Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Tuesday November 3, 2015

  • Recognizing Race: A Historical Perspective
  • 6:00 PM 
  • Racism has infiltrated pop culture throughout American history, weaving its way into advertising, marketing and everyday language. Household names like Aunt Jemima and Frito Bandito have mainstreamed racism, as consumers unconsciously purchase products that perpetuate stereotyping of African-American and Latino cultures, among others. Just as pop culture shaped the discourse of diversity in America, each state played its own role in Civil Rights history, and Iowa is no different.

    Hear from local experts in this interactive presentation, and learn how about the role Iowans played in the national push for civil rights and equality in America.

    Panelists:

    • Brian Behnken, Associate Professor of History, Iowa State University
    • Krystal Gladden, Museum Educator, African American Museum of Iowa
    • Katy Swalwell, Assistant Professor of Education, Iowa State University
    • Leah Driscoll, Teacher, Meskwaki Settlement School

    Each event opens with the opportunity to experience the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition from 5:00-6:00 pm for a discounted rate. Or join us at 6:00 pm for the free panel discussion.

    The Recognizing Race series is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Iowa State University.

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Wednesday November 4, 2015

  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

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Saturday November 7, 2015

  • Ready, Set, Build: Central Iowa's Bridge-Building Challenge
  • All Day 
  • It’s the ultimate test of structure, strength and style… Build a bridge that achieves all of the above, and YOU could be the winner of the Central Iowa Battle of the Bridges! Gather a team of 1-4 people, and design and prototype the best bridge with the provided materials in 2.5 hours. The model bridge will feature the greatest support efficiency… and the teamwork mindset to bring it to life!

    To register, call the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.More information - Rules, tools and materials

     

    Cost: FREE (Includes a bridge material kit and a complete tool set provided to you at the workshop.)

    Categories:

    • Elementary (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle School (Grades 7-8)
    • High School (Grades 9-12)
    • Family (any combination - children, adults, seniors)

    Schedule:

    • 9:00-9:30 am - Check-in / set-up
    • 9:45 am - 12:15 pm - Bridge Building
    • 12:15-1:00 pm - Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 pm - Load Testing
    • 3:00 pm - Awards (Highest Structural Efficiency, Most Innovative, Truss Teamwork Award)

    "Ready, Set, Build" is presented by the Science Center of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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Sunday November 8, 2015

  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble: Diversity & Harmony Concert
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Complementing the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition, the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble brings together music from around the globe in a concert of cultures.

    The 90-minute program begins at 2:00 pm in Founders Hall. Concert and exhibition are included with SCI general admission.

    Program:

    • Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual – Robert W. Smith
    • Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
    • Japanese Tune – Soichi Konagaya
    • Selections from The Sound of Music – Rodgers/Hammerstein
    • Danzón No. 2 – Arturo Márquez
    • Wedding Dance – Jacques Press
    • Irish Tune from County Derry – Percy Grainger
    • Shepherds Hey – Percy Grainger
    • Radetzky March – Johann Strauss

    About the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble:

    The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the Greater Des Moines area. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by a group of Central Iowa music educators under the leadership of Dr. Evan Feldman, who led the group until 2005. To this day, the ensemble maintains a strong contingent of educators, but membership has expanded to include musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and occupations. Learn more at www.ciwe.org.

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Tuesday November 10, 2015

  • Cafe Scientifique - Low-Head Dams: Sleek Design, Secret Danger
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Presenter: Nate Hoogeveen, Director of River Programs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Location: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321

    Low-head dams provide smooth, scenic waterways fit for a photo op, but their seamless designs and short drop-offs can be deceptively dangerous for boaters and swimmers. Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Nate Hoogeveen will give a presentation on ways of mitigating dams to make them safe while still scenic, accommodating to fish passage and maintaining access for fishing. 

    Dam mitigation is being explored as part of the development of a water trails and greenways master plan for the Greater Des Moines region by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Join us as we explore the balance between engineering efficient waterways and keeping the public safe from danger.

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Wednesday November 11, 2015

  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

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Wednesday November 18, 2015

  • 1 Million Cups Des Moines
  • 8:00 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30 am at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

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Saturday November 28, 2015

  • Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event
  • 5:00 PM 
  • Experience the Kick-Off-The-Holidays Effect at SCI! Join us at the Spirit of the Season Kick-Off Event from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for:

    • FREE general admission including SCI's traveling exhibits - RACE: Are We So Different? and Geometry Playground
    • Holiday-themed live science programming and cart demonstrations
    • An electrifying tree lighting
    • Ornament decorating
    • A visit from Santa Claus
    • Cocoa and cookie decorating
    • Holiday fireworks

    Plus $5 admission to The Polar Express in IMAX! You and your family won't want to miss this fantastic event!

    SCI’s Spirit of the Season holiday events are presented by Nationwide.

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