity
Take a virtual tour of Antarctic Dinosaurs the exhibition
Join Riana as she prepares breakfast for our animal residents
Learn about the habits of the heart by measuring your heart rate
Moon phase mania
Did you know alligators have up to 3,000 teeth during their lives?
Explore fruits and vegetables as we learn to “eat the rainbow”
Amp up your artwork with help from the binary number system
Continue learning how to design Projects using Tinker Cad
How to identify a copperhead
Learn how to design projects using Tinker Cad
Use binary code to create (and wear) a secret message
Meet the american alligator
Learn about biomes and adaptations as you create your own critter
Join Natalie as she reads this Dr. Seuss classic
Build your own bird beaks to learn about adaptation, diversity
Follow Alden as he prepares to visit the bee yard
5 tips from a homeschool mom to help you stay sane right now
Acid or base? Make your own pH Indicator and find out!
Join Leah for a tech talk on what you can do Makey-Makey
An a-MAZE-ing look at computational thinking: Fun activity for learners young and old
Ever wonder what a jellyfish is thinking?
Launch your inner engineer with a DIY catapult
A Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing
Make Your Own Upcycled Robot
Learn all about these flashy fish
5 Ways to foster an attitude of gratitude
The importance of nature journaling
Explore your own backyard on the hunt for lichens
Guided Nature Walk
Explore the properties of water right at home
Check out this easy science activity
Video: A Livestream from Our Rainforest
Meet our resident opossum
Try this fun science experiment right at home
Enjoy a peaceful video of our Reef Rubble Community Tank