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April Break @ miSci: Butterflies, Mars, the Stars, NanoDays & More
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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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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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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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March 18, 2015
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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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March 4, 2015
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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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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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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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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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January 5, 2015
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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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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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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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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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For immediate release
November 24, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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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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For Immediate Release
November 7, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
518.382.7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

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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For immediate release
October 30, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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susan.whitaker@misci.org

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
382-7890 x 297
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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For immediate release
October 1, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
382-7890 x 297

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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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014
Contact: Anne Muscarella,
High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine
anne@high10media.com
Susan Whitaker, miSci
susan.whitaker@misci.org



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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For immediate release
July 29, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker

382-7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

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
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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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For immediate release
April 1, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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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
518.382.7890 x 297

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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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
518.382.7890 x 297

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.

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.

This project is based on work supported by the NSF under Award Nos. ESI-05322536 and 0940143.
NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by the NISE Network with permission.

Celebrate Pi Day at miSci with Hands-on Fun: 3.14 (March 14)
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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Celebrate Pi Day at miSci with Hands-on Fun: 3.14 (March 14)

Play with the mathematical term pi (3.14159…) on Pi Day (3.14) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Friday, March 14 – the 14th day of the 3rd month – from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Discover hands-on fun with math on this special day, celebrated on March 14th since 3, 1 and 4 are the start of the decimal form of pi.

Visitors to miSci on March 14th will join math enthusiasts around the world celebrating Pi Day this year. Visitors will explore the history of Pi, play a special Pi trivia game, and have hands-on fun with math and Pi. Each visitor will also help construct a giant chain with each link representing one digit of Pi.

About Pi
Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The mathematical constant represented by the Greek letter Pi, sometimes written as Pi, is approximately equal to 3.14159... Pi is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be expressed as a fraction and that its decimal representation never ends.

Pi Day activities are free with admission:  $6.50 children 3 – 12; $8 seniors (65+); $9.50 adults. mSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, visit www.miSci.org or call 518-382-7890.

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miSci Offers Butterflies Lecture March 11
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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker

518.382.7890 x 297

Butterflies Lecture at miSci March 11

with Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, Principal Scientist at GE Global Research

In conjunction with Butterflies, an indoor butterfly house on exhibit through April 19, miSci (museum of innovation and science) is offering a lecture about butterflies, Learning from Nature: Advancing Technologies from Biomimicry to Biomimetics and to Bioinspiration, Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, Principal Scientist at GE Global Research.

Modern demands for better energy conversion, improved materials toughness, ubiquitous homeland protection, and many other human activities and needs push the limits of existing technologies to the point where we may reach their fundamental performance limits. Thus, without violating the laws of physics, chemistry, and electronics and without crossing the border into the 21st century science fiction, we need to develop new practical technological concepts and solutions. This lecture will stimulate your analytical senses by posing fundamental and practical questions on how to learn from nature its best solutions and to adapt them to solve our own technological needs. We will describe several examples of the successful technological developments originally inspired by plants, insects, mammals, and other species and will provide details on our research results in the area of sensors that were inspired by the iridescent scales of the Morpho butterfly wings.

Admission to the lecture is a suggested donation of $5 - $10. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, call 518-382-7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

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miSci Announces April Break Hands-on Science Classes for Kids
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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces April Break Hands-on Science Classes for Kids
Hands-on Fun for Children in Grades 3 through 8

miSci (museum of innovation and science) is offering April Break Hands-on Science Classes, hands-on fun for children in third through eighth grade, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18. Registration is open and space is limited.

miSci is offering the following classes during April Break:

• Astro Kids (grades 3 – 5)
Take a journey into space and learn all about our solar system! Investigate black holes, comets, and constellations. Learn why the planets move, make a star map, and fit a solar system in your pocket.

• Engineering Mission (grades 6 – 8)
Learn some basic principles of engineering and science.  What makes a structure sturdy? Can you design a building to withstand an earthquake?  A lunar lander for the moon?  Test your building skills as a junior engineer!

Cost for each 5-day class is $200. There is a 10% discount for miSci members and for a  second child in class. Before and after care is available at an additional $10 per hour. Students provide their own lunches. Registration and pre-payment are required. Call 382-7890 x 237 to register or for more information. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. 

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misci Announces February School Break Activites: NEW Butterflies, Mister Rogers\' Planetarium Show & More
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February 10, 2014
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miSci Announces February School Break Activities
NEW Butterflies, Mister Rogers Planetarium Show & More

miSci (museum of innovation and science) will offer visitors a chance to explore science during the upcoming School Break: Saturday, February 15 through Sunday, February 23 with Butterflies, a new indoor butterfly house and a new planetarium show for young audiences, The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. 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.

