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92-year-old Slingerlands Woman Donates Lifetime Collection of Rocks & Minerals to miSci
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July 17, 2015

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92-year-old Slingerlands Woman Donates Lifetime Collection of Rocks & Minerals to miSci
Part of Bertha Kotlow’s Collection featured in new EARTH EXPOSED exhibit

Ninety-two-year-old Slingerlands resident Bertha Kotlow has donated her lifetime collection of 2,500 minerals and 600 vials of sand to miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, allowing generations to come to discover her precious specimens and share in her enjoyment what she refers to as “Earth’s treasures.” A small sample of the collection was recently installed as part of miSci’s new exhibit, EARTH EXPOSED: Discover Our Planet’s Hidden Secrets and additional minerals complement miSci’s existing New York State mineral collection, which is also currently on display.

“The rocks and minerals have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I can’t remember when I didn’t have them,” Kotlow said of her passion. “I’ve loved and enjoyed them my whole life, and now I am glad that others will have the chance to enjoy them, too.”

Finding an unusual rock near her driveway in Albany ignited Bertha Kotlow’s life-long passion to collect rocks and minerals. That initial discovery led to her collecting first local quartz, pyrite and fossils, and later collecting interesting minerals from around the world. In 1994, a gift of sand led to a new passion: collecting sand from around the world; she collected more than 600 vials of sand. While all sand consists primarily of either silica or quartz, there is a great variety in sand, and a specialty within geology, sedimentology, which focuses on sand.

“We are honored to be chosen by Bertha Kotlow as the new home for her rock and mineral collection and the chance to bring this significant resource to the capital region,” said miSci Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions Chris Hunter. “We thank Bertha and the Kotlow family for this special collection and the chance to showcase it alongside our other high-quality, engaging exhibits.”

The miSci rock and mineral collection began in 1935 with a donation of Schoharie Valley fossils from Dr. Vincent Schaefer and the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club. The collection expanded over the years to over 2,000 minerals and 3,000 fossils, assembled by a team of volunteer curators, including Betty Phillips and Bobette Rowley. The collection expanded in 2015 with the donation of the Bertha Kotlow collection, bringing the total collection size to 8,000 specimens. The collection features hundreds of New York State minerals, as well as rare minerals from around the world and more than 300 fluorescent minerals. miSci’s fossils collection has a strong representation from the Devonian era (400 million years ago), primarily from Schoharie and Albany counties.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. miSci houses the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region, a state-of the-art STEM teaching tool which offers simulated space missions to school classes, community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, camp-ins, private parties and team building events. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Sense-Able Science Offered Last Sunday of the Month, Starting June 28
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June 25, 2015
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 Sense-Able Science Offered June 28 at miSci
NEW Sensory Friendly Science Center Experience for those with Autism
and Other Sensory Needs

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, are partnering to offer Sense-Able Science, a sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the last Sunday of each month beginning Sunday, June 28.

Sense-Able Science at miSci is a sensory friendly experience for families to visit the region’s science center with a loved one with autism on Sunday, June 28 and on the last Sunday of each month. The museum will open early at 10:00 a.m.; visitors are welcome to stay longer after the museum officially opens at 12:00 p.m.

“As the region’s science center, we want to be accessible to everyone,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “Partnering with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region and Schenectady ARC for Sense-Able Science allows us to offer a high-quality experience at the science center tailored specifically for those with autism and other sensory needs.”

“The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region is grateful to have the opportunity to bring a sensory accessible program to our community. miSci is a beloved family destination that will now support the special needs of families who have a child with autism and allow them to experience this wonderful venue,” said Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region.

“Opening new doors and new experiences for families is one of the best services we can provide to the community. Sense-Able Science is a wonderful opportunity to engage individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and capture their incredible desire to explore the sciences,” said Kirk M. Lewis, Executive Director of Schenectady ARC.

Staff at miSci have received training by the Autism Society, which will enable them to be prepared for this special group of visitors. Visual support will be available at the museum to help participants enjoy the exhibits, and social narratives are available on the miSci website to help families be prepared for their miSci experience. A separate space with bean bags and quiet activities will be available for anyone needing a sensory break. Ear plugs will also be available to help with noise stimulation.

Additional support for Sense-Able Science is provided by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission to Sense-Able Science at miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults. Tickets for Sense-Able Science can be reserved through the Autism Society by calling (518) 355-2191; tickets can also be purchased at miSci on Sense-Able Science days. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. miSci houses the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region, a state-of the-art STEM teaching tool which offers simulated space missions to school classes, community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, camp-ins, private parties and team building events. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid. For more information, visit www.misci.org.

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miSci Announces Summer Planetarium Show Schedule
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June 22, 2015
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miSci Announces Summer Planetarium Show Schedule
NEW Immersive Shows Every Hour, Every Day, All Summer
Beginning June 24

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will offer a new planetarium show schedule beginning June 24 with shows every hour, every day, all summer including Earth’s Wild Ride, a great companion to the science center’s new exhibit EARTH EXPOSED: Discover Our Planet’s Hidden Secrets from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Shows powered by a newly installed projector providing an immersive experience in the recently renovated planetarium’s theater-like setting.

miSci is offering the following planetarium show schedule every day this summer beginning June  24 (please note that shows begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays); all shows include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

10:00 a.m. Little Wonders Star Show
Discover the wonders of the night sky at an introductory planetarium show designed especially for our youngest audiences.

11:00 a.m. We Choose Space
Take a trip to the International Space Station and help explore our universe! Discover real adventures for everyone who dreams of space and wonder about human spaceflight.

12:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride
Explore the Earth as you’ve never done before! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, and more on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.

1:00 pm: Little Wonders Star Show

2:00 pm: We Choose Space

3:00 pm: Night of the Swan
Celebrate summer and explore Cygnus, the swan, a constellation visible in the summer night sky at this fun and informative live exploration of the planets, stars and constellations in the summer night sky. 

4:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride

Planetarium shows are powered by a recently installed high definition, full-dome, computerized projector alongside the planetarium’s existing GOTO Chronos Star Machine, a state-of-the-art teaching tool, which allows visitors to see 8,500 stars, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. The GOTO Chronos can show the sky from any location on Earth and any place in the solar system; simulate the roll, pitch and yaw that astronauts experience on a space flight; and show the sky, for any point, 99,999 years in the past or the future.

The Planetarium at miSci is powered by the new projector and the GOTO Chronos Star Machine, a state-of-the-art teaching tool, which allows visitors to see 8,500 stars, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. The GOTO Chronos can show the sky from any location on Earth and any place in the solar system; simulate the roll, pitch and yaw that astronauts experience on a space flight; and show the sky, for any point, 99,999 years in the past or the future.

An official NASA Space Place since 2005, the Planetarium at miSci welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors annually. In addition to offering a full schedule of public planetarium shows, miSci also offers planetarium specially designed shows for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through college for visiting school, scout and community groups. The Planetarium is a popular spot during miSci’s quarterly after hours special evening events and is also available for private rentals, during which it has been used as the setting or wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations.

miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, April 5. Admission to miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults; add $5 for a Planetarium Show.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. miSci houses the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region, a state-of the-art STEM teaching tool which offers simulated space missions to school classes, community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, camp-ins, private parties and team building events.  In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid. For more information, visit www.misci.org.

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Invention Convention 2015 Reception & Awards Ceremony Held at miSci May 21
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May 22, 2015
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Invention Convention 2015 Reception & Awards Ceremony Held at miSci May 21
25 Finalists Announced

 A reception and awards ceremony for Invention Convention 2015 was held May 21 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, during which 100 student inventors were celebrated as semi-finalists, and 25 students were announced as finalists. From a Sun Block Roller to a Suction Cup Dust Pan to a Flea Meds Dog Brush, the inventions were chosen from 1,174 submissions representing 41 schools around the Capital Region.

Invention Convention is an annual student invention competition open to Capital District students from grades K through eight from public, private and home schools from as far south as New York City and as far north as Glens Falls. Students were invited to submit a proposal of an original idea for a device or a method for solving a problem that can occur in the environment, in technology or industry, in the classroom, home or during leisure time activities. A volunteer team of GE scientists and patent lawyers, along with other professionals from the community evaluated the submissions and chose the top 100 entries and the 25 finalists.

“miSci is proud to collaborate with area schools, GE and other corporate supporters to offer Invention Convention. What fascinates me is that students usually seek solutions to problems that they face in their everyday lives, a sound way for them to understand real-world applications of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “As the region’s science center, miSci welcomes Invention Convention is an important annual initiative.”

Guest speaker at this year’s ceremony was GE Global Research optical engineer Mark Cheverton, who will deliver a talk on How I Mine My Mind to Create Something New. After teaching high school math and physics 15 years, Cheverton came to GE, conducting research in machine vision, holography, system integration, and process monitoring for 3D printing of metals and plastics

A GE scientist or engineer is annually selected to be the Invention Convention keynote speaker as one of the many ways the company collaborates with miSci on this initiative. Since its inception in 1997, GE has supported Invention Convention with $90,000 in funding and more than 700 volunteers who serve as judges, school visitors and core planning team members. 

“GE has been proud to sponsor Invention Convention since its inception. We know that when children are encouraged to engage in science and technology from an early age, that sets the stage for a bright future, whether in science or a related STEM field,” said Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE. “That’s the foundation that Invention Convention provides for our up-and-coming scientists.”

The following are Invention Convention 2015 supporters: GE; M & T Bank; Neil • Jane  William • Estelle Golub Family Foundation, Inc.; Price Chopper; Quirky; 1st Playable Productions, LLC; Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association; Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, PC; Hoffman Warnick LLC; McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C.; New York State United Teachers, and Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.

2015 Invention Convention Finalists
Mack Morley, Brown School, The Beeper Faucet
Marissa Gardella, Cairo Durham Elementary, The Taco Topper Ferris Wheel
Veronica Stack, St. Mary's School of Waterford, Easily Made Low Voltage Battery For Third World Use
Sydney Swedish, St. Mary's School of Waterford, Eco Cup
Kaida Brown,North Warren Central School, Diemond
Frankie DeCrescenzo, Ballard Elementary, Velcro Blanket
Otis McCarthy, Ballard Elementary, Flea Meds Brush
Rori Novack, Ballard Elementary, The Happy Crab
Brian Miller, St. Mary's School of Waterford, 2 in 1 Pro Scissors
Emily Powers, Granville Central School, Desk Organizer
Jacob Riberdy, St. Mary's School of Waterford, Fresh Water Dog Dish
Charles Barnett, Brown School, Tipless Food Bowl
Jenna Lester, Draper Middle School, Massaging Jacket
Katie Roche, Acadia Middle School, Booklight Glasses
Lauren Davis, Oliver W. Winch Middle School, Pet Steps
Ashley Shields, Acadia Middle School, Ice Tape
Caitlin Doyle, Ballston Spa Middle School, Get a Grip! String Instruments Bow Grip Caps
Quinn Toomey, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District, Puzzle Table
Cerenity Sedgwick, Scotia-Glenville Middle School, Carababy-alarm
Katie Gargano, Acadia Middle School, Got Mail!
Bryan Burke, Brown School, Inst-Tune Cello
Lauren Willis, Oliver W. Winch Middle School, Adjustable Brush Extender
Matthew Van Dusen, Acadia Middle School, Page Pedal
Christian Pari, Oliver W. Winch Middle School, Eco Friendly Pizza Box
Elonne Pisacane, Oliver W. Winch Middle Schoo, Radar Gloves

