Just in case you have not noticed, it’s snowing outside. This is the perfect opportunity to go out and gather some snowballs and place them in the freezer until summer. Why should you do this, you ask? It’s because if you bring your snowball to the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday, June 21, 2014 (the first day of summer) you can “Name Your Own Price” for admission. Not only that, but you can participate in launching your snowball into the Ohio River (weather permitting).
So get outside while there is still snow on the ground, make some snowballs for yourself, family and friends and store them safely away until June (be sure to mark the June 21, 2014 date on your calendar).
In past years, literally hundreds of snowballs have been stored through the winter and spring months in freezers all around the region then carefully packed in coolers, freezer bags, frosty coffee cans and plastic storage containers for their trip to the Carnegie Science Center.
Now for some snowy facts
• Snow forms from tiny crystals in clouds. Snow is not frozen rain; that’s called sleet.
• Most snowflakes melt before reaching the ground.
• No two snowflakes are identical.
• Each snowflake is made up of two to 200 separate crystals, on average.
• Although it appears white, snow actually is transparent. Snow crystals act as prisms and break up the Sun’s light into the entire color spectrum. The human eye can’t handle that kind of sensory overload, so it is processed as white. If a region’s soil contains more iron,
giving it a reddish tinge, snow may appear pink—wind will blow dirt and dust into the atmosphere and clouds, where the snow crystals form initially.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.