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 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.

In addition to Butterflies and Notion of Motion, miSci is offering Planetarium Shows each day during break week:

• 11:00 a.m. The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Planetarium Show
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 ages three to seven.
• 12:00 p.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 pm:
The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Planetarium Show
• 2:00 pm:
More Than Meets the Eye
• 3 p.m. –
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. This 45-minute program also takes a look at current events taking place in space.

There is no 11:00 a.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 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 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.  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 Members
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For immediate release
January 28, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Members and 2014 Officers

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Marshall Jones, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, GE Global Research; Bradley Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Union College; and James Lommel, Ph. D., Consultant, Intellectual Property, GE Global Research.

The following trustees will serve as officers on the Board of Trustees for 2014: Earl T. Redding, Esq., Attorney, Roemer Wallens & Mineaux LLP, will serve as president. Trudy Lehner, Senior Advisor, Marketing and Government Affairs, SuperPower Inc., will serve as vice president. Tobi Saulnier, Ph.D., CEO, 1st Playables Productions, will serve as treasurer. Tony Farah, President, Farah Consulting, LLC, will serve as secretary.

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 Offerings for Martin Luther King Day
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January 8, 2014
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miSci Announces Offerings for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Last Day to See Trains & Toys
Notion of Motion, Planetarium Shows, and more!

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, will be open regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the last day to see Trains & Toys, an exhibit in which visitors can see the model trains run and play with toys they don’t have at home. Visitors can also explore Notion of Motion, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; discover the night sky with a planetarium show; and explore the science of personal electronics with special Pocket Tech demos.

In Trains & Toys, visitors will see an elaborate 19- by 27-foot layout constructed by the Upstate Train Associates with continuously running O Gauge model trains. These are the trains most people know and love as the Lionel trains. Visitors can also play with toys they may not have at home, such as constructing a playhouse from giant building bricks, exploring measurement at the sand tables, and more.  

The train layout includes an amusement park with Santa riding a roller coaster and a pair of children ice skating on a pond, a farm scene with horses and cows, and much more. The trains that load and unload their cargo of barrels, lumber, and other objects always delight visitors. And, there’s even a small working Thomas the Trains display, for those children who know and love the Thomas the Train character. 

In addition to seeing Trains & Toys, visitors will also be able to explore Notion of Motion where they can send cloud rings soaring to the ceiling, play with a pendulum snake, and more hands-on challenges. The exhibit is from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a global leader in interactive science renowned for changing the way the world learns, lets visitors become scientists, ask questions, and see what happens – to fully explore the many phenomena related to motion with more than 30 interactive exhibits.

miSci is offering the following Planetarium Shows on Martin Luther King Jr Day:

·       10:00 a.m. Visit to the Moon (recommended for ages 3 – 7 years old) guides young visitors on an exploration of the Moon.

·       11:00 a.m. More Than Meets the Eye explores 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.

·       1:00 pm Visit to the Moon  (recommended for young audiences ages 3 – 7 years old)

·       2:00 pm More Than Meets the Eye

·       3:00 p.m. Night of the Hunter explores 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.

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 be Pocket Tech demos from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. where visitors can 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.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. General admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. Add $5 for a planetarium show. Admission to Trains & Toys is included in general admission.

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 Offers New Year\'s Eve Camp-In for Kids
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December 4, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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New Year’s Eve Camp-In for Kids at miSci
12-Hour Overnight: Hands-on FUN…and Even Some Sleep!

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) is offering its first-ever New Year’s Eve Camp-In for kids seven to 10 years old – a jam-packed overnight of fun at the science center with a scavenger hunt, planetarium show, hands-on science, and other special after-hours activities – from 8 p.m. December 31 to 8 a.m. January 1.

“miSci is a year-round leader in science education and fun for children throughout the region, and our New Year’s Eve Camp-In is a quality way for children to celebrate the holiday in a unique setting,” said miSci’s Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “The New Year’s Eve Camp-In is a fitting way for miSci to end a record-setting year of new exhibits and programs and kick off a new year full of new exhibits and programs.”

Cost for the New Year’s Eve Camp-In is $96 per child; $4 per 15 minutes of after and before care. There is also a special mini Camp-In for children four to six years old from 8 p.m. December 31 to 8 a.m. January 1 at a cost of $50 per child. Registration is required. Call 518-382-7890 x 237 to register or for more information. 