2015 Invention Convention Semifinalists

Carsten Renken, The Trash Can Crusher, The Albany Academy
Andrew Nguyen, The Alerter, Acadia Middle School
April Styczynski, The Keepout!, Acadia Middle School
Ava Carioto, Sun Block Roller, Acadia Middle School
Katie Roche, Booklight Glasses, Acadia Middle School
Ashley Shields, Ice Tape, Acadia Middle School
Madison Wronowski, H2O Sensor, Acadia Middle School
Katie Gargano, Got Mail!, Acadia Middle School
Matthew Van Dusen, Page Pedal, Acadia Middle School
Jesse Ferraioli, Select A Spine Binder System, Acadia Middle School
Mia Benincasa, Doggy Flippers, Ballard Elementary
Connor Basile, Ketchup Pusher, Ballard Elementary
Rori Novack, The Happy Crab, Ballard Elementary
Nathan DeLancy, Hearing, Ballard Elementary
Frankie DeCrescenzo, Velcro Blanket, Ballard Elementary
Sophia Camacho, The Bendi-Board, Ballard Elementary
Vinny Cooper, Suction Cup Dust Pan, Ballard Elementary
Peyton Viger, The Brainy Basketball, Ballard Elementary
Leila Hassan, Cap-Stick Can, Ballard Elementary
Grace Hughes, Bagometer, Ballard Elementary
Otis McCarthy, Flea Meds Brush, Ballard Elementary
Cameron James, Sign Language Traslater App, Ballard Elementary
Gavin Spratt, The Presto Cap, Ballard Rd. Elementary
Caitlin Doyle, Get a Grip! String Instruments Bow Grip Caps, Ballston Spa Middle School
Katelyn Hilko, Cut worm cup, Ballston Spa Middle School
Kathryn Burns, Decontaminaton Station, Ballston Spa Middle School
Emily Dudka, Two Sided jar, Ballston Spa Middle School
Renee Zieske, Glow Screen Protecto, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School
Kelsie Apicelli, The Clob, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School
Caleb  Schrader, Grocery Grabber, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School
Quinn Toomey, Puzzle Table, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School
Ezeke Pulliam, Lawn Planter, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School
Mack Morley, The Beeper Faucet, Brown School
Samantha Humphrey, The Helping Hat, Brown School
Eva Sterthous, Finger Warmers, Brown School
Charles Barnett, Tipless Food Bowl, Brown School
Ellie Gallagher, Coolie Gloves, Brown School
Frances Marino, Lead Canister, Brown School
Henry Smith, Bike Signaler, Brown School
Bryan Burke, Inst-Tune Cello, Brown School
Thomas Rohan, Grip-EZ,  Cairo Durham Elementary
Olivia MacGiffert, The Water Bottle Saver, Cairo Durham Elementary
Marissa Gardella, The Taco Topper Ferris Wheel, Cairo Durham Elementary
Mackenzie Babcock, The Treat Treadmill, Doane Stuart
Willow Dorr, The Spray Brush, Doane Stuart
Ashton Lebed, Shock Doctor Battery Gloves, Dorothy Nolan Elementary
Skyler Trapp, Syrup Stopper, Dorothy Nolan Elementary
Sophia Clute, Interlocking Tap Dance Boards, Dorothy Nolan Elementary
Schuyler Eddy, Soccer Trainer, Dorothy Nolan Elementary
Ashley Peretta, SuperWhole Pool Skimmer, Draper Middle School
Halina King, Piggy Bank Calculator, Draper Middle School
Zachary Esposito, iSleep Feature, Draper Middle School
Jenna  Leste, Massaging Jacket, Draper Middle School
Alyssa Hamblet, The Finish it all, Draper Middle School
Tianna Harris, The Massgae Pack, Draper Middle School
Jack Dorna, Happy Head, Fort Ann Central School
Kira Davenort, Clip-on Snow Fun, Gordon Creek Elementary
Lauren Jesmain, Hair Tree, Gordon Creek Elementary
Emily Powers, Desk Organizer, Granville Central School
Madeline Gorey, Performers Page Pal, Lake George Elementary
Elena Laflen, Waterproof Doll Purse, Loudonville Christian School
Zachary Baskin, The Record-a-clock, Malta Ave. Elementary
Sophie Miller, The Storage Brush, Malta Ave. Elementary
Delia Tower, The Jelly Fish Hook, Malta Ave. Elementary
Marissa  Moryl, The Bus Tracker 3000, Malta Ave. Elementary
Kayla Monty, Light Up Bottler, Milton Terrace North Elementary
Lee McKinley, Solar  Clothes, Milton Terrace North Elementary
Kaida Brown, Diemond, North Warren Central School
Elisabeth Hutter, Pup Shield, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Brian Hockford, Scootboard, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Logan Carruthers, The Light Up Slippers, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Josh Sanders, Pencil Sticker Upper, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Jayden DeRush, Heated Shovel, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Ava Alden, Study-Bot, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Elonne Pisacane, Radar Gloves, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Avery Willis, The Porta Projector, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Witt Patton, The Clicker, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Dylan Anselment, Super-Soom, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Qwin Pisacane, Super Strawberry Slicer, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Linnea Primeau, The Scent-a pillow, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Bianca Christine Mallette, Leisure Leafer, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Lauren Davis, Pet Steps, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Anna Biddiscombe, Ice Defeator, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Ethan Harrington, Harrington's Hot Handle Shovel, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Cheyenne    Winchell    Locker gate    Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Christopher Baker, I Got Your Rake, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Christian Paris, Eco Friendly Pizza Box, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Lauren Willis, Adjustable Brush Extender, Oliver W. Winch Middle School
Cerenity Sedgwick, Carababy-alarm, Scotia-Glenville Middle School
Marisa Wettig, Clean Case, St. Mary's Ballston Spa
Samantha Drake, The Hoodie Back Pack, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Sydney Swedish, Eco Cup, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Veronica Stack, Easily Made Low Voltage Battery For Third World Use, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Taylor Aurelia, Healthy Smile, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Brian Miller, 2 in 1 Pro Scissors, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Jacob Riberdy, Fresh Water Dog Dish, St. Mary's School of Waterford
Liam Melchior, Floating Goggles, Westmere Elementary
Lauren Wodsinski, The Rechargeable Remote, Wood Road Elementary
Emma Gurwitz, Spill Catcher, Wood Road Elementary
Marina Tchako-Taiko, Vel Pad, Zoller Elementary


miSci to Participate in Blue Star Museums
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May 20, 2015
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miSci to Participate in Blue Star Museums

Free Admission to Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Families Memorial Day to Labor Day

The Museum of Innovation and Science, miSci, announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“miSci is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums program again this summer. We’re proud to provide this well-deserved recognition for our country’s service members. ” said miSci President Mac Sudduth.

Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, the Duluth Children’s Museum in Minnesota, The Space Station Museum in Novato, California, and The Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. miSci houses the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region, a state-of the-art STEM teaching tool which offers simulated space missions to school classes, community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, camp-ins, private parties and team building events. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid. For more information, visit www.misci.org.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families (BSF) is a national, nonprofit network by and for military families from all ranks and services, including active duty, National Guard and reserves. As the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the country, Blue Star Families forges extraordinary partnerships resulting in 1.5 million military family members served annually through programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas. BSF has also activated more than 26 million hours of community service to build leaders within and strengthen the military community, and connected Americans with their military. To learn more about Blue Star Families' opportunities for service members, military families, and civilians, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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Challenger Learning Center Opens at miSci
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May 14, 2015
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Challenger Learning Center Opens at miSci

 The region’s science center is expanding its offerings again – adding missions to space – as miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, opens the Challenger Learning Center, a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience, in a completely renovated wing of the science center.

“We are excited to see the opening of the Challenger Learning Center at miSci. miSci continues to grow as a powerful and unique educational resource for Schenectady,” said Mayor Gary McCarthy. “This attraction joins the many great Schenectady destinations such as Proctors, Schenectady Light Opera Company, and more, that draw visitors from throughout the Capital Region and beyond.”

The presence of the Challenger Learning Center at miSci, the region’s award-winning STEM resource, will draw more visitors from throughout the region, eastern Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and areas north to the Canadian border and is another sign of Schenectady’s revitalization.

“For several years, Schenectady leaders and local supporters worked tirelessly to open the doors of this local Challenger Learning Center. This type of passion and determination are characteristics of a community committed to education and the success of its students,” said Dr. Lance Bush, president and CEO, Challenger Center. “We are thrilled to welcome the Challenger Learning Center at miSci to our network of global Challenger Learning Centers.”

Based on NASA astronaut training, the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region at miSci allows participants to be part of a crew of engineers and scientists in simulated space missions in an innovative learning environment. Students become part of a team performing the mission – essential tasks that astronauts, scientists, and engineers execute for mission success. They work onboard the spacecraft to conduct critical experiments and activities and in mission control to monitor and guide the spacecraft crew.

“The Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady has been an invaluable institution in our community for more than 80 years and the new Challenger Learning Center is an exciting addition. This will be a unique learning experience that ensures the museum continues to be a regional destination for hands-on learning that is both interesting and fun for children,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “With my background in engineering, I am a proud advocate for the STEM principles promoted by the Challenger Learning Center, and I remain committed to my strong partnership with miSci as they continue to enrich the lives of families and children across the region.”

Missions rely on active teamwork, critical thinking, and inquiry-based problem solving. In addition to being a refreshing departure from classroom lessons, missions are Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core aligned.

“Capital Region BOCES is pleased to be a partner in the Challenger Learning Center at miSci. We see the CLC as a tremendous opportunity to bring STEM education to children of all ages in a highly engaging, project-based learning format. The more we can expose the students to STEM at an early age, the more opportunity they will have to follow an education path toward more STEM classes and hopefully a STEM career,” said Charles S. Dedrick, Ed. D., CEO and district superintendent, Capital Region BOCES.

The first school missions begin May 18 with a class of sixth grade students from Lincoln Elementary School in Schenectady. Before the end of the school year, sixth grade students from all schools in the Schenectady City School District will visit miSci for a Challenger Learning Center mission, a planetarium show, and more STEM-related activities with a chance to explore all of the science center’s interactive exhibits. Funding for the district’s sixth grade student Challenger Learning Center missions has been provided in part by a $125,000 grant from The Schenectady Foundation.

“We are pleased and excited about the launch of the Challenger Learning Center, especially since it is right here in our backyard. This presents a great opportunity for our students as it provides additional exposure to science, technology, engineering and math and provides unique opportunities for teaching and learning. We are extremely grateful that Schenectady students have the opportunity to participate in this exciting program,” said Larry Spring, superintendent of the Schenectady City School District.

Opening the Challenger Learning Center is the most recent move for the region’s dynamic science center. This initiative follows a recent planetarium renovation involving new seats and carpeting and a new projector that provides a more immersive experience and precedes the installation next month of “Earth Exposed: Discover Our Planet’s Hidden Secrets” from San Francisco’s Exploratorium.

The new Challenger Learning Center occupies 2,500 square feet and is comprised of four distinct areas: a briefing room, mission control, a transporter, and a space station. The Challenger Learning Center board established a connection with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture Associate Dean Mark Mistur to design the project; community philanthropist and miSci benefactor Neil Golub established a partnership between miSci and Rensselaer School of Architecture. Construction, which started in December 2014, was completed by Duncan and Cahill, Inc. of Troy.

                “As the region’s preeminent science center, miSci is proud to add the Challenger LearningCenter of the Capital Region and simulated space missions to our existing high quality STEM programming,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “We follow in the footsteps of the brave astronauts of the Challenger as we work every day to inspire Capital Region students and get them to dream of bigger things for themselves and the world around us. The community leaders who brought the CLC to fruition – especially the Golub and Apkarian families – should be applauded for leading the way to bring the CLC to miSci and for helping many future generations have these opportunities.”

The Challenger Learning Center was completed under the direction of Sudduth, through the dedication of the Challenger Learning Center of the Greater Capital Region Board of Directors and miSci Board of Trustees, and through the leadership and generosity Golub, executive chairman of the board, Price Chopper Supermarkets.

“Jane and I are delighted to see the Challenger Learning Center come to fruition at miSci. It has been a long time coming but we have made Schenectady a center for STEM education for students throughout Upstate New York and beyond. miSci and CLC are another cornerstone piece in the revitalization of Schenectady and we’re proud to have played a part in this really neat achievement,” said Golub.

Major funders for the Challenger Learning Center include Neil and Jane Golub, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Betty and David Apkarian and Friends, The Schenectady Foundation, George Hearst and the Times Union, Fenimore Asset Management, and the Wright Family Foundation.

“Congratulations to Neil Golub and the team at miSci on the opening of the Challenger Learning Center. This will be a great new attraction in downtown Schenectady,” said Ray Gillen, chair of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.

“The Apkarian family, in honor of Harry Apkarian, is pleased to support the Challenger Learning Center,” said David and Betty and Apkarian. “This center will be a vital part of educating our youth for the future. Harry was very passionate about technology, education and Schenectady. This center is an important representation of Harry’s passions and we are honored to be part of it.”

Additional support was provided by the New York State Senate through the efforts of Senator Hugh T. Farley and through a consolidated funding application grant from the State of New York.

Farley said, “I was pleased to be an early supporter of the effort to bring a Challenger Learning Center to Schenectady, and was able to obtain two state grants to help secure the necessary charter and undertake the necessary plans and studies. The Challenger Learning Center will offer a valuable and exciting learning experience for children. It will be a tremendous asset to Schenectady and the Capital Region, and it will also supplement and enhance the Museum of Innovation and Science, which is a treasured institution in the region.”

Missions at miSci are available for pre-kindergarten to college age students. Additionally, missions are also available for community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, or as part of a camp-in or other private party or team-building event. To book a mission, call (518) 382-7890, ext. 237.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont.

In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid. For more information, visit www.misci.org

About Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center)

As a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its international network of Challenger Learning Centers use space simulations to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. Centers reach hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51-L: Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith. Learn more about Challenger Center at www.challenger.org and connect with us on facebook.com/challengerctr, twitter.com/challengerctr and youtube.com/ccsse.

miSci Kicks Off Earth Day 2015 Week with Unveiling of ChargePoint Electric Vehicle Charging Station
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For Immediate Release
April 20, 2015
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miSci Kicks Off Earth Day 2015 Week with Unveiling of ChargePoint Electric Car Charging Station

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, kicks off Earth Day 2015 Week with the official unveiling of a ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station at the museum in downtown Schenectady. Part of  ChargePoint’s initiative to provide an infrastructure of electric vehicle charging stations throughout New York State, many of which will be in the National Grid service area, the station provides a benefit for miSci visitors and is also an extension of the science and technology on exhibit in the region’s science center.

National Grid officials and Assembymember Angelo Santabarbara joined miSci officials April 20 to officially unveil the new charging station, which is located at the parking lot entrance at the science center on Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Charging is free and can be activated using a ChargePoint card or mobile app. Several types of electric cars have already charged at the station, including the plug-in Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and Smart ED.

“miSci is grateful to National Grid for providing the new electric car charging station to serve the increasing number of visitors and employees who drive electric or hybrid cars,” miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth said. “In addition to providing a benefit for our visitors, the charging exemplifies the science and technology on exhibit in the region’s science center.”

The station is a real-life application of Fueling the Future, miSci’s alternative energy exhibit that includes the 1978 GE-100 electric car, an 1971 Electrak electric tractor, and a charging station dating from 1910, when there were nearly as many electric cars as gas cars on the road.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is pleased with the installation of the new charging station at miSci.

“Since my time with the County Legislature, I have continued to support commonsense initiatives that will help us save energy, money and the environment. miSci has always promoted a brighter tomorrow and I’m proud to be a part of their effort to expand access to 21st century energy resources," said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who is a member of the Assembly Committee on Energy.

