Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Birthday to Rowland Hill - Inventor of postage stamp

The holidays are fast approaching and we all look forward to mailing our gifts. What is the last thing you do once you have a package ready for mailing a gift at the post office? Affix a postage stamp of course!

Ever wondered who invented the postage stamp? And what did the first postage stamp look like? Read on.

Rowland Hill photo cleaned.jpgThis is Sir Rowland Hill who was born on December 3, 1795 in England at a place called Worcestershire. Those were the days when mail was carried by runners or on cycles and wagons and delivered by hand for a fee. So mail delivery had too many problems such as getting lost, being very slow, difficult to trace and then no proper fee system which would make it sometimes very expensive as per the wishes of the deliverer. So what did Sir Hill do? He created the system we see today in post offices across the world and in 1840, he created the world's first adhesive postage stamp that cost one penny.
The image you see on the stamp is that of Queen Victoria, the then queen of England. So the next time you stick a stamp on your mail say your thanks to Sir Robert Hill for creating such an easy system to send anything from letters to toys to books and gifts around the world

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday StoryLab: Leaf Man

Feeding the turtles after StoryLab

Hammering a leaf to remove the chlorophyll
Sunday, Sept.29th, will be the last StoryLab for "Bear Has A Story To Tell" and "Leaf Man".
The StoryLab will begin at 1:30 p.m.
After StoryLab, join us at 2:45p.m. for the Science Exploration Lab.  The featured activity is  River-Walk.  We will meet in the Biotech lab on the third floor and then walk to the river to discover the river's flora and fauna.

Participants may choose to do either lab or both.

Monday, August 26, 2013

RiverWorks Discovery Puzzle Time

Saturday, August 24, RiverWorks Discovery's traveling puzzle exhibits were enjoyed by several museum visitors.

To see more pictures and learn more about the RiverWorks Discovery program open the pages at the top of the blog (RiverWorks Discovery Puzzle Time and RiverWorks Discovery Program)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Build a Solar Oven

Summer time is the perfect time to put those sun's rays to work.  Go to"build a solar oven" for directions.  Included is another link for recipes.  Happy cooking!

Friday, June 14, 2013

New critters in the lab!

We have two new animals in the Biotech Lab, an anole and a house gecko.  Check them out the next time you are at the museum for a BioLab activity like Story Lab or Open Science Lab.
The anole is easier to spot with its bright green color and long tail.  The gecko is smaller and brown with lighter spots.  Can you spot him?  He is to the right of the anole.  Anoles are active in the day while geckos sleep.  Geckos are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Young Naturalists first session

We just finished our first Young Naturalists mini-camp.  We had a wonderful, bright and charming group of kids at Session One. I am looking forward to the next session.
Open the Young Naturalist page above for more info and pictures of Session One.
June 18th and 19th we will have session 2 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Participants will be dissecting owl pellets and creating a display for the identifies bones.  We will learn about birds of prey.   I hope to see many young nature lovers June 18th.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New animals come to the Biotech Lab

Red Eared Slider Turtles
We have four RES turtles now living in our Biotech Lab.  The turtles were donated by Jon Hedges, who raised them from young turtles.
We plan to create a pond environment in our new ORIGINS gallery that also houses the Impact Cave.  In the meantime, the turtles need a healthy home which means basking shelves, filters, large tank, and heaters.

A BIG thanks to Peggy Benton for donating the money needed to buy a basking shelf with water filter.  The turtles would not have had this if she had not sponsored the purchase.  The quality of their life will greatly be improved. Ms. Benton also donated money for StoryLab materials which many children enjoy.

Our turtles will be comfy in their new home in time to share the StoryLab, Mossy, about a beautiful pond turtle.  The last chance to hear Mossy and make a terrarium is Thursday, May 30th. (See my post below for more info on Mossy.)

The picture on the left shows two of our new lab animals.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

OMS tours Impact Cave

Friday, May 10th, we had our first school groups to tour the cave in our new gallery.  Students received maps detailing the locations of speleothems (formations) and zones throughout the cave.  The blind cave fish were a favorite.  Students also enjoyed the crawl through exit.  Several students commented that entering through the secret entrance felt like something out of a Harry Potter story.  THANKS OMS 7th GRADERS for being WONDERFUL guests!

Sunday, May 5, 2013


This month's Story Lab is Mossy by Jan Brett. Mossy is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I have read. I am glad May is finally here for me to share it.

Because of the Derby and BBQ Festival there are no Story Labs on Saturday for this month.

Join us for the following Story Labs:
May 15, Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
May 19, Sunday 1:30 to 2:24 p.m.
May 30, Thursday 10:30a.m. to 12:00 noon

StoryLabs start at the time given above.

Jan Brett, the author, has a very nice website that is definitely worth a visit at
Make sure you take the time to subscribe to her newsletter (found in the heading tabs of her page).

For your convenience I have also added it to the links on the right side bar.

Hope to see you this month!

For future scientists wanting a little more lab time after StoryLabs, come back for OPEN LAB.

May 15, Wednesday 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
    * Make a Barge: Create a barge out of aluminum foil or clay to float the maximum pennies possible.
May 19, Sunday 3 to 4 p.m.
    *  Predict and test which items float and sink, then use your knowledge to make it "flink".
May 30, Thursday 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
     * Experiment with acids and bases by first making your own test paper. Watch your paper turn colors as you add liquids that have different pH levels.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Visit the biotech lab, 3rd floor, to see what NanoTechnology is all about.  Think like a scientist!
Go online for more Nano fun - just click the link: Nano games

Snowflakes Forming

Science of Snow

BAT Slideshow featuring Ron Wies

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Largest Bat

Largest Bat
Largest Species of Bat in World

Pictures of Shooting Stars

Real-time Earth and Moon phase


Yakko's Universe Song

Live Bat Encounters at the Owensboro Museum

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