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 Kicks Off Holiday Season with Trains & Toys November 29
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For immediate release
November 14, 2013
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miSci Kicks Off the Holiday Season with Trains & Toys
New Expanded Exhibit Opens November 29
See the model trains run! Stay and play with toys you don’t have at home!

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, kicks off the holiday season with a new exhibit, Trains & Toys, November 29. The popular model trains are back at miSci! This year’s exhibit features running model trains, and toys you don’t have at home. Play a song on a huge walk-on piano, construct your own playhouse with giant building bricks, and lots more!

miSci has expanded the exhibit by opening earlier in the holiday season, being open every day of the week, and including toys you don’t have at home. This year marks the first time miSci’s popular holiday model train exhibit opens in November, giving families around the region and beyond more time to enjoy the trains with friends and relatives during the Thanksgiving weekend. The model train exhibit opens November 29, 2013 and runs through January 20, 2014.

An elaborate 19- by 27-foot layout constructed by the Upstate Train Associates displays running O Gauge model trains in front of the main entrance to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. These are the trains most people know and love as the Lionel trains. In addition to several model trains that run continuously, visitors can see a host of other items that have been added to the display over the years. These include an amusement park with Santa riding a roller coaster and a pair of children ice skating on a pond, a farm scene with horses and cows, and much more. The trains that load and unload their cargo of barrels, lumber, and other objects always delight visitors. And, there’s even a small working Thomas the Trains display, for those children who know and love the Thomas the Train character. 

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. General admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. Admission to Trains & Toys is included in general admission.

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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Over 100 Attended Keep the Lights On Afterschool Event at miSci
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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2013
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Over 100 Attended Keep the Lights On Afterschool Event at miSci
Hands-on Fun for Students from the Y, Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Schenectady Day Nursery, Quest, and Union College’s Kenney Center

Over 100 students from area afterschool programs attended Keep the Lights on Afterschool, an afternoon of free hands-on fun in celebration of a national initiative organized by the Afterschool Alliance and supported by the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC), October 17 at miSci (the museum of innovation and science).

Students from the Capital District YMCA programs in Schenectady City Schools, Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Schenectady Day Nursery, Quest and Union College’s Kenney Center explored science with hands-on electricity and nanotechnology demos, saw special planetarium shows, and played with interactive exhibits like Notion of Motion and THINK.

The event at miSci was just a one of the more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events that took place in communities across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide, during the week of October 14 – 17, 2013. The events, which ran the gamut from showcasing science experiments to dance recitals to computer animation demonstrations to sports contests, were all part of the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is now in its 14th year. More than a million people are expected to participate.

For the seventh year in a row, the Empire State Building was lit up in yellow in support of afterschool programs. Earlier this month, the PBS program POV began airing the award-winning documentary film “Brooklyn Castle” to kick off the 2013 Lights On Afterschool. The film chronicles the story of a Brooklyn afterschool chess program, which has created the nation’s most winning chess team.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things – such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry – and discover new skills. The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills they learn and experience at afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

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. 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. 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.

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miSci Expands Preschool Science Program
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For immediate release
October 17, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Expanding Preschool Science Program
to Accommodate Increasing Number of Interested Families
6 Sessions Now Offered Each Month

Due to the increasing number of interested families in the region, miSci (museum of innovation and science) is expanding its preschool science program, Little Wonders of Science, to six sessions each month, up from the two monthly sessions currently offered. The new schedule begins in November with Little Wonders of Science: Sounds All Around at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15 and 16, 2013. Additionally, miSci will offer a special planetarium program geared especially for young audiences at 10:00 a.m. on Little Wonders program dates.

Little Wonders of Science offers pre-school age children (ages 3-5) an opportunity to delve into basic science concepts. Each month, different topics such as wind, light or water, are explored with the use of familiar family-friendly books and hands-on activities. Little Wonders of Science combines reading time and hands-on fun exploring science.

In December, miSci will offer Little Wonders of Science: The Berenstain Bears All Aboard! at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 19, 20 and 21. In addition to exploring train-related science, visitors can also enjoy the model trains that are part of miSci’s holiday exhibit, Trains & Toys which runs November 29, 2013 to January 20, 2014.

To register for Little Wonders of Science, please call 518-382-7890 x 224 or visit www.miSci.org/events. Admission to Little Wonders of Science is included in museum admission and free for miSci members. Admission to miSci is $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.

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 Permanent Hours: Open Every Day
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For immediate release
September 30, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Announces New Permanent Hours: Open Every Day
to Accommodate Increased Attendance
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm

Due to increased attendance, miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) announces new permanent hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., replacing the previous schedule of being open every day only during school breaks and the summer.

miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth said the new hours of operation are in response to a major increase in attendance and to offer the residents and visitors the opportunity to visit the region’s science center every day.