Bill Flaherty, regional executive of National Grid’s Eastern New York division, is also pleased with upstate New York’s most recent station additions.  “Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around,” he explains. “They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. At National Grid, we’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers, and pleased to help make it happen across New York State in collaboration with our partners.”

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com.  Follow us on Twitter (@nationalgridus), Watch us on You Tube (www.youtube.com/nationalgrid?gl=GB&user=nationalgrid), Friend us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nationalgrid).

About ChargePoint

Recognized as the worldwide leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently-owned EV charging stations in the world – operating in more than a dozen countries with more than 12,000 charging locations.  Every 15 seconds someone connects their vehicle to a ChargePoint station.

ChargePoint’s best-in-class hardware – as well as hardware from other manufacturers – is connected to ChargePoint's cloud–based software. This innovative platform provides charging station owners with the control and data they need and want to optimize their charging operations, including billing, access control, and remote driver support. Station owners can monitor and track charging station usage and costs, create pricing structures for charging services, and reward driver loyalty.

ChargePoint provides a free mobile application with real-time data that allows drivers to locate and navigate to unoccupied charging stations. Drivers can also track their charging status and usage, as well as their greenhouse gas and fuel savings. Over 60 percent of all publicly-accessible networked EV charging stations are ChargePoint stations or run on the ChargePoint network, and nearly 40 percent of all EV drivers are ChargePoint members. By initiating 2.5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint consumers have saved three million gallons of gasoline and avoided 46 million pounds of CO2 emissions. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.

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miSci Receives $15,000 to Bring GSK Science in the Summer™ to Region
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March 30, 2015
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miSci to Bring New Summer Chemistry Program to Region as One of Only 12 New Sites in the Nation: $15,000 Award for GSK Science in the Summer
Chemistry Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Incorporated, Jewish Community Center & Schenectady County Libraries

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) has been selected as one of only 12 new sites in the nation to host GSK Science in the Summer and has been awarded $15,000 to host summer chemistry programs throughout the capital region at Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Incorporated, the Schenectady Jewish Community center, and the Schenectady County Public Library branches with specially trained miSci educators delivering hands-on chemistry curriculum.

“We are honored to be chosen as one of only 12 new sites in the nation to host GSK Science in the Summer™ and bring this new program to the capital region,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “We thank GSK and AAAS for the opportunity to provide high-quality, engaging STEM programs for area youth.”

The national program, which is sponsored by GSK, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and hosted by leading museums/science centers across the country, will teach elementary students the wonders of chemistry through fun, free, hands-on classes. The classes are open to students entering second through sixth grade, separated into two levels based on age group. GSK Science in the Summer™ encourages elementary students to get involved in STEM learning, while mitigating the effects of summer learning loss.

GSK Science in the Summer seeks to combine the positive effects of STEM learning, hands-on activities and summer academic engagement through stimulating coursework and exciting activities. In the GSK Science in the Summer chemistry curriculum, students learn the basics of chemistry through hands-on experiments. Young scientists will learn what matter is and that it is not always the same. They will observe physical and chemical changes with fun experiments like turning pennies golden, making crystals, and watching popcorn “dance.” Students also will decide if substances are acids, bases, or neutrals by using litmus and pH papers and a universal indicator.

Launched in Philadelphia 30 years ago and successfully operating in a handful of East Coast locations, GSK Science in the Summer™ is going national by expanding to 12 additional locations this summer, including miSci: Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Museum of Discovery & Science in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Science Central in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, Louisiana; Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota; Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri; SCIWORKS, The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio; Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon; North Museum of Nature & Science in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, and engineering for the benefit of all people. For further information, please visit www.aaas.org/.

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS, or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/). 

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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April Break @ miSci: Butterflies, Mars, the Stars, NanoDays & More
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For immediate release
March 23, 2015
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Butterflies, Mars, the Stars, NanoDays & More:
miSci Announces April School Break Activities 

 

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will offer visitors a chance to explore science during the upcoming School Break: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 and Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12 with Butterflies, an indoor butterfly house, new shows in the renovated planetarium: Two Small Pieces of Glass, The Mars Show, and Night of the Lion, and NanoDays programming on April 3 & 4. Visitors will also enjoy Making Sense of Sound, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; MRI: Examining the Human Body; Fueling the Future; and more. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday & Saturday, closed Easter Sunday, April 5, and open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, April 12.

Visitors can explore spring with brilliantly colored native butterflies at Butterflies, miSci’s new indoor butterfly house. See Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci re-creates their habitat – the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies, and learn about how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside your own home.

Visitors will also enjoy Making Sense of Sound, an interactive exhibit of hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. With more than 30 interactive exhibits, experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the
ways we perceive it, and how we listen. Making Sense of Sound at miSci is presented through the generosity
of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

In addition to Butterflies and Making Sense of Sound, miSci is offering Planetarium Shows each day during break week (please note Planetarium Shows start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday):

10:00 am Young Audience Planetarium Show
Explore the sights and sounds of the night sky with an introductory program created especially for young audiences. Best for ages 3-7.

11:00 am Two Small Pieces of Glass
Explore the history of the telescope from Galileo's use of two small pieces of glass to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Experience the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. While looking through the astronomer's telescope, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies, and learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble, and many others.

12:00 pm: The Mars Show
Discover the Red Planet in myth, history and modern exploration.  See Mars as we know it today and take a close look at its planetary features.  Narrated by Patrick Stewart of Star Trek.

1:00 pm: Young Audience Planetarium Show

2:00 pm: Two Small Pieces of Glass

3:00 pm: Night of the Lion
Celebrate the start of spring and explore Leo, the lion, a constellation visible in the spring night sky, in this fun and informative live exploration of the planets, stars and constellations in the spring night sky. This show will run at 3pm weekends and school holidays throughout the spring.

4:00 pm: The Mars Show

miSci recently installed a new high definition, full-dome, computerized projector in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which provides a much more immersive experience. Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are also powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. And, all Shows at the miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Visitors can celebrate NanoDays, part of a national week of nanoscale science and engineering, at miSci from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. Explore nanotechnology, an area of science so small you can’t see it! Discover the technology of building things at the atomic level with educator-led demos and hands-on activities. There will also be Science Discovery Demos 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. and hands-on challenges and activities in the Science Zone 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.

Admission to Butterflies, NanoDays, Making Sense of Sound, demos and science activities are free with museum admission; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is closed Easter Sunday, April 5. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass Planetarium Show Opens April 1
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For immediate release
March 19, 2015
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Two Small Pieces of Glass Planetarium Show Opens April 1
NEW High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Show in Renovated Planetarium


Two Small Pieces of Glass,
a new planetarium show about the history of the telescope and how it has impacted astronomy, opens at 2:00 p.m. April 1 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. Powered by the recently installed high definition, full-dome, computerized projector in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, this show will take visitors on a space exploration adventure and immersive experience in the newly renovated planetarium. Two Small Pieces of Glass will be shown at 2:00 p.m. daily and 11:00 a.m. Saturdays; it will be shown at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during April Break Friday, April 3 and Monday through Friday, April 6 – 10.

A show for all ages, Two Small Pieces of Glass lets you explore the history of the telescope from Galileo's use of two small pieces of glass to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Experience the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. While looking through the astronomer's telescope, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies, and learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble, and many others.

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci is powered by the new projector and the GOTO Chronos Star Machine, a state-of-the-art teaching tool, which allows visitors to see 8,500 stars, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. The GOTO Chronos can show the sky from any location on Earth and any place in the solar system; simulate the roll, pitch and yaw that astronauts experience on a space flight; and show the sky, for any point, 99,999 years in the past or the future.

An official NASA Space Place since 2005, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors annually. In addition to offering a full schedule of public planetarium shows, miSci also offers planetarium specially designed shows for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through college for visiting school, scout and community groups. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium is a popular spot during miSci’s quarterly after hours special evening events and is also available for private rentals, during which it has been used as the setting or wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations.

miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, April 5. Admission to miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Receives $2,180 CDLC Grant for Conservation
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For immediate release
March 19, 2015
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miSci Receives$2,180 CDLC Grant for Conservation of 2,000 Science and Technology Books in the miSci Archives

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) has received a $2,180 Capital District Library Council (CDLC) grant to assist with conservation of approximately 2,000 science and technology books in the miSci Archives. This CDLC grant follows a $2,500 CDLC grant in 2014 which assisted with the cataloging and digitization of historic photographs, films, print materials and artifacts, and making them available to the public online through the New York Heritage.

In addition to housing more than 3,500 cubic feet of archival materials and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology, miSci’s Archives includes one of the premier collections on the history of technology and its impact on society. With over 1.6 million images that date from the 1850s to the present, the collection’s strengths are many and include photography and film, radio and television film and images, and materials relating to marketing of consumer products as well as medical, power generation and the turbine. Collections from General Electric and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) give a vivid picture of those companies’ international impact. Audio recordings in the collection include rare radio recordings, Edison wax cylinders, and the Edison tinfoil recording from 1878.

The Capital District Library Council is a regional multi-type library organization serving New York academic, public, school and special libraries and library systems in Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties.

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Receives 3D Printers for NEW Maker Garage, Classes
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For immediate release
March 18, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Receives 4 3D Systems Cube 3D Printers for 3D Printing Programs, Trainings & Activities in National MakerLab Club

NEW Maker Garage & Science Classes for Kids

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, has received four 3D Systems (3DS) Cube 3D printers valued at approximately $1,300 each for a new Maker Garage and 3D printing science classes for kids. miSci joins over 100 libraries and museums around the country providing 3D printing hardware, activities and programs to their communities through the MakerLab Club community.

An initiative of 3D Systems, The American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and the Association of Science and Tech Centers (ASTC), the MakerLab Club is a community of U.S. libraries and museums, committed to democratize making and advance 3D digital literacy. MakerLab Club member libraries and museums received 3D printers courtesy of 3D Systems.

miSci will install the four new 3D printers along with its existing MakerBot printer in a new space on the main gallery floor called the Maker Garage. This new space will be the setting for an April Break Science Workshop on 3D Printing for children in third through sixth grades on from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, April 6. miSci is also offering Exploring 3D Printing, a full-day, week-long class for students entering sixth through twelfth grades from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24. Initially, miSci’s Maker Garage will be used for classes and public programming.

“We thank 3D Systems for sponsoring the MarkerLab Club across the country and for donating the four 3D printers to miSci,” said miSci President Mac Sudduth. “As the region’s science center, we welcome the chance to house the printers alongside our other 3D printer in the new Maker Garage and to use them in our break week and summer classes and public programming.”

The MakerLab Club reflects 3DS’ mission to empower students and institutions via 21st century manufacturing resources and responds to President Obama’s call to action to dramatically expand the number of students that have the opportunity to become makers, and support initiatives to establish maker spaces in public facilities, including in libraries and museums.

“The MakerLab Club aims to support libraries and museums in a number of ways by providing them access to hardware, access to ongoing print materials through exclusive cartridge subscription models, and most importantly connection to each other through best practices and communities.” said Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact, 3DS. “The MakerLab Club wills provide an integrated ecosystem of support to libraries and museums who want to establish or expand MakerSpaces and 3D printing offerings at their facilities.”

“3DS is proud to sponsor the MakerLab Club, giving critical equipment, training, and support to libraries and museums across our country," said Neal Orringer, VP of Partnerships and Alliances, 3D Systems. "Today, libraries and museums are democratizing making in their local communities and reinforcing their position as key centers of the arts, education, and culture.”

Please visit www.miSci.org or call 518-382-7890 x 237 for additional information about miSci’s 3D printing programs or to register for a 3D printing class.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools and an integrated 3D planning and printing digital thread for personalized surgery and patient specific medical devices. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce functional parts and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. Learn more about 3DSystems commitment to education at www.3dsystems.com/education

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Receives $5,000 from J.M. McDonald Foundation for School Break & Summer Class Scholarships
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March 11, 2015
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miSci Receives $5,000 from J.M. McDonald Foundation for
School Break & Summer Class Scholarships

miSci , the Museum of Innovation and Science, has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from the J. M. McDonald Foundation to support the participation of low income students from throughout upstate New York in miSci’s educational programs, through reduced or waived tuition fees for school break or summer classes.

The targeted counties include Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Washington, and Warren.

miSci, is offering hands-on Science Workshops for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade during April school break, Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 2015. A morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and an afternoon workshop (12:30 to 3:30 pm) are offered each day. Kids can choose morning or afternoon -- or both and stay all day. Before and after care are also available each day.

Each workshop focuses on a different topic, including reptiles, 3D printing, DNA, architecture, dinosaurs and more. Tumultuous Earth lets kids explore tornadoes, volcanoes and earthquakes. In Butterflies, kids will investigate camouflage, eye spots and more while visiting a living lab in miSci’s indoor butterfly house, and in Bubbleology, kids will discover light, rainbows and color.

miSci is offering Summer Hands-on Science Classes, week-long, full-day, hands-on fun for kids entering kindergarten through twelfth grade on chemistry, 3-D printing, rockets, robotics, astronomy, and more, including new Space Academy Classes presented by Time Warner Cable in the Challenger Learning Center.

