Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Friday October 5, 2012

  • Science of the Circus featuring Ringling Bros.
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • They fly through the air with the greatest of ease - but what's the science involved in the flying trapeze?

    Join Ringling Bros. clown, D.J. Dean Kelley and international performers from the show for a special performance at SCI. Learn the science of the circus from the cast who perform these amazing, death-defying acts at each event.

    • Hear about the physics behind the gripping, high-speed Motorcycle Wheel act and meet one of the few female globe riders in the world!
    • See the dynamic husband and wife team "Duo Fusion" showcasing their talent of hand balancing.
    • Learn more about the art of balancing from D.J. Dean and try it out yourself

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Barnum Bash is at Wells Fargo Arena October 4 - 7, 2012.

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Thursday October 11, 2012

  • Special Cafe Scientifique with Peggy Whitson
  • 6:00 PMPrincipal Hall
  • Join us on Thursday, October 11 for a special Cafe Sci presentation featuring pioneering NASA astronaut (and Iowa native), Dr. Peggy Whitson!

    Dr. Peggy Whitson was born and raised near Mt. Ayr, Iowa. She completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the International Space Station and was the first female commander of the orbiting science laboratory. She has accumulated 377 days in space, the most for any woman. Whitson also has performed a total of six career spacewalks, and her total of 39 hours and 46 minutes of EVA (Extravehicular Activity) is more than any other woman.

    A longtime advocate for SCI, Whitson showed her support by flying the SCI flag during her Expedition 16 mission to the International Space Station in 2007.

    Be a part of the worldwide movement! Café Sci features cutting edge, adult-oriented science forums with leaders in science and technology. Grab a drink and join in the discussion.

    Presentation is free for all ages. No prior subject knowledge is necessary to attend Café Sci - just an interest in the topic at hand!

    RSVP strongly encouraged at

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Saturday October 13, 2012

  • Astronomy Day
  • 11:00 AM 
  • Join us to celebrate the quest to learn more about the cosmos! Saturday, October 13 we will celebrate Astronomy Day with activities and special presentations throughout the day!

    Event Schedule:

    11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Astronomy Day Fair
    Upper Oculus

    • Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS)
    • ISU Astrophysics Department
    • ISU Team LunaCY
    • Ida County (students sent experiment into space)

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Train Like An Astronaut
    Special guest: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson
    Founders Hall

    12:00 - 12:30 pm: Telescope 101
    Presenter: Doug Rudd, DMAS
    Star Theater

    1:00 - 2:00 pm: Scientist in Residence Keynote Talk
    Special guest: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson
    Founders Hall

    2:00 - 2:30 pm: Peggy Whitson Meet & Greet
    Founders Hall

    3:00 - 3:30 pm: Iowa Skies Tonight
    Presenter: Herb Schwartz, Drake Observatory
    Star Theater

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  • Scientist in Residence Keynote Talk
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Join us to hear how Peggy Whitson went from Iowa farmgirl to pioneering NASA astronaut. Learn about her experience as a female astronaut, her career at NASA and how her Iowa upbringing helped get her there. Following the presentation, Whitson will be available for questions and to sign autographs.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight with Drake Observatory
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program with special guest, Herb Schwartz from the Drake Observatory.

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Saturday October 20, 2012

  • Star Party at Ewing Park
  • 7:30 PM 
  • Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

    Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.

    This event is held in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

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Saturday October 27, 2012

  • Spooky Science
  • All Day 
  • Hair-raising experiments, bubbling potions and visual illusions abound during Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa! Dust the cobwebs off of your costume and join us on October 28 to trick-or-treat your way throughout the building and experience themed programming!

    Spooky Science activities include:

    • A costume contest, featuring discounted admission for all dressed-up guests
    • A meet-and-greet with SCI’s own creepy crawly critters
    • Live experiments that fizz, bubble and ooze
    • "Spookified" live programming
    • Trick-or-treating around SCI, featuring candy and other giveaways
    • Mad science experiments with ISU Chemistry Community Learning
    • Spooky specimens provided by Des Moines University medical students

    Spooky Science activities are included with general admission to SCI; always free for members!


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