“We’ve seen record attendance throughout the year – from Butterflies in February, March and April to Dinosaurs! this summer to Notion of Motion every day since it opened in June,” said Sudduth. “Area residents and visitors to the region now have the chance to visit miSci every day.”

Shows will be offered in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium Monday through Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 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 miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Admission to miSci is $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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miSci Receives Pocket Tech Programs from Franklin Institute
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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker

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miSci One of 16 Museums Nationwide to Receive New Pocket Tech Programs from Franklin Institute
Demonstration Kits to Focus on Personal Electronic Devices

miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, is one of 16 museums in the nation to receive the Pocket Tech suite of demonstration programs from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Pocket Tech features 6 interactive, visitor-tested demonstrations with a focus on the technology of personal electronic devices. The demonstrations are designed to be used with small groups of visitors. Demonstration topics include Computer Speak, Computer Logic, Touch Screens, Screen Orientation, Color Displays, and Signal Transmission. Pocket Tech demonstration programs will begin at miSci in November.

The award also includes the opportunity for miSci to send an educator to a one-day training session at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA in October.

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.

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 Columbus Day Offerings: Careers in Energy Day with National Grid & More
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For immediate release
September 25, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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susan.whitaker@misci.org

miSci Announces Columbus Day Offerings
Careers in Energy Day with National Grid
Notion of Motion, THINK® and Planetarium Shows

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Columbus Day, Monday, October 14 and is offering Careers in Energy Day with National Grid, interactive exhibits including Notion of Motion and THINK®, and Planetarium Shows.

Careers in Energy Day with National Grid runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers special demonstrations with electric operating, service and safety personnel from National Grid. This event is part of Careers in Energy Week, a national initiative to increase awareness about energy careers. Careers in Energy Week activities are opportunities for energy companies to connect with their local communities by sponsoring special events where schools, families and other businesses can learn more about how these companies operate and the importance they have in the local economy. During Careers in Energy Week, students are encouraged to learn how energy companies operate, the types of careers currently available and what may be expected in the future, and the importance of energy companies in the local economy.

Visitors will also enjoy Notion of Motion, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Motion pervades nature. Planets move, the earth moves, people and plants move and grow, so do spinning tops and moving pictures. 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.

In addition to Careers in Energy Day with National Grid, Notion of Motion and THINK®, miSci is offering Planetarium Shows on Columbus Day:

10:00 a.m.        Visit to the Moon Have you ever looked at the full moon and wondered about it?  Wondered what it was made of?  Wondered what it looked like up close? This introductory planetarium program guides young visitors on an exploration of the Moon. Best for ages 3 – 7.

11:00 a.m.        Cowboy Astronomer Narrated by Cowboy Humorist Baxter Black, this star show combines star tales and Native American legends with constellations, star-hopping, and astronomy facts.

1:00 pm:           Visit to the Moon Best for ages 3 – 7.

2:00 pm:           Cowboy Astronomer

3:00 p.m.          Seasonal Sky Tour offers a live narration of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the current night sky. This 45 minute program also takes a look at current events happening in astronomy.

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 miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Careers in Energy Day, Notion of Motion, and THINK® 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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Saturdays in October Are GE Kids In Free Days at miSci
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September 16, 2013
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Saturdays in October Are GE Kids In Free Days at miSci
Children 12 & under receive Free Admission to museum, floor programs and planetarium shows

Saturdays in October are GE Kids In Free Days at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum). On October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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 William “Mac” Sudduth. “We are deeply appreciative to GE for choosing miSci as part of this important program.”

Visitors to miSci on Saturdays in October will be able to explore all of the highly interactive exhibits on display, including:  Notion of Motion, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; THINK® created by IBM (through October 14), a highly interactive touchscreen experience exploring innovation; and MRI: Examining the Human Body, exploration of a landmark medical imaging technology developed in the Capital Region.

miSci will also be offering floor programs during GE Kids In Free Days. Science Discovery Demos: Simple Machines are interactive demos that will be offered 12:30p.m. to 1p.m. Saturdays in October. There will be hands-on challenges in the Science Zone from 1p.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: Visit to the Moon (especially recommended for children ages three to seven), Cowboy Astronomer, and Seasonal Sky Tour. 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 arts, 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.

"With more than 7,000 employees in the Capital Region, GE believes strongly in contributing to the region's tremendous quality of life," said Christine Horne, communications and public affairs director for GE Power & Water in Schenectady. "Through GE Kids in Free Days, we hope to provide families with high-quality, affordable entertainment and cultural experiences that engage and inspire."

