Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Saturday February 11, 2017

  • Girls in Science Festival
  • 11:00 AMPrincipal 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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  • Star Party at Ewing Park
  • 6:30 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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Tuesday February 14, 2017

  • Cafe Scientifique: Immunization Investigation
  • 5:30 PM 
  • Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Nathan Boonstra, general pediatrician, Blank Children's Pediatric Clinic

    Vaccines have eradicated a laundry list of common diseases, reducing once-deadly illnesses to common acronyms like MMR and DTaP. But why doesn’t everyone wear the post-vaccination Band-Aid like a badge of health and safety? As myths circulate surrounding the effectiveness of vaccines and their side effects, some patients opt out of the basic list of childhood immunizations, putting their children and others at risk. Besides preventing disease in individuals, vaccines likewise protect communities by stopping the spread of disease, even to those who aren’t vaccinated.

    Join us as we explore how vaccines work from the biological basics to the social impact, and debunk the common myths surrounding childhood immunizations.

    About the presenter:

    Dr. Nathan Boonstra is a general pediatrician at Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic in Des Moines Iowa. Dr. Boonstra attended medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and completed his pediatric training at Blank Children’s Hospital. Dr. Boonstra is involved with projects to improve vaccination rates around the state of Iowa as well as on a national level, and has a special interest in using social media to dispel myths surrounding pediatric vaccinations. In 2014, Dr. Boonstra received the Childhood Immunization Champion Award for the state of Iowa from the CDC, and in 2015 was recognized by the Iowa Department of Public Health with an Immunization Champion Award of Excellence. Dr. Boonstra lives in Urbandale with his wife and two boys. Dr. Boonstra can be found on Facebook and Twitter and blogs at pedsgeekmd.com.

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Saturday February 18, 2017

  • 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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Tuesday February 21, 2017

  • Engineering Week
  • All Day 
  • Celebrate the “E” in STEM during Engineering Week at SCI! This week-long event features hands-on activities, building challenges, trivia and the IMAX premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

    Building Challenges daily in Founders Hall:

    • Tuesday – Build the Des Moines skyline! Transform cardboard into an amazing, DIY replica of the city.
    • Wednesday – Engineer the longest bridge using a few simple materials.
    • Thursday – Make a fun, fast-paced rollercoaster.
    • Friday – Construct the tallest tower with the smallest footprint using our Imagination Playground.

    The week culminates in the Engineering Festival on Friday, February 24, where community partners will share their engineering stories and facilitate interactive activities throughout the building from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    Engineering Week is sponsored by Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017

  • Engineering Week
  • All Day 
  • Celebrate the “E” in STEM during Engineering Week at SCI! This week-long event features hands-on activities, building challenges, trivia and the IMAX premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

    Building Challenges daily in Founders Hall:

    • Tuesday – Build the Des Moines skyline! Transform cardboard into an amazing, DIY replica of the city.
    • Wednesday – Engineer the longest bridge using a few simple materials.
    • Thursday – Make a fun, fast-paced rollercoaster.
    • Friday – Construct the tallest tower with the smallest footprint using our Imagination Playground.

    The week culminates in the Engineering Festival on Friday, February 24, where community partners will share their engineering stories and facilitate interactive activities throughout the building from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    Engineering Week is sponsored by Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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Thursday February 23, 2017

  • Engineering Week
  • All Day 
  • Celebrate the “E” in STEM during Engineering Week at SCI! This week-long event features hands-on activities, building challenges, trivia and the IMAX premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

    Building Challenges daily in Founders Hall:

    • Tuesday – Build the Des Moines skyline! Transform cardboard into an amazing, DIY replica of the city.
    • Wednesday – Engineer the longest bridge using a few simple materials.
    • Thursday – Make a fun, fast-paced rollercoaster.
    • Friday – Construct the tallest tower with the smallest footprint using our Imagination Playground.

    The week culminates in the Engineering Festival on Friday, February 24, where community partners will share their engineering stories and facilitate interactive activities throughout the building from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    Engineering Week is sponsored by Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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Friday February 24, 2017

  • Engineering Week
  • All Day 
  • Celebrate the “E” in STEM during Engineering Week at SCI! This week-long event features hands-on activities, building challenges, trivia and the IMAX premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

    Building Challenges daily in Founders Hall:

    • Tuesday – Build the Des Moines skyline! Transform cardboard into an amazing, DIY replica of the city.
    • Wednesday – Engineer the longest bridge using a few simple materials.
    • Thursday – Make a fun, fast-paced rollercoaster.
    • Friday – Construct the tallest tower with the smallest footprint using our Imagination Playground.

    The week culminates in the Engineering Festival on Friday, February 24, where community partners will share their engineering stories and facilitate interactive activities throughout the building from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    Engineering Week is sponsored by Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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