The Summer Hands-on Science Classes and Space Academy Classes have been developed by miSci’s education team to combine fun and learning. The classes focus on a different theme each week. Classes are offered each week beginning the week of July 6 and concluding the week of August 24. Classes run 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Please visit www.miSci.org or call 518-382-7890 x 237 for additional information or to register for a class.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Summer Hands-on Science Classes @ miSci
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For Immediate Release
March 4, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces Summer Hands-on Science Classes
Weeklong Classes for Kids Entering Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade:
 Forensics, Rockets, Robotics & More; Space Academy Classes Presented by Time Warner Cable

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is offering Summer Hands-on Science Classes, week-long, full-day, hands-on fun for children entering kindergarten through twelfth grade with multiple classes each week beginning the week of July 6 and running through the week of August 24, 2015.

Each class focuses on a different topic, including forensics, 3D printing, robotics, rockets, dinosaurs and more. Space Academy: International Space Station lets kids entering sixth through twelfth grade train like an astronaut – including underwater microgravity simulation. Space Academy Classes are presented by Time Warner Cable. In Rocketeers, kids will build and launch their own rockets using chemical reactions, air pressure, water power and solid fuel, and in CSI: Crime Lab Chemistry, kids will investigate and solve crime scene mysteries.

“miSci is a must-see attraction in the Capital Region, with something for everyone, and our Summer Science Classes, including our new Space Academy Classes presented by Time Warner Cable, are just another reason for families with school age children to visit this summer,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth.

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended care options available. Families can send their children for one week or multiple weeks. The cost of one week of summer classes is $220; the cost of one week of Space Academy Classes presented by Time Warner Cable is $250. There is a 10 percent discount for miSci members and for a second child registered from the same family. Before and after care is available at $10 per hour. To register or for more information, please call 518.382.7890 x 237 or visit www.miSci.org.

Class Schedule:

July 6th – July 10th

Space Academy: Crater Kids / Grades K - 2
Explore the moon with miSci’s new Challenger Learning Center.

CSI: Crime Lab Chemistry / Grades 3 - 6

Investigate and solve crime scene mysteries.

July 13th – July 17th

Potion Commotion / Grades K - 2
Discover special concoctions, magic tricks, and optical illusions.

Space Academy: Flight Specialists / Grades 3 - 6
Investigate gravity & explore space in the new Challenger Learning Center.

July 20th - July 24th

Gizmos & Gadgets / Grades K - 2
Create science contraptions that fly, spin, and bounce!

Space Academy: Explore Earth / Grades 3 - 6
Be part of an astronaut crew that repairs satellites, and explore Earth.

Explore 3-D Printing / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how 3-D printing works; find designs and produce them.

July 27th – July 31st

Creepy Crawlies / Grades K - 2
Explore the wild world of insects!

Lego Robotics / Grades 3 - 6
Build and program cool robots with Lego’s newest Mindstorms EV 3 as you work in a team. No experience necessary. Kits available for purchase in miSci’s shop.

Space Academy: International Space Station / Grades 6 - 12
Train like an astronaut — including underwater microgravity simulation.

August 3rd – August 7th

Space Academy: Crater Kids / Grades K - 2
Explore the moon with miSci’s new Challenger Learning Center.

Rocketeers! / Grades 3 - 6
Build & launch your own rockets using chemical reactions, air pressure, water power, and solid fuel. Kits available for purchase in miSci’s shop.

August 10th – August 14th

Wonders of Water / Grades K - 2
Discover water properties and explore water vehicles.

Space Academy: Flight Specialists / Grades 3 - 6
Investigate gravity & explore space in the new Challenger Learning Center.

August 17th – August 21st

Discovering Dinosaurs / Grades K - 2
Uncover prehistoric animals of the past.

Space Academy: Comet Mystery / Grades 3 - 6
Take a space voyage in the Challenger Learning Center to explore a comet.

Explore 3-D Printing / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how 3-D printing works; find designs and produce them.

August 24th – August 28th

Robots / K - 2
Explore robots in fiction and the real world and make your own simple robot.

Lego Robotics / Grades 3 - 6
Build and program cool robots with Lego’s newest Mindstorms EV 3 as you work in a team. No experience necessary. Kits available for purchase in miSci’s shop.

Space Academy: Earth’s Fury / Grades 6 – 12
Explore Earth — including a mission in the new Challenger Learning Center.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Announces April Break Kids\' Science Workshops
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February 24, 2015
Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces April Break Kids’ Science Workshops
Reptiles, 3D Printing, DNA, Architecture, Dinosaurs & More
Half-day Classes for Kindergarten through Sixth grade

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is offering hands-on Science Workshops for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade during April school break, Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 2015. A morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and an afternoon workshop (12:30 to 3:30 pm) are offered each day. Kids can choose morning or afternoon -- or both and stay all day. Before and after care are also available each day.

Each workshop focuses on a different topic, including reptiles, 3D printing, DNA, architecture, dinosaurs and more. Tumultuous Earth lets kids explore tornadoes, volcanoes and earthquakes. In Butterflies, kids will investigate camouflage, eye spots and more while visiting a living lab in miSci’s indoor butterfly house, and in Bubbleology, kids will discover light, rainbows and color.

“miSci is a must-see attraction in the Capital Region, with something for everyone, and our April Break Kids’ Science Workshops are an exciting addition to our existing school year programs and changing exhibits,” said miSci’s President Mac Sudduth.

The cost of each workshop is $20. There is a 10 percent discount for miSci members and for a second child registered from the same family. Before and after care is available at $10 per hour. Registration and prepayment are required. To register or for more information, please call 518.382.7890 x 237 or visit www.miSci.org.

Class Schedule for Grades K – 2:

Friday, April 3
9am - 12pm Light & Color Investigate the wacky world of brilliant colors!
12:30 - 3:30pm Reptiles! Discover what it means to be an ectotherm.

Monday, April 6
9am - 12pm Frozen Science Experiment with ice and dry ice!
12:30 - 3:30pm Balloon Bonanza Explore hot air balloons & more.

Tuesday, April 7

9am - 12p
m Creatures of the Night Discover nocturnal animals!
12:30 - 3:30pm Tumultuous Earth Volcanoes, tornadoes & quakes.

Wednesday, April 8

9am - 12pm Butterflies Investigate camouflage and eye spots.
12:30 - 3:30pm Spring Into Science Explore the changing seasons.

Thursday, April 9
9am - 12pm Things That Go Planes, trains, cars & more!
12:30 - 3:30pm Bubbleology Discover light, rainbows & color.

Friday, April 10
9am - 12pm Dino Discovery Delve into dinosaurs.
12:30 - 3:30pm After the Dinosaurs See what came after the dinos!


Class Schedule for Grades 3 - 6:

Friday, April 3
9am - 12pm Things That Go Engineer things that move!
12:30 - 3:30pm Things That Fly Investigate projectiles & planes.

Monday, April 6
9am - 12pm 3D Printing Discover how 3D products are made.
12:30 - 3:30pm Discovering DNA Explore genetics & extract DNA!.

Tuesday, April 7
9am - 12pm Rockets Blast off! Make your own rockets.
12:30 - 3:30pm Life on Other Planets Investigate exoplanets.

Wednesday, April 8
9am - 12pm Smoke & Mirrors Discover the science behind magic.
12:30 - 3:30pm Amazing Architecture See what it takes to build!

Thursday, April 9

9am - 12pm Crime Lab Become a forensic detective!
12:30 - 3:30pm Lasers & Light Discover how light is used in science.

Friday, April 10

9am - 12pm Tumultuous Earth Volcanoes, tornadoes & quakes.
12:30 - 3:30pm Exploring Space Delve into amazing discoveries!

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in downtown Schenectady. For more information, please visit www.miSci.org or call 518-382-7890.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.


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Escape Winter\'s Chill with Butterflies at miSci: February 14 - April 19
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February 11, 2015
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Escape Winter’s Chill with Butterflies at miSci!
New Exhibit Opens February 14, First Day of School Break
Escape this winter’s snow and cold with a breath of spring! Butterflies, an exhibit of hundreds of native butterflies fluttering about in an indoor butterfly house, opens Saturday, February 14 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. Opening Day activities include new shows in the newly renovated planetarium, optical illusion demos, and anatomy challenges in the Science Zone.

 “People have been asking us all year to bring back the wildly popular Butterflies back to miSci. Visitors see it again and again; it’s quality science that people love at the region’s science center,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “Butterflies are a fun way for visitors to explore science and nature up close during the cold winter months. Appealing to everyone – from students to scientists and strollers to seniors, Butterflies makes miSci a must-see attraction in the Capital Region with something for everyone.”

 Visitors can escape winter’s chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci’s indoor butterfly house. miSci’s butterfly house will be populated by Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails, which visitors can see emerging from pupae in the chrysalis chamber throughout the run of the exhibit. The backdrop of the exhibit is a re-creation of the butterflies’ natural, outdoor habitat with plants and flowers the butterflies need for food – all tended by masterful volunteer gardeners.

 Butterflies opens at miSci opens February 14 and runs through April 19 and is sponsored in part by The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, Solar City, and Freihofers. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, April 5.

 miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. Add $5 for a planetarium show. General admission includes admission to all exhibits including Butterflies, demos and Science Zone activities.

 Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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 About the Butterflies

Monarchs

The upper side of the male is bright orange with wide black borders and black veins; the hind wing has a patch of scent scales. The upper side of the female is orange-brown with wide black borders and blurred black veins. Both sexes have white spots on borders and apex. Their wingspan is three and three-eighth inches to four and seven-eighth inches.

Black Swallowtails

The upper surface of the wings is mostly black; there is a black spot centered in larger orange spot on the inner edge of hind. The male has a yellow band near the edge of the wings. The female has a row of yellow spots; the female hind wing has an iridescent blue band. Their wingspan is three and one-quarter inches to four and one-quarter inches.

Painted Ladies

The upper side is orange-brown with darker wing bases. The forewing has a black apex patch and a white bar on leading edge; the hind wing has a sub-marginal row of five small black spots sometimes has blue scales. The underside has a black, brown, and gray pattern with four small sub-marginal eyespots. Their wingspan is two inches to two and seven-eighths inches.

Tiger Swallowtails

The male is yellow with black stripes (which resemble stripes on a tiger) each front wing. Females can be either yellow with black stripes and blue spots or almost entirely black. Their wingspan measures approximately three to five inches.

Spicebush Swallowtails

The upper surface of the wings is dark brown or black. There are blue-green or blue patches on the hind-wings and off white spots on the edges. Their wingspan is three to four inches.

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 Opening Day Activities – Saturday, February 14

9:00 am – 5 pm: All Exhibits Open
Explore our newest exhibit Butterflies as well as Making Sense of Sound, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; the Play Space stocked with an indoor water table and kids’ supermarket area; Fueling the Future, and more!

10:00 a.m. Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show

Explore the sights and sounds of the day and night sky. This introductory program guides young audiences through the seasonal sky and helps them experience the wonders of the cosmos. Best for ages 3-7.

11:00 a.m. We Choose Space Planetarium Show

Discover the completed International Space Station (ISS) and the past and future moon with Astronauts Scott Parazinsky, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan, and veteran space reporter Walter Cronkite. This show is filled with real adventures for everyone who dreams of space and wonder about human spaceflight

12:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride Planetarium Show

Explore the Earth as you’ve never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.

12:30 pm: Science Discovery Demo: Optical Illusions
See images that play tricks on your eyes and then discover the science behind what is happening with your brain and your eyes at this educator-led science demo.

1:00 pm: Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show

1 – 2:30 pm: Anatomy Activity: A Valentine’s Heart

Create a fake heart and touchable fake blood to go in it at this educator-led activity.

2:00 pm: We Choose Space Planetarium Show

3:00 pm: Night of the Hunter Planetarium Show
Explore Orion, a constellation currently visible in the winter night sky, and discover why it was named after a Greek hunter in this  fun and informative live exploration of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the winter night sky.

4:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride Planetarium Show

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miSci Announces February Break Activities
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February 6, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces February School Break Activities
Butterflies, NEW Shows in the Renovated Planetarium, Dudley Night Sky Adventure, Little Wonders of Science & More

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will offer visitors a chance to explore science during the upcoming School Break: Saturday, February 14 through Sunday, February 22 with Butterflies, an indoor butterfly house and new shows in the renovated planetarium. Visitors will also enjoy Making Sense of Sound, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; MRI: Examining the Human Body; Fueling the Future; and more. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday.

Visitors can escape winter’s chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at Butterflies, miSci’s new indoor butterfly house. See Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci re-creates their habitat– the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies, and learn about how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside your own home.

Visitors will also enjoy Making Sense of Sound, an interactive exhibit of hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. With more than 30 interactive exhibits, experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the
ways we perceive it, and how we listen. Making Sense of Sound at miSci is presented through the generosity
of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

In addition to Butterflies and Making Sense of Sound, miSci is offering Planetarium Shows each day during break week:

· 10:00 a.m. Wonderful Sky
Explore the sights and sounds of the day and night sky. This introductory program guides young audiences through the seasonal sky and helps them experience the wonders of the cosmos. Best for ages 3-7.
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11:00 a.m. We Choose Space
Discover the completed International Space Station (ISS) and the past and future moon with Astronauts Scott Parazinsky, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan, and veteran space reporter Walter Cronkite. This show is filled with real adventures for everyone who dreams of space and wonder about human spaceflight
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12:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride
Explore the Earth as you’ve never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.
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1:00 pm: Wonderful Sky
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2:00 pm: We Choose Space
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3:00 pm: Night of the Hunter
Explore Orion, a constellation currently visible in the winter night sky, and discover why it was named after a Greek hunter in this  fun and informative live exploration of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the winter night sky.
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4:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride 

Please note there is no 11:00 a.m. of 12:00p.m. planetarium show on Sundays. Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. And, all Shows at the miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

There will also be a Dudley Night Sky Adventure from 6 pm to 7:30pm Tuesday, February 17. Visitors will explore the dwarf planet Ceres, Jupiter in opposition, and the conjunction of Venus and Mars, all astronomical happenings in February! 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 miSci 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. Admission to the Dudley Night Sky Adventure is $3 per person; $5 per family.

