There’s a whole universe of science out there – just waiting to be discovered! At Lafayette Science Museum, we want to help you navigate through it all, so we’re creating a road map. Each week, we will post some of our favorite science content, including books, podcasts, movies, YouTube channels, documentaries, etc. to help propel your journey of discovery! All of our picks will be archived here on our webpage called LSM Recommends. Enjoy!
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Skunk Bear is NPR's science show. Reporter Adam Cole explores the secrets of the universe and documents the wonders of nature using film, animation, music, and science to answer your questions about the world. Skunk Bear's Space Playlist is the perfect place to pique your planetary interests.
WHY WE LOVE IT With Skunk Bear's Space Playlist, feast your eyes on icy volcanoes, ethane lakes, and ripples in Saturn's rings, explore the historical role of eclipses in science, travel with New Horizons on a mission to Pluto, learn about constellations, the moon and more. We love the upbeat Hubble song and the space-time journey to the moon set to the music of David Bowie.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM LSM's Space Frontier Week, celebrating the anniversary of Apollo 11, is in full swing. Visit us to explore our Leaving Earth exhibit, learn about meteorites, see space flight models, catch a planetarium show, or join us for a special event this week! Our three-day Planetarium Marathon began today and includes twenty-one of our planetarium programs. Planet-Palooza in Parc International rounds out the week on Friday from 8-10:30 pm – with telescopes for viewing Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and maybe even Mercury.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT This interactive wall chart of the solar system comes alive with any smart device. Download the free app and watch as it transforms into a vibrant, multi-media experience allowing the user to view the sun and the planets in a whole new way. With 3D interactive animation, seek-and-find mode, read-alongs, videos and more – immerse yourself in a brilliant learning experience.
WHY WE LOVE IT With this Augmented Reality enabled wall chart, astronomers of all ages will have fun exploring and learning about planets, satellites, rockets and more. This durable chart is packed full of intricate 3D animations, fascinating videos, informative read-alongs, and games that come to life when paired with a free app on any smartphone or tablet.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM Join LSM for a solar system-centric schedule of events. Our three-day Planetarium Marathon kicks off July 17, followed by a special presentation of Science on the Bayou that evening. And join us on July 20 for Planet Palooza in Parc International.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Learn about gravity, trajectory, and force with the Jr. Glow Rocket from Stomp Rocket. 100% kid-powered rockets encourage kids to run, jump, and STOMP to launch rockets up to 100 feet in the air! The glow-in-the-dark foam rockets stand out against the dark sky so the fun can continue long after sunset.
WHY WE LOVE IT For 25 years, Stomp Rocket has been making science a blast! Winners of The Creative Child and The Top Toy of the Year Award in 2017, Stomp Rockets make learning about physics fun and interactive.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM Find Jr. Glow Rockets and other Stomp Rockets at LSM's brand new Discover Store, located in the lobby. The store offers an exciting collection of souvenirs, toys, games, and kits, each related to the museum's exhibits. Be sure to check it on your next visit!
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Marie Tharp was a pioneering scientist and the first person ever to map the ocean floor. Her work was valuable in proving the theory of continental drift: that all the continents on Earth move very slowly, toward or away from one another, over time.
WHY WE LOVE IT Marie Tharp wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Was it even possible? Not sure if she would succeed, she decided to give it a try. At the time, it was not easy to be a woman and a scientist, but she persevered. Today, Marie Tharp is considered one of the twentieth century's most important scientists.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM June is World Oceans Month. Explore LSM's ocean exhibits including the NOAA Oceans Today touch panel, a Virtual Aquarium, and ocean experiences in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Learn about modern-day whales and see fossil casts of pre-historic marine mammals.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Uncle Goose Ocean Blocks celebrate the variety of interesting marine life in Earth's oceans. This set of 14 basswood cubes are printed using child-safe inks. One side of each block reveals a closeup of the sea creature featured on its opposite side. Colorful, debossed Art Nouveau letters grace the remaining sides.
