Community for Immunity

Jan. 21 & 28  |  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Beckman’s Pharmacy and the Discovery Center are partnering to host two vaccination events! The first 50 people who get a vaccination during the event will receive a gift bag including a free ticket to come back and visit the museum and other goodies. Half-price admission.

Run! Jump! Fly! exhibit

Jan. 15 – May 8

Jump into an action-packed family adventure with our new featured exhibit! Try out surfing, snowboarding and kung fu. Scramble your way through a climbing canyon. Make your flycycle flap its wings. Get moving in the Action Star Training Center, and much more! Exhibit included with general admission and free for members. Sponsored by the Jennings & Rebecca Jones Foundation.

POSTPONED–Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration


Unfortunately, due to forecast inclement weather leading up to Monday, we are postponing our Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities until February, when we will be celebrating Black History Month with special programs and activities. Please stay safe, and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Face masks strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status

December 15, 2021

Discovery Center is updating its mask policy to strongly recommend wearing face masks while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status. However, masks are no longer required for visitors. Guests who want to continue to wear a mask are welcome to do so. In addition, our staff will continue to wear masks in public spaces within the museum. As conditions change, we will review this policy to ensure the health and safety of our employees and visitors.

For those interested in COVID-19 vaccinations or testing, Discovery Center recommends visiting the Rutherford County Health Department’s website at

Turkey Day

Friday, Nov. 26

Gobble! Gobble! Explore a cornucopia of autumn activities on this special day, including snacks, crafts, story time, and live animals! Included with admission.

Winter Camps

All year long when school is out, CAMPOLOGY is in! Our camps incorporate play and hands-on inquiry-based learning into each and every day. Register now!

Toy Technicians School’s Out Play Day: Jan. 3, 2022

Great Pumpkin Festival

Thursday, Oct. 28  |  4-7 p.m.

Put on your Halloween costume and come to Discovery Center at Murfree Spring for family fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival! Enjoy a costume contest, a not-so-haunted walk-through experience, and more!


Saturday, Oct. 23  |  1 to 5 p.m.

Join us and a special mix of local artists, scientists and engineers for all-ages, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) fun! Plus, half-price admission to Discovery Center from 1 to 4 p.m.! This event is free and outdoors at Discovery Center, rain or shine. Please note: Discovery Center will be open Saturday 1-4 p.m. ONLY.

All Access Night

Thursday, Oct. 14  |  5-8 p.m.

All Access Nights are a time for special-needs families to enjoy the Discovery Center’s exhibits in a sensory-friendly environment. Sponsored by SEC, Inc. Limited capacity. Free; RSVP recommended.

Science Alliance of Tennessee museums to receive more than $1 million in funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services


NASHVILLE, Aug. 18, 2021—Tennessee science and children’s museums are set to receive more than $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced the Science Alliance of Tennessee, a consortium of six non-profit science museums across the state.

The IMLS 2021 National Leadership Grants for Museums included $941,787 in funding for a coalition initiative led by the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro to promote and invest in science education in rural communities, entitled the “Tennessee Rural Impact Project.”

In addition, IMLS awarded $250,000 to Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum and $65,090 to Memphis Museum of Science & History under its Museum of America grant program. Cost-share and matching funds for all three programs will total nearly $2 million.

Science Alliance museums will launch the Tennessee Rural Impact Project in September by working with two cohorts of rural school communities (12 total). Its focus is on engaging, learning from, and supporting rural school districts, teachers, families, and communities through relationship building, asset mapping, and the collaborative integration and implementation of museum resources. Additional activities include the production of publications, virtual presentations, and a virtual tool kit. The project will illustrate the ways in which museums can collaborate to support STEM and literacy at the K-2 level, enhance teacher self-efficacy, attitudes and beliefs, and engage family and community, strengthening services for Americans who live in the most rural areas.

“We are grateful to IMLS for this amazing opportunity to better serve communities throughout our state. It represents the largest grant award in our 35-year history – and the largest awarded this year by IMLS in the Leadership category,” said Discovery Center President & CEO Tara MacDougall. “Providing rich, hands-on educational experiences to children of all ages and backgrounds is central to our mission, and that of the other Science Alliance members. This grant will help affect rural areas that are often difficult to reach via traditional on-site programming.”

Creative Discovery Museum’s $250,000 award will fund the fabrication and installation of an immersive natural science exhibit, UnEarthed. The exhibit gallery, which includes a new outdoor component, will give children and their families the opportunity to explore paleontology, fossils, entomology, weather events, volcanology and geology through age-appropriate, cross-disciplinary learning methods. These experiences will inspire curiosity about the natural world and provide foundational knowledge in the natural sciences which will support children’s learning in formal educational settings. The creation of UnEarthed is part of a comprehensive, $12 million renovation project that begins in September 2021.

Memphis Museum of Science & History (MoSH) was awarded a $65,090 Museums for America grant to produce a 2,500-square-foot exhibit accompanying Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, a traveling exhibit produced by the Newseum. MoSH’s exhibit has a working title of LGBTQ Memphis. Along with local LGBTQ history, the exhibit will highlight contemporary opportunities and challenges LGBTQ Memphians face and will connect local history to the national narrative. MoSH curators will work with community stakeholders to determine exhibit content and secure artifact acquisitions and loans to ensure the exhibit tells as complete and inclusive a story as possible. The exhibits will be on display June through August 2022.