Preschoolers and the adults in their lives will enjoy miSci’s monthly Little Wonders of Science: Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 19, 20 and 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 years old will explore science with an educator reading of Melvin Berger’s Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn, hands-on activities, and fun. Call 382-7890 x 237 to register. Admission to Little Wonders of Science is free with museum admission.

There will also be Science Discovery Demos 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. and hands-on challenges and activities in the Science Zone 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission to Butterflies and Making Sense of Sound, demos and science activities are free with museum admission; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2015 Officers
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For immediate release
January 13, 2015
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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2015 Officers

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, announces the addition of one new member to its Board of Trustees: Ray Legere, co-owner of Legere Restorations and commercial real estate development and management group principle partner.

The following trustees will serve as officers on the Board of Trustees for 2015: Tony Farah, President, Farah Consulting, LLC, will serve as chair. Trudy Lehner, Retired Senior Advisor, Marketing and Government Affairs, SuperPower Inc., will serve as vice chair. Tobi Saulnier, Ph.D., CEO, 1st Playables Productions, will serve as treasurer. Earl T. Redding, Esq., Attorney, Roemer Wallens & Mineaux LLP, will serve as secretary.

Founded in 1934, miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is a science center in upstate New York’s Capital Region serving visitors of all ages including school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. miSci’s mission is to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology: past, present and future. miSci offers changing interactive exhibits including traveling exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, an indoor butterfly house and a holiday model trains show. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast, is an official NASA Space Place and offers live full-dome, immersive shows daily. The Dudley Observatory is located at miSci, allowing both organizations to partner to present astronomy programs on site and as outreaches. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Announces February Break Kids\' Science Workshops
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For Immediate Release
January 5, 2015
Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces February Break Kids’ Science Workshops
Engineering, Dinosaurs, Rockets, Wizards, Superheroes & More Half-day Classes for Kindergarten through Sixth grade

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is offering hands-on Science Workshops for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade during February school break, Monday, February 16 through Friday, February 20, 2015. A morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and an afternoon workshop (12:30 to 3:30 pm) are offered each day. Kids can choose morning or afternoon -- or both and stay all day. Before and after care are also available each day.

Each workshop focuses on a different topic, including chemistry, engineering, forensics, and more. The Science of Heroes lets kids explore science from some of their favorite heroes, like those in the recent movie Big Hero 6. In Wizard Science, kids will discover the science used by wizards like Harry Potter and in Superheroes, kids will explore the science behind the super powers of some of their favorite superheroes.

“miSci is a year-round leader in science education for visitors of all ages throughout the region, and our February Break Kids’ Science Workshops are an exciting addition to our existing school year programs,” said miSci’s Executive Director Mac Sudduth.

The cost of each workshop is $20. There is a 10 percent discount for miSci members and for a second child registered from the same family. Before and after care is available at $10 per hour. Registration and prepayment are required. To register or for more information, please call 518.382.7890 x 237 or visit www.miSci.org.  

Class Schedule for Grades K – 2:


Monday, February 16  
9am - 12pm Dino Discovery Become a paleontologist and dig for dinos!
12:30 - 3:30pm Fizz, Pop, Boom! Experiment with chemical reactions.

Tuesday, February 17
9am - 12pm Water Wonder Investigate the properties of water.
12:30 - 3:30pm Kitchen Chemistry Create chemical reactions!

Wednesday, February 18
9am - 12pm Sound Science Discover how to make sense of sound!
12:30 - 3:30pm Build It! Explore engineering & structural challenges.

Thursday, February 19

9am - 12pm Glow World Investigate bioluminescence.
12:30 - 3:30pm Flying Toys Explore aerodynamics!

Friday, February 20
9am - 12pm Science of Heroes Explore science from Big Hero 6.
12:30 - 3:30pm Slime Science Become a slime-ologist!

Class Schedule for Grades 3 - 6:


Monday, February 16

9am - 12pm Light and Lasers Investigate the properties of light and color.
12:30 - 3:30pm Optical Illusions Discover how visual stimuli trick the eye.

Tuesday, February 17
9am - 12pm Myth-buster Use science to prove facts or bust myths.
12:30 - 3:30pm Crime Scene Become a forensic scientist !

Wednesday, February 18
9am - 12pm Superheroes Explore the science behind super powers.
12:30 - 3:30pm Wizard Science Discover science used by wizards
like Harry Potter.

Thursday, February 19
9am - 12pm Inventor Workshop Explore patents & prototypes.
12:30 - 3:30pm Engineering Challenge!  Create, design, build!

Friday, February 20

9am - 12pm Catapults & Castles Make your own castle & catapult!
12:30 - 3:30pm Rocket Science Blast off with your own rocket!

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in downtown Schenectady. For more information, please visit www.miSci.org or call 518-382-7890.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.


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We Choose Space! Planetarium Show Opens at miSci
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For immediate release
January 5, 2015
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We Choose Space! Planetarium Show Opens @ miSci
NEW High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Show

We Choose Space!, a new planetarium show about human spaceflight and exploration, opens today at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. Powered by the recently installed high definition, full-dome, computerized projector in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, this show will take visitors on a space exploration adventure and immersive experience.

A show for all ages who dream of space and wonder about human spaceflight, We Choose Space! is filled with real adventures. Astronauts Scott Parazinsky, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan, and veteran space reporter Walter Cronkite are your tour guides on this adventure to the completed International Space Station (ISS) and to the past and future moon. The show’s original score is by Shai Fishman with music arranged and performed by Shai Fishman.

We Choose Space! was created by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Home Run Pictures, and Tietronix with scientific oversight by Rice University; funded by NASA under grant NNX10AK12G to the Louisiana Art and Science Museum; and reviewed by NASA scientists and engineers.

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci is powered by the new projector and the GOTO Chronos Star Machine, a state-of-the-art teaching tool, which allows visitors to see 8,500 stars, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. The GOTO Chronos can show the sky from any location on Earth and any place in the solar system; simulate the roll, pitch and yaw that astronauts experience on a space flight; and show the sky, for any point, 99,999 years in the past or the future.

An official NASA Space Place since 2005, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors annually. In addition to offering a full schedule of public planetarium shows, miSci also offers planetarium specially designed shows for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through college for visiting school, scout and community groups. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium is a popular spot during miSci’s quarterly after hours special evening events and is also available for private rentals, during which it has been used as the setting or wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations.

miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. We Choose Space! will run at 2:00 pm daily and at 11:00 am Saturdays and school holidays. Admission to miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Names Challenger Learning Center Flight Director
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December 2, 2014
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miSci Names Challenger Learning Center Flight Director

Julia Muffler, a science education professional with more than 20 years of experience in Challenger Learning Center programming and leadership, NASA curriculum development and delivery, and informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), has been appointed Flight Director of the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region at miSci , the Museum of Innovation and Science.

Previously, Muffler served in varying capacities at Challenger Learning Centers around the country, including: Executive Director, Challenger Learning Center New Mexico; Director, Challenger Learning Center of Lucas County, Ohio; Manager, Challenger Learning Center, Chabot Space & Science Center; and Lead Flight Director, Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center (Indiana). She has also served as Director of the Network Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Kansas City, Missouri and Alexandria, Virginia.

Additionally, she has served as Deputy Director of the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) at Penn State University where she managed a corps of NASA education specialists assigned to NASA Centers nationwide. She recently served as Curriculum Development Specialist at Penn State University, where she provided advanced curriculum support and professional development for NASA’s Summer of Innovation project.

Muffler is working with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and the Challenger Learning Center in Louisville, Kentucky to explore the new set of missions that will be offered at the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region at miSci. Muffler has a Master’s of Science, Education from Indiana University Southeast and a Bachelor’s of Arts, Education from Christopher Newport University.

Based on the space shuttle and NASA space exploration program, the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) enables students to experience a space-themed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for the first time in this region. The program includes classroom study that helps students apply and enhance decision-making skills, solve problems, and communicate and a simulated space flight mission at the Challenger Learning Center.  Using NASA-type equipment, the students will work as a team, to utilize navigation, life support, science, computer technology and math skills to solve problems.  One team of students will operate the “mission control room,” while another will operate the “space craft”.  During the mission they will be called upon to utilize the science, math and other skills that will be taught in the classroom.

Construction on the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region began in November and is scheduled to conclude in March 2015. When complete, the CLC will join miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium and the Dudley Observatory, which moved to miSci in 2013 -- three outstanding aerospace teaching tools at the region’s science center.

Major funders for the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region at miSci include the following generous donors: Neil and Jane Golub; The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region; Betty and David Apkarian and Friends; The Schenectady Foundation; George Hearst and the Times Union; Fenimore Asset Management; Wright Family Foundation; Bank of America; Citizens Bank; GE; Morgan Stanley.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Free WiFi at miSci
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For immediate release
December 1, 2014
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Free WiFi at miSci

Visitors can now access the internet throughout miSci

Visitors with a WiFi capable device can now access the internet for free while they are visiting miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, thanks to the recent installation of new WiFi Hotspots by Time Warner Cable.

“We are very grateful to Time Warner Cable for providing the WiFi Hotspots at miSci,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “Visitors can use the WiFi Hotspots in many ways to make their miSci experience more enjoyable -- from exploring an idea introduced in one of miSci’s exhibits, to getting directions to their next destination, to finding a great spot for lunch.”

Visitors can now access the internet while on the exhibit floor, downstairs in classroom and meeting space, and upstairs in miSci’s auditorium, which is used for lectures, meetings, and parties. The WiFi Hotspots will enhance visitor experience with immediate access to the abundance of information on the internet, allowing visitors to discover more about concepts presented in exhibits. The WiFi Hotspots are also valuable teaching tools at miSci, allowing classroom students and meeting participants easy access to the internet. By entering an email address and zip code, anyone can use up to 30 minutes of free internet per day. Time Warner Cable WiFi Hotspot access is always free to Time Warner Cable customers at the standard internet or above subscription level using their TWC user ID and password.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Receives $27,550 EvalFest Award & $9,250 Grants for Field Trip Assistance
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November 24, 2014
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miSci Receives Grants
$27,550 EvalFest Grant for Science Festival Evaluation Efforts,
$9,250 for School Field Trip Admission / Transportation Assistance

 The Museum of Innovation and Science, miSci, has received a Collaborative Research: EvalFest, (Evaluation Use, Value, and Learning through Festivals of Science and Technology) project grant, which will provide miSci with an estimated $27,550 in resources to supplement our Science Festival evaluation efforts. The grant includes use of technology and software for data collection, travel reimbursement for required meetings, and technical assistance from a principal investigator (PI) for five years. In the grant's later years, funding will be available through mini-grants to field test new and innovative evaluation methods.

This five-year initiative, beginning in 2015, received $1,812,654 in funding from the National Science Foundation. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill serves as the project's lead institution. EvalFest is a research project which will foster a national community of practice to develop, test, and share methods for evaluating Science Festivals, and create a suite of next-generation measures of interest to the informal science education and evaluation communities. 

Additionally, miSci has received the following grants:

A $5,000 award from the J.M. McDonald Foundation for miSci’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund supports the participation of low income students from throughout upstate New York in miSci's educational programs, either through free or discounted admissions for school field trips, or reduced or waived tuition fees for school break or summer classes. 


A $2,000 grant from the Schenectady County Youth Bureau provides field trip admissions assistance to schools in Schenectady County.

A $1,500 award from Transfinder to miSci’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund provides field trip transportation assistance to Schenectady County Schools.

A $750 award from Schenectady Insuring Agency to miSci’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund supports field trip admissions assistance for schools in the Schenectady City School District.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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New WeatherBug Station from National Grid at miSci
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November 24, 2014
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NEW WeatherBug Station from National Grid at miSci
Visitors explore real-time weather with lobby console and website link

A new WeatherBug station installed by National Grid at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, allows visitors to explore real-time weather with a lobby console and a website link.

The WeatherBug console installed in the main lobby at miSci lets visitors scroll through multiple screens of real-time weather information for the area. A link to the same real-time information is on the home page of the miSci website, which allows visitors access to this information at any time from any location.

Visitors can interact with the WeatherBug console to explore real-time Doppler Radar activity, humidity, pressure, rainfall, temperature, wind, sunrise and sunset. In addition to providing valuable data about current conditions, the WeatherBug console lets visitors explore many other areas of science: weather forecasting, climate, data collection, and real-time results.

“We are very grateful to National Grid for sponsoring the WeatherBug station at miSci,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “The WeatherBug is a valuable resource for visitors at the science center and on our website to explore real-time weather and the science concepts associated with it.”

Sophisticated sensors were installed on the roof of miSci’s building on Nott Terrace in Schenectady. With the new WeatherBug station, miSci joins a network of other stations at thousands of schools, major sports stadiums, broadcast stations and public safety facilities across the United States and beyond.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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GE Kids In Free Days @ miSci Sundays Nov. 16 to Jan. 4
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November 7, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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GE Kids In Free Days at miSci Sundays Nov. 16 to Jan. 4

Children 12 & under receive free admission to museum, floor programs and planetarium shows, courtesy of GE

Sundays from November 16, 2014 to January 4, 2015 are GE Kids In Free Days at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science when children 12 and under will receive free admission to the museum, floor programs, and planetarium shows when accompanied by a paying adult.

