Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Tuesday January 1, 2013

  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Wednesday January 2, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Journey to Mars
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • Join us on a voyage to Mars! See what the red planet looks like up close and learn how it got that way. Discover how we are constantly learning more about Mars with the help of robotic probes and rovers. We also will get you up to date on the latest from NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars on August 6, 2012! 

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Thursday January 3, 2013

  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Friday January 4, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Fire Works
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Saturday January 5, 2013

  • Space Spectacular Day
  • All Day 
  • Join us Saturday, January 5, to celebrate space exploration with special space-themed activities and live programming! Plus, take advantage of your last chance to see traveling exhibition Facing Mars before it leaves SCI!

    Create your own mission patch, train like an astronaut, see the special NASA Shuttle Legacy Exhibit: Conquering Low Earth Orbit in Why the Sky?, take part in a special telescope workshop with Des Moines Astronomical Society, experience traveling exhibition Facing Mars and more!

    Space Spectacular programming and activities are included with SCI admission. Facing Mars tickets available at an additional cost; free for SCI members.

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  • Train Like An Astronaut
  • 11:30 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Do you have what it takes to endure the challenges of space? Astronauts have to be in top physical condition to work in extreme conditions. Join SCI staff to “Train Like an Astronaut” and learn what it takes to fly into outer space. Lace up your gym shoes and get your heart pumping -- learn about the physical fitness, proper nutrition and problem-solving skills that it takes to be the next Neil Armstrong or Clayton Anderson!


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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 12:30 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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  • Telescope 101 with DMAS
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Do you own a telescope but are unsure as to how to use it? Or maybe you are just interested in learning how telescopes work. Join Doug Rudd from the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS) for Telescope 101 to get a lesson on the basics of telescope operation.

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  • Journey to Mars
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Join us on a voyage to Mars! See what the red planet looks like up close and learn how it got that way. Discover how we are constantly learning more about Mars with the help of robotic probes and rovers. We also will get you up to date on the latest from NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars on August 6, 2012! 

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Monday January 7, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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Tuesday January 8, 2013

  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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Wednesday January 9, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Thursday January 10, 2013

  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Friday January 11, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Family Night
  • 5:00 PM 
  • The second Friday of the month is dedicated to families! Experience special exhibitionA T. rex Named Sue and explore SCI with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

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  • Fire Works
  • 6:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Members Only Family Workshop: Science CSI
  • 6:00 PMCommons
  • Join special guests from the Des Moines Police Department's Crime Scene Unit us for January's Science CSI workshop. We will learn about finger printing and how science is used for investigating crime scenes. 

    Space is limited and reservations are required.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 7:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Saturday January 12, 2013

  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 1:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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Sunday January 13, 2013

  • Zap
  • 12:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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Monday January 14, 2013

  • Pint Size Science - Animal Tales
  • 9:30 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers ages 3 to 5 and their families! This interactive classroom experience allows young explorers to discover the world around them through fun, hands on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. 

    May 7, 20 & 24 - Animal Tales -Discover the noises of the night and learn about mystifying nocturnal animals as you journey into the forest after the sun goes down with the help of our Star Theater planetarium! We will explore the habitats of nocturnal animals as we discuss the science behind camouflage and reveal the squeaks and howls these special animals make before getting to meet and touch some of SCI's favorite critters!


    Pre-registration is required prior to each session. $8 SCI Members / $12 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222.

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  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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Tuesday January 15, 2013

  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Wednesday January 16, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Thursday January 17, 2013

  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Journey to Mars
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Join us on a voyage to Mars! See what the red planet looks like up close and learn how it got that way. Discover how we are constantly learning more about Mars with the help of robotic probes and rovers. We also will get you up to date on the latest from NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars on August 6, 2012! 

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Friday January 18, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Journey to Mars
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Join us on a voyage to Mars! See what the red planet looks like up close and learn how it got that way. Discover how we are constantly learning more about Mars with the help of robotic probes and rovers. We also will get you up to date on the latest from NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars on August 6, 2012! 

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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Saturday January 19, 2013

  • Meet Stuffee: Germs Edition
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Diagnose why our large, soft sculpture doll isn't feeling well by investigating the world of germs.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 1:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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Sunday January 20, 2013

  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 12:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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Monday January 21, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 4:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

     

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Tuesday January 22, 2013

  • Winter Closure
  • All Day 
  • Winter Closure: SCI will be closed to the public January 21-24 for annual maintenance and cleaning as well as to prepare the building for the spring season.

