Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday November 1, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 12:30 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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  • Zap
  • 1:30 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 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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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:30 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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Monday November 2, 2015

  • SCI Closed
  • All Day 
  • During SCI's Regular Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Mondays. This change reflects an effort to better provide the community with enhanced science programming, special events and facility features.

    There will be special occasions where SCI will be open on Mondays due to special holidays. Up-to-date information will be posted online and distributed via social media and e-newsletters.

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Tuesday November 3, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

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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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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 2:00 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 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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  • 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

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • 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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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

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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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  • 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 2:30 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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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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Thursday November 5, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Meet Stuffee
  • 11:30 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 3:30 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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Friday November 6, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
  • Back to top
  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • Around the World Storytime
  • 10:30 AM 
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Learn about children from around the world and even make some new puppet friends! Located in RACE: Are We So Different?, Lower Level

  • Back to top
  • 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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  • 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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  • Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 2:00 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • Category: Program
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  • Backyard Adventure
  • 3:30 PMWhat on Earth?
  • Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

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  • Mixology Night
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Mix. Mingle. Music. Science.

    Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month, experience all that SCI has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming!

    Admission:
    General admission is $7; free for SCI Members
    A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

    Event Schedule:

    5:30 pm – Cash bar opens

    6:00 pm – Music Begins

    7:00 pm – Live Science Program

    9:00 pm – SCI closes

    Visit sciowa.org/mixology for more details!

    Bands and themes coming soon!

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Saturday November 7, 2015

  • Make it a "Full Experience" with an IMAX film!
  • All DayBlank IMAX Dome Theater
  • The Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images with a six-story domed screen and 12,000-watt digital surround-sound system. Films are scheduled throughout the day. Click here for films and showtimes

  • Category: IMAX Events
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  • Planetarium Renovation Underway!
  • All DayStar Theater
  • Note to visitors: The Star Theater planetarium is undergoing a renovation and is temporarily closed to the public.

    The newly renovated Star Theater will feature state-of-the-art projection systems and software that will allow us to present an even wider range of programs and events. We apologize for the extended closure, but we are sure you will be impressed with the new system slated to reopen by the end of the year. We’re excited to unveil the new system!

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  • 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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  • Science Storytime
  • 10:30 AMWhat on Earth?
  • Specially designed for our youngest visitors! Bring your imagination for fun science stories and try out a related hands-on activity.

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  • Zap
  • 11:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 1:30 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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  • 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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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 3:30 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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