Dragon DiariesLife with Scout at Gateway to Science
April 23rd, 2019
I just thinking that maybe someday I would like a castle of my own to protect or terrorize, depending on my mood. After all, I am a dragon and according to some of the stories I hear, that is what we are supposed to do. Wouldn’t you know it, one just appeared in my run. It is just a small two-story tower but I am a small dragon so it is a perfect fit.
My castle was printed on our 3D printer and that is not the only thing that it can make. We have printed musical instruments, a triceratops skull, unicorn horns and so much more. You just have to stop by and check it out.
Lately, we have been printing out a lot of these adorable little lizards. They are still not as amazing as I am but they are pretty cute, and they are for sale! In fact, most of the stuff that is printing in the gallery every day is for sale! Stop by for a visit and you can watch the printer build up layers of filament to create the next castle, lizard, frog, musical instrument or unicorn.
March 11th, 2019
Happy Spring Equinox – March 20th!!!!
I can’t understand why humans ever thought it was a good idea to ask a groundhog for advice on when to break out the flip flops and sunscreen. Every dragon knows that spring occurs at about the same time every year no matter what Punxsutawney Phil thinks. Seasons change because the Earth’s axis is tilted 23.5 degrees as it orbits around the Sun.
Because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis, all of us living in the northern hemisphere have been tilted away from the Sun since the last fall equinox on September 23 until this spring’s equinox on March 20. You might have noticed that the days got shorter until the winter solstice on December 22. This is also due to that tilt. Equinox is special because during that time, the Earth’s equator is perpendicular to the Sun. When this happens, every location on the entire planet experiences the same amount of night and day. The spring equinox signals that our hemisphere is officially starting to tilt towards the Sun.
The first official day of spring is always around the same date in March and even if it doesn’t feel or look like spring, rest assured, our hemisphere is moving in the right direction. It will just take a little time for it to thaw out and warm up. What’s really weird is the thought that my wild Aussie cousins in the southern hemisphere will be going through winter as I am laying around my water dish, soaking up summer rays.
February 20th, 2019
This is Engineering Week and with school out, I have had a lot of guests in the gallery. Some of them were here for STEM mini-camp. I noticed that they were making some awesome things while they learned about science, technology, engineering and math.
This inspired me to try my hand at making stuff too and it turns out that my staff and I can build a pretty sturdy bridge as long as they are willing to follow my carefully thought out directions. I actually think that some of them could have made a great bridge on their own with very little help from me.
Engineering Week is a great reason to build awesome things and when you’re finished, you could stop by to show me and my staff what you’ve made. If you can’t build something at your house, I am sure that you can find something to build with around here. I love to share supplies.
January 4th, 2019
I had so much fun in the gallery over the holidays that I got a little behind on my writing. Besides all the extra visitors over Christmas break, I had to help my staff get ready for the new exhibits that will be coming into the gallery. I am so excited!
We just finished the plans for where they will go and now we’re making changes to be sure there will be enough room in the gallery when they arrive. We will be getting a 21 foot race car track, a new solar car, something called a vein viewer, a bridge building challenge, and a new Bernoulli exhibit.There will also be a new exhibit that allows guests to test their reaction time. Because I am cold blooded, I will need to get nice and warm before I try that one so that I will be at my speediest.
Everything should be ready to go by the 18th and I can hardly wait to see what our guests will think of all the changes.
December 5th, 2018
About three weeks ago, this new home went up in the gallery. Like any curious neighbor would, I snooped around.
This home was pretty awesome. It had a garden on the roof and a tricked out lighting system.
Well today, the new neighbors finally moved in! Honestly, I was hoping for another reptile that I could share a few meal worms with after work, but these guys seem fun too.
They’re fish, guppies to be exact, and their names are Poe, Cilii, and Dae, after their fish family, Poeciliidae (in Latin). Unfortunately, we won’t be eating together because they are part of an aquaponics system. The guys explained that the water in their tank is constantly being circulated to the roof garden where it waters and feeds the plants. The plants help their water stay clean and healthy. Poe, Cilii, and Dae will be putting nutrients back into the water to feed the plants and on and on it goes. It sounds like these guys will be working all the time. Even though Poe, Cilii, and Dae are really into gardening and are a part of this closed environment thing, they seem pretty friendly and I can’t wait to introduce them to my staff and our gallery guests.
