SPARK Mad Science in the Blossomtime Parade, 2017!

On Saturday, May 27, the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention presents the Zapheads, an Elite Team of highly trained and overly decorated Mad Scientists dedicated to the proposition that everybody should get excited about science! Founded in 1600 (and headquartered at the Spark Museum on Bay Street since 1999), the Zapheads celebrate the history of critical thinking and all the …

The Voice of Bellingham gets Louder!

In less than a year KMRE has grown leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to the underwriting team! In fall of 2016, KMRE’s station manager, Suzanne Blais, decided to put together a team who could focus their energy and community connections to secure steady sponsorship for the station and build the relationships necessary to support the incredible variety …

Who Really Created the Doctor Who Theme Song?

By Amy Mulligan Doctor Who is a well-known Sci-Fi show that has been running for over 50 years. Its theme song is just as famous and has  its own unique history. The well-known eerie composition was originally composed by Ron Grainer in 1963. Since then it has been altered and remastered  almost as often as the doctor has regenerated. After …

On a Mission to get Kids Excited about Science

Getting kids to do and talk about science is key to supporting their science literacy.  In fact, science and engineering practices are embedded into the new Washington State Science Learning Standards.  Here at the Spark Museum with our many education programs, we have been getting kids to do just that for over 15 years.  One such program is Spark’s After …

Remembering Joe Yaver

Before the Spark museum was even an idea, there was a little store front on Railroad Avenue known as the Bellingham Antique Radio Museum. Joe Yaver, with characteristic determination and heart, was seminal in getting that collection its non-profit status, and setting in motion a chain of events that turned a private collection into a community treasure.  Joe was part …

Creating A Memorable Experience for Everyone

When our Museum first opened its doors to the public some 15 years ago, the few visitors we attracted were mostly instrument collectors, radio hobbyists and electrical engineer-types. Nearly everyone who chose to visit had a background or history in radio and electronics. Which, looking back made complete sense as the Museum didn’t start out with any completed exhibits or …