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. The projects will receive funds totaling $6,387,709, and the organizations receiving the awards are matching them with $4,577,282 in non-federal funds. Only 15 projects were chosen from a pool of 74 applicants.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. It advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Its vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

About the Science Alliance of Tennessee
With its six member institutions, the Science Alliance of Tennessee has an annual economic impact of $44 million, engaging more than 1.1 million Tennessee students, teachers and visitors of all ages in hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Member institutions include:

• Adventure Science Center, Nashville (Steve Hinkley, President & CEO)
• Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga (Henry Schulson, Executive Director)
• Discovery Center, Murfreesboro (Tara MacDougall, President & CEO)
• Hands-On Discovery Center, Johnson City (Andy Marquart, Executive Director)
• The Muse, Knoxville (Allison Comer, Executive Director)
• Museum of Science & History, Memphis (Kevin Thompson, Executive Director)

Discovery Center Updates Mask Policy

Aug. 17, 2021

Based on guidance from public health officials (both nationally and locally), beginning Aug. 18, 2021, Discovery Center will temporarily require all indoor visitors age 4 and older to wear a face mask or face shield in order to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are not required when visiting outdoor areas.

“This decision was made in response to the exponential rise in cases of COVID-19 in general and the Delta variant’s impact on children in particular – most of whom are not yet eligible to be vaccinated,” said museum President and CEO Tara MacDougall. “We will continue to monitor the situation in our county and region, and follow guidance from public health officials, making adjustments to this policy as needed.”

Discovery Center members who have questions about this policy as it relates to their membership may email

For those interested in COVID-19 vaccinations or testing, Discovery Center recommends visiting the Rutherford County Health Department’s website at

In addition, Discovery Center is participating in National Immunization Awareness Month throughout August, sharing information and resources to highlight the importance of vaccines. We encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. For more information, visit

Discover India Day (Free Day)

Saturday, Aug. 14  |  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us as we “travel” to India. Families will be able to take pictures in front of the Taj Mahal, go on a Gandhi walk, make Raksha Bandhan friendship bracelets, and more. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation. Limited capacity. Free and open to the public.

Mind-blowing Matinee

Every Wednesday – Saturday  |  10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

How cold is liquid nitrogen? What is visible light? Do reptiles lay eggs? Join Discovery Center staff as we explore the amazing world of science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Included with admission while supplies last.

Secret Garden Weekend

Secret Garden Party
Friday, June 4  |  7 p.m.  |  At the home of Judy & Ken Stone

Secret Garden Tour
Saturday, June 5  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  &  Sunday, June 6  |  1 – 4 p.m.

Enchanted Garden Princess Tea
Sunday, June 6*  |  1-3 p.m.

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*Rescheduled date

Arts in April

Sunday, Apr. 25  |  Select Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate the diversity of Tennessee through performing and visual arts! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation.

Holiday Open House (Free Day)

Saturday, Dec. 4  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Time for holiday fun! Learn how others celebrate around the world, take a picture with Santa, decorate the giant gingerbread house, and so much more. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nissan Foundation and PM Pediatrics.

Playdates at Discovery Center


Reserve the Discovery Center for your small group playdate, and have the museum all to yourselves for two hours! It’s a great way to enjoy all the Discovery Center’s exhibits while keeping group size to a minimum.

Snack Attack – Veggie Roll-ups

Veggie Roll-ups

Join Rachel, our Registered Dietitian and snack expert, this week as she makes Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups.  This snack comes from and is a great recipe to allow kids to get involved with both preparation and creativity in choosing what veggies you might use.  The basic ingredients include tortillas, cream cheese, a little shredded cheese, and vegetables of your choice.  Simply check your fridge and pantry for items you may already have such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, shredded carrots, olives, spinach/lettuce, herbs & spices.  The options are endless!  Watch the video, share it with family and friends and get creative with your own veggie tortilla roll ups.  Don’t forget to share your creations on social media using #DCSnackAttack.

Tennessee STEAM Festival

Oct. 15-24, 2021  |  Presented at locations across the state

Science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) will come to life at the 5th annual Tennessee STEAM Festival. Mark your calendar, and make plans to join the fun!

Snack Attack – Stoplight Salsa

Stoplight Salsa

Stoplight Salsa is one of my favorite recipes to make at Snack Attack in the summertime!  The original recipe is called Stoplight Salad and is taken from the “Simply In Season Children’s Cookbook” by Mark Beach and Julie Kauffman*.  This recipe utilizes a colorful variety of fresh summer vegetables that are easy to find at local farms, markets or even grow in your own garden!

When we make this snack at the Discovery Center I often take the kids out to our raised bed gardens where we typically have basil, tomatoes and peppers growing.  This way the kids get to see and experience how the herbs and veggies grow; pick some of the ingredients straight from the garden; then use them right away in a tasty snack.  The ingredients in this recipe also allow a great opportunity for kids to practice slicing and chopping.  Young kids can use a plastic knife or butter knife to help chop tomatoes and green peppers and the littlest hands can help tear the basil into small pieces.  As you make this snack I also encourage you to use your senses to explore the ingredients.  Smell the basil, taste a bite of pepper, feel the smooth firm skin of the tomato.  See how the colors reflect the colors of a stoplight!  Talk with your kids about the way we use multiple senses when we cook and eat (sight, smell, touch, taste) and have fun making this fresh summer Stoplight Salsa!

You Will Need:

1 handful of basil or cilantro
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped (about 1.5 cups)
1 can corn, drained
1 can cooked black beans, drained
1 clove garlic
1.5 Tablespoons olive oil
1.5 Tablespoons lime (or lemon) juice

Before you begin:  Wash your hands. Gather your ingredients.

Step 1:

Adult:  Open cans of corn and beans, rinse and drain. (If using fresh or frozen corn, cook as directed before adding to the mixture).  Chop bell pepper.
Child:  With a plastic knife, chop tomatoes into fine pieces (or use whole grape tomatoes).


Step 2:

Child:  In a large bowl, combine pepper and tomatoes with drained corn and beans.

Step 3:

Adult or Child:  Snip or tear basil or cilantro into small pieces and place in large bowl with veggie mixture.  Set bowl aside.