WHY WE LOVE IT We love the tropical color palette, illustration style, and typography. Uncle Goose Ocean Blocks inspire curiosity in the ecosystems and life teeming in our oceans, which cover 70% of Earth's surface. These classic, durable, and sustainably-sourced blocks are sure to become a family favorite.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM June is National Ocean Month. Explore LSM's ocean exhibits, including the NOAA Oceans Today touch panel, a Virtual Aquarium, and ocean experiences in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Learn about modern-day whales and see fossil casts of pre-historic marine mammals. Join us for Documentary Date Night this Thursday, June 21 at 7pm for a screening of Chasing Coral, a breathtaking documentary about coral reefs.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Newton's Rainbow tells the story of young Isaac―always reading, questioning, observing, and inventing. This colorful picture book biography celebrates Newton's discoveries of gravity, motion, and even rainbows. These discoveries gave mankind a new understanding of the natural world and changed science forever.
WHY WE LOVE IT Newton's Rainbow reveals that from an early age Isaac Newton's deep curiosity set him apart and led him to question, experiment, and study the mysteries of the world around him. The author points out that it took a long time for Newton to develop his theories and that he made mistakes, faced challenges, and overcame setbacks along the way.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM Newton's experiments about the nature of light, how it travels, and what it was made of revealed the spectrum of visible light and changed the prevailing theories of the time. Explore the nature of light with our latest exhibit LUS Fiber – Speed of Light about the science of fiber optic communication.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT This collection of 25 science projects and experiments is designed to get kids outside, spark their creativity, and help them develop science skills through hands-on learning. Build a wormery, learn about compost, crack open rocks using water and learn about freezing and thawing, build and launch a water rocket to see Newton's laws in action. It's a must-have for every young scientist curious about their surroundings and makers, crafters, and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors.
WHY WE LOVE IT Maker Lab Outdoor projects are simple to do, the steps are clearly laid out, and the explanations of what's going on in each activity are easy to understand. These projects focus on Earth and the environment, plants and animals, weather, water and physics, bringing science learning home and into the backyard. It's packed with fun science and uses things that are easy to find.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM School's out and summer has officially begun! In addition to Maker Lab Outdoor, get your science fix this summer with a visit to LSM. Our educational science exhibits are designed for curious minds of all ages! We're open six days a week, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 1pm-6pm.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Hosted by second grader, Nate Butkus, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Each episode is filled with fascinating information from scientists and educators around the globe. If you're a curious kid, then this is the show for you!
WHY WE LOVE IT We love listening as Nate share his enthusiasm for science with others. His curiosity and thought-provoking questions inspire others to explore, learn, and discover more about their passions. Nate and his guests explore everything from chemistry to climate change, evolution to extraterrestrials, and human brains to bat biology.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM LSM offers science exhibits and educational content for curious minds of all ages! Our exhibits cover a wide range of topics, and we are always working to develop fresh, up-to-date new content and experiences. We're open six days a week, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 1pm-6pm.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Fossil Hunter Lottie is ready for adventure! It's the summer holidays and she can't wait to go to Lincoln Cliff Beach to look for fossils. With a special rock hammer, trowel, and magnifying glass, Lottie is excited to make a scientific discovery of her very own.
WHY WE LOVE IT Fossil Hunter Lottie is inspired by Mary Anning, a real-life fossil hunter and paleontologist who lived in the early 1800s. Lottie is an award-winning, age-appropriate doll whose motto is “Be bold. Be brave. Be you.” Outfitted with cargo shorts, vest, boots, and cap, Lottie's backpack holds her fossil hunting tools, four ammonite fossils, and collector cards about Mary Anning.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM LSM is home to the UL Lafayette Geology Preparation Laboratory. Visitors can view faculty, students, and volunteers working in the lab to remove fossils and minerals from rocks collected in the field. Using microscopes, miniature jack hammers, sandblasters, and other tools, they locate and prepare fossils and minerals for scientific research, display, and preservation.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Wild brings to vivid life eight animals who are under threat of extinction. Using multiple interwoven photographs viewed through a special lens, the photicular images in this book are animated with each turn of the page. From pandas lazily munching bamboo shoots to a bumblebee hovering over a flower, this book brings the animals to life while highlighting our responsibility to preserve the most critically threatened species in the world.
WHY WE LOVE IT Informative profiles of each animal turn abstract numbers and names into touching stories of how some of the most fascinating animals on Earth live, socialize, and enrich our planet. An opening essay explores the environmental and economic threats to animal populations and how conservationists are working to slow — and when possible, reverse — the damage.
MORE TO EXPLORE AT LSM On Saturday May 19, LSM will celebrate Endangered Species Day recognizing conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be at the museum with special activities and programs to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and conservation. Join us!