They say the world is your classroom, so let the island of Nantucket feed your brain all summer long. Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Nantucket Community Foundation’s ReMain Nantucket Fund, the Maria Mitchell Association is sending a Pop Up Science cart around the island all summer long. Science can pop-up anywhere to provide family oriented science experiments every weekday, unless it’s raining. Join in on the fun with handson demonstrations and experiments on topics like inertia, using solar energy, learning about birds, exploring magnetism, homemade lava lamps, and more. See birds from the MMA’s Collection and compete in paper airplane contests. Tuesdays there will be a live action aquarium touch tank. Not only will you learn and have fun, but there are prizes to win as well.
Cart locations will keep you guessing throughout the week as Pop Up Science makes it’s way around town. It will usually appear in the afternoon, but once in a while you might find the cart while getting your morning cup. It might be a little more “British” than usual one day, and on another you might find the cart while shopping for outdoor gear, or while searching for the perfect summer novel in the same place where Maria Mitchell was the first librarian. Keep your eyes peeled for the cart and stop by to watch the show and learn something new about science.
In the Fall of 1847, Maria Mitchell was scanning the sky with her family’s telescope. She discovered a comet that night, and went on to live a life and pave a path worthy of recognition. Founded in 1902, the Maria Mitchell Association has worked for more than a century to preserve the legacy of Nantucket’s daughter and native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator: Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves her historic birthplace on Nantucket. A wide variety of science and historyrelated programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.