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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The Dudley Observatory Moves to miSci
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For immediate release
August 7, 2013
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Contact Dudley Observatory: Elissa Kane
Phone 382-7890 or 518-248-6291
ekane@dudleyobservatory.org

The Dudley Observatory moves to miSci
Collaboration expands reach of Dudley’s Astronomy Programs
with miSci’s Growing Audience

The Dudley Observatory and miSci are delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration which is designed to expand the reach of Dudley’s astronomy education programs through miSci’s rapidly growing audience.  The Dudley gains a public presence in miSci’s transforming facility and its important History of Astronomy Library & Archives will be housed properly along with miSci’s prestigious archival collection of more than 1.5 million images and artifacts; miSci gains access to the astronomy expertise of the Dudley’s Board of Directors who represent ground-breaking research and education in Astronomy and Astrophysics at RPI, Union, University at Albany and Siena.

“We’re thrilled at miSci’s gracious invitation to share their space, exhibit our meteorites, clocks and globes and together, and create new science education programs,” said Heidi Newberg, Dudley Observatory’s Board President.  “The Dudley Observatory has been seeking a more permanent  location that allows better public access to our collections and programs, and miSci has been expanding its science and astronomy focus.  We’re happy to be part of that.”

“As the region’s science center, we have a climate of collaboration at miSci, and our collaboration with the Dudley Observatory is the most recent example of partnering with another organization to allow both institutions to better fulfill our missions,” said miSci’s Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “We welcome the Dudley Observatory and the opportunity to work together to offer their long history of high quality astronomy programs to miSci’s public and school audiences, which are growing rapidly due to our exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium and blockbuster Butterflies and Dinosaurs! exhibits.”

In addition to night sky viewing events, lectures, and other astronomy programs, the Dudley Observatory offers outreach programs with a portable planetarium dome, a valuable teaching tool which will reach a greater number of school children throughout the Capital Region through the collaboration with miSci, a well-established provider of outreach programming. Enhanced outreach programming will increase the reach and impact of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, a vital topic for state-wide learning standards at the elementary and middle school levels and for college and job readiness at the high school level.

For the first time in years, the Dudley Observatory will have adequate space to display items from their collection so the public can explore them. Significant items from the collection include meteorites and astronomical clocks, including one purchased in Germany in 1856 and made by Albany clockmaker Charles Fasoldt. These pieces will complement astronomy-related items already on display at miSci.

The collaboration between the Dudley Observatory and miSci will also result in the Dudley Observatory’s library and collection of astronomy books and materials being housed in climate controlled areas properly equipped for preservation alongside miSci’s archives of images and artifacts. The Dudley Observatory’s library & archive includes materials on the history of the Dudley Observatory, astronomy and astrophysics history, and important astronomical works, including early editions of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Gauss.

miSci’s Archives is 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. Researchers, including exhibitors, educators, authors, filmmakers, historians, genealogists, archaeologists, architects, and students visit and use miSci’s Archives. Images have appeared in local and national PBS documentaries, the History Channel, A&E, the Discovery Channel, Home and Garden Television, BBC, CBC, and all three major network news broadcasts and in museums around the country.

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.

miSci Received $2500 NASA Grant
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For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013
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miSci Receives $2,500 NASA Grant to Provide NASA Rocketry Camp Content for YMCA Camp in Schenectady

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum), a regional leader in STEM education, was awarded a $2,500 NASA mini grant to integrate NASA Summer of Innovation content into an existing summer camp program operated by the YMCA in Schenectady, NY. 

Educators from miSci will deliver 18 hours of inquiry-based instruction using NASA Rocketry Camp content over three days to campers during the week of July 29, 2013. Applying their understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the engineering design process, youth will conduct hands-on experiments. Programming will develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and spark an interest in STEM-related careers.

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. 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. 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.

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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Members
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For Immediate Release
July 15, 2013
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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Members

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) announces the addition of the following members to its Board of Trustees:

Marion Grimes is past president of the YWCA of Schenectady board of directors and past president of the Mohawk Valley Library System board of trustees, and serves or has served in volunteer leadership roles with a variety of community organizations, including the Town of Glenville Parks Commission, the Schenectady County Public Library, and the Schenectady County Child Guidance Board.

Roger Hull is the founder, chairman, and president of Help Yourself Foundation to broaden the pipeline to college for at-risk students by creating after-school academies on college campuses. He served as president of Union College from 1990 to 2005, during which time he raised $250 million that resulted in tripling the endowment, oversaw 24 new or renovated campus facilities and 15 endowed chairs.