Step 4:

Adult:  Peel and finely chop garlic and place in a small bowl.

Step 5:

Adult:  Measure oil and juice into the small bowl with the garlic.
Child:  Whisk oil, juice, and garlic to combine.

Step 6:

Child:  Pour dressing over salsa mixture in the large bowl.
Adult:  Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7:

Adult or Child:  Toss gently and serve with tortilla chips, wrapped in a soft tortilla, or as a salad.

*I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly so that canned vegetables can easily be used without having to open and use partial cans.  I’ve also started calling it Stoplight Salsa when we make this at Snack Attack since the kids don’t tend to get very excited about the idea of a salad for snack (anything to make vegetables sound more exciting helps motivate kids to try them!).  I serve it with tortilla chips and kids and adults have a great time dipping them into this fresh salsa!  It could also be used as a filling for quesadillas or a topping for nachos!  So have fun and be creative with this recipe and share your creations on social media with #DCSnackAttack.


Snack Attack – Banana Hot Dogs

Banana Hotdogs

That’s right everyone, July is National Hotdog Month and this year July 22nd is National Hotdog Day!  How are you going to celebrate?  You could, of course, consume the traditional hotdog but today I have an alternative option great for extending the hotdog theme into snack time!  This was a snack I found browsing Pinterest one time and thought it was the perfect snack for Hotdog Day – one that incorporates fruit, protein, grain, and fiber.  And even young kids can help assemble this banana hotdog snack.

For most young kids using half a banana and half a hotdog bun would be sufficient for a snack.  Or you can make this a fun easy meal by adding some veggies, and dairy on the side!

For Banana Hotdogs you’ll need:

Hotdog buns (whole wheat or white)
Peanut butter  (or an alternative nut butter)
Strawberry Jam
Small zip-top bag

Step 1:

Wash your hands and gather your ingredients.

Step 2:

Child or adult – using a butter knife or plastic knife spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto the inside of the hotdog bun.

Step 3:

Child or adult – Peel banana, place inside hotdog bun


Step 4:

Adult – spoon about 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam (or jam/jelly of your choice) into the corner of a zip-top bag.  With scissors cut the corner tip off the bag.
Child – squeeze jam onto the top of the banana.

ENJOY!!  Get creative with this snack!  What other kinds of “fruit hotdogs” can you create?  Or explore other “condiments” and “toppings” for your hotdogs – maybe blueberries or chopped grapes as relish!  We’d love to see where your snack attack imagination takes you.  Share your creations with us using #DCSnackAttack.

Happy Snacking!

Snack Attack – Mini Blueberry Pies

Mini Blueberry Pies

It’s summer and that means many delicious fruits and vegetables are coming into season!  Here in middle Tennessee blueberries are ripe and ready to eat from June til early July!  Just last week my family and I ventured out to a u-pick farm and picked three buckets full of juicy plump blueberries.  If you are interested in picking your own fruit this summer in Tennessee check out to find a farm near you.  It’s a great activity that supports local farms and maintains social distancing.

Because so many fruits are in season in the spring and summer, fruit pies are a classic summertime treat!  While pies are typically quite, sweet this recipe for mini blueberry pies features individual graham cracker pie crusts to promote appropriate portions, minimal sugar, and an easy oat topping. And whether you use fresh or frozen blueberries you will benefit from nutrients such as Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber packed into these little blue gems of summer!


This recipe is adapted from Highlights High Five magazine from June 2018.  To prepare this recipe at home you will need:


1 package of 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
1 teaspoon flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


2 Tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 Tablespoons flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon melted butter

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:  1.  Wash your hands.  2. Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 1:

Place pie crusts on a baking sheet, evenly spaced.  (Optional:  cover baking sheet with aluminum foil before placing pie crusts on pan.)

Step 2:

Combine 1 teaspoon flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a medium bowl.  Mix until flour is dissolved.

Step 3:

Add blueberries to the bowl with the flour, sugar, juice mixture.  Stir to coat well.  Set aside.

Step 4:

Using your fingers or a fork, mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbly.  Set aside.

Step 5:

Spoon the blueberry mixture into the pie crusts until all the filling mixture has been used.

Step 6:

Spoon topping evenly onto each mini pie until all the topping mixture has been used.

Step 7:

With an adult’s help, place baking sheet with mini pies in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.  Cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.

I would love to see how you make the recipe your own in creative ways!!  Maybe you’ll try other fruits like strawberries, blackberries, peaches or a mix of fruits; adjust the sugar or try spices other than cinnamon.  Explore, create, and have fun in the kitchen then share pictures of your snacks to social media using #DCSnackAttack so we can see them too!  Happy Snacking!

Snack Attack – Shopping Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Shopping During COVID-19 – USE ANY DATE

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are all doing our best to stay safe and slow the transmission of the coronavirus.  In this video Rachel, a Registered Dietitian, shares some tips for grocery shopping to help keep you and your food safe during this time.

Snack Attack – Red White & Blue Nachos

Join our Snack Attack expert & Registered Dietitian, Rachel, as she makes Red, White, and Blue Nachos for a fun and festive 4th of July snack!  To make this recipe at home you’ll need:  Blue corn tortilla chips, 1 cup salsa, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or white shredded cheese of your choice).  Optional toppings include:  1 can sliced black olives, chopped tomato, or black beans, drained and rinsed.  Watch the video for step by step instructions or check out this link to the recipe:

Food Safety & Snack Attack!

Rachel is a registered Dietitian and runs our Snack Attack program at the Discovery Center. Snack Attack is a program where children learn how to make nutritious snacks in s safe kitchen environment. Learn more about proper food handling and safety in the first video of our series.

Do That Science! Van de Graaff Generator

Van de Graaff generators create an electrostatic charge. The original machine was made to help with particle accelerators back in the 20’s. Now it is mostly used for static electricity experiments…like making hair stand up.

