Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Saturday March 16, 2013

  • Brick Built: Engineering SCI - LEGO Build Day
  • All DayPrincipal Hall
  • What would you do with 60,000 LEGO bricks?

    Two Iowa guys are building a scale model of the Science Center of Iowa using exclusively LEGO bricks - nearly 60,000 of them - and inviting you to help!

    Join us at SCI March 16-17 to see these builders construct the model. Help them by assembling some wall sections yourself! The first 100 families to visit the live public build on Saturday and on Sunday will receive a free custom SCI LEGO micro-kit to build at home. Additional kits will be available for purchase in the A-ha! Gift Store.

    Once completed, the LEGO model will return to SCI for display as well as make appearances at community and regional events.

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  • Toys In Space
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Are toys as much fun in microgravity? See how toys work on Earth and then watch real astronauts test them out in space to find out!

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  • Digging for Dinos (Live Dig Pit Program)
  • 11:30 AMScience Is Where You Find It
  • Become a paleontologist for a day as we learn about dinosaurs and uncover fossils in SCI's dig pit!

    This 20-minute live program in SCI's Dig Pit will be given each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:30 am. Additional times may vary. No registration is required.

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  • Sue Spotlight
  • 1:00 PMScience Is Where You Find It
  • Who was Sue? How did she live, die and interact with her environment? What can we learn from studying her bones? Get an in-depth look at Sue the T. rex and her incredible life with an SCI docent.

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  • Fire Works
  • 2:00 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!  This program and location is subject to change.

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  • Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance Performance
  • 2:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at SCI as members from the Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance present a high energy, crowd-pleasing cultural performance in honor of the holiday! Performance is included with SCI general admission - always free for members!

    The Des Moines satellite location of the Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance is home to approximately 60 dancers, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old and from beginner to championship levels.

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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.

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  • Cold Blooded Critters
  • 4:00 PMFounders Hall
  • Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.  Program and location is subject to change.

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

    Experience the Out-of-this-World-Space-Observation – SCI is having a Star Party!

    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 in partnership with City of Des Moines Park and Recreation the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

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