Monday, December 14, 2015

Discovery Drawing - New Program!!!

Most people use their hands and fingers to draw their Thanksgiving turkey year after year, but attendees to the museum's "Discovery Drawing" used an actual turkey and stepped up their game! During this month's workshop we focused on the basic shapes in all types of birds and how they relate to each other, essentially breaking down the birds shapes in order to make them easier to draw. Although a turkeys waddle is a little far out of the basic shape spectrum, everyone did a great job. Don't miss out on this years final day of discovery drawing! December 12 from 2 to 3 pm in the museum. in the new year discovery drawing will find a new home every 2nd Saturday of the month from 2-3! Don't miss out! See you there!

Nathan, museum educator

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Date Night - CLUE

One by one couples arrived outside of the museum. Anxiously peering in through the glass doors they chatted with each other, likely about the evening they were about to be a part of. Finally, a man whose garb was indicative of a butler opened the double doors. Each couple was welcomed to Mr. Bean’s party and escorted to the dining area where they were seated. Each table enjoyed a schmorgesborg of food while getting to know those who were seated around them. While carrying on their own conversations they could not help but notice some strange individuals who were having conversations of their own. These peculiar individuals began to introduce themselves to the couples. Mr. Green, Ms. Peacock, Col. Mustard and Mrs. White were just a few of the strange guests that were in attendance. It became clear that these individuals had a lot of opinions about each other and the still absent Mr. Bean. Before one could question these observations the Butler made a startling announcement that Mr. Bean had been murdered. All of the guests were taken downstairs to the auditorium where the rules of solving the mystery were explained. In no time at all they began returning upstairs, to the scene of the crime. Solving riddles, talking to characters and hurrying from room to room each couple wanted to make sure the murder was solved quickly, and by them. Many couples came close to discovering Professor Plum’s patio secret and her suspicious love for poison sumac but only one couple was victorious. Following the evening of food, mystery and fun couples took photos with the Bean Museums photo backdrop. Some of them even took photographs with the characters. Whether the couple solved the mystery or they did not almost all of those in attendance would agree that it was an unforgettable night.

Rachel AKA Ms. Scarlet, Museum Educator

Friday, November 20, 2015

BYU Game Day

HEY Cougar Fans!

I don't know if you guys are privy to this or not, but did you know that we are having our last BYU Game Day on November 21?  Have you had the chance to drop by to any of our other ones?

If not, no fear!  This is the one you don't want to miss!

Along with some other locations on BYU campus, we will be participating in a scavenger hunt.

Our hunt exercises:
1. Take a selfie in the museum and #BYUgameday and #beanmuseum and tag us @beanmuseum
2. Find a museum educator (green polos), make your best animal impression (movements and noise!)  Bonus to those who let us record it!  You could be the next YouTube sensation!

The scavenger hunt isn't even the most exciting thing going on, though...  *drum roll*

These lovely ladies will be here to take pictures, sign autographs, play some putting games, and just hang out with us and you!

Come hang out for the last Game Day of the year!

Heather, museum educator

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Halloween Family Night 2015

First off, a BIG thank you to all the dinosaurs, jedi knights, princesses, fairies, ghosts and ghouls who came to our Halloween Family Night!

For those that didn't pencil us in, you sure missed out!

We had face painting, candy, prizes, spiders, cockroaches, a spooktacular photo-booth, and a SPECIAL, once a year, spooky live animal show put on by our amazing museum educators!

It was a great turn out, so hopefully you can all make it next year!

Until then, be on the lookout for more fun activities at the Bean Life Science Museum!

Heather, museum educator


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Nature Experienceship - Wild Edibles with Dr. Tom Smith

Did you know that you can grab a snack while walking through campus?  I’m not talking about from the snack machines.  Would you believe that BYU campus is full of edible plants?!

Who would have known that there are so many edible plants that we encounter every day? Last Saturday, Dr. Tom Smith opened our eyes to all of the wild edibles in the world around us! Getting up bright and early (at 8:00am) is never easy or desirable, but tasting some of Dr. Smith’s culinary creations (that he made using only wild plants) made it completely worth it. We sampled everything from elderberry syrup to cookies made out of homemade acorn flour! Everything was delicious!

We then set out on a walk around BYU’s campus to search for more wild edibles to collect. It was a cool crisp autumn morning; perfect for an educational stroll! The students in the group (myself included) were amazed to discover how many edible plants they regularly passed while walking to class everyday! Dr. Smith taught us how to make nutritious herbal teas out of pine needles, which flowers would spice up any party salad, and even which trees made the best drink flavorings! We were also given personal bags to collect all of the plants that we wanted! To wrap up the event, we all brought what we had collected back to the JFSB to prepare it. Of all the wild edibles we ate, my favorite had to be the acorn muffins that we cooked at the end! Mmmmmmmm!

Thank you so much, Dr. Smith!

Keep an eye out for our next Nature Experienceship!
You won’t want to miss it!

Cori, museum educator