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Annual Gala
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Join us for an evening of fine food, live music, networking, and a silent auction to benefit miSci. Purchase tickets online or call miSci Director of Development Carmel Patrick 518-382-7890 x 250 for tickets and more information.



Date(s): 
Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 6pm - 8:30pm

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Dudley Night Sky Adventure: Saturn at Opposition & Summer Sky
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Discover Saturn when it is at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. The Dudley Observatory, miSci and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers are teaming up to offer monthly Night Sky Adventures at miSci to give all who are interested, an opportunity to practice their observational astronomy skills.  Lead by Astronomy Educator, Megan Norris and volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, we’ll practice identifying stars, constellations and dark sky objects both through scopes (weather permitting) and in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Rain or shine.

$3 per person; $5 per family




Date(s): 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @ 7pm - 8:30pm

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Invention Convention Awards Ceremony
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Families and educators join in a celebration of the top 100 student inventor semi-finalists! Enjoy time to look at all of the inventions and the museum before the ceremony. If you have questions about the ceremony, please email elizabeth.hoffman@misci.org or call 518-382-7890 x 256.

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Date(s): 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 5:30pm - 7pm

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Invention Convention Exhibit Opens
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Invention Convention is an annual statewide competition for Capital District students, grades K through 8, who submit an original idea to solve a problem they have encountered in their lives. Be inspired! See the top 100 student inventions on display through May 21.

Free with admission

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Little Wonders of Science: Disney's Big Hero 6 I Am Baymax
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Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science with an educator reading of Disney’s Big Hero 6: I Am Baymax, hands-on science, and fun! Space is limited. (Cut off is one day before program date.) Register with the online sign up option below or call 518.382.7890 x 237 to register today!

Free with admission

Sponsored in part by

Charles L. Touhey Foundation

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Date(s): 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 11am - 12pm
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 11am - 12pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 11am - 12pm
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 9:30am - 10:30am

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Little Wonders Special Planetarium Show
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Enjoy a special showing of our planetarium show geared especially for young audiences at this first-visit planetarium show for preschool audiences.

Admission plus $5



Date(s): 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 10:30am - 11am
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 10:30am - 11am

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Memorial Day at miSci
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miSci is open 9am to 5pm Memorial Day, Monday, May 25: Explore Making Sense of Sound, from San Francisco’s Exploratorium before it closes June 7; MRI: Examining the Human Body and more interactive exhibits; planetarium shows at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm; demos & more!

Activities, Demos, Exhibits free with admission; add $5 for Planetarium





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Science Discovery Demos: Sound Waves
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Discover hands-on fun with Making Sense of Sound from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, and then explore sound waves at this educator-led science demo.

Free with admission




Date(s): 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 12:30pm - 1pm

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Science Zone - Robot: Human vs. Robot
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Explore the differences between humans and robots, such as emotions and facial recognition, at this educator-led activity.

Free with admission




Date(s): 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

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Science Zone - Robots: 3D Printing
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Observe a 3D printer at work and identify the steps that need to be automated for it to operate at this educator-led activity.

Free with admission



Date(s): 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

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Science Zone - Robots: Race a Bristle Bot!
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Assemble and play with bristle bots and see which bot makes it to the finish line faster at this educator-led activity.

Free with admission



Date(s): 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

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Science Zone - Robots: Robot Materials
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Examine the properties of the materials used to make robots at this educator-led activity.

Free with admission




Date(s): 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30PM
Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 1PM - 2:30PM

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Science Zone - Robots: Robot Prototypes
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Learn about the design process as you brainstorm, plan, and prototype your own robot at this educator-led activity.

Free with admission




Date(s): 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

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Spaceflight & the Human Body: Can Humans Survive the Trip to Mars?
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Explore the human factor involved in long duration spaceflight with NASA experts, Dr. John Charles from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Dr. Heidi DeBlock from Albany Medical Center and NASA’s Cardiovascular Lab at JSC. Free with admission.

Dr. John Charles
· Lead project scientist for the NASA Space & Life Sciences Directorate at JSC
· Bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Ohio State University
· PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky
· Lead scientist,
One Year International Space Station Mission

Dr. Heidi DeBlock
· Critical care attending physician at Albany Medical Center
· Associate Professor of Surgery & Anesthesiology at Albany Medical College
· Visiting research scientist at NASA’s Cardiovascular Laboratory since 1990
· Bachelor’s degree in physics/astronomy from the University of Rochester
· MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo



Date(s): 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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