Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Thursday February 1, 2018

  • SCI Event Rental Open House
  • 4:30 PM 
  • We have events down to a science! Experience all the Science Center of Iowa has to offer at our winter open house! Whether you’re hosting a wedding, meeting or corporate event, SCI has a space for every occasion.

    As you tour our facility, enjoy light bites from our three exclusive caterers as well as complimentary beverages, including our seasonal signature cocktail, the “T. Rextini.”

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Schedule:

    4:30 pm
    Our classic event space, Principal Hall, opens for cocktails and wine, with tastings and event décor provided by Christiani’s Catering VIP & Events. The Iowa Learning Center classrooms will be open for viewing, set-up for the perfect off-site meeting.

    5:00 pm
    After SCI closes for the day, you will be able to explore the exhibits. (And yes, you can take your drinks.) Lower Founders Hall tastings and event décor will be provided by East Euclid Hy-Vee. Upper Founders Atrium tastings and event décor will be provided by Great Caterers of Iowa.

    5:15 & 5:45 pm
    Take a trip through the galaxy, and experience just a few of the endless looks for event backdrops on our 50-foot full-dome planetarium.

    6:00 pm
    Last chance to submit your name in our prize drawing for a date night for two in the planetarium, or 10% off a booking in February or March!

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Saturday February 10, 2018

  • Girls in Science Festival
  • 11:00 AM 
  • 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. 

    The Girls in Science Festival is presented by Flint Hills Resources. Festival is included with SCI general admission.

    Exhibitors:

    • National Weather Service
    • FTC 9974 - T.H.O.R.
    • FRC #3928 Team Neutrino
    • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Cyclone Space Mining Club
    • Iowa State University - Agricultural Meteorology
    • BCB Graduate Student Organization. Iowa State University
    • Blank Park Zoo
    • Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program/Society for Neuroscience Ames Chapter/Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization
    • DMACC Urban
    • Fourth + Court Hy-Vee
    • ISU Geology Graduate Student Organization
    • Material Advantage- Iowa State
    • Metro Waste Authority
    • Hometown Heritage
    • Iowa Public Television
    • Dow-DuPont
    • Vermeer Women in Manufacturing
    • Iowa LEGO Users Group
    • The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
    • Ames Laboratory of the US DOE
    • Eurofins
    • Flint Hills Resources
    • Women in Science and Engineering Student Role Models
    • Lambda Kappa Sigma
    • Just The Cats, FIRST LEGO League
    • The STEMATICS, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics, Johnston Community School District
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Kemin Industries
    • Iowa State University
    • Microsoft
    • FRC Team 4646 ASAP

    Workshops

    Workshops are limited to 15 participants.

    11:00-11:45 am

    • All About the Genes (Grades 4-6)
      Work alongside USDA scientists on a DNA extraction and take a look at the building blocks of life. Build your lab skills by measuring and observing, and learn about the biological processes that make it work!
    • Science Says: Let's Code (Grades 1-3)
      How do computers know what to do? Try out some Simon Says-like codes as we explore how people can communicate with robots and other technology.

    1:00-1:45 pm

    • Makey Make This! (Grades 4-6)
      Use the makey makeys to invent your own game or program! Do a quick dive into conductors, insulators and basic code. Connect these elements to awesome careers you may have never even heard of!

    • All About the Genes (Grades 1-3)
      Work alongside USDA scientists on a DNA extraction and take a look at the building blocks of life. Build your lab skills by measuring and observing, and learn about the biological processes that make it work!

    2:00-2:45 pm

    • Science Says: Let's Code (Grades 1-3)
      How do computers know what to do? Try out some Simon Says-like codes as we explore how people can communicate with robots and other technology.

    • Get Energized: Biofuel Edition (Grades 4-6)
      What is a biofuel and how is it made? Try some hands-on experiments alongside some wonderful chemical engineer mentors from Flint Hills Resources and learn all about this source of energy.

    3:00-3:45 pm

    • Density Column Experiment (Grades 1-3)
      Work alongside Kemin scientists and run a hands-on experiment to explore the property of density. During this workshop we will use various household liquids and solids to create a colorful column. So be ready to engage, think, and create like scientists!    

    • Makey Make This! (Grades 4-6)
      Use themakeymakeys to invent your own game or program! Do a quick dive into conductors, insulatorsand basic code. Connect these elements to awesome careers you may have never even heard of!

     

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Tuesday February 13, 2018

  • Café Scientifique: Living Between Hell and Hoth
  • 5:30 PM 
  • What makes a planet uninhabitable? Join Hannah Wakeford, a planetary scientist and Giacconi Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute, as she discusses our nearest neighbors in the solar system: Mars and Venus. By exploring our closest terrestrial worlds, we can understand what makes a planet habitable.

    About Cafe Sci:

    • Events are free to the general public; Coffee, beverages or appetizers are usually available for purchase
    • Many events are held off-site at restaurants, cafes and other venues
    • No scientific background is necessary, just an interest in the topic at hand
    • All ages are welcome but content is geared for adults and young adults
    • Click here for a library of previous Cafe Sci events
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