“We are very excited to be participating in the GE Kids In Free program again this year,” said miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “We are deeply appreciative to GE for choosing miSci as part of this important program.”

Visitors to miSci on GE Kids in Free Sundays in November, December and January will be able to explore all of the highly interactive exhibits on display, including: the Trains & Toys Holiday Show featuring a 19- x 27-foot intricate layout with continuously running model trains and science toys you don’t have at home; Making Sense of Sound, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; MRI: Examining the Human Body, exploration of a landmark medical imaging technology developed in the Capital Region; and more.

miSci will also be offering floor programs during GE Kids In Free Days. interactive Science Discovery Demos 12:30p.m. to 1:00p.m. and hands-on challenges in the Science Zone from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30p.m., where children can explore science with miSci educators.

Finally, children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free to planetarium shows on GE Kids In Free Days. Planetarium shows include: Seasonal Sky Tour (especially recommended for children ages three to seven), Earth’s Wild Ride, ‘Tis the Season, and Night of Pegasus. Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. And, all Shows at the miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Through its popular GE Kids In Free Days program in the Capital Region, GE provides free admission to a variety of educational, cultural and sporting events for children age 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Complete event and ticketing information can be found at www.gekidsinfreedays.com and www.facebook.com/gekidsinfreedays.

GE is one of the largest private-sector employers in the greater Capital Region, with more than 7,000 employees. GE Kids In Free Days are part of the company’s community sponsorship program in communities where its employees live and where the company does business.

"Innovation and technology have been at the heart of GE since its inception," said Christine Horne, communications and public affairs director for GE Power & Water in Schenectady. "We are thrilled to once again partner with miSci on GE Kids in Free Days and to help inspire future generations of GE scientists and engineers."

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518-382-7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program through which miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Science Festival of the Capital Region @ miSci Nov. 7 - 9
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October 30, 2014
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miSci to Host Science Festival of the Capital Region Nov. 7 – 9
Wall-to-Wall Science, 45+ Presenters, Stage Shows & More

Broadcast from Time Warner Cable’s mobile weather station … test your innovation at Quirky’s School of Invention … discover the magic of science with San Francisco’s Exploratorium … explore birds and nature with the Albany Pine Bush Nature Preserve … and much more! The Museum of Innovation and Science, miSci, is hosting the Science Festival of the Capital Region Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9, 2014 with a special kick-off event Thursday evening, November 6. The Science Festival features three days of wall-to-wall science with demos, activities, planetarium shows, and special stage shows in the Festival Tent with more than 45 presenters from throughout the Capital Region and beyond.

There are special planetarium shows offered every half hour each day, including Una Explacion de las Estrellas, a planetarium show offered in Spanish by MiSci and San Francisco’s Exploratorium at 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Stage Shows in the Festival Tent include: It’s Not Magic … It’s Science! by San Francisco Exploratorium on Friday; Wildlife Education by Bernie on Saturday; and Bubble Trouble by Jeff Boyer on Sunday. Visit www.miSci.org for daily schedules.

Kick off the Science Festival of the Capital Region with an exploration of the history of sound recording (6-8pm): 1878 Edison Tinfoil Recording with miSci Archivist Chris Hunter; Pallophotophone Demonstrations with Mechanical Engineer Russ DeMuth; and Edison Wax Cylinder Acoustic Recording & Playback Demonstration on Original Equipment with Wax Cylinder Specialist Peter Dilg and SCCC’s Dean of the School of Music William Meckley. Conclude the evening with a special screening of WMHT’s Steinmetz Documentary (8-9pm): Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz, traces the life of “The Wizard of Schenectady” and how Steinmetz’s contributions live today within every electrical pulse and circuit. Dr. Ronald Kline of Cornell University headlines a group of historians and engineers who bring him back to life. Together with the help of the Schenectady Historical Society, and miSci, home of General Electric’s archives, they combine to tell a compelling story of innovation and triumph in America’s Golden Age of Invention.

In conjunction with the Science Festival, there is a Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture and Star Party at miSci 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 7. Astrophysicist Dr. Heidi Newberg, RPI, presents On Winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the Discovery of Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded ``for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" with one half to Saul Perlmutter & his team The Supernova Cosmology Project and the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess. Astrophysicist and President of the Dudley Observatory, Heidi Newberg was a founding member of The Supernova Cosmology Project, one of the competing teams to be awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.  She will describe what Dark Energy is, how it was discovered, what it is like to work on ground-breaking scientific research with The Supernova Cosmology Project and her reflections from the award ceremony itself. A Star Party (rain or shine) will follow the lecture. We’ll look at the night sky outside through telescopes or inside the Suits-Bueche Planetarium if rainy.

The Science Festival of the Capital Region is sponsored by: William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation; National Grid; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Time Warner Cable; GE; Schenectady County; Berkshire Bank; NYISO; Albany Broadcasting; Times Union; WMHT. The Science Festival of the Capital Region at miSci is a member of the Science Festival Alliance.

Festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9. There is a bonus Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture and Star Party from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 7 and the special kick-off History of Sound Recording and Steinmetz Documentary screening 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6. Admission to the Science Festival is free with miSci admission; add $2.50 for planetarium show. Admission to the Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture and Star Party is $10 per adult and $15 per family. Tickets for the Science Festival are also available through Price Chopper’s Tickets to Go! at any open register at all Price Chopper stores. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Science Festival of the Capital Region Daily Schedules

Friday, November 7

9am - 5pm: Our Natural Neighbors, Adirondack Museum

9am - 5pm: Ancient Egyptians, Albany Institute of History & Art

9am - 5pm: Pine Bush Mobile, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

9am - 5pm: Birds Take Flight & Pine Bush Display, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

9am - 5pm: Endangered Species, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

9am - 5pm: Fun with Electricity, KAPL

9am - 5pm: Power Grid, NYISO

9am - 5pm: SCCC Research Class Posters, SCCC

9am - 5pm: Stormwater Education, Schenectady County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

9am - 5pm: Skull Science & Adaptations, Wilton Wildlife Preserve

9am - 1pm: Electromagnets, GE Engineers Edison Group

9am - 2pm: Weather Station Broadcasting, Time Warner Cable

9am - 2pm: Vortex in a Bottle, Time Warner Cable

9am - 12pm: Constellation Station, Henry Hudson Planetarium

9:30 - 11am: School of Invention Quirky

10am - 12:30pm: How the Brain Works, Dr. Laura Schweitzer, Union Graduate College

10 - 10:30am: It’s Not Magic...It’s Science! Special Stage Show, San Francisco’s Exploratorium

10am - 1pm: Using Your Noodle, Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum

10am - 4pm: Face Painting, miSci

11 - 11:30am: Cow Eye Dissection, miSci

11am - 12:30pm: School of Invention, Quirky

11:30am - 12pm: It’s Not Magic...It’s Science! Special Stage Show,San Francisco’s Exploratorium


12 - 12:30pm: Cow Eye Dissection, miSci

12:30 - 2pm: School of Invention, Quirky

1 - 1:30pm: Cow Eye Dissection, miSci

1 - 4pm: Constellation Station, Henry Hudson Planetarium

2 - 2:30pm: Cow Eye Dissection, miSci

2 - 3:30pm: School of Invention, Quirky

3 - 3:30pm: Cow Eye Dissection, miSci

3:30 - 5pm: School of Invention, Quirky


Saturday, November 8

9am - 5pm: Pine Bush Mobile, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

9am - 5pm: Birds Take Flight & Pine Bush Display, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

9am - 5pm: Endangered Species, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

9am - 5pm: Fun with Electricity, KAPL

9am - 5pm: Magic of Nano Snow & Sand, Nano-Link

9am - 5pm: Power Grid, NYISO

9am - 5pm: SCCC Research Class Posters, SCCC

9am - 5pm: Microbiology & Experimenting with Molecules, Science Club of SCCC


9am - 5pm: Color Printing,  Times Union

9am - 5pm: Skull Science & Adaptations, Wilton Wildlife Preserve

9am - 1pm: Icosahedrons, Girls Inc. Eureka Girls

9am - 1pm: Hands-on Fun with Chemistry, Niskayuna Chem Demo Club

9am - 1pm: Stormwater Education, Schenectady County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

10am - 4pm: Face Painting, miSci

10am - 4pm: Animal Encounter, Wildlife Education by Bernie

10am - 3pm: Weather Station Broadcasting, Time Warner Cable

10am - 3pm: Vortex in a Bottle, Time Warner Cable

10 - 10:30am: Kitchen Science, Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum

10:30 - 11am: Kitchen Science, Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum

11am: It’s Not Magic...It’s Science! Special Stage Show, San Francisco’s Exploratorium

11 - 11:30am: Kitchen Science, Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum

11:30am - 2:30pm: Dry Ice Demonstrations, miSci

1pm: Wildlife Education Show Special Stage Show, Wildlife Education by Bernie

1 - 5pm: Cockroaches, Eww!, Cat’s Eye Pest Control

1 - 5pm: Paper Airplanes, Union College Engineering Ambassadors Network

1 - 5pm: Physics Demonstrations, Union College Physics Society

1 - 5pm: STEP into Science, Union College STEP Program

2pm: It’s Not Magic...It’s Science! Special Stage Show, San Francisco’s Exploratorium

Sunday, November 9

12 - 5pm: Pine Bush Mobile, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

12 - 5pm: Birds Take Flight & Pine Bush Display, Albany Pine Bush Preserv

12 - 5pm: Bird Quiz, Audubon Society / Capital Region

12 - 5pm: Rockets to the Rescue, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H

12 - 5pm: Endangered Species, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

12 - 5pm: Color Printing, Times Union

12 - 5pm: Fun with Electricity, KAPL

12 - 5pm: Robotics Scrimmage, Niskayuna HS Robotics Club

12 - 5pm: Power Grid: NYISO

12 - 5pm: STEP into Science, Union College STEP Program

12 - 5pm: Schenectady County Recycles!, Schenectady County Recycling

12 - 5pm: Stormwater Education, Schenectady County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

12 - 5pm: Skull Science & Adaptations, Wilton Wildlife Preserve

12 - 5pm: Mobile Learning Lab, WMHT

12 - 4pm: Face Painting, miSci

1 - 2pm: Bubble Trouble Special Stage Show, Jeff Boyer

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2:30 - 3pm: Una Explacion de las Estrellas Spanish Planetarium Show, miSci & Exploratorium

3 - 4pm: Bubble Trouble Special Stage Show, Jeff Boyer

* 4 - 4:30pm: Una Explacion de las Estrellas Spanish Planetarium Show, miSci & Exploratorium

Columbus Day @ miSci
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October 9, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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susan.whitaker@misci.org

Columbus Day Offerings at miSci

miSci , the Museum of Innovation and Science, will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Columbus Day, Monday, October 13 with interactive exhibits including Making Sense of Sound and Revealing Light-scapes, demos and planetarium shows.

Discover hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium in Making Sense of Sound. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. Experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen. See how quietly you can walk across a bed of gravel; test yourself identifying sounds; and much more with over 30 interactives. Making Sense of Sound at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

Challenge the limits of human perception as you explore Revealing Light-scapes: an immersive installation of light and sound with installation by Yael Erel and soundscape by Torben Pastore. See micro-scale events appear otherworldly and alive when they are transcribed through the simple act of reflection. This interactive, experiential installation uses a light source, a reflecting surface, and a screen to magnify miniscule conditions overlooked by the naked eye.

Discover how your hand-held devices work with Pocket Tech Demos from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Explore the technology of personal electronic devices with interactive models of “software” and “hardware” functions. Discover how pocket-sized computers input, store, display, and communicate information to connect us to the world. Increase your understanding of everyday technology! The Pocket Tech suite of demonstration programs was developed by The Franklin Institute and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State University, in partnership with AT&T and funding from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to Making Sense of Sound, Revealing Light-scapes and Pocket Tech demos, miSci is offering planetarium shows on Columbus Day:

10:00 am Secrets of the Sky
Explore the seasonal night sky and current astronomical happenings with this live program created especially for younger audiences. Discover constellations, the solar system and a delightful sing-along! Best for ages 3-7.

11:00 am NEW! Earth's Wild Ride
Explore the Earth as you’ve never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Includes a live segment about the current seasonal sky. Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.

1:00 pm Secrets of the Sky

2:00 pm NEW! Earth's Wild Ride

3:00 pm Night of Pegasus
Celebrate autumn and explore Pegasus, the flying horse, a constellation visible in the fall sky at this live show that looks at the autumn night sky. This 45-minute program also takes a look at current events taking place in space.

Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. And, all Shows at the miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Making Sense of Sound, Revealing Light-scapes and demos are free with museum admission ($6.50 children 3 - 12; $8 seniors 65+; $9.50 adults); add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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NEW Light and Sound Display at miSci: Revealing Light-scapes
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October 3, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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NEW Light and Sound Display at miSci: Revealing Light-scapes
Installation by Yael Erel, Soundscape by Torben Pastore

Revealing Light-scapes: an immersive installation of light and sound with installation by Yael Erel and soundscape by Torben Pastore, opens Saturday, October 4, 2014 and runs through January 4, 2015 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science.

Challenge the limits of human perception See micro-scale events appear otherworldly and alive when they are transcribed through the simple act of reflection. This interactive, experiential installation uses a light source, a reflecting surface, and a screen to magnify miniscule conditions overlooked by the naked eye.

Yael Erel is a licensed architect, light artist, and co-founder of lightexture, where she designs light fixtures and installations. She graduated with honors from The Cooper Union and RPI. Erel has been teaching architecture since 2004; she taught at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union, and currently is teaching at the RPI School of Architecture.

