Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

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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  • Meet Stuffee
  • 10:30 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.

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 10:30 AMStar Theater
  • When weather is stolen from the solar system planets, the Zula Patrol comes to the rescue! Sponsored by NASA and Variety Club. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!

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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.

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  • Violent Universe
  • 12:00 PM 
  • Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky—from black holes to exploding stars!

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 12:30 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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  • Flight Adventures
  • 1:00 PMStar Theater
  • A young girl and her grandfather come together to achieve sky-high dreams in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics!

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:30 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 2:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. 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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  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Discover how international teams are attempting to be the first to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon as they compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Program and location subject to change.

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 3:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Get ready for chills and thrills as we showcase awesome demos with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.  Program and location subject to change.

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