    SCI will reopen at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 25.

  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Wednesday January 23, 2013

  • Winter Closure
  • All Day 
  • Winter Closure: SCI will be closed to the public January 21-24 for annual maintenance and cleaning as well as to prepare the building for the spring season.

    SCI will reopen at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 25.

  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Thursday January 24, 2013

  • Winter Closure
  • All Day 
  • Winter Closure: SCI will be closed to the public January 21-24 for annual maintenance and cleaning as well as to prepare the building for the spring season.

    SCI will reopen at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 25.

  • Category: Modified SCI Hours
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Friday January 25, 2013

  • Winter Closure
  • All Day 
  • Winter Closure: SCI will be closed to the public January 21-24 for annual maintenance and cleaning as well as to prepare the building for the spring season.

    SCI will reopen at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 25.

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Saturday January 26, 2013

  • Real World Design Challenge
  • All DayPrincipal Hall
  • Real World Design Challenge is a competition for teams of high school students to engineer a design that addresses a challenge faced by leading transportation industries.  On January 26, SCI will host a statewide competition where teams from across Iowa will present about their designs. The winning team will progress to the national competition in Washington DC.  These presentations are open to the public.

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  • Pint Size Science - Animal Tales
  • 10:00 AM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers ages 3 to 5 and their families! This interactive classroom experience allows young explorers to discover the world around them through fun, hands on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. 

    May 7, 20 & 24 - Animal Tales -Discover the noises of the night and learn about mystifying nocturnal animals as you journey into the forest after the sun goes down with the help of our Star Theater planetarium! We will explore the habitats of nocturnal animals as we discuss the science behind camouflage and reveal the squeaks and howls these special animals make before getting to meet and touch some of SCI's favorite critters!


    Pre-registration is required prior to each session. $8 SCI Members / $12 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222.

  • Category: Pint Size Science
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Deep Freeze
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Fire Works
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Star Theater Spectacular
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • See eye-popping space demos and other fun Star Theater features for an experience that’s out of this world!

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Sunday January 27, 2013

  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 12:30 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 1:30 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Fire Works
  • 2:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Zap
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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Monday January 28, 2013

  • Storytime Under the Stars
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.

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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Journey to Mars
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Join us on a voyage to Mars! See what the red planet looks like up close and learn how it got that way. Discover how we are constantly learning more about Mars with the help of robotic probes and rovers. We also will get you up to date on the latest from NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars on August 6, 2012! 

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  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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Tuesday January 29, 2013

  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 10:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 11:30 AMStar Theater
  • Experience one of the most mysterious – and misunderstood – wonders of the Universe. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Pint Size Science - Animal Tales
  • 1:00 PM 
  • Discover the wonders of science in monthly classes designed specifically for young explorers ages 3 to 5 and their families! This interactive classroom experience allows young explorers to discover the world around them through fun, hands on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. 

    May 7, 20 & 24 - Animal Tales -Discover the noises of the night and learn about mystifying nocturnal animals as you journey into the forest after the sun goes down with the help of our Star Theater planetarium! We will explore the habitats of nocturnal animals as we discuss the science behind camouflage and reveal the squeaks and howls these special animals make before getting to meet and touch some of SCI's favorite critters!


    Pre-registration is required prior to each session. $8 SCI Members / $12 Non-members.

    To register or for more information, visit sciowa.org/pintsizescience or call the Sales Office at (515) 274-6868 ext. 222.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Young visitors can explore how the human body works with a large, soft sculpture doll.  This program and location is subject to change. Program and location subject to change.

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Wednesday January 30, 2013

  • Winter Weather Closure
  • All Day 
  • Due to the winter storm and for the safety of our visitors and staff, the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater will be closed today, Monday, January 16.

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Thursday January 31, 2013

  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • Observe wonders of the night sky around the world with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend Hu Hu Zhu from China. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 11:30 AMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • WHO-HD Live Weather Forecast
  • 12:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Ch. 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • First Alert Storm School, WHO-HD Channel 13
  • 1:00 PMWHO-HD Weather Studio
  • Experiment with a Channel 13 meteorologist to learn the whys behind our weather. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Come check out the colorful, ooey-gooey and other fun experiments we'll mix up.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 4:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

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