Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Thursday January 7, 2016

  • Recognizing Race: Iowa's Diverse Demographics
  • 6:00 PM 
  • As a growing number of refugees and immigrants make the metro home, Des Moines institutions and organizations work every day to welcome and accommodate diverse communities. From Iowa’s education system to economic development initiatives to regional planning, community engagement professionals support diversity and inclusion within the state’s existing systems as they invite Iowans to celebrate culture and difference.

    Four professionals will share their experiences working with Des Moines’ diverse communities and how they strive to create cultural understanding across local ethnic populations.

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Tuesday January 12, 2016

  • Cafe Scientifique - Everyday Racism: The Discourse of Difference
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Glennda Bivens, Community and Economic Development Field Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
    Race and racism infiltrate myriad elements of everyday life, as humans are taught to categorize differences while ignoring power dynamics in everyday encounters. Race and racism are so deeply embedded in American culture that it can be difficult for many people to name and identify racist behaviors. Seemingly minute, some routine actions perpetuate the endemic of racism — and we may not even be aware of it.

    Join us as we explore how racism materializes in everyday encounters through microaggressions, micro assaults and commonly used language.

    About the presenter: Glennda is a community and economic development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education. Glennda has expertise in helping individuals and organizations identify oppressive behaviors, policies and practices and correcting them to make more equitable environments.  

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Monday January 18, 2016

  • MLK Day - Free Admission
  • All Day 
  • Thanks to support from The Principal, admission will be free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 18, 2016! Visitors are invited to engage in a discussion surrounding race and ethnicity in our community with the traveling exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? as well as facilitated talking circles throughout the day.

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Friday January 29, 2016

  • Star Theater Grand Reopening
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Celebrate the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium with a special ribbon-cutting event!

    SCI’s 50-foot, 360-degree planetarium is the largest and most advanced in the state. The renovated planetarium features a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 system whose 4K projectors provide vibrant colors, sharp contrast and brilliant images. Lighting and interior upgrades as well as new programming capabilities will be unveiled during a demo at the grand reopening.

    The public is invited to the special event on Friday, January 29!

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Saturday January 30, 2016

  • Every Family Rocks! Family Music & Movement Festival
  • 10:00 AM 
  • It's a fun-filled day of music, movement, hands-on activities, art and more!  Join us Saturday, January , at the Science Center of Iowa, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the day:

    • Mascots, including Cy, Spike, Ty and Herky and more
    • Power Life Yoga
    • Tons of crafts and hands-on activities
    • Science Center mobile science demonstrations and activities
    • Face painting
    • Sparkle hula hoop
    • Breakdancing
    • Healthy Family Fair
    • And much more!

    PARKING: Parking is available in the SCI Parking Ramp, and street meters are free on weekends.

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