Science Center of Iowa Event Calendar

Saturday November 4, 2017

  • Ready, Set, Build: Central Iowa's Bridge-Building Challenge
  • All Day 
  • It’s the ultimate test of structure, strength and style… Build a bridge that achieves all of the above, and YOU could be the winner of the Central Iowa Battle of the Bridges! Gather a team of 1-4 people, and design and prototype the best bridge with the provided materials in 2.5 hours. The model bridge will feature the greatest support efficiency… and the teamwork mindset to bring it to life!

    To register, call the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.More information - Rules, tools and materials


    Cost: FREE (Includes a bridge material kit and a complete tool set provided to you at the workshop.)


    • Elementary (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle School (Grades 7-8)
    • High School (Grades 9-12)
    • Family (any combination - children, adults, seniors)


    • 9:00-9:30 am - Check-in / set-up
    • 9:45 am - 12:15 pm - Bridge Building
    • 12:15-1:00 pm - Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 pm - Load Testing
    • 3:00 pm - Awards (Highest Structural Efficiency, Most Innovative, Truss Teamwork Award)

    "Ready, Set, Build" is presented by the Science Center of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation.

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  • Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
  • All Day 
  • If you think you know T. rex... think again!

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the 100-million-year history of these diverse dinosaurs and their lasting impact on our planet. Fossils, cast skeletons, interactive exhibit components, immersive activities and a hands-on dig pit offer visitors a look at some of the greatest discoveries in paleontology.

    Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish. Locally, the Presenting Sponsor is EMC Insurance and Exhibit Partner is Nationwide.

    SCI will host the exhibition through April 22, 2018. Details at

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  • Cretaceous Conversations
  • 10:30 AMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Join SCI Programs Presenters and Special Guest: Rufio the Struthiomimus to discover what it means to be a dinosaur!

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  • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
  • 11:30 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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  • Zap
  • 12:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience! Program and location subject to change.

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  • Crazy Chemistry
  • 1:30 PMJohn Deere Adventure Theater
  • 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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  • NEW! Global Soundscapes
  • 2:30 PMStar Theater
  • What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join a team of soundscape ecologists to hear the Earth in a whole new way in this full dome interactive presentation!

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  • Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
  • 3:30 PMStar Theater
  • This brand-new show reveals dark matter's earliest clues, covering the astral choreography of galactic orbits as well as sensitive detectors hidden deep underground in ancient gold mines.

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  • Fire Works
  • 4:00 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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