Talcott in the News

April 6, 2022 -- Talcott Mountain Science Center Selects Jeffrey L. Martin as Next Executive Director
Talcott Mountain Science Center for Student Involvement, Inc. (TMSC) today announced that its board of trustees has selected Jeffrey L. Martin as its next Executive Director, effective July 1, 2022. Martin will succeed Jonathan R. Craig, who will retire from his executive director role after forty-three years of service to TMSC.


November 2021 -- Students Get Hands-On Lesson in Prosthetics, Rachael Jay, NBCConnecticut


November 2021 -- Leonid Meteor Shower, NBCConnecticut 
NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Rachael Jay talks with Talcott Astronomer Hannah Marye about the Leonids meteor shower and how best to view it. 


September 2021 -- Talcott Mountain Science Center Hosts BioBlitz for Students, Kaitlyn McGrath, NBCConnecticut


March 2021 -- School Honors Fallen Alum; Talcott Establishes Scholarship, Bruce Deckert, Today Magazine


March 12, 2021 -- The Unique STEM Hobby that can turn into a Career in Astronomy, Ashley Baylor, WTNH Channel 8


September 15, 2020  -- Smoke from wildfires out West create haze in our SkyFox61News
Heavy smoke from those fires made its way into the upper levels of the atmosphere and have traveled through the jet stream thousands of feet up across the USA. Talcott's Executive director, Jonathan Craig, talks with Rachel Piscitelli about the science behind the colors we see in the sky.


June 2020  -- Students See Perks of Hydroponics, Avon Today, (Article on page 8)
A group of fourth and fifth graders at Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) came together for a greenhouse enrichment led by Mindfulness Coach Ms. Theresa Velendzas and assisted by Academy teacher, Mr. Kieran Hyland. 


May 2020 -- 7th-grader wins award for inventive project, Avon Today, (Article on page 8)
Can a 7th-grader change the tech world? Ariana Pourkavoos of Avon has answered emphatically with an award-winning project: Yes!


September 17, 2019 -- Talcott Mountain Academy's BioBlitz, Fox61


September 4, 2019 -- Heading back to school from 950 feet above sea levelWFSB Channel 3


September 4, 2019 -- Science, technology part of the experience at Talcott Mountain Science Center & Academy, WFSB Channel 3


April 9, 2019 -- Connecticut's Two Top State Honorees for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, WTNH Channel 8
Talcott Mountain Academy 8th grade student Anishka Perera talks with WTNH's Jocelyn Maminta and Laura Hutchinson about his volunteerism and receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.


March 8, 2019 -- Weather station offers real-life science lessons at Old Greenwich School, Greenwich Time
Students at Old Greenwich School might start predicting snow days, thanks to a weather station installed this school year for science classes. Talcott Mountain Science Center helps set up weather station and leads training session for Old Greenwich teachers.


October 25, 2018 -- At Wonder's Peak: Discovering Science on Talcott Mountain, Connecticut Public Television
Faculty at the Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy don't think kids should learn science by sitting down with a textbook. They have seen first-hand how the learning process is accelerated by encouraging curiosity, questioning the status quo in scientific exploration, and striving to use scientific understanding to contribute value to society. At Wonder's Peak is a new documentary that explores how teachers at the academy are coaching students through the discovery process, and inspiring them to apply their knowledge in breakthrough ways. 


September 10, 2018 -- Talcott Mountain Academy Students Selected as Two of the Top 300 Young Scientists in the US
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced that Julian Kage and Emma Ruccio, who are both 2018 graduates of Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon, are among the Top 300 competitors in the 8th annual Broadcom MASTERS®


August 23, 2018 -- What's Right with Schools: Talcott Mountain Academy, WTNH News8
With some of the best views in Connecticut, Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon provides a truly unique perspective on learning, in all kinds of ways. 


June 7, 2018 -- Talcott Mountain Academy National Invention Convention Winners, Dan Amarante, Fox61


May 2, 2018 -- TMA Students Receive Awards at Connecticut Invention Convention; Move On to National Competition
Six students from Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) received awards at the 2018 Connecticut Invention Convention Annual State Finals (CIC) this past weekend -- including five who were selected to advance to the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) in Dearborn, MI, May 31–June 2. 


December 20, 2017 -- Scanning the Night Skies Talcott Mountain Science Academy, Dan Amarante, FOX61
At the Talcott Mountain Science Academy, a group of students meets once a week to take some unbelievable photos of the universe around us.


