Volta’s Fishy Invention

Happy birthday Alessandro Volta. Thank you for sharing your world-changing invention, and reminding us that inspiration can come from anywhere–even from a slippery, slimy, creepy, disgusting fish that can shock you senseless.

Remembering Carl Nemeth

“Carl was like our Edison lightbulb: irreplaceable.” We all miss Carl. Our hearts are broken, and proud to carry on, in a place he loved and called home.

A Proper Christmas Tradition

Of all the venerable Christmas traditions, none are more popular and relevant than the Royal Institute’s annual Christmas Lectures, a series soon to celebrate 200 years of science created especially for young adults.

Franklin’s Fowl Experiment

No turkeys were harmed in the writing of this blog post…. the same can not be said for Benjamin Franklin’s ego….

Remembering Dr. Arlie Norman

Arlie was a tireless advocate for science education not just in the classroom, but in the community as well. “Arlie wanted SPARK to play an important role in support of science education,” remembers Jenkins. “He saw us not just as a museum, but a vehicle to engage young people in the wonders of science and invention.”

A Vision of the Future

The Chappe telegraph system played a key role in Napoleon’s conquest of Europe and provided the first demonstration of the power of instantaneous communication.  One of the surprising pleasures of studying history is learning about the many amenities people have always wanted. Advances like high-speed travel, recorded music, and machines that wash our clothing for us are just some of …

Now Hear This

A clear display case stands by itself in the SPARK Museum in downtown Bellingham. Inside is something distinctly untechnical- a plain megaphone of crude construction. The megaphone was built and used by the musician Rudy Vallee, whose music career stretched from 1921 to 1973. Rudy Vallee was an unusual singer at the time of his debut. The popular music of …

Teachers We’ll Never Forget

Here’s a favorite question we like to ask when getting to know new friends— “Can you recall a significant teacher in your life? Someone who helped you along the way?” A common response is usually something simple like “My 3rd grade teacher–Mrs. Miller,” or “Professor Benson, from freshman chemistry,” or “Mrs. Peterson, the school counselor”—often delivered with a warm smile, …