Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Friday February 5, 2016

  • Mixology Night: "Slapshot Science"
  • 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.

    THIS MONTH:
    • Live program: "Slapshot Science" at 7:00 pm
    • Music by: New Mexicos
    • Craft beer on tap: Peacetree No Coast IPA

    General admission is $5; FREE for SCI Members!

    A valid driver’s license is required for admission and must be presented at the SCI Box Office.

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Saturday February 6, 2016

  • Girls in Science Festival
  • All DayPrincipal Hall
  • Interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math? Girls and families of all ages are invited to SCI's Girls in Science Festival to explore a variety of careers in the "STEM Zones" and connect with female role models and mentors. Attendees also will be able to register for workshops conducted by scientists. Engineering workshops presented by Flint Hills Resources. Festival is included with SCI general admission.

     

    Exhibitors

    • Blank Park Zoo
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
    • FTC Team 9974 T.H.O.R. - competition robots
    • ISU Mechanical Engineering-Cyclone Space Minin
    • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Student Organization 
    • National Weather Service
    • ISU Neuroscience Graduate Program
    • Ankeny Hy-Vee Dietician
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central Iowa Younger Members Group
    • DMACC Urban Campus Lab
    • Iowa State University College of Engineering Community Outreach 
    • Vermeer
    • Flint Hills Resources
    • Iowa Virtual Academy
    • DuPont Pioneer
    • Water Rocks
    • Eurofins
    • Material Advantage at Iowa State
    • Des Moines University
    • Hy-Vee dietitian Hailey Boudreau
    • Alissa Whitmore, anthropologist/archaeologist

    Workshops

    Workshops are limited to 30 participants.

    11:00-11:45 am

    • Three Little Engineers (Grades 1-3)
      We have all heard the story of the Three Little Pigs, but now it’s time to live it! Join us on an engineering adventure, and see if your constructions can stand up to the wolf’s huffing and puffing! This workshop is sponsored by Flint Hills Resources.

    1:00-1:45 pm

    • EngiNerding Out (Grades 4-6)
      Discover the Engineering Design Cycle by working through all the steps as we take you through a series of challenges that forces students to think critically to solve problems together. This workshop is sponsored by Flint Hills Resources.
    • Water Rocks (Grades 4-6)
      Explore the wonderful world of wetlands and the importance of these vibrant ecosystems and the biodiversity they support! Travel to a wetland through audio and visual technology, and participate in interactive activities like Habitat Hopscotch and Wetlands BINGO.

    2:00-2:45 pm

    • Light-Up Letters (Grades 4-6)
      Transform cards and paper crafts into amazing, light-up creations with simple circuitry! Use LED lights and copper tape to create a card that will brighten any mailbox.
    • Water Rocks (Grades 4-6)
      Explore the wonderful world of wetlands and the importance of these vibrant ecosystems and the biodiversity they support! Travel to a wetland through audio and visual technology, and participate in interactive activities like Habitat Hopscotch and Wetlands BINGO.

    3:00-3:45 pm

    • Code and Go (Grades 1-3)
      Meet BeeBot, SCI’s own programming robot, and tell it how to navigate mazes, puzzles and more. You’ll learn how computer inputs provide instructions for the technology that drives our world.

    STEM Stories

    Join working female scientists as they share their stories in short presentations:

    11:30 am

    • Wendy Srnic, DuPont Pioneer
    • Samantha Collison, Blank Park Zoo
    • Anne Dohmen, FRC Team ASAP

    1:30 pm

    • Brittany Duong, Des Moines University
    • Mindy Beerends, National Weather Service
    • Laura Higgins, Ph.D., DuPont Pioneer
    • Wanti Muchtar, Ph.D., Vermeer
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Tuesday February 9, 2016

  • Cafe Scientifique - The Roots of Racism: Where Science and History Intersect
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Karen Leroux, Associate Professor of History, Drake University

    Was it always this way? The association of skin color and race is a surprisingly modern development. Colonialism and early science shaped the way Americans understood skin color, creating a new definition of race — one that persists today

    Join us to learn how earlier generations understood race, how scientists contributed to changing the meanings attached to race and whether history suggests we can change how we think about race. 

    About the presenter: Karen Leroux teaches US history, specializing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her courses tend to explore how gender, race and class shaped and were shaped by developments in the past. She also teaches the modern world history sequence at Drake.

    Leroux earned a B.A. at Northwestern University, a M.A. at the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. at Northwestern University. She has been at Drake since 2005 and was honored with the Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.

    Leroux was born in Canada, and spent every nearly summer of her childhood on her grandparents’ dairy farm in Nova Scotia, but she has lived most of her life in U.S. cities. As a young adult, she moved around the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed a couple of years working in Australia. Since then, she has gravitated to the Midwest, making her home in the Chicago area and now Des Moines. She still travels frequently, does yoga regularly and spends whatever time she has left trying to fix up a 1900-era house.

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Sunday February 14, 2016

  • Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr.
  • 12:00 PM 
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Jr. at the Science Center of Iowa... We promise we won’t go bacon your heart!

    Enjoy bacon-inspired science programs and games, and use Bacon Bucks to sample a variety of goodies at the Bacon Expo, including savory slices, sweet treats and breakfast favorites.

    SCHEDULE:

    Bacon Expo
    The main event features vendors from Central Iowa and hundreds of pounds of bacon! Buy Bacon Bucks at the Box Office or in Founders Hall.

    When Pigs Fly Crafts
    Make your own Valentines, try your hand at “pork-igami” and send your pigs down a zipline.

    • 12:30 pm - Pig Tales with Lori Ferris
      Local author will read her books Iowa Seasons and Discover Iowa with Pippy the Pig.
    • 1:00 pm - Secret Science of BaconSizzling science experiments featuring the SCI Programs Team and local partners!
    • 1:30 pm - Minute to Win ItA fast-paced, game show-style game featuring farm and bacon trivia.
    • 2:00 pm - Oink O.R.: Dissection Demo
      Get up close and personal with the inner-workings of a pig in this dissection demonstration! Warning: This demonstration may not be suitable for all ages.
    • 2:30 pm - Hog-Calling Contest
      Soooooey!! Kids-only please!
    • 3:00 pm - Secret Science of Bacon
      Sizzling science experiments featuring the SCI Programs Team and local partners!
    • 3:30 pm - Protecting the PiggiesExplore current science of pigs, including vaccinations and biosecurity, with the DMACC agricultural department.
    • 4:00 pm - Oink O.R.: Dissection Demo
      Get up close and personal with the inner-workings of a pig in this dissection demonstration! Warning: This demonstration may not be suitable for all ages.
    • 4:30 pm - Minute to Win It
      A fast-paced, game show-style game featuring farm and bacon trivia.
    • 5:00 pm - Event ends
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Saturday February 20, 2016

  • Prejudice and Possibility: Race in the Classroom
  • 9:00 AM 
  • How does race shape the educational experience for students? Do subtle sociopolitical cues guide opportunities available to them? Are the effects consistent from Kindergarten through higher education?

    Join the Science Center of Iowa and Iowa State University’s Social Justice Collective to explore these issues and discuss the importance of constructing classrooms that embrace equity. In this two-hour session, ISU professors will present short 15-minute sessions on their research – from instructional leadership to identity development.

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