Torben Pastore is a musician, composer, and psychoacoustician. He holds a Master's degree in architectural acoustics and is currently a PhD student in psychoacoustics at RPI. He is also studying composition with Pauline Oliveros. He recorded and performed as part of the psychedelic musical group Lilys for approximately 15 years.

Revealing Light-scapes: an immersive installation of light and sound is a companion to Making Sense of Sound from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, which is on exhibit at miSci through June 7, 2015. In Making Sense of Sound, visitors play and experiment, make some noise, and listen; explore hearing, human speech and communication; and experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen. Making Sense of Sound is presented at miSci through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

Admission to Revealing Light-scapes: an immersive installation of light and sound is included in miSci admission: children (3 – 12) $6.50; seniors (65+) $8; adult $9.50. miSci is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Spooky Science Programs at miSci in October
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October 1, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Spooky Science-themed Programs at miSci for October
Celebrate Halloween All Month at the Region’s Science Center


miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will offer spooky science-themed programs throughout October, giving visitors a chance to celebrate Halloween all month.

The following spooky science activities are offered in the Science Zone, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays:

· Density Potion, Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5: See liquids separate as you pour them into the same container, then see a creepy plastic bug float in between two liquids.

· Ectoplasm Slime, Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12: Combine materials to create your own ghostly slime and observe the unique qualities this new concoction.

· Eerie Sounds, Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19: Discover how to make your own spooky sounds using household materials.

· Dancing Ghost, Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26: Use static electricity to make your own paper ghost dance.

Science Zone is a regular program which offers the chance to explore a different topic each week. Try hands-on activities and challenges that make you think. miSci Educators ask questions and help you predict results. Discover engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry, and more! Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

In addition to the special programs in the Science Zone, miSci’s monthly preschool program also has a spooky science theme in October. Little Wonders of Science: Skeleton Hiccups & Dem Bones is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 16, 17 and 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Preschoolers and the adults in their lives can explore bones, enjoy a story, and explore special hands-on science activities. To register for this program, please call 382-7890 x 237 by October 15. Little Wonders of Science is sponsored in party by the Charles L. Touhey Foundation.

Admission to Science Zone programs and Little Wonders of Science is included in miSci admission: children (3 – 12) $6.50; seniors (65+) $8; adult $9.50. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services
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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
518.382.7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

miSci Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $149,793.00 to miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. miSci will use the grant funds to collaborate with member libraries of the Mohawk Valley Library System (MVLS) to engage youth and their families in learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

miSci will develop and deliver hands-on STEM activities and table top experiment stations. In addition, The Dudley Observatory, which is housed at miSci, will deliver astronomy content by using Starlab, a portable planetarium. These STEM learning experiences will be supported through the creation of “record sets” of related books at each library. These science and astronomy activities provided will develop an interest in STEM and possibly in STEM careers for youth at these libraries.

“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate [insert name of institution] for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen community communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  

We are pleased that miSci was recognized by IMLS for our leadership in the museum field and our service to the Capital Region. The partnership with libraries will help us better serve the region and to promote both literacy and STEM education,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “Some say that you are judged by the company you keep and we are certainly proud to be in the company of our partners and collaborators, the Dudley Observatory and the Mohawk Valley Library System.”

A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see: www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s10th Annual Museum Day Live! September 27
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September 16, 2014
Contact: Anne Muscarella,
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miSci Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s10th Annual Museum Day Live!
Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 27, 2014

See Making Sense of Sound from San Francisco’s Exploratorium & more!

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 27, 2014,  as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual  Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

Visitors to miSci can see Making Sense of Sound from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, where they can play and experiment, make some noise, and listen with more than 30 interactives. Visitors can explore hearing, human speech and communication, and experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen.   Visitors can also discover MRI: Examining the Human Body, which explores the science behind magnetic resonance imaging, a landmark medical imaging system developed right here in the Capital Region, and more.

The   Museum   Day   Live!   ticket   will   be   available   to   download   beginning   in   August   at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum  Day Live! ticket will gain free  entrance  for  two  at  participating  venues  for  one  day  only.  One  ticket  is  permitted  per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air
& Space, and Smithsonian Media Digital Network. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit  of the  Smithsonian  Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19   museums   and   galleries,   the   National   Zoological   Park   and   nine   research   facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

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miSci Installs New Planetarium Projector
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July 29, 2014
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miSci Installs New Planetarium Projector
Visitors Experience NEW High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Shows

Planetarium shows at the region’s science center have just gotten a boost. miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, recently installed a new high definition, full-dome, computerized projector in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Using a series of mirrors to project on the full 30-foot dome, the new projector provides a much more immersive experience and allows for new planetarium shows, such as Earth’s Wild Ride.

“As the region’s science center, miSci strives to move forward with improvements for our visitors, and this projector brings visitors’ experience to a new level with high definition, full dome, immersive shows” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “We are grateful to the Wright Family Foundation and the New York State Consolidated Funding Application for the funds to install the projector.”

The new projector will work alongside the planetarium’s existing GOTO Chronos Star Machine, a state-of-the-art teaching tool, which allows visitors to see 8,500 stars, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. The GOTO Chronos can show the sky from any location on Earth and any place in the solar system; simulate the roll, pitch and yaw that astronauts experience on a space flight; and show the sky, for any point, 99,999 years in the past or the future.

miSci’s newest planetarium show, Earth’s Wild Ride, is currently playing at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Thanks to the newly installed projector, this show lets visitors explore the Earth as they’ve never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.

Earth’s Wild Ride was produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA’s Immersive Earth Project. The first phase of a comprehensive planetarium renovation, the purchase and installation of the new planetarium projector has been made possible by major support from the Wright Family Foundation and a New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). When the remaining funding is secured, other projects will include new carpeting, new seats, an upgraded sound system, and replacing incandescent light with LEDs. For information about contributing to miSci’s planetarium renovation, please contact Carmel Patrick at 518-382-7890 x 250 or carmel.patrick@misci.org.

An official NASA Space Place since 2005, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors annually. In addition to offering a full schedule of public planetarium shows, miSci also offers planetarium specially designed shows for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through college for visiting school, scout and community groups. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium is a popular spot during miSci’s quarterly after hours special evening events and is also available for private rentals, during which it has been used as the setting or wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations.

miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission to miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Electric Car Charging Station Installed at miSci
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For Immediate Release
July 14, 0214
Contact: Susan Whitaker

518.382.7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

ChargePoint Electric Car Charging Station Installed at miSci

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, welcomes the Capital District’s newest electric car charging station, located at the parking lot entrance at the science center on Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. The station was donated by National Grid and is part of the ChargePoint network of charging stations. Charging is free and can be activated using a ChargePoint card or mobile app. Several types of electric cars have already charged at the station, including the plug-in Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and Smart ED.

The station is a real-life application of Fueling the Future, miSci’s alternative energy exhibit that includes the 1978 GE-100 electric car, an 1971 Electrak electric tractor, and a charging station dating from 1910, when there were nearly as many electric cars as gas cars on the road.

“miSci is grateful to National Grid for providing the new electric car charging station for the increasing number of visitors and employees who drive electric or hybrid cars,” miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth said. “In addition to providing a benefit for our visitors, the charging station is also an extension of the science and technology on exhibit in the region’s science center.”

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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NEW Teen Science Café Forms at miSci
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For immediate release
June 6, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
382-7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org


NEW Teen Science Café Forms at miSci

Young people in the Capital District interested in science now have a place to pursue their passion outside of school: Teen Science Café at miSci, the region’s science center. Part of a national network dedicated to creating opportunities for teens to learn from leading experts about how science and technology is changing their world, the new Teen Science Café will bring teens and scientists together to discuss topics chosen by the teens in an informal social setting. These free programs will feature presentations and active learning with a variety of scientists.

The Teen Science Café will provide new relationships with practicing scientists in a casual setting and new outlooks on the nature of science. These programs give “real world” meaning to the science the teens learn in school.

The Teen Science Café at miSci will be run for teens and by teens with a facilitator from miSci. After an initial planning meeting, the following students were elected to serve as officers for the 2014-2015 school year:

Chair: Darius Irani, Niskayuna High School
Vice Chair Ian Randall, Schalmont High School
Marketing Chair: Victoria Hufundick, Schalmont High School
Assistant Marketing Chair: Joe Giodano, Zoller Elementary School
Recording Secretary: Briana Fitzgerald, Scotia-Glenville High School
Assistant Secretary: Simi Kaun, Schalmont High School
Topics Chair: Justin Phillips, Scotia-Glenvillle High School
Assistant Topics Chair: Ankit Baghel, Albany Academy

“While it is a challenge for any museum to find a spot in the busy lives of teens, we know that working with a science museum can make a difference,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “The Teen Science Café offers a fun and unique way for teens to connect to miSci and science. The teens themselves take charge of the program and with our help select the topics they want to explore and scientists, engineers, or inventors that they will meet.”

Teen Science Café at miSci is being funded in part by a $3,000 grant from the Teen Science Café Network, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. The Teen Science Café Network is a dynamic, mutually supportive community that provides extensive support, tools, and resources to organizations starting their own Teen Science Cafés.

For more information about the Teen Science Café at miSci, please contact Elizabeth Hoffman: elizabeth.hoffman@misci.org or 518-382-7890 x 256.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.


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miSci Participating in Blue Star Museums Program
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For Immediate Release
May 21, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
518.382.7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

miSci Participating in Blue Star Museums Program

Free Admission to Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Families

Memorial Day to Labor Day

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will participate again this year in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

“miSci is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums program again this summer. We’re proud to provide this well-deserved recognition for our country’s service members. ” said miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth.

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy RothDouquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of ScienceTechnology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums.

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173
1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps and up to five family members. Some special or limitedtime museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums.

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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Invention Convention 2014 Celebrates Top Student Inventions from More than 1200 Submissions
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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
518.382.7890 x 297

Edison’s Spirit of Invention Flourishes in Capital Region Schools
Invention Convention 2014 Celebrates Top Student Inventions from More than
1200 Submissions

Thomas Edison’s spirit of invention is alive and flourishing in schools throughout the Capital Region. For Invention Convention 2014, 1,232 students engaged in creative problem solving modeled after Edison’s concept of the invention factory. The top 100 student inventors were invited to create a model of their invention which will be on exhibit at miSci, the museum of innovation and science, and the students will be honored through a Reception and Awards ceremony May 20, 2014. The event is a long time partnership between the museum and GE to engage young people in the innovation process and encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers.

From a Solar Powered Mailbox Light to an Edible Ice Cream Stick to a Hands-Free Refrigerator Door Opener, the inventions were chosen from 1,232 submissions representing 20 schools around the Capital Region. The creators of the top 25 inventions will be announced as finalists at the May 20th Reception and Awards Ceremony, as chosen by a volunteer team of scientists, patent lawyers and other professionals from GE and other local companies.

Invention Convention is an annual student invention competition open to Capital District students from grades K through eight from public, private and home schools from as far south as New York City and as far north as Glens Falls. Students were invited to submit a proposal of an original idea for a device or a method for solving a problem that can occur in the environment, in technology or industry, in the classroom, home or during leisure time activities. A volunteer team of GE scientists and patent lawyers, along with other professionals from the community evaluated the submissions and chose the top 100 entries, based on a list of ten criteria. These students were invited to make models of their inventions, which are on display at miSci from May 1 to May 20.

“miSci is proud to collaborate with area schools, GE and other corporate supporters to offer Invention Convention, which stimulates creativity and imagination and promotes the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Teaching students how to invent and apply problem-solving skills helps nurture the next generation of inventors and scientists; what fascinates me is that students usually seek solutions to problems that they face in their everyday lives, a sound way for them to understand real-world applications of STEM,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “Invention Convention is an important annual initiative for the region’s science center.”

Guest speaker at this year’s ceremony is GE Global Research materials scientist Marco Aimi, who will deliver a talk on The Spark of Invention. Aimi holds 21 US patents and develops technologies at the micron scale for use in GE Healthcare products. Aimi also works with Quirky, a start-up company that is partnering with GE, and whose mission is to make invention accessible.

A GE scientist or engineer is annually selected to be the Invention Convention keynote speaker as one of the many ways the company collaborates with miSci on this initiative. Since its inception in 1997, GE has supported Invention Convention with $85,000 in funding and more than 700 volunteers who serve as judges, school visitors and core planning team members.

“Invention Convention is an important regional program to help advance student interest in science and technology,” added Christine Horne, Communications and Public Relations Manager for GE Power & Water. “We are always amazed at the ideas the students generate and hope this will be a spark that encourages them to continue thinking how innovation can impact the world.”

The following are Invention Convention 2014 supporters: GE , MVP Healthcare, M & T Bank, Neil Jane William Estelle Golub Family Foundation, Inc., Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, 1st Playable Productions, LLC, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Hoffman Warnick LLC, McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., New York State United Teachers, and Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.

About Invention Convention
Invention Convention was originally developed as part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration through the New York State Alliance for Arts. Over time, the Alliance moved out of direct programming for children toward arts advocacy and professional development for teachers.

In 1997, two GE patent attorneys approached the Alliance about reinstating Invention Convention in the Capital Region. The Alliance opted not to be involved, but directed them to the Schenectady Museum. The Museum took on the program, given the strong connection with its mission and collections. A planning committee with members from GE and the Museum was formed, along with representatives from Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and later Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. The team has been dedicated to engaging students in the innovation process for more than 15 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1318 this year.

