So you may not have realized it, but you can make musical instruments out of carrots...and other vegetables. I learned this at the World Museum of Carrots, which I found during my research for this week's class. Who knew?!
There are some unusual collections out there, like the British Lawnmower Museum, the Mustard Museum, and the Underwater Museum (which you have to visit by going underwater because all the exhibits are down there).
Museums originally started with the Library of Alexandria (a true home for the muses), then as British explorers built their collections, everyone had to have a "Cabinet of Curiosities." These eventually grew into a "Roomful of Curiosities" until they got so big they had to be donated to a university. I can imagine some British wife becoming exasperated with the piles of unorganized curiosities taking over the house, and complaining "Either this goes or I do!" Thus the modern museum was born.
The Lost Ladybug Project is a citizen science project that helps scientists track the populations and kinds of ladybugs in the US. You can participate by taking pictures of ladybugs you find and posting them to the Lost Ladybug Project website.
Once your submission is in their database, it will show up in the lists and on the maps. You can check out the different kinds of ladybugs that that thye are tracking.
The word on Slinkys......
For our project this week, we made a Slinky game. If you're not familiar with how to get the Slinky to walk down a slope, here is a tip. Set the Slinky at the top of slope, the pull the top rings over and down to the slope surface --directly downhill of the rest of the Slinky. If you place them off to one side, the the Slinky may eventually start to roll instead of walk.
The best slope for these Slinkys seems to be around 18-20 degrees. But you can experiment to see what happens if you use a steeper or shallower slope.