Bela Musits is currently the dean of the School of Management at Union Graduate College; she has served as an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Schenectady County Community College and Union Graduate College. She is the founder of two venture backed companies and has held senior management and technical positions at the corporate research labs of IBM and GE.

Trish Williams has served as the senior associate dean of students at Union College since 2002. She has also served as associate dean of students, director of residence life, and assistant dean of students at Union College. Her community affiliations include Schenectady County Embraces Diversity (SCED) and the YWCA Northeastern New York Board of Directors.

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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Notion of Motion, a Moving Exhibit from San Francisco\'s Exploratorium Opens June 15
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June 13, 2013
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miSci Opens Notion of Motion: A Moving Exhibit from
San Francisco’s Exploratorium June 15
Planetarium Shows, Science Demos, Hands-on Activities

Motion pervades nature. Planets move, the earth moves, people and plants move and grow, so do spinning tops and moving pictures. Motion leads to change and change holds our attention. Notion of Motion, a new exhibition with over 30 startling 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, is on view at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) from June 15, 2013 to June 1, 2014.   

Why?  After all, the birth of science was rooted in the study of motion. Galileo studied patterns in the ways things fall; Kepler studied the motion of planets; Newton noticed that the apple falling from the tree and the moon in its orbit around earth were linked by a grand pattern of motion – gravity. The perception of motion is key to human survival, so much so, that sometimes we even see motions that aren’t there – and alternatively, fail to see motions that are, as Notion of Motion reveals.

The exhibits in Notion of Motion allow visitors to behave like scientists and ask questions and see what happens – to fully explore phenomena.The exhibits in Notion of Motion originated at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the world’s leader in hands-on science. Notion of Motion at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth noted, “We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid in fully sponsoring Notion of Motion at miSci. Having this world-class exhibition from the Exploratorium in Schenectady is an important new resource for the region and helps position miSci as the regional leader in STEM education and experiences.”

Among the exhibits on view in Notion of Motion are:
At Gravity Well, roll marbles or steel balls or even coins around the Gravity Well and they move like planets orbiting the sun, just as Kepler predicted. 

At Falling Magnets, spin the disk and magnets move in a circular dance. Depending on how fast or slow you spin the disk, the dance changes. Why?  Currents drive the magnets upwards, but gravity pulls them down – leaving them in a kind of floating orbit. 

At Pendulum Snake, ten pendulums of different lengths start swinging together, but became complex and out of phase, swinging seemingly at random.  But lo and behold, they come back to swinging together again, all because of the carefully calibrated length of their strings. 

At Coupled Pendulum, watch the energy of one pendulum move gradually to the other and back again, in an awe-inspiring display of resonant frequency. 

At Rope Squirter, this dancing rope is activated by a pulley that is attached to a spinning motor.  But what’s important is that the string  -- which becomes a wild dancing loop, twisting itself and surprising visitors as they try to capture it in funnels, blocks, arms, and hands, as it takes its many unpredictable forms. 

At Aether Zoetrope, find out about illusions of motion. The Zoetrope was invented in the mid-1800’s, long before the development of the movie camera or animated cartoons.  It was an early way to derive motion from still pictures, by turning a crank, activating a spinning cylinder and looking through slits to see an image “move.”  The illusion of spinning motion comes from our inherent persistence of vision, when each image lingers in our eye and brain long enough to merge with the next. 

At Talking in Circles, spin a large goblet and suddenly two people appear and seem to be talking.  Stop it and there’s nothing there.  How is it that you’ll perceive a motion that isn’t there?

Opening Day Activities
11:00 am – 5pm: All Exhibits Open
Explore our newest exhibit Notion of Motion, as well as THINK created by IBM, the Bridge of Fire, MRI: Examining the Human Body, Fueling the Future, the Shadow Room, and more!

12:30 pm: Science Discovery Demo: Electricity
Have an explosive visit with this bonus educational opportunity! Learn all about electricity at this educator-led science demo.

1:00 pm: 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. Recommended for young audiences.

1 – 2:30 pm: Science Zone Engineering Activity: Newspaper Tower Challenge
What is the tallest tower you can build with only a few sheets of newspaper? Find out at this educator-led activity in miSci’s Science Zone. Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid.

2:00 pm: Just Imagine Planetarium Show
View planets and deep-sky objects as you can actually expect to see them using binoculars and four or eight-inch telescopes. This show compares the naked-eye views from our back yards with observatory astrophotos and spacecraft images, and includes a live segment about the current seasonal sky.

2:30-3:30 pm: Investigate: Nanotechnology
Explore nanotechnology, an area of science so small you can’t see it, at this fun science demo.

