Greensboro Science Center Announces Fall Science Cafes

This fall, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is hosting two science cafes in its Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) STEM Center. On Thursday, October 3, Dr. Katharine Holder will present Trouble in Paradise: Today’s Coral Reef Conundrum, and on Sunday, November 3, Jill Heinerth will present The Science of Cave Diving. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the talks begin at 6:30 p.m. Science cafes are free to attend.

Trouble in Paradise: Today’s Coral Reef Conundrum
Thursday, October 3, 2019; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Science Cafe: Trouble in Paradise

Dr. Katharine Holder will present this Science Café designed to help guests understand what exactly coral is, why it is important, what threats this delicate and essential ecosystem are facing, and what can be done to protect this valuable resource.

Dr. Katharine Holder is originally from the mountains of North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate degree and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She currently practices small animal medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Holder also has a special interest in the marine world. After vet school, she got a masters degree from George Mason University studying marine conservation. She enjoys SCUBA diving and teaching people about the beautiful world of coral reefs.

The Science of Cave Diving
Sunday, November 3, 2019; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Science Cafe: The Science of Cave Diving

This Science Café features Jill Heinerth, a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide.

A sport once tagged as the domain of adrenaline junkies, cave divers have become an important asset to scientists exploring global climate change, archaeology, water issues, and unique biology. Underwater explorer, Jill Heinerth will share stories from expeditions to faraway caves around the world from Egypt to Antarctica and Bermuda to the Bahamas. She’ll offer a fast-paced multimedia show about tiny venomous creatures and ancient lofty stalagmites that tell the story of earth before man.

Red Panda Day Celebration: September 14

red-panda-day-2019On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating International Red Panda Day with a variety of crafts, games, education stations, and activities. The celebration will take place at the red panda exhibit in the GSC’s zoo from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

During the event, GSC guests will be invited to become Red Panda Rangers – individuals recognized by the Red Panda Networkas those who help spread the word about red pandas. To become a Red Panda Ranger, guests can pick up a passport and travel to stations representing countries in Asia where red pandas are found, complete activities and earn stamps. Participants who complete the passport will be given a small token of appreciation as they are deputized as official Red Panda Rangers.

Red panda paintings, created by the GSC’s red pandas, Tai and Usha, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Panda Network. Guests can also support the Red Panda Network by dropping loose change into a red panda bank.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to symbolically adopt a red panda. Donations made through the GSC’s Adopt An Animal program provide critical support for animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation at the GSC. Adoptions can be made during the event, in the TriceraShop gift shop or online at www.greensboroscience.org/give.

International Red Panda Day activities (excluding donation opportunities) are free with general admission or GSC membership. General admission is $14.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $13.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $13.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under are free.

See to Believe Returns September 20, 2019

See To Believe 2019

The Greensboro Science Center’s (GSC) annual gala, See to Believe, sponsored by First Bank, will take place on Friday, September 20 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Each year, See to Believe is uniquely themed to pay homage to the GSC’s distinct experiences, exhibits and milestones.

Back by popular demand, gala guests will enjoy a variety of interactive games, including Giant Jenga, Pacific Plinko and Flaming-O Ring-O. Party goers will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win memorable experiences designed to make dreams come alive – from a private dinner in the aquarium to animal feeding opportunities.

Attendees will be invited to dance the night away with high-energy dance band Fantasy and mingle in the aquarium to the soothing sounds of steel drums. Heavy hors d’oeuvres from Pepper Moon Catering, as well as a variety of premium beer, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for guests to enjoy as they roam, discover and celebrate.

This year, gala attendees can support the GSC’s zoo expansion, Revolution Ridge, and help bring pygmy hippos to the GSC – and North Carolina – for the first time via the GSC’s “Fund the Need” effort. The pygmy hippopotamus is an endangered species with less than 2,500 mature individuals left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The GSC believes it is critical to participate in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan® for this species. Gifts given during “Fund the Need” will help in many ways, including building brand new exhibits and covering travel costs for new species.

See to Believe tickets and sponsorships start at $90 and are available online at greensboroscience.org/seetobelieve. Attendees must be age 21 or older.

Greensboro Science Center Celebrates Shark Week

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The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating alongside the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week from Monday, July 29 – Saturday, August 3 with crafts, education stations and games from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily. In addition to ongoing activities, including coloring pages, temporary tattoos and shark-shaped bubbles, each day of the week will be themed around a unique educational opportunity. Daily themes are as follows:

Monday, July 29
Munch, Munch Monday
Learn what sharks like to eat and how they snag their snacks!

Tuesday, July 30
Toothful Tuesday
Test your shark smarts with a round of “Myth or Tooth” trivia!

Wednesday, July 31
Wonders Wednesday
Explore sharks’ superpowers – like their ability to detect electricity!

Thursday, August 1
Thoughtful Thursday
Discover the importance of shark conservation. Why do we need sharks, and how can we help them?

Friday, August 2
Freaky Friday
Learn about the strangest and most unusual sharks in the sea!

Saturday, August 3
Supreme Saturday
Find out which sharks are the biggest, fastest, oldest, and more!

Shark Week activities are free with general admission or GSC membership. General admission is $14.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $13.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $13.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under are free.

