Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Sunday February 7, 2016

  • 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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  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 1:30 PMStar 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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  • Seven Wonders
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

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  • Fire Works
  • 3:30 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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Monday February 8, 2016

  • 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 February 9, 2016

  • 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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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:00 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Wednesday February 10, 2016

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Deep Freeze
  • 1:00 PMFounders Hall
  • 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 1:30 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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  • 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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  • Seven Wonders
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

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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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Thursday February 11, 2016

  • 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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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 11:00 AMStar 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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  • 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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  • Flight Adventures
  • 1:30 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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  • Ask an Anthropologist
  • 2:00 PMWho Are We?
  • Join in a discussion reflecting the topics and content related to this traveling exhibit!

    Located in the RACE: Are We So Different traveling exhibit, Main Level

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  • Deep Freeze
  • 2:30 PMFounders Hall
  • 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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  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 3:00 PMStar 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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  • 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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Friday February 12, 2016

  • 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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  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • 11:00 AMStar Theater
  • Travel through time to witness the Space Race between the USA and USSR, and see the status of space travel today. Sponsored by NASA. Program and location subject to change.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Flight Adventures
  • 1:30 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • 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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  • Violent Universe
  • 3:00 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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  • 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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  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 6:00 PMStar 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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  • Seven Wonders
  • 7:00 PMStar Theater
  • Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!

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Saturday February 13, 2016

  • Ready Jet Go!
  • 10:00 AM 
  • Join Iowa Public Television (IPTV) on Saturday, February 13 for an exclusive screening of Ready Jet Go!, a new animated series from PBS KIDS. The premiere screening will be held in the John Deere Adventure Theater at the Science Center of Iowa in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Between shows, there will be fun activities for children and families. Participants will be able to design and build paper airplanes and rockets, learn to identify constellations, visit space via a planetarium show and much more! 

    Screenings will be in the John Deere Adventure Theater at these times:

    • 10:30 AM
    • 11:30 AM
    • 12:30 PM

    Event activities will be offered from 10AM-2PM

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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.

  • Category: Program
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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!

  • Category: Program
  • 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
  • Back to top
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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!

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • Back To The Moon For Good
  • 2:00 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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  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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  • Iowa Skies Tonight
  • 3:00 PMStar Theater
  • Locate constellations and planets, and hear myths of the night sky in this live planetarium program. Program and location subject to change.

  • Category: Program
  • Back to top
  • 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.

  • Category: Program
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