3:00 pm: Seasonal Sky Tour Planetarium Show
Enjoy a live narration of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the current night sky. This program also takes a look at current events happening in astronomy.

Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the GOTO Chronos Star Projector, a state-of-the-art star machine and teaching tool that lets visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. Planetarium seating is limited.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. General admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. General admission plus planetarium is: Children (3-12) $11.50; Seniors (65+) $13; Adults $14.50. Admission includes admission to all exhibits including Notion of Motion.

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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Roaring, Robotic Dinosaurs Come Alive at miSci! New Exhibit Opens June 29
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June 12, 2013
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Roaring, Robotic Dinosaurs Come Alive at miSci!
New Exhibit Opens June 29
Extended Summer Hours, 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday; 12 – 5pm Sunday

Roaring, robotic dinosaurs come alive at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) this summer. Visitors will be in for a treat when a lively group of stomping, roaring animated dinosaurs move in for a three-month stay from June 29 to September 29, 2013.

Visitors will meet a 32-foot long Apatosaurus, tremble at a growling 12-foot tall cousin of T-Rex, and watch dinosaur mothers tend their broods. There’s even a nest full of eggs ready to hatch! In addition to interacting with the 18 animatronic dinosaurs throughout the museum, visitors will learn all about these prehistoric creatures in the dino dig site, fossil rubbing station, and other hands-on discovery areas.

“Children are fascinated with dinosaurs. Dinosaurs! will be a fun way for visitors of all ages to explore science and nature during the summer,” said miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “This blockbuster exhibit and our extended summer hours are just the latest in a series of successful new initiatives from the science center for the region this year.”

In addition to scenes with the 12-foot long Albertosaurus and full scale, 32-foot long Apatosaurus (formerly known as the Brontosaurus), other scenes include a mother Maiasaura with her young, two “butt head” creatures known as the Pachycephalosaurus, and a Tenontosaurus attempting to defend himself from attack by a group of Deinonychus.

Dinosaurs! at miSci is made up of computer-controlled creatures with realistic skin, body parts that move, and roars that will blow you away! The creatures, designed by Los Angeles-based Kokoro Dinosaurs, interact with each other in natural-looking environments. Kokoro Dinosaurs designs each new animal through consultation with palentologists at museums and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The company molds each dinosaur’s skin from silicone using a patented process based on existing patterns from fossilized dinosaur skin.

Because scientists are continually gathering new information on prehistoric animals the models are updated almost every year. To emphasize current views of dinosaurs as sociable, not solitary, animals some displays, such as the Apatosaurus exhibit, feature adults and juveniles together. Fossils can’t reveal some secrets. As scientifically accurate as Kokoro’s designers have tried to be, there are still many unanswered questions about prehistoric animals. Although scientists can make educated guesses, no one will ever know what color a dinosaur’s skin was or how the dinosaur sounded.

About the Dinosaurs:
Albertosaurus
A distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, this therapod walked on powerful hind legs using its tail as a balance.  It is still unknown whether Albertosaurus was an active hunter or an opportunistic scavenger.

Apatosaurus
This sauropod dinosaur weighed approximately 30 tons.  Apatosaurus had a long neck, with a small narrow head.  Scientists theorize that these features, combined with the long, thin teeth found in the front of the mouth, would have allowed Apatosaurus to forage on treetops.

Deinonychus
Deinonychus belongs to a group of small carnivores called Deinonychid.  It had a long, stiff tail that was held straight for balance.  It is suspected that these agile hunters used the talons on their hind feet to rake the soft underbelly of their prey.  The fossilized remains of Deinonychus have been found with Tenontosaurus.

Euoplocephalus
Euoplocephalus was the most common North American ankylosaur.  This creature was covered in an armor of bony disks, which protected the exposed parts of the body.  Rows of plates and spikes ran across the back of the creature and a club of fused bone at the end of the tail.  These features helped protect Euoplocephalus from predators.

Maiasaura
Maiasaura belonged to a group of dinosaurs called hadrosaurs, or “Duckbills”.  The discovery of nesting sites in Montana revealed bird-like behaviors.  Scientists believe that Maiasaura traveled in large herds, nested in colonies, and brought food to their young.  Maiasaura babies were dependent upon their parents for some time after hatching, and may have had growth rates similar to modern day birds and mammals.

Pachycephalosaurus
This is the largest of the thick headed dinosaurs.  It had a skull of solid bone that measured ten inches thick.  Some scientists theorize that male Pachycephalosaurus used their heads to butt one another , possible in an attempt to establish male dominance during breeding season.

