Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Friday March 4, 2016

  • Mixology Night: 21st Century Gaming
  • 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 music: Surf Zombies

    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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Tuesday March 8, 2016

  • Cafe Scientifique - Media in the Metro: A Tale of Two Cities
  • 5:30 PM 
  • POSTPONED: Due to illness, the speaker has requested to POSTPONE this event. We will update with a new date as soon as it is determined. Sorry for the inconvenience!

     

    Presenter: Lawrence Cunningham, Iowa State Daily General Manager

    Local news organizations guide public perception of the community, sharing the latest “Best Of” accolade and No. 1 ranking — alongside stories of racism that ultimately fracture the city’s diverse demographics. This dichotomy of balancing news and representing diverse populations has shaped the role of media outlets, especially as they adapt to today’s evolving social and business climates.

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Friday March 11, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • Recognizing Race: A Stacked System
  • 6:00 PM 
  • The psychology and sociology of race inform our everyday lives in complex, often subtle ways, fueling prejudices and snap judgments of which we may not even be aware. Systems create order in our society but can likewise perpetuate deeply rooted cultural problems, including institutionalized racism. Trends in healthcare, crime and incarceration illustrate the pitfalls of established systems and the damaging attitudes they can unintentionally preserve.

    Join psychology, sociology and education professionals for a thought-provoking discussion on institutionalized racism and how they’re working to combat it from inside the system through education and prevention.

    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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Saturday March 12, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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Sunday March 13, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • STAR SHOW
  • 12:00 PMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Monday March 14, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • Pi Day
  • 11:00 AM 
  • 3.141592653… Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on 3/14, since 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi in decimal form.

    Join us to celebrate with activities, including:

    • “Pie-plosion” – Close out the celebration with an enormous (clean) “pie” explosion at 3:14 PM!

    • Pi Demos – Engage in several different hands on pi themed demonstrations and activities!

    • Length of Pi – Participate in our goal of writing as many digits of pi as possible with a color-coded paper chain
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  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Tuesday March 15, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Wednesday March 16, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Thursday March 17, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • STAR SHOW
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal Hall
  • Enjoy a glimpse of our night sky inside a spacious inflatable Star Dome presented by Heartland AEA! The inflatable Star Dome experience is free to the public and open daily during the following times:

    • Sunday 3/13 Noon-2PM
    • Monday 3/14 11AM-2PM
    • Tuesday 3/15 11AM-2PM
    • Wednesday 3/16 11AM-2PM
    • Thursday 3/17 11AM-2PM

    Dome experience requires ability to crawl through small, dark places and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Friday March 18, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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Saturday March 19, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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  • Star Party at Ewing Park
  • 8:00 PM 
  • Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

    Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.

    This event is held in partnership with the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

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Sunday March 20, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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Monday March 21, 2016

  • Spring Break at SCI
  • All Day 
  • Forget road trips… We’re taking Spring Break by rocket — all the way to space! Visit the Science Center of Iowa March 11-21 for a celebration of all things celestial, featuring Star Theater planetarium programming, special Star Dome demonstrations and out-of-this-world activities. It’s a big year in astronomy, and SCI started 2016 with a space milestone of its own: the grand reopening of the Star Theater planetarium. With a trip to SCI, you can travel anywhere in the galaxy this Spring Break!

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Thursday March 31, 2016

  • Tough Talk on the Data of Race
  • 7:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Forum discussion: 7:00-9:00 pm
    Exhibit open for discounted rate: 6:00-7:00 pm

    Join us for a quality discussion on the data of race as we tackle issues that are addressed both in the RACE exhibit and in this new series of public forums. Hear from an expert from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. (Jens Manuel Krogstad Ortiz) and other partners. Come ready to dive into some of the latest racial data and for open, honest conversation with your fellow Iowans. 

    The free forum begins at 7:00 pm, and the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will be open and available to view for a special discounted rate ($9) prior to the forum. Please allow at least an hour. Heavy hors d'oeuvres also will be served between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

    This event is a collaboration between The Des Moines Register and Drake University.

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