Friday Night Science

Hancock celebrates Friday Night Science, introduces makerspace program

Krista Chandler Creating music from bone conduction, smoke ring target practice and an infrared light lounge were just some of the scientific exhibits over 1,500 local children and families were able to experience at Hancock College’s annual Friday Night Science. The free event, held every year to spark young children’s interest in STEM (science, […]

SMT Noon Years

Happy Noon Year: Young and young at heart ring in 2017

Krista Chandler, staff New Year’s Eve is typically a time to reflect on the last year, set goals for the next, stay up until midnight and celebrate with those you love while you count down to the transition. For the young and the elderly of Santa Maria, though, sometimes staying awake until the stroke of […]


Children experiment with science at Discovery Museum

By Krista Chandler When children and their families showed up at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum for Science Saturday, they probably didn’t expect to get soaked by exploding water and liquid nitrogen, or to freeze hot dogs and marshmallows. Students from Hancock College’s physics department conducted various science experiments with the children Saturday morning […]

Pyjama Drama SMT

Pyjama Drama “rides the bus” to Santa Maria

Krista Chandler Young children from the Santa Maria Valley hopped on an imaginary bus to improvised fun Friday morning, part of Pyjama Drama, a drama class that mixes imagination with creativity. Friday’s Pyjama Drama was the first round of classes for children 6 months to 7 years old in Santa Maria, hosted at the […]


New Features Brewing at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

Minutes before doors open at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, a handful of families were already lining up in front of the building, excited to spend their Saturday morning testing out some new features the site had been working on for the past several months. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum had some exhibitions […]

Terrible Terrible Things

Local children’s author to read, sign books at Discovery Museum

School Notes Jamie Guista Jennifer Bull Mizrahi, author of the new children’s book “Terrible, Terrible Things” will be at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Saturday at 3 p.m. to read her book and sign copies for families. A resident of Arroyo Grande, Bull Mizrahi puts a fresh spin on the classic tale […]


Discovery Museum helps children ring in new year

  After donning newly-made party hats, excited children counted down to noon during a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Thursday. Parents and grandparents got crafty prior to the noon countdown, when they created the hats and party favors at the museum, which hosted the event catering to the younger […]

Discovery Museum President Diane Adam was one of three people honored at the Santa Barbara Foundation's Celebrate Philanthropy luncheon on Nov. 5.

Celebrate Philanthropy: Diane Adam honored for work at Discovery Museum

By Suzanne Farwell For the Santa Barbara Foundation Diane Adam is the kind of person who sees beyond herself to focus on the needs of others. She is forthright, honest and takes commitments seriously. Her dancing blue eyes take in everything. As anyone visiting the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum will attest, she loves bringing […]


Hancock College starts up new mentorship program

By Jamie Guista Aside from taking classes, some Hancock College students now have the opportunity to work toward their careers in another unique fashion — through forming bonds with various leaders in the community. The college officially launched a pilot mentor program Wednesday night that pairs 11 students with one college faculty, staff or administration member, […]


Robots take over SM Discovery Museum

July 31, 2015 2:00 am  •  By Jamie Guista Tensions ran high Thursday afternoon as J.D. Collier, 9, and Aiden Lombard, 12, put the finishing touches on their small LEGO robots at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. J.D., on Team Knights with “Robot Mace,” and Aiden, on Team Shockers with an unnamed robot, were […]

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