Static electricity is created when electrons jump from one material to another. Think about when you rub your shoes on the carpet then touch a doorknob…or a friend. Or, when you rub a balloon on your head and your hair stands up. These are small scale charges. Static electricity can come in big forms too. Lightning is the biggest example or a static charge.

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Discovery at Home: Become a Bird Observer

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Become a Bird Observer!

Birds are all around us. They are extremely diverse by type and gender, yet the same in that they all have beaks, lay eggs, and are the only animals with feathers.

Birds are helpful by pollinating flowers, distributing seeds, eating problem bugs like mosquitos, and keeping rodent populations down.  Their songs are beautiful and distinct.

Become a bird scientist by observing birds’ behaviors. Where do you see them – in trees, at feeders, on the water? Are they little like a sparrow or the size of a robin or goose? What colors are they?

If you know the answer to these few questions, you can figure out what kind of bird they are, learn what they eat (notice their beaks for a clue), and hear what they sound like by using a free application from Cornell University called Merlin Bird ID.

And if you want, you can help other scientists track birds by reporting what you see. Have fun!

For more information:

Cornell and Merlin Bird ID:


Watch HERE for a Story Time for Young Learners

Bird Beak Types:



¡Sé un observador de aves!

Los pájaros están a nuestro alrededor. Son extremadamente diversos por tipo y género, pero lo mismo en que todos tienen picos, huevos ponen, y son los únicos animales con plumas. Las aves son útiles polinizando flores, distribuyendo semillas, comiendo insectos problemáticos como mosquitos y manteniendo las poblaciones de roedores abajo. Sus canciones son hermosas y distintas.

Sea un científico de aves observando los comportamientos de las aves. ¿Dónde los ves, en los árboles, en los comederos, en el agua? ¿Son pequeños como un gorrión o del tamaño de un petirrojo o un ganso? ¿Qué colores son? 

Si usted sabe la respuesta a estas pocas preguntas, se puede averiguar qué tipo de pájaro son, aprender lo que comen (notar sus picos para una pista), y escuchar lo que suenan mediante el uso de una aplicación gratuita de la Universidad de Cornell llamada Merlin Bird ID. Si lo desea, puede ayudar a otros científicos a rastrear aves informando de lo que ve. ¡Que te diviertas!

Para más information:

Cornell y Merlin Bird ID: 

Tiempo de historia para jóvenes estudiantes:

Tipos de pico de pájaro

Discovery at Home: Celebrating Freedom

Friday is June 19th – a special day commemorating the day back in 1865 when slavery was abolished in Texas, and more generally, the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Here, thanks to Colors of Us ( ) are some great children’s books celebrating Juneteenth, for Elementary School, Middle School and High School students.

Visit here for annotations:

Brainiac Jr Trivia at the Ascend Train Depot

While the Discovery Center is closed, we are bringing you trivia from inside! On Sunday evenings, we are set-up and go LIVE inside the building to bring you your favorite exhibits and challenge your minds.  You can play along from your home on our Facebook page and play against other contestants, or you watch here and challenge yourself, your siblings or your parents!

Jon, from Brainiac Trivia, hosts an interactive game with fun trivia for ages 5-12. How many will YOU get right?

This time, we are set-up inside the Ascend Federal Credit Union Train Depot!

Discovery at Home: Be an EarthWORMologist

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Be an EarthWORMologist 

Earthworms are awesome – they break down leaves and dirt and make tunnels that aerate our gardens and farms. They create nourishment for plants and pathways for air and water. Worms are wonderful to observe – the worm farm below makes it easy to see the incredible tunnels earthworms create. By observing, learning and appreciating worms, you can become an EarthWORMologist!


  • Clear plastic jar or 1 or 2-liter soda bottle container with top removed
  • Smaller plastic container 
  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Gravel/Stones
  • Water 
  • Lid with air holes (or plastic wrap with air holes attached with rubber band)
  • Water
  • Used coffee grounds or oatmeal for food
  • Black cloth or construction paper
  • Earthworms

Find a plastic see-through jar or cut off the top of a 1- or 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Find a smaller container to put in the middle – perhaps an old spice container. (This will push the dirt toward the edges and prevent the worms from hiding in the middle so that you can see the tunnels they make.) After placing the smaller container into the larger one, add alternating layers of dirt and sand, each about an inch deep. Moisten as you go. If available, a bottom layer of gravel would be a great addition just in case of overwatering. Be sure to add some food.

Go outside and dig for worms. Worms like it cool, damp and dark. The best time to find worms is the evening. If looking in daytime, dig in shady, damp areas. These invertebrates breathe through their skin, so they must stay damp and cool. They have a mucus-like substance on their skin. Earthworms are segmented, and have bristles that help them move through the earth. They ‘hear’ by sensing vibrations. Place them in the prepared jar and cover with dark cloth or paper. Don’t disturb for a few days. Then remove the covering and check for tunnels. If you intend to keep your worms more than a few days, be sure to keep them moist, in a dark location, and to add food.

Visit Facebook SPARK Live to learn more about worms and hear a book about worms. 

Ser un EarthWORMologist 

Las lombrices son impresionantes- descomponen las hojas y la suciedad y hacen túneles que airean nuestros jardines y granjas. Crean alimento para las plantas y caminos para el aire y el agua. Las lombrices son maravillosas de observar – la granja de lombrices más abajo hace fácil para observar los increíbles túneles que crean las lombrices. Al observar, aprender, y apreciar las lombrices, ¡puedes convertirte en un “EarthWORMologist”!  