December 2017 -- i2i Challenge Picking Up STE(A)M/Registration Open, NBC Connecticut
Jonathan Craig, TMSC and Kate Swanson, NBMAA talk about this year's i2i Challenge and why STE(A)M is important.


December 2017 -- Down to a Science, Life Publications
Center atop Talcott Mountain opens 50 years ago.


August 21, 2017 -- Eclipse viewers across the state enthralled by heavenly event, Fox61
Eclipse viewers gather at Talcott Mountain to view the total solar eclipse; summary of coverage from the event.


August 21, 2017 -- Little Scientist Explains Solar Eclipse, NBC Connecticut
William Olmstead, of Avon, is at the Talcott Mountain Science Center to watch the eclipse and explains what we'll see this afternoon.


August 1, 2017 -- Everything you need to know about the total solar eclipse, Better Connecticut, WFSB Channel 3
Mark Meredith is an astronomer at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon. He’s giving us a mini-course on the total solar eclipse set to take place at the end of the month.


June 2017 -- Academy students learn from legends in their fields, Valley Life
Dr. Henry Lee and world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall are just a couple of the presenters who have inspired students through visits and presentations at Talcott Mountain Academy.


March 9, 2017 -- Talcott Mountain Academy wins Connecticut Science Bowl; now on to national championshipFox61
Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon took the trophy in Connecticut as winners of the Regional Middle School Science Bowl recently. It is their second Connecticut title in a row, and the focus now is on the National Championship.


March 2017 -- Players: Sizzling Summer Sessions for the KidsHartford Magazine
Keep your kids engaged this summer with unusual programs.


February 1, 2017 -- Queen Elizabeth Prize Awarded to Inventors Who Revolutionized Digital ImagingTime.com
TMSC Alumni Eric Fossum is one of four engineerings to receive prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. 


January 2017 -- Putting it all Together, Valley Life, January 2017
Puzzle maker David L. Hoyt inspired by time at Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy


January 2017 -- Leaders of their own LearningValley Life, January 2017
STEM Education methods shape happier, more resilient students


November 2016 -- Discover Connecticut's Star Power, Journeys-AAA Magazine, November/December 2016


May 13, 2016 -- 55 Connecticut Students to Compete in National Invention ConventionNBC Connecticut
Next week, 55 Connecticut students will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo. Among the 200 students from 15 states heading to D.C. are three local students from the Talcott Mountain Academy.


May 9, 2016 -- Students View Mercury Transit at Talcott Mountain Science Center, NBC Connecticut
Students at Talcott Mountain Science Center took their telescopes out to watch Mercury ending its journey across the sun.


May 5, 2016 -- TMA Students Shine at 2016 CT Invention Convention; Move on to Nationals
Six students from Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) won awards at the Connecticut Invention Convention on Saturday, April 30, including three who were selected to advance to the National Invention Convention  & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) in Alexandria, Va., May 19-21.


May 5, 2016 -- TMA Student Wins at CT History Day; Qualifies for National Competition in June
Eighth-grade student Lillian Steinmayer from Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) won 2nd place Junior Performance this past weekend at Connecticut History Day. Her finish qualifies her to compete in the National History Day competition in June.


April 11, 2016 -- Middle School Students vs. JAX Scientists in Science Bowl Scrimmage, by Joyce Peterson
Punching above their weight, middle school students from the science- and math-focused Talcott Mountain Academy of Avon, Conn., won a practice science bowl scrimmage at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) on April 7, against JAX researchers and other staff with advanced degrees.


February 29, 2016 -- Talcott Mountain Academy Takes First Place in Regional Science Competition
The TMA team comprised of four students in grades 6-8 won first place at the Middle School Regional Science Bowl Competition. The team will move on to the national competition, which will take place in Washington, DC in May.


February 10, 2016 -- Talcott Mountain Academy Student Takes Top Honors at Local Math Competition
Aresh Pourkavoos from Talcott Mountain Academy was recognized as the top individual overall at the 2016 Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition.


February 2, 2016 -- Why Some People Still Have Trouble Believing Science, HealthlineNews
From flat Earth “truthers” to vaccines opponents to space travel skeptics, many Americans continue to reject science, especially in an election year.


September 28, 2015 -- Liquid water exists on Mars, boosting hopes for life there, Fox 61
Talcott Mountain Science Center's John Pellino comments on the announcement from NASA that there is salt water on Mars.


March 12, 2013 -- Talcott students speak with space station astronauts, West Hartford News
Connecticut students were scheduled to link up with the International Space Station on February 28.