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.


    • 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.)


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


    • 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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