  • Tarro de plástico transparente o 1 or 2-litro botella plástica sin tapa
  • contenedor de plástico más pequeño
  • suciedad
  • arena
  • grava/piedras
  • agua 
  • Tapa con orificios de aire (o envoltura de plástico con orificios de aire unidos con banda de goma)
  • Cosita usada o avena para alimentos
  • tela o paper negra
  • Lombrices

Encuentres un frasco transparente de plástico o corte la parte superior de una botella de refresco de plástico de 1 o 2 litros. Encuentres un recipiente más pequeño para poner en el medio , tal vez un viejo recipiente de especias. (Esto empujará la suciedad hacia los bordes y evitará que los gusanos se escondan en el medio para que pueda ver los túneles que hacen.) Después de colocar el recipiente más pequeño en el más grande, agregue capas alternas de tierra y arena, cada una de aproximadamente una pulgada de profundidad. Humedeces sobre la marcha. Si está disponible, una capa inferior de grava sería una gran adición en caso de sobreagua. Asegúrate de agregar algo de comida.

Sal afuera y buscas gusanos. A los gusanos les gusta fresco, húmedo y oscuro. El mejor momento para encontrar gusanos es la noche. Si mira durante el día, cavar en áreas sombreadas y húmedas. Estos invertebrados respiran a través de su piel, por lo que deben permanecer húmedos y frescos. Tienen una sustancia similar a la mucosidad en su piel. Las lombrices de tierra están segmentadas y tienen cerdas que les ayudan a moverse a través de la tierra. Ellos ‘escuchan’ detectando vibraciones. Colóquelos en el frasco preparado y cúbralos con un paño o papel oscuro. No molestes por unos días. A continuación, retire la cubierta y compruebe si hay túneles. Si tienes la intención de mantener sus gusanos más de unos días, asegúrate de mantenerlos húmedos, en un lugar oscuro, y agregar alimentos.

Visitas Facebook SPARK Live para obtener más información sobre los gusanos y escuchar un libro sobre gusanos. 

Do That Science! Water Rockets

A little over a week ago, on May 30th, we had the first manned space launch from the USA in a decade! How awesome is that?!?

This week we thought we would take another look at rockets. Four forces act on a rocket during launch. As we are shooting off our water rockets, see if you can pick them out. If you can, grab your own water rocket launcher and a bike pump and try it out at home.

Thrust- This is the pressure at the end of the nozzle propelling the rocket.

Weight- The mass of the rocket and the pull of gravity trying to bring it back down.

Lift- The force that holds up the rocket (or an airplane) and counters the force of weight.

Drag- Force pushing back on the rocket as it moves through the air.

Check out this link for more details about these 4 forces.…

NASA has put together a deep set of lessons, virtual simulators, and instructions for taking water rockets to the next level. You can find that here!…

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Brainiac Jr Trivia at the Nissan Super Service Center

While the Discovery Center is closed, we are bringing you trivia from inside! On Sunday evenings, we are set-up and go LIVE inside the building to bring you your favorite exhibits and challenge your minds.  You can play along from your home on our Facebook page and play against other contestants, or you watch here and challenge yourself, your siblings or your parents!

Jon, from Brainiac Trivia, hosts an interactive game with fun trivia for ages 5-12. How many will YOU get right?

This time, we are set-up in front of the Nissan Super Service Center!

Discovery at Home: Celebrating Being the Same & Different

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There are many ways to help children develop positive attitudes towards others from both similar and different backgrounds. Celebrate the many ways we are the same and different with your children by reading or listening on line to one of the following books! There are on-line read-alouds for each one. Thanks to Penn State University for this annotated list.

The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss

In this story the star-belly and plain-belly Sneeches learn that neither type is superior and that they are able to get along and become friends.

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

This story explores how everyone in the neighborhood is a different shade of brown –
from peanut butter to chocolate – and does a great job of subtly explaining that people are all different shades of the same color.

Why Am I Different by Norma Simon

This book outlines the variety of ways people can be different from each other including hair color, size, language, and family.

It’s OK to be Different by Todd Parr

The author explores sensitive issues such as adoption and unusual things such as eating macaroni in the bathtub, but manages to explore diversity in all forms.

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A 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” by CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” will air on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m. CT. The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding





Hay muchas maneras de ayudar a los niños a desarrollar actitudes positivas hacia otras personas de orígenes similares y diferentes. ¡Celebra las muchas maneras en que somos iguales y diferentes con tus hijos leyendo o escuchando en línea uno de los siguientes libros! Hay lecturas en línea para cada uno. Gracias a la Universidad Estatal de Penn por esta lista anotada.

The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss

En esta historia, los Sneeches de vientre estelar y vientre llano aprenden que ninguno de los dos tipos es superior y que son capaces de llevarse bien y hacerse amigos.

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

Esta historia explora cómo todos en el vecindario es un tono diferente de marrón, desde mantequilla de maní hasta chocolate, y hace un gran trabajo de explicar sutilmente que las personas son todos diferentes tonos del mismo color.

Why Am I Different by Norma Simon

Este libro describe la variedad de maneras en que las personas pueden ser diferentes entre sí, incluyendo el color del cabello, el tamaño, el idioma y la familia.

It’s OK to be Different by Todd Parr

El autor explora temas sensibles como la adopción y cosas inusuales como comer macarrones en la bañera, pero logra explorar la diversidad en todas sus formas.

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At Home Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something fun to do while at home? Here is a fun at-home scavenger hunt that you can do.  Some internet, some photos and some good old-fashioned hunting. Have fun and share some photos on Facebook or Instagram and tag the Discovery Center. We’d love to see how you are learning at home!

Download the scavenger hunt and play at home!

Brainiac Jr Trivia at the Water Table

While the Discovery Center is closed, we are bringing you trivia from inside! On Sunday evenings, we are set-up and go LIVE inside the building to bring you your favorite exhibits and challenge your minds.  You can play along from your home on our Facebook page and play against other contestants, or you watch here and challenge yourself, your siblings or your parents!