Tenontosaurus
Tenontosaurus was a large herbivore, with a tail almost half the length of the body.  It has been theorized that this powerful tail could have been used as a whip in defense against predators.  Remains of Tenontosaurus have been found with those of small carnivores, such as Deinonychus.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. General admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. General admission includes admission to all exhibits including Dinosaurs.

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 23, 2013
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 (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) 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 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. 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.

“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,800 museums across the United States, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, more than 1,800 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Association 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 75 children’s museums. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/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 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, 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.

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 Corp, 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 http://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 $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 2013 Celebrates Top Student Inventions from More than 1300 Submissions
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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker

518.382.7890 x 297

Invention Convention 2013 Celebrates Top Student Inventions from More than 1300 Submissions

The creators of 100 inventions by elementary and middle school students were recognized as part of Invention Convention 2013 at a reception and awards ceremony at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) on Sunday, May 19, 2013.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 Glow in the Dark Twister to a Clear Glass Waffle Iron to a Saddle Warmer, the inventions were chosen from 1318 submissions representing 42 schools and two home schools around the Capital Region. Additionally, the creators of the top 25 inventions were honored as finalists, 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 were on display at miSci from May 3-19. The volunteer team subsequently selected the top 25 finalists and their names were announced at Sunday’s Regional Awards ceremony.

“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,” notes miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “Invention Convention is an important annual initiative for the region’s science center.”

Guest speaker at this year’s ceremony was GE Global Research Senior Electronics Cooling Researcher Peter de Bock, who delivered a special presentation on Embrace Your Inner Inventor! de Bock’s current focus is on cooling electronics for airplanes and consumer products. He leads a large effort to make electronics for aircraft more powerful and reliable. de Bock is also the lead developer on a new air mover technology called Dual Cool Jets. The Dual Cool Jet technology work has been extensively featured in international magazines and in the recent issue of Popular Mechanics. This new technology is being developed for more powerful and thin mobile products such as tablets and laptops.

A GE scientist or engineer is annually selected to be the Invention Convention keynote speaker. Since its inception in 1997, GE has supported Invention Convention with more than 600 volunteers and $80,000 in funding.

“Invention Convention is an important regional program to help advance student interest in science and technology,” added Christine Horne, Manager of Public and Community Relations 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 2013 supporters: GE , MVP Healthcare, M & T Bank, Neil • Jane William • Estelle Golub Family Foundation, Inc., Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation,1st Playable Productions, LLC, Berkshire Bank, CSArch Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Hoffman Warnick LLC, 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 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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Inventor's First Name

Inventor's Last Name

Title of Invention

Grade School

Ayoub

Benchaita

No-Fall Binder

7

Acadia Middle School

Brittany

Maklos

Clear Glass Waffle Iron

7

Acadia Middle School

Hannah

Hanson

The Comfortable Pointe Show

7

Acadia Middle School

Sean

Sampler

Super Shovel

4

Albany Academy

Ryan

Mattison

Drink Holder Cane

5

Ballard Elementary

Naomi

Hodgson

Puppy RV

5

Ballard Elementary

Otis

McCarthy

Pick-a-Pickle

3

Ballard Elementary

Alivia

Wagoner

Fingerprinter

6

Berne Knox Westerlo

Ankia

Govindarajan

Flash Leash

4

Brown

Connor

Danz

Super Popcorn Bucket With Napkin Dispenser

3

Doane Stuart

Tyler

Clute

I Pad Fingerprint Recognition

5

Dorothy Nolan Elem

Leila

Nayar

Thermochrome Boundries

8

Iroquois Middle School

Sydney

DeLeonardis

A Clean Twist

5

Lake Avenue Elementary school

Savanna

Hardt

Suction Food and Water Bowl

5

Malta Avenue Elem

Kaelan

Kasowski

Head Foams

4

Malta Avenue Elem

Jack

Davis

Portable Solar Powered Lawn Mower

5

Milton Terrace North

Jenna

Gold-Wienk

Marshmello Thins

5

Milton Terrace South

Sam

Bartgis

Easy Melt Band-Aid

2

Milton Terrace South

Emily

Baker

Light Switch Pressure Plates

6

Oliver W Winch Middle

Spencer

Clark

Automated Controls Stove

6

Oliver W Winch Middle

Keiley

Hall

Freezer Bandaid

6

Oliver W Winch Middle

Tyler

Michaelson

Pull-Out Desk Extender

6

O-Rourke Middle

Ara-Noelle

Ramos

White Cane Awareness Light

4

Schyuerville Elem

Jeremiah