You really should stop in and see what they’re up to when you get the chance. It’s awesome!
November 29th, 2018
There is always something new going on around here. We just got a plant with big juicy red leaves on it. It’s called a poinsettia but I’m not supposed to eat it because it’s poisonous.
Then a little while later this interesting looking, tall structure appeared on the desk. It took me a while to figure out what I was looking at because I’m a reptile and my brain thinks slower when it’s cold. When I finally got it, it was awesome and beautiful!
Thanks guys, I love it! I really do have the best staff a dragon could ever want.
They even remembered that I like presents and I can’t think of better gift than a membership to Gateway to Science. Just think, when you give someone a membership, you make it easier for them to come and play in the gallery and visit me!!! What could be better?
November 21st, 2018
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite human holidays. I invited some people over to share a meal with me but humans are SUCH picky eaters! That’s OK – I have other friends.
Honestly, I’ll take a nice juicy cricket over a nasty turkey leg any day. So while we might not be eating together (your loss) I still want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 7th, 2018
I heard that this year’s theme for the International Science Museum and Science Center Day is, “Science, a Human Right”. Well, that is all well and good but, I have to say that I feel a little left out. I believe that dragons have a right to science too. However, I am not going to just sit on my log pouting and not get involved. I have decided to make a sculpture of myself and bring it to life with electricity. Not to brag or anything but, I do look pretty awesome in yellow. My staff and I agreed that “Squishy Circuits” would make an excellent gallery activity for both ISMSCD this Saturday and Veteran’s Day on Monday. I can’t wait to see all of the electric art!
Halloween, October 31st, 2018
I am so ready for Halloween! the treats are out and I look absolutely stunning and a little scary in my costume.
October 29th, 2018
This week, I am teaching my staff how electricity flows through everyone! You might think a dragon would not be a great conductor but, it turns out I am pretty sparky!!! I am guessing that most people are too but I need to know for sure so, you can help me prove my hypothesis by stopping by and participating in the conductor experiment that I had my staff set up this week, in honor of Halloween and Frankenstein. I promise it won’t hurt! If you think electricity is fun, I would suggest that you explore more and check out how electricity can control your muscles. If you let them, my staff will temporarily take control of your hand using electricity. Don’t worry, I made the staff promise to let everyone go unharmed when they are finished with them and… most of them told me they would. Happy Halloween!
Chemistry Week October 22nd – 26th, 2018
Hello again, it’s me, Scout. Did you know that you could make a battery with vinegar, copper and zinc? Neither did I until Chemistry Week. I am having a blast. Getting this LED to light up makes me feel so powerful. I could just keep doing this forever. And, it’s not just me, my gallery hosts are pretty excited about all the cool things that they are doing with guests this week too. Since Monday they have been doing this awesome battery activity and starting tomorrow they will be doing a chromatography experiment with the visitors. I can’t wait to play with color! Stop by, have fun, and learn about chemistry.
October 15th, 2018
I have a new buddy, Squelette. I am told that their name means Skeleton in French which is fitting because, Squelette is well, a Skeleton. I kind of like hanging out on Squelette’s shoulder because there are plenty of places to grab on to.
Besides Squelette, I have been noticing other odd changes around the gallery lately. If I had to guess, I would say it has to do with Halloween. One of them is the Science of Monsters posters that are hanging everywhere. Until Halloween, guests can learn about the science behind some of the most famous monster myths. I was shocked to find out that dragons were considered to be monsters!?! (I’m not sure if I am offended or not.) My gallery staff has also brought out some Halloween related exhibits for visitors to play with.
All these changes have reminded me that I need to get ready for Halloween as well so, I have created my own Halloween costume with a little help from my staff. I really had to think about what I would be going as and I think I’ve come up with the perfect costume…. A dragon! Get it? … You know, because of the monster thing. The main difference is that I will make those wings look good and, I will not eat people or spew fire everywhere.
Come and see me and learn about monsters at Gateway to Science.