The GSC’s Shark Week celebration is sponsored by Fins Car Wash. “We are so excited to be joining the beautiful Greensboro community and are thrilled to be partnering with the Greensboro Science Center right before our two area locations open for business,” says Greg Ries, Vice President of Fins Car Wash. “Our mascot, Fin the Shark, can’t wait to meet new customers and join in on all the Shark Week fun.”

Sharks have been selected by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as a signature species for SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). SAFE focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save signature species by increasing direct conservation spending as well as increasing work in the field and within zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. Shark Week is one example of the GSC’s involvement in this vital conservation effort.

Greensboro Science Center Celebrates World Oceans Day

WOD-Instagram-STDOn Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating our oceans with special activities designed to commemorate World Oceans Day. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Hawaiian shirt and sun hat to celebrate this year’s theme: Together We Can Protect and Restore Our Ocean.

Participants will learn how we can work together to create cleaner oceans and a better future. Activities include a creek clean-up, a bubble station, crafts, educational aquarium talks, and fun giveaways. Octonauts and Dr. Seuss coloring pages, as well as ocean-themed temporary tattoos, will also be available.

In addition to the activities outlined above, partners from throughout the community will be on site offering additional activities and demonstrations, including:

  • Greensboro Recycling will show guests how to reduce use of single-use plastics.
  • Stormwater SMART will allow guests to explore human impact on the water cycle.
  • Air Awareness will demonstrate light bulb efficiency.
  • Greensboro Water Bar will offer samples of water sourced from across the county.
  • Reconsidered Goods will show guests how to make recycled plastic bottle cap lei necklaces.
  • Haw River Assembly will join GSC staff in leading a creek clean up and macroinvertebrate study.

Educational talks throughout the day include:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Penguin Feeding
  • 11:00 a.m. – Shark Reef Dive
  • 3:30 p.m. – Penguin Feeding
  • 4:00 p.m. – Shark Reef Feeding

World Oceans Day activities are free with general admission or GSC membership. General admission is $14.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $13.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $13.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under are free.

Sustainable Eats + Recipe

Guest blog by Pepper Moon Catering’s Sales and Event Manager, Emily Terranova

At Pepper Moon Catering, we don’t have to worry about the sustainability of the seafood we serve! As one of the preferred caterers for the Greensboro Science Center (GSC), we understand that balance is important. We do our best to balance the needs of the customer (size of group, budget, vision) to what we can offer as meal choices. Fortunately, the food distributors we work with understand that sustainability will help them, not just for the “feel-good factor”, but economically in the long term as well. It’s thinking like this that will push for true changes in practices.

Our food distributors are a wonderful resource for our company, as they have tiers of quality – and with those tiers come guarantees of sustainability! The top two tiers (which we order from) come with universal sustainability standards for ALL of their products, not just the seafood. In the seafood area, the wild-caught foods are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, a third-party verifier. Farmed fish will have at least 4 stars with the Best Aquaculture Practices standard. So, when you an attend an event here at the GSC that’s sponsored by Pepper Moon Catering, you can enjoy your food and enjoy that it’s good for the world too.

Here’s a sustainable seafood recipe for you to try at home!

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Shrimp and Mango Bruschetta
(Serves 10-12)

½ lb chopped shrimp

2 cups mango, small diced

¼ cup chopped green onion

½ cup lime juice

2 tablespoons honey (may add more to taste)

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

*Serve with sliced French bread or gluten free corn tortilla cups
  1. Stir the shrimp, mango and onion together in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until blended, 
    making sure to scrape bottom of the bowl to fully incorporate the 
    honey. Pour over the shrimp mixture. Cover with wrap and refrigerate 
    for at least 30 minutes before serving.

The Greensboro Science Center is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program to help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

We all know what a Solar System is, right? It’s a collection of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and other smaller bits (all held together by the gravity between them) that circles around a star — in our case, the Sun — that stands at the center of the whole thing. So, a solar system is where we live. But where does our solar system “live”? What happens when we zoom out and see the effect of gravity at a much larger level?

Our solar system and at least 100 billion other star systems are part of a larger grouping, also held together by the gravity between them, called a GALAXY. And just like the planets of our solar system tend to orbit in a flattened disk or plane around the sun, all the billions of stars that make up our Galaxy orbit the center in a highly flattened disk. In fact, our galaxy is pretty much as flat as a pancake; it’s disk is 1,000 times longer across from side to side than it is thick from top to bottom! If we could zoom out from our galaxy, the “Milky Way,” and see it from afar, it would look like a huge pinwheel or whirlpool of stars, which is why ours and many others are called SPIRAL GALAXIES.

There are something like 100 billion visible-to-us galaxies in the universe. When we look at them, each one is quite literally “a galaxy far, far away.” They are so far away that the light we see from them, traveling at a speed of nearly 6 trillion miles per year, takes millions of years to reach us. Because of that, we see each galaxy “a long, long time ago” — not as it is today, but as it was when its light first started the journey through space to get to us.

For the first time ever, the GSC now has a powerful new telescope which, outfitted with a sensitive video camera, lets us view live, real-time images of distant galaxies from right outside our front doors! Watch for us to offer public viewings in the months ahead. In the meantime, here are are some actual views of galaxies with our new scope…

May the Force be with you.