About GE guest speaker Marco Aimi
Marco Aimi joined GE Global Research in 2005 as a Materials Scientist working in the Micro and Nano Structures Technology (MNST) organization.  GE’s MNST team develops specialized electronic equipment that enables new levels of product performance and new features for GE products. Over the past several years, Aimi has been inventing machines at the micron scale for use in GE Healthcare products. One of these machines is a mechanical switch which is the size of a human hair. Aimi also is working with Quirky, a start-up company that is partnering with GE, and whose mission is to make invention accessible. Aimi received his bachelor’s degrees in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Materials Science. He holds 21 granted US patents and is a Six Sigma Black Belt

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

About GE
GE {NYSE: GE} works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

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miSci and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region Announce $300,000 Gift Towards Challenger Learning Center at miSci
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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2014
Contact:  Jonathan M. Pierce, APR
518-221-1186

MISCI AND THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION ANNOUNCE $300,000 GIFT TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER AT MISCI

miSci – the Museum of Innovation and Science – and The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region today announced a $300,000 grant to the museum to help complete funding to develop a Challenger Learning Center at the region’s science center.

Based on the space shuttle and NASA space exploration program, The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) enables students to experience a space-themed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for the first time in this region.  The program will include a two-month-long classroom study program that will help students apply and enhance their decision-making skills, solve problems and communicate.  The culmination of the students’ classroom work is a simulated space flight to launch a space probe into a comet’s tail or a flight to the moon or Mars.  The “mission” will take place at the CLC where, on NASA-type equipment, the students will work as a team, to utilize navigation, life support, science, computer technology and math skills to solve problems.  One team of students will operate the “mission control room,” while another will operate the “space vehicle”.  During the mission they will be called upon to utilize the science, math and other skills that will be taught in the classroom.

“Completing funding for the CLC has been a multi-year project but the finish line is now in sight,” said miSci Executive Director Dr. William “Mac” Sudduth.  “miSci and the Challenger Learning Center are collaborating to make this dream a reality. The CLC, along with the Dudley Observatory, which moved to miSci in 2013, will be a unique resource for STEM education in the Capital Region and a center for excellence in aerospace education.”

The $300,000 grant for the Challenger Learning Center has been awarded through the Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.  The donor of the grant funds wishes to remain anonymous in order to keep the focus of the gift on miSci and the Community Foundation.

“The Community Foundation is a strong supporter of the Challenger Learning Center,” said Karen Bilowith, President & CEO. “We believe this project represents opportunities for education and inspiration. We also view the construction of the Challenger Learning Center as an enhancement to Schenectady’s current evolution. We’re proud to make this grant to support the Challenger Learning Center, and we are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor who has made this possible.” 

“We are grateful to The Community Foundation for helping to facilitate this grant and for their trust and backing.  The cooperation and support for the Challenger Learning Center from throughout the Capital Region is really exciting.  We know that, once we get it funded and built, it will be a huge success and help area children gain an appreciation for STEM learning,” said Challenger Learning Center President Dr. Heidi DeBlock.

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Since 1968, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has provided an effective means for people who care about this community to be part of shaping its future.  The Community Foundation offers donors a complete toolkit for charitable giving, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together.

The Community Foundation distributed more than $4.87 million in 2013 to hundreds of not-for-profit organizations in the Capital Region and beyond. With assets of more than $60 million, the Foundation is comprised of more than 380 charitable funds created by a diverse group of individuals, families and corporations. In addition, two local independent foundations, the Bender Family Foundation and the John D. Picotte Family Foundation, contract with the Community Foundation for grantmaking assistance.

Through flexible donor services, strategic grant making and community leadership, the Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come.  For more information, please visit them online at www.cfgcr.org or call 518-446-9638.

ABOUT MISCI
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid

Dudley Observatory Launches YouTube Channel
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Contact Dudley Observatory: Elissa Kane
Phone 518-382-7890 x 259 or 518-248-6291
ekane@dudleyobservatory.org


Dudley Observatory Launches YouTube Channel
Chronicling 60 years of Astronomical History

Following the Success of miSci’s YouTube Channel, Dudley’s Trip to the Moon, Mystery of Stonehenge & 12 Other Films Now Available


Fourteen films, archived for over fifty years, are making their debut on the new Dudley Observatory YouTube Channel today. The fascinating visuals of early astronomical documentaries and research materials will delight scientists and historians as well as the general public. To access the channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCExE2X58CRKN_GoSKtdQIzA. Highlights include: Trip to the Moon, The Mystery of Stonehenge, Adirondack Visions, and The Sikhote-Aline Meteorite.


“Meteorshort films enable easy access to important, and in their time, ground-breaking experiments made by Dudley astronomers, such as Curtis Hemenwayho rocket launches,s said Elissa Kane, interim executive director of the Dudley Observatory.  Dudley Observatoryive directorrector of the archive – from raw footage in the field to educational films produced mid-century. Our collection is huge, and it is our intention to release new items to the channel regularly in our role as the Capital District’s Astronomy Resource.”

In addition to the new YouTube channel, the Dudley Observatory hosts and co-sponsors internships, professional development, school and community educational experiences, and star gazing in local rural locations where viewing is best.

The Dudley Observatory was chartered in 1852, and is currently housed at miSci, in Schenectady, New York. It is the oldest organization in the U.S. outside of academia and government dedicated to the support of astronomical research, and continues to serve the Capital Region through educational programs such as star parties, inflatable planetarium programs, and astronomy program partnerships. For more information, check out www.dudleyobservatory.org.

About Dudley Observatory
The Dudley Observatory, chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.  The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology.  The Dudley Observatory’s library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.  The first Dudley Observatory was constructed on a hill in North Albany in 1856. In 1893 a second Observatory was built on Lake Avenue near New Scotland Avenue in Albany and remained in operation until 1965.  During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. From 1956 to 1976, the Observatory was a world leader in the study of micrometeorites, tiny particles less than one-ten-thousandth of a meter in diameter that bombard the earth from space. During the 1970s, the Dudley Observatory also operated a 100-foot radio telescope at Bolton Landing, New York.  Dudley Observatory’s programs include the SkyWatch Lectures, the Rising Stars Internship program, the Hessberg Campership Award, Starlab inflatable planetarium programs for schools, Octagon Barn Star Parties, and the Summer Astronomy Institute for Teachers at RPI.

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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miSci Announces April School Break Activities: Celebrate Spring with Butterflies, Night of the Lion Planetarium Show & More
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April 1, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
382-7890 x 297

miSci Announces April School Break Activities
Celebrate Spring with Butterflies, Night of the Lion Planetarium Show & More

miSci (museum of innovation and science) will offer visitors a chance to celebrate spring and explore science during the upcoming School Break: Saturday, April 12 to Saturday, April 19 with the last chance to see Butterflies, an indoor butterfly house, before it closes April 19 and the new Night of the Lion planetarium show. Visitors will also enjoy: Notion of Motion, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; a full slate of planetarium shows daily; and hands-on demos, including Pocket Tech from The Franklin Institute. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday.

Discover Butterflies, miSci’s indoor butterfly house and see Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci re-creates their habitat– the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies, and learn about how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside your own home.

Visitors can also explore spring with the new Night of the Lion planetarium show at 3:00 p.m. each day. Discover Leo the lion, a constellation visible in the spring night sky, in a fun and informative live exploration of the planets, stars and constellations currently visible in the night sky. This planetarium program also takes a look at current events taking place in space.

miSci is offering Planetarium Shows each day during break week:
•    10:00 a.m. The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
PBS children’s television star Fred Rogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe friends explore the wonders of the sky in this first-visit Planetarium show geared to audiences age three to seven.
•    11:00 a.m. More Than Meets the Eye
Explore planets and deep-sky objects as you can actually expect to see them using binoculars and four or eight-inch telescopes. It compares the naked-eye views from our back yards with observatory astrophotos and spacecraft images. Includes a live segment about the current seasonal sky.
•    1:00 p.m.: The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
•    2:00 p.m.: More Than Meets the Eye
•    3:00 p.m. Night of the Lion
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The planetarium show schedule begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Planetarium shows are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. All Shows at the miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Visitors will also enjoy Notion of Motion, an interactive exhibit of hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. With more than 30 interactive exhibits dealing with every kind of motion – from those that underlie the solar system (circular motion), to pendulum motions, upward motion and motion illusions – Notion of Motion gets to the heart of motion and why it is important. Notion of Motion at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

Pocket Tech Demos explore the technology of personal electronic devices and are offered daily from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Pocket Tech suite of demonstration programs was developed by The Franklin Institute and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State University, in partnership with AT&T and funding from the National Science Foundation. There will also be Science Discovery Demos 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. and hands-on challenges and activities in the Science Zone 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

Admission to Butterflies and Notion of Motion, demos and science activities are free with Museum admission; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  miSci is closed Easter Sunday, April 20. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.miSci.org.  

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.
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miSci & The Dudley Observatory Receive $2500 CDLC Grants
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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci and The Dudley Observatory Each Receive $2,500 CDLC Grants for Digitization of Historic Photos and Artifacts for New York Heritage

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) and The Dudley Observatory have each received $2,500 Capital District Library Council (CDLC) grants to assist with the cataloging and digitization of historic photographs, films, print materials and artifacts from their collections and making them available to the public through the New York Heritage website at http://newyorkheritage.org.

miSci will utilize this grant to digitize and catalog images documenting invention and innovation at General Electric research laboratory in the 1950s and early 1960s.

“We have the definitive photograph and artifact collection documenting technological changes in the region, so miSci is pleased to digitize and catalog this important material through the Capital District Library Council grant and the New York Heritage website,” said miSci’s Executive Director Dr. Mac Sudduth. “The grant will allow us to make more of our collection available to the public as well as the researchers from around the world who use miSci’s Archives.”

miSci’s Archives houses one of the premier collections on the history of technology and its impact on society. With over 1.6 million images that date from the 1850s to the present, the collection’s strengths are many and include photography and film, radio and television film and images, and materials relating to marketing of consumer products as well as medical, power generation and the turbine. Collections from General Electric and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) give a vivid picture of those companies’ international impact. Audio recordings in the collection include rare radio recordings, Edison wax cylinders, and the Edison tinfoil recording from 1878.

The Dudley Observatory’s Library & Archives contains over 150 years of astronomy research history, Albany area archives and rare books. Items that will be digitized and cataloged include items that help tell the Dudley’s story including 8 mm films of rocket launches, moon visits, and research on micrometeorites, lantern slides of comets and 19th century letters that expose the Dudley’s controversial history in the establishment of serious American scientific research.

Elissa Kane, the Dudley Observatory’s Interim Executive Director notes, “The Dudley’s treasure trove will now be available to all of us, students, and researchers, with just a click of the mouse.”  

About miSci
Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

About Dudley Observatory
The Dudley Observatory, chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.  The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology.  The Dudley Observatory’s library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.  The first Dudley Observatory was constructed on a hill in North Albany in 1856. In 1893 a second Observatory was built on Lake Avenue near New Scotland Avenue in Albany and remained in operation until 1965.  During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. From 1956 to 1976, the Observatory was a world leader in the study of micrometeorites, tiny particles less than one-ten-thousandth of a meter in diameter that bombard the earth from space. During the 1970s, the Dudley Observatory also operated a 100-foot radio telescope at Bolton Landing, New York.  Dudley Observatory’s programs include the SkyWatch Lectures, the Rising Stars Internship program, the Hessberg Campership Award, Starlab inflatable planetarium programs for schools, Octagon Barn Star Parties, and the Summer Astronomy Institute for Teachers at RPI.

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miSci Names Director of Development
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For immediate release
March 19, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Names Director of Development

Carmel Patrick, a non-profit management professional with more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, marketing and community development, has been appointed Director of Development at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci).

Patrick comes to miSci most recently from Schenectady County Community College, where she served as Executive Director of Development since 2010. Previously, she has served in leadership positions at Senior Services or Albany, United Way of Northeastern New York, and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. Carmel is a member of Women in Development and of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Carmel is a Member of the Rotary Club of Schenectady and currently serves as its President-Elect. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2013 by the Rotary Club of Schenectady, which also recognized her as Rotarian of the Year in 2011. She is a Past Member and Past Chairperson of the Troy YMCA Board of Directors, and has also served on the Steering Committee for the CDYMCA’s Black and Latino Achievers Program since the program’s inception. Carmel is a member of the YWCA of Northeastern New York’s Nominating Committee as well as a member of the planning committee for the Women Against MS (WAMS) annual luncheon.

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages and serves school children from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

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Hey, Wait a Nanosecond! Celebrate NanoDays™ 2014 at miSci March 29 – April 6
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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Hey, Wait a Nanosecond!
Celebrate NanoDays™ 2014 at miSci March 29 – April 6


Explore nanoscale science and engineering at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, during NanoDays – part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanotechnology. Museum educators will lead nano demonstrations and hands-on activities 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 through Sunday, April 6.

NanoDays is a national initiative organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

“As the region’s science center, miSci is thrilled to be participating in the national NanoDays celebration again this year,” miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth said. “We are continually looking for ways to augment our informal science education offerings, and our nine days of special nanotechnology programming will be a fun way for visitors to learn about an area of science so small you can’t even see it.”

At NanoDays, miSci educators will create new and unique learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Visitors will discover fun hands-on activities and demos on a range of topics including the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale; tools used by nanoscientists; and nano materials with spectacular promise.
miSci (museum of innovation and science) is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  miSci is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission to miSci is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults (12+); add $5 for a Planetarium show. For more information, please call 518-382-7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

More about Nano and NISE Network
At the nanoscale, the scale of atoms and molecules, many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.

Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 14 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010. Through products like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering.

For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit: http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays. For more information about Nano please visit: http://www.whatisnano.org.

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