Tellus offers ‘eggs-eptional’ Lunch and Learn Wednesday

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With Easter quickly approaching, Tellus Science Museum’s Wendy Hayes will serve up “Eggs-eptional Science and Amazing Eggs-periments!” Wednesday. Geared to ages 8 and older, the Lunch and Learn program will be presented at 12:15 p.m.

“I was asked to do a Lunch and Learn in April, and the first thing that came to mind in April of course is spring and Easter and eggs, and what do you do with all of [the eggs],” said Hayes, general science program manager for Tellus. “… I thought, well with everything coming up, what can we do with raw eggs, what can we do with hard-boiled eggs, what can we do with the plastic eggs?

“… I’m making this [program] really kid-friendly. So when they go home, they can … expound on what I’ve started. [It will] get them thinking that there’s more than just one use for an egg. … [For example] you can recycle egg shells and use them as a plant starter. Because of the proteins within the egg, it’s good to start your plant. Then you can dig a hole out in your garden and use the egg shell and your little plant all in one. You don’t have to throw anything out.”

Kicking off with Hayes’ lecture detailing the science behind eggs, the program also will feature various experiments.

“How can you tell the difference between a raw egg and a hard-boiled egg if you didn’t mark them and you put them in your refrigerator?” she said. “You spin them. I’m not allowed to tell you my secret though.

“… Then from there we’ll go into hard-boiled eggs and a really cool experiment on how to take a hard-boiled egg and put it someplace you wouldn’t think it would go. We’re going to pop it into a bottle.”

An expansion of the former Weinman Mineral Museum, Tellus opened at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville in January 2009 and became a Smithsonian affiliate during its first year.

Along with the Collins Family My Big Backyard, the 120,000-square-foot museum is comprised of three other main galleries — the Fossil Gallery, Millar Science in Motion and Weinman Mineral Gallery — a 120-seat digital planetarium, solar house and observatory.

“We’re appealing to a group of people who are interested in science,” said Cantey Smith, Tellus’ director of education, about the Lunch and Learn offerings “… Part of our mission as educators is sharing information about different things that affect our daily lives. Certainly this topic about eggs is something that we can pretty much all relate to one way or another.”

For more information about Tellus and its events, call 770-606-5700 or visit http://tellusmuseum.org. Free for museum members, Wednesday's Lunch and Learn program will be included in regular admission to Tellus for nonmembers.