Jon, from Brainiac Trivia, hosts an interactive game with fun trivia for ages 5-12. How many will YOU get right?

This time, we are set-up in front of the water table!

Discovery at Home: Dice Games

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Partner Math Games with Homemade Dice

Math games have been around for centuries, and have been used by many cultures. Games with dice provide a fun way to develop basic skills that include multiplication and addition, making predictions, developing strategy, and critical thinking.

Although dice can be a variety of shapes, traditional dice are cube-shaped with each of its six faces marked with a different number of dots from one to six. For theses activities, feel free to use dice you have at home, or make your own paper dice with the pattern included.

Here are just a few games to get you started:

Pig: addition and critical thinking
Goal: to be the first player to get to 100 (or whatever number you choose)

Materials: 2 die, paper and pencil for keeping score

  1. Player #1 rolls the dice and adds the number of dots on both in their head. They can either record this total and let the next player throw, or they can keep throwing, adding the total of each throw to the last (adding in their head) for as many turns as they would like.
  2. Challenge: if the Player throws a “1” before finishing their turn and giving Player 2 a chance, their total score for that round goes to zero. If they throw a double 1 (a single dot on both die), their total for the entire game up to that point goes to zero.
  3. Additions must be added without paper or calculator, and each player should check their opponent’s math.
  4. What strategies seem to work best?

Blockout: addition & multiplication, graphing, and area

Goal: Fill the paper with squares or rectangles using the numbers on the dice to define their size.

Materials:  2 die, graph paper (OK to make your own) and pencils (colored pencils optional)

  1. Players take turns rolling the dice and drawing a rectangle that matches the dots on the dice. Each player should have their own color or pattern to use to fill in their shape.
  2. Each rectangle cannot intersect or be contained in any previously drawn rectangles. If you cannot add a rectangle to the board on your turn, pass the dice to the next player.
  3. If all players pass in a row, the game is over.
  4. Decide the winner either by counting the number of rectangles, or by figuring the area of the rectangles of each and adding them together.

Create Your Own Partner Challenges

Goal: Create math challenges that support a variety of math skills. All players have to do the same challenge in any one round. The one with the higher number wins each round.

Materials:  2 or 3 die (per person or share), paper and pencil for keeping score.

  1. Throw 3 die and arrange to create the highest possible number.
  2. Take turns stating the next challenge – adding, subtracting, multiplying, etc.

Homemade Paper Die

Juegos de matemáticas con dados caderos

Juegos de matemáticas han existido durante siglos, y han sido utilizado por muchas culturas. Juegos con los dados proporcionan una  manera divertido de desarrollar habilidades básicas que incluyen multiplicación y la adición, hacer predicciones, desarrollar estrategias, y pensar críticamente. 

Aunque los dados pueden ser una variedad de formas, los dados traditionals tienen en forma de cubo, con cada una de sus seis fases marcada con un número diferente de puntos de uno a seis. Por estas actividades, no dude en usar los dados que tengas en casa, o hagas tus propios dados de papel con el patrón incluido.

Estos son algunos juegos para empezar:

El cerdo: adición y pensar críticamente
El objetivo: Ser el primer jugador en llegar a 100 (o algun numero elijas)

Los materiales: 2 dados, papel y lápiz para mantener la puntuación

  1. Jugador #1 tira los dados y suma los números de puntos en ambos en su cabeza. Puede grabar este total y dejar que el siguiente jugador tira, o puede seguir tirando, sumando el total de cada tira al último (sumando en su cabeza) por tantos turnos se gustaría.
  2. Desafío: Si el jugador tira un “1” antes de terminar  su turno y dar jugador 2 una oportunidad, su puntaje total por la partida va a cero. Si tira un doble 1 (un solo punto en ambos dados), su total por el juego hasta ese punto va a cero.
  3. Adiciones deben sumar sin papel o calculadora, y cada jugador debe revisar las matemáticas de su oponente.
  4. ¿Qué estrategias parecen funcionar mejor

Blockout: adición & multiplicación, graficar, y el área

El objetivo: Llenar el papel con cuadrados y rectángulos usando los números en los dados para definir su tamaño.

Materiales: 2 dado, papel cuadriculo (es bien que hacer tu propio) y lápices (lápices de color son opcional)

  1. Jugadores toman turnos tirando los dados y dibujando un rectángulo que iguala los puntos en los dados. Cada jugador deben hacer su propio color o patrón usar a llenar su forma.
  2. Cada rectángulo no puede intersecar ni estar contenido en ningún rectángulo dibujado anteriormente. Si no puedes añadir un rectángulo al tablero en tu turno, pasa los dados al siguiente jugador.
  3. Si todos los jugadores pasan en una fila, el juego ha terminado.
  4. Decide el ganador contando el número de rectángulos, o calculando el área de los rectángulos de cada uno y agregándolos juntos.

Crea tus propios desafíos

El objetivo: Crear desafíos matemáticos que apoyen una variedad de habilidades matemáticas. Todos los jugadores tienen que hacer el mismo desafío en cualquier ronda. El que tiene el número más alto gana cada ronda.

Materiales2 o 3 dado (por persona o comparte), papel y lápiz para mantener la puntuación

    1. Tira 3 dados y organiza para crear el número más alto posible.  
    2. Toma turnos indicando el siguiente desafío – sumando, restando, multiplicando, etc.

Los dados de papel caseros 

Do That Science: Fire. It’s Lit!

Different substances react at different temperatures. These are often called “burning points” or “smoke/melting/combustion points.” You can find movie and TV show special effects technicians utilizing this part of chemistry when they create their effects. Ever see a scene with a person running down the street on fire? There is a science to it! Today we’ll explore the burning points of a couple of different substances.

This is not an experiment you should try at home!

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Brainiac Jr Trivia at the Fire Truck!

