Transit of Mercury Viewing Party!

On Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Greensboro Astronomy Club and Greensboro Science Center (GSC) are teaming up for a Transit of Mercury Viewing Party. The event will take place in front of the Greensboro Science Center’s main entrance and is free for all to attend. Admission to the Greensboro Science Center is not included with this free event; however, general admission tickets may be purchased for those who choose to visit the GSC on this day.

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During the event, Greensboro Astronomy Club members will set up telescopes outfitted with solar filters so guests can safely watch the transit of Mercury across the sun. Additional activities include a gravity well demonstration, coloring pages and an a kid-friendly photo op.

In the event of weather interference, activities will take place in the GSC’s Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) Center.

Conservation Creation: 180 Steps Around the World

Summer is right around the corner and it’s once again time to take a tour around the world – all from within our very own Jeansboro Junction (located in Friendly Farm)! On this tour, you will get the chance to learn about our farm animals and their natural histories, as well as earn a souvenir to take home with you.

While commercial farms tend to focus on a single crop or species of livestock, smaller family farms tend to have many different plants and animals, which is what you will see in our farmyard here at the Greensboro Science Center. When farmers are setting up their farms, they will often think about the relationships between their herds and their gardens. For example, horse manure is a great crop fertilizer and can be used to help grow vegetables for people as well as hay for livestock. Free-range chickens are great for keeping pests out of gardens while also providing eggs to sell or eat.

During the farm planning process, farmers need to be aware of the needs of both their animals and their gardens to ensure an efficient and healthy farm. For our activity this month, you will be planning and creating your own farm diorama! Below, you will see an example of a farm that we created, as well as how to make a horse for your farmyard.

What you will need:a box, craft supplies and a creative mind! Running short on craft supplies? Visit Reconsidered Goods to stock up on donated materials without breaking the bank!

Step 1: Figure out what kinds of animals you want on your farm and what they will need to live happy and healthy lives. To get started, remember that the three essential needs for any living creature are food, water and shelter. If you’re using the internet, search for animal care sheets (ex. Horse Care Sheet) to find out what each animal needs.

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Step 2: Make your cork horse! Start by breaking 3 toothpicks in half. Use the pointy ends to add legs and a neck to your horse. You will have half of a toothpick left over.

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Step 3: Attach a smaller cork to the neck area of the horse; this will become the head. Use glue to attach string for hair and googly eyes (if you would like) for the finishing details.

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Step 4: Create your diorama with the animals you want on your farm! For our farmyard, we decided we wanted to have a garden, free-range chickens with a chicken coop, a fenced-in pasture for sheep and horses, and a well to make providing water easier on our farmer. For an added challenge, try using only recyclable materials or materials from your yard!

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International Red Panda Day

Each year, the third Saturday of September (September 21, this year) is celebrated as International Red Panda Day. The Red Panda Network coordinates this event to raise awareness about the importance of saving this unique animal. Currently, red pandas are classified as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Taiji

Taiji

The Greensboro Science Center is home to the only red panda in an accredited zoo in North Carolina. Taiji (affectionately nicknamed Tai by keepers) came to the Center in March of this year and is on exhibit in Animal Discovery Zoo. In an effort to encourage folks to learn more about Tai and his fellow red pandas, we’d like to share the Red Panda Network’s Red Panda Ranger program. By participating in a series of activities, children can earn an official Red Panda Ranger certificate and badge!

Click here to download the 2013 Activity Book and become a Red Panda Ranger!

PLEASE SHARE: Once you earn your Red Panda Ranger badge, please take a picture of yourself sporting your badge or certificate and share it on our Facebook page. We’d love to see photos of this year’s Red Panda Rangers!

Taiji's finished product

Taiji’s finished product

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the GSC will be hosting its own International Red Panda Day celebration on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM. During this time, we will be hosting educational activities including special Keeper talks/training demos at Taiji’s exhibit, activity sheets for kids, a red panda canvas painting raffle (tickets on sale for $2 in the gift shop), fun facts, and more. Please join us for this very special event! All raffle proceeds will benefit the Red Panda Network.