Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Rachel
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a room full of little kids jump off their seats to go inhale from a smoking beaker full of blue liquid—that may have, if my memory serves me well, been described as “carbon dioxide burps.”
Kids and adults alike had a grand time at our opening for The Electrified Pickle! Although the smoking beaker of blue liquid didn’t happen until the end of the event, with the spectacular Extreme Jean show, the whole day was full of new experiences for our visitors.
More than just a pencil…graphite is a great conductor!
From 11am to 3pm, we had three stations set up for experimental demonstrations that showcased the myriad ways to harness electricity through common household items. Our wonderful volunteers from the world of engineering made pencils into sliding light dimmer switches, potatoes into batteries, and, yes, pickles into glowing sources of light (and smell)!
Look at that pickle glow! Many thanks to “In A Pickle” for donating these de-LIGHT-ful dills!
In addition to the demonstrations, we had hands-on stations where visitors could “get stuck in” conductive and insulating play dough and origami flowers and frogs that lit up with the help of LEDs and batteries.
Testing the difference between insulating and conductive play dough.
Creating light up flower boxes!
Some of the funding that helped us put together the activities for the day came from a grant awarded to us by GirlsRise Net—an organization dedicated to encouraging girls to become interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. There was no way we were passing up the opportunity to combine a day dedicated the power of electricity with Girl Power! Fortunate for us, the Baltimore metropolitan area has a wide network of female scientists and engineers, which we tapped into for volunteers to help explain the science behind the demonstrations. While we didn’t want to exclude boys from the day’s activities, we did want to strike an emphasis on the presence of women in science and engineering fields.
Potatoes as….batteries? Yup!
Inside the exhibit itself, visitors of all ages delighted in trying out scientific interactives that we had borrowed from one of our partners, the National Electronics Museum.
Checking out the interactives on loan from the National Electronics Museum.
They’re fun (and fascinating) for everyone!
At 5pm, we transitioned from our daytime activities to our evening Electrified Pickle Community Kick-off Party, generously supported by a MECU Neighborhood grant! We started the evening with the scientific stylings of Extreme Jean. She demonstrated some wacky aspects of science, such as manipulating air streams to enable her to fill out a 5 foot plastic bag with just one breath. And what science show would be complete without having some fun with dry ice?
Fun with dry ice!
It’s a scientific playground with Extreme Jean!
After the show, representatives from another one of our partners, Mosaic Makers, got us started on our community art project. With a little help from our friends and visitors, we will be making a mosaic that will be used to decorate our newest building at 5 Lloyd St. The mosaic will be out for visitors to add to for the next 5 weeks, as we continue with The Electrified Pickle.
Hard at work on our neighborhood mosaic!
Come check out the exhibit and more exciting workshops and demonstrations this Sunday, with Print This! For more information about the day and about the following three Sundays, check out the “Events” section of our website!
A blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik. For more posts by Abby, click HERE.
Posted on June 30th, 2014 by Rachel
Hi! My name is Arielle and I’m working at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer as an Education and Programming intern. After two weeks on the job, I can honestly say that I’ve learned way more than I can write. From observing tours, to working with visitors, to learning how to use Past Perfect, to attending meetings, to planning exhibits, this job has been quite a ride. In addition, its also been a lot of fun! I love the work that I’m doing at the museum. Plus, the people that I’m working with make it even more fun and rewarding. The community of staff and volunteers at the museum has been incredibly welcoming. They are so phenomenal at what they do and they are great teachers when it comes to learning how a museum works.
“Intern Wrangler” and Senior Collections Manager Jobi taught all the interns how to handle collections items. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with this artifact – an eye glass case used by Optometrists back in the day – and prepare it for display.
On the job I’ve gotten to play a part in so many awesome upcoming things that will be taking place at the museum both this summer and this fall. After sitting in on several meetings regarding the Electrified Pickle exhibit and helping put together the set of collections items that will be on display, I can honestly say that the exhibit which will be opening on July 13 is going to be amazing! Among other themes, the exhibit deals with the Jewish relationship with technology and how it’s progressed over the years. The topic is very engaging and the collections items we’ve gathered to show on display are fascinating. The exhibit should be very educational and I know we have several exciting programs coming up that will be going along with the exhibit!
As an intern I never expected to have such an important say in the planning of an exhibit, but the JMM is unique because I think it really trusts its interns and treats us like members of the staff. From this trust and responsibility, I have loved stepping up to the plate and learning by doing, instead of learning by watching. I have gained so much by attending these exhibition planning meetings and researching artifacts. I can’t wait to help build the exhibit over the next two weeks and watch its success when it opens.
Looking at photographs on the computer program Past Perfect, trying to find the perfect photo to display in the “Electrified Pickle” exhibit
In addition to helping plan the “Electrified Pickle”, I have also been given the opportunity to work on projects regarding the upcoming exhibit “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen” which opens on September 14, and the chance to help organize the museum’s upcoming Holocaust Summer Teacher’s Institute. It has been a very fun and rewarding process doing both of these things and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer to see how much more I learn!
So, that all being said, I hope you stop by the museum this upcoming summer to check out the “Electrified Pickle” and come back again in the fall to see “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen.” I promise you won’t be disappointed! They should be both “Electrifying” and “Ahhh-mazing!” Hehe, get it?
So many Mendes, So little time! Be sure to come back in the fall to meet The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen yourself!
You can even download your OWN Flat Mendes here or pick one up at the front desk next time you visit the Museum!
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is an amazing place and so far I couldn’t be happier spending my summer working as an intern here.
A blog post by Education and Programming Intern Arrielle Kaden. To read more posts by and about JMM interns, click here.
Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Rachel
I’ve been interning at the museum for just over two weeks and, so far, my favorite thing that I’ve gotten to do is help out with The Electrified Pickle exhibit. I was especially excited for the meeting held last Wednesday because I had been asked to look through PastPerfect, our collections database, and see if I could find a couple of artifacts for the exhibit.
We were taking out artifacts and seeing how they fit together because an artifact might be really interesting, but not quite work with the other artifacts in an exhibit. We started out looking at artifacts that could provide a backdrop for the Permanent Wave Machine, a really neat piece used in a salon in East Baltimore in the 1930s.
Jobi arranging hat pins.
The other section of the exhibit we talked about was the science section. We figured out which pairs of eyeglasses in the collection would look best next to an optometer. When I was looking at artifacts in PastPerfect, I stumbled upon an eye examination box, an old fashioned version of the chart eye doctors use to test people’s eyesight. Seeing it in person was much cooler than looking at the photo in PastPerfect, and I was thrilled that something I found was going to be in the exhibit.
Exhibit designer Mark Ward with the eye examination box.
After that, we discussed whether all of the items in a section should go in one case or in multiple ones and looked at which items would fit in different cases. We also took pictures, to help us remember how the artifacts should be arranged. Then, it was time to put everything away until we set up the exhibit.
Emma (that’s me!) preparing to put away an optometrical tool.
Don’t forget to come and check out The Electrified Pickle when it opens on July 13!
A blog post by Education Intern Emma Glaser. To read more posts by and about JMM interns, click here.