While the Discovery Center is closed, we are bringing you trivia from inside! On Sunday evenings, we are set-up and go LIVE inside the building to bring you your favorite exhibits and challenge your minds.  You can play along from your home on our Facebook page and play against other contestants, or you watch here and challenge yourself, your siblings or your parents!

Jon, from Brainiac Trivia, hosts an interactive game with fun trivia for ages 5-12. How many will YOU get right?

This time, we are set-up in front of the Five Senses exhibit AND the fire truck!

Art with Abby: Paper Mache

Welcome to “Art with Abby!”

Join our friend Abby Hirsch Reish for a series of art projects that can be conducted right from your very own home! This lesson is all about paper mache! Learn new skills and have fun making your own creature! Watch the video below to learn more.


For more information about Abby and her work, visit

Funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build Communities grant.

Art With Abby: Play Dough

Welcome to “Art with Abby!”

Join our friend Abby Hirsch Reish for a series of art projects that can be conducted right from your very own home! This lesson is about making your own play dough at home. Come learn new skills and have fun unleashing your creativity! Watch the video below to learn more.


For more information about Abby and her work, visit

Funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build Communities grant.

Discovery at Home: Exploring Sound with Cup Telephones

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What is Sound? Vibration! By using cups and string to build a cup telephone, you can explore how sound travels. Use your skills to observe, wonder, ask questions, and test.


  • 2 cups
  • 1-3 yards string or line
  • 2 large paper clips
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Optional: different types of cups and line

Building the Phone:

  • Use pencil to poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup
  • Push one end of string into a cup and tie it to a paper clip (keeps it from pulling back out).
  • Poke the other end through the bottom of the second cup and tie to the paper clip.

Testing the Phone:

  1. Take one end of the cup phone and put it up to your ear. Hold the cup just by the rim.
  1. Have your partner take the other end. Pull the string tight and talk into the cup.
  1. Explore these questions and create your own! The questions you might explore are endless!
  • Can you hear a whisper? A shout?
  • Does it matter if the string is tight or loose?
  • Are some kinds of cups or line better than others? How might you test this?
  • Does the length of string matter?
  • Can your message travel if there is a knot in the string?
  • Can four of you talk and listen together with 4 cups?


Sounds are caused by the vibration of objects.  The vibration or movement of a “sound-maker,” whether it is a plucked string or stamped foot or your voice, each has an impact on the air around it.  When you speak into the cup, your vocal cords vibrate. Feel your throat while you talk. This makes the surrounding air vibrate or move out in waves. This vibration is transferred to the bottom of the cup and then carried through the string.  The cup at the other end then also vibrates and also amplifies the sound (makes it louder).  Human ears are designed to catch sound waves.  The more sound gathered and directed into the ear, the better we hear. The outer part of the ear funnels the sound waves into the ear to the eardrum. The eardrum, a tight drum-like membrane, vibrates, causing subsequent movement of small bones within the ear, which your brain then interprets.


Explorar Sonido con teléfonos de tazas

¿Que es sonido? ¡Vibración! Usando las tazas y cuerdas para construir un teléfono de taza, puedes explorar cómo viaja el sonido. Usa tus habilidades para observar, preguntarte, hacer preguntas, y probar.


  • 2 tazas
  • 1-3 yardas cuerda
  • 2 clips grandes
  • Un lápiz afilado
  • Opcional: different tipos de tazas o cuerdas.

Building the Phone:

  • Usa un lápiz para hacer un pequeño agujero en el fondo de cada taza.
  • Empuja un extremo de la cuerda en una taza y átalo a un clip. (evita que no se tire hacia atrás).
  • Empuja el otro extremo a través del fondo de la segunda taza y ata al clip.

Probar el teléfono:

  1. Toma un extremo del teléfono de las tazas y ponlo a tu oreja. Sostenga la taza justo al lado del borde.
  2. Pida que tu compañero/a haga el otro extremo.  Estrechen la cuerda y Intenten comunicarse por medio del “teléfono.”
  3.  ¡Investiga los puntos siguientes y haga tu propio! ¡Las preguntas que podría explorar son infinitas!
  • ¿Puedes escuchar a su compañero/a susurra, y/o si grita?
  • ¿Importa si la cuerda se mantiene bien estrecha o si queda suelta?
  • ¿Algunos tipos de tazas o líneas son mejores que otros? ¿Cómo podría probar esto?
  • ¿Importa la longitud de la cuerda?
  • ¿Puede viajar tu mensaje si hay un nudo en la cuerda?
  • ¿Pueden cuatro de ustedes hablar y escuchar juntos con 4 tazas?



Los sonidos son causados por las vibraciones de objetos. La vibración o movimiento de un “fabricante de sonido”, si es un cuerda punteada o pie pisado o tu voz, tienen un impacto en el aire a su alrededor. Cuando habla en una taza, tus cuerdas vocales vibran. Toca tu garganta mientras hablas. Este hace que el aire circundante vibra o mueve en ondas. Este vibración es transferir al fondo de la taza y se lleva por la cuerda. La taza en el otro extremo vibra también y amplifica el sonido (hacer este fuerte). Orejas humanas se diseñan para capturar las ondas sonoras. La mas sonada acumula y dirigio en la oreja, el mejor oímos. La parte externa del oído canaliza las ondas sonoras hacia el oído hasta el tímpano. El tímpano, una membrana apretada similar a un tambor, vibra, causando el movimiento posterior de huesos pequeños dentro del oído, que el cerebro luego interpreta.


Discovery at Home: Exploring Colors with Salt Dough

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Exploring with colors can lead to beautiful things. Visit SPARK Live! to hear a book all about using color to make a community beautiful and check out the video by Moore College of Art alumnae Lindsay Deery as she shows you the fun that you can have in the activity below..

