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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
382-7890 x 297
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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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
GE {NYSE: GE} works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dudley Observatory Launches YouTube Channel
Chronicling 60 years of Astronomical History

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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miSci Announces April School Break Activities: Celebrate Spring with Butterflies, Night of the Lion Planetarium Show & More
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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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March 26, 2014
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miSci and The Dudley Observatory Each Receive $2,500 CDLC Grants for Digitization of Historic Photos and Artifacts for New York Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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miSci Names Director of Development
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March 19, 2014
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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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March 18, 2014
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Hey, Wait a Nanosecond!
Celebrate NanoDays™ 2014 at miSci March 29 – April 6


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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March 10, 2014
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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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March 3, 2014
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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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February 26, 2014
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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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January 28, 2014
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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
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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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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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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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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
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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
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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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May 20, 2013
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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.

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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

Tichy

Undercover Access

7

Sharon Springs Central

Grace

Field

Bus Seat Board

5

St Marys School - Waterford

From Glow in the Dark Twister to a Clear Glass Waffle Iron to a Saddle Warmer, Invention Convention 2013 at miSci Showcases Top 100 Student Inventions from Over 1300 Submissions
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From Glow in the Dark Twister to a Clear Glass Waffle Iron to a Saddle Warmer, Invention Convention 2013 at miSci Showcases Top 100 Student Inventions from Over 1300 Submissions

From Glow in the Dark Twister to a Clear Glass Waffle Iