SPEED Exhibit Opens at Pacific Science Center May 31-Sept. 1

SEATTLE — In a society often obsessed with moving at an ever faster pace, the exhibit SPEED chronicles this cultural and technological fascination with a 6,000 square-foot experience that transports guests into the world of high performance, barrier smashing motion.  SPEED, a national traveling exhibit, opens at Pacific Science Center May 31, 2008 and continues through Sept. 1, 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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Experts see impact of museums in science education efforts

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three or four times a day, a banana shows up at the Liberty Science Center and complains about a pain in its side. And that means it’s time for some visiting kids to dress up like surgeons and scrub nurses, take a scalpel and go to work.

That’s the cover story, anyway.

What’s really happening is that kids are learning about science and enjoying it. Read the rest of this entry »

SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER UNVEILS “NANODAYS 2008”

What’s larger than an atom but smaller than bacteria?…The world of nanotechnology, and it’s part of our everyday life…from flooring materials to your last visit to your dentist, nanotechnology is entering many areas of our life.  Today’s stain resistant clothing, sunscreen lotions, computers, bicycles, and even our daily vitamins are affected by nanotechnology.

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of more than 100 science centers around the country celebrating this phenomenon in a small way this week with NanoDays.

 

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Museum of Science’s Mugar Omni Theater Transports Viewers with The Alps

BOSTON — Audiences will scale the breathtaking Swiss Alps when the large-format film The Alps opens in the newly renovated Mugar Omni Theater on February 29, 2008. This powerful film centers on one man’s quest to conquer the infamous North Face of the Eiger. Located at the core of the Alps, the Eiger is one of the world’s most celebrated, yet treacherous peaks. “Against a backdrop of overwhelming beauty, The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage,” says director Stephen Judson. The Alps follows the journey of John Harlin III, who literally follows in his father’s footsteps. Read the rest of this entry »

BODY WORLDS 3 Sprints to the Finish Line with 63-Hour Marathon

Saint Louis Science Center Open Around the Clock for FInal Three Days of ExhibitionWhat:
Due to overwhelming visitor demand, the Saint Louis Science Center is keeping the BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition open for 63 continuous hours starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 29, and concluding at midnight Sunday, March 2 (technically Monday morning). Read the rest of this entry »

Orlando Science Center to host family friendly gaming expo

Otronicon, Orlando’s gaming expo, returns to the Orlando Science Center next week for its third year.

The gaming event is family friendly and has something for everyone with video-game tournaments, showcases of the latest games, advanced military simulators, a classic arcade and much more.

Gamers can partake in Guitar Hero and Rock Band tournaments, and play Halo 3 on the giant eight-story CineDome screen.

The expo is open to the public Jan. 18-21 from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Daily admission is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children younger than 12. Members receive free admission. Visit otronicon.org for tickets and a full event schedule.

Danforth Center Projected to Exceed 2008 Grants and Contracts Forecast by $1.3 Million

Center Is Also a Leader in Keeping Overhead Costs Low

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 9 (Science Center News) — While the New Year is only nine days old, 2008 is shaping up to be a successful year for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, as the grant and contract funding for support of Center scientists is projected to exceed forecasted goals by 15 percent or $1.3 million. The Center receives grants and contracts from federal and state research agencies, private sector companies, and foundations and individuals.

“The fact that we are projected to exceed the 2008 grant and contract goals established in 2004 by a substantial percentage is a clear indication that granting agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and others are confident of the capabilities and high-quality research of the Danforth Center,” said Danforth Center President Dr. Roger N. Beachy. “When the grant and contract goals were established with the Board of Trustees in 2004, I thought the goals were ambitious, so exceeding the 2008 goal by 15 percent is very promising for future research at the Center. I am proud of our scientists, and their commitment to excellence.”

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