Then make your own salt dough and explore the many ways you can create new colors by combining the three primary colors – red, blue & yellow.

What You Need:

Food Coloring or paints (red, blue, yellow)Salt Dough 

Salt Dough Recipe 

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup water

Mix flour & salt , then water, and mix with your hands until not gummy – add more flour if too wet; add more water if too dry.Divide into three balls and add a different color to each one.

Divide each ball into little balls and then explore how 2 little balls of different colors combine to make a new color.


  • Visit Art with Abby to make colorful Nature Mandalas & do Batik
  • Visit SPARK Live to read how color changed a community in Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López

Explorar colores con masa del sal

Explorar con colores puede llevar a cosas hermosas. Visita SPARK Live! (insert link) para escuchar un libro sobre el uso del color para hacer un comunidad hermosa y mira el video de la alumna de Moore College of Art Lindsay Deery aquí  como ella te muestras la diversión que puedes tener en la actividad abajo.

Entonces haga tu propia masa del sal y explora las muchas maneras en que puedes crear nuevos colores combinando los tres colores primarios – rojo, azul, y amarillo.

Lo Que Necesitas:

El colorante alimentario o pintas (rojo, azul, y amarillo)
La masa del sal

La receta de la masa del sal

  • ½ taza de harina
  • ¼ taza de sal
  • ¼ taza de agua

Mezcla la harina y la sal, luego el agua, y mezclas con tus manos hasta que no gomoso – agrega más harina si la mezcla está demasiada mojada; agrega más agua si está demasiado seca. Divide en tres pelotas y añada un color diferente a cada una. Divide cada pelota en  pequeñas pelotas y luego explora como 2 pequeños pelotas de diferentes colores se combinan para hacer un color nuevo.



  • Visita Arte con Abby a hacer mandalas de naturalezas coloridas y haga Batik.
  • Visita SPARK Live para leer como color cambió un comunidad en Maybe Something Beautiful por F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell y ilustrado por Rafael López.

Art with Abby: Beautiful Glue Batik

Welcome to “Art with Abby!”

Join our friend Abby Hirsch Reish for a series of art projects that can be conducted right from your very own home! In this lesson, we’ll be creating a batik, which is a highly decorated fabric using a process originated in Indonesia! Learn more by watching the video below.


For more information about Abby and her work, visit

Funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Arts Build Communities grant.

Do That Science: Whatsa Matter

We’re thrilled to bring you a new video series from our friends at Do That Science!

Watch as John and Jack demonstrate something…that matters.

Matter is everywhere, because it is everything! The three most common states of matter are solid, liquid, and gas. Now, let’s do some exploring with matter phase changes!

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Discovery at Home: Facial Expressions Challenge

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Good communication skills are critical in our society. This includes not only what we say but also how we say it and what we are doing when we communicate. Facial expressions, arm movements, hand motions, sign language, and body language are all ways of communicating nonverbally.

Have fun exploring how you interpret the facial expressions of others and the ways you show your emotions – whether you intend to or not.

What To Do:

  • Write or print out and cut apart the attached Emotion Cards. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD»
  • Sit or stand facing your partner.
  • One person should pick an emotion card without showing it to their partner.
  • Without talking, use your face and body to show the feeling on the card.
  • Have your partner try to guess the feeling.
  • Do this a few times and switch.

Reflecting on Communication

Did you read each other’s expressions accurately? Think about:

  • How could you tell that I was angry, surprised, etc.?
  • What clues caused you to read an expression incorrectly?
  • How do you and your partner differ in showing the same emotion?
  • What parts of your body do you use to communicate?
  • When do you watch a person’s face?

Reading facial expressions of a friend or grownup may sometimes be easy or sometimes more challenging. Interpreting messages correctly can sometimes be tricky. For example, misunderstandings during communication between people of different cultures can often be traced to signals that are appropriate for one culture, but not for another. Always pay attention to both verbal and nonverbal signals and ask if you have questions about the message you are hearing.

Expresiones Faciales

Las buenas habilidades de comunicación son fundamentales en nuestra sociedad. Esto incluye no sólo lo que decimos, sino también cómo lo decimos y lo que estamos haciendo cuando nos comunicamos. Expresiones faciales, movimientos del brazo, movimientos de la mano, la lengua de signos, y el lenguaje corporal son maneros de comunicación no verbal.

Diviértete explorando cómo interpreta los expresiones faciales de otros y los maneros muestra tu emociones – si usted tiene la intención o no.

Expresiones Faciales:

  • Escribir o imprimir y cortar las tarjetas de emociones adjuntas.
  • Siéntate o párate viendo hacia tu compañera.
  • Una persona debe elegir una tarjeta de emoción sin mostrándosela a su compañero.
  • Sin hablar, usa tu cara y cuerpo para mostrar el sentimiento en la tarjeta.
  • Haz que tu compañera trate de adivinar el sentimiento.
  • Repite esto algunas veces y luego cambien.

Reflexionar sobre la comunicación

¿Leíste las expresiones del otro con precisión? Piense en:

  • ¿Cómo puedes decir que estaba enojado, sorprendido, etc.?
  • ¿Qué pistas te hicieron leer una expresión incorrectamente?
  • ¿En qué se diferencian usted y su compañero en mostrar la misma emoción?
  • ¿Qué partes de tu cuerpo usas para comunicarte?
  • ¿Cuándo miras la cara de una persona?

Leer expresiones faciales de un amigo o adulto a veces puede ser fácil o a veces más difícil. Interpretar los mensajes correctamente a veces puede ser complicado. Por ejemplo, los malentendidos durante la comunicación entre personas de diferentes culturas a menudo se pueden rastrear a señales que son apropiadas para una cultura, pero no para otra. Siempre preste atención a las señales verbales y no verbales y pregunte si tiene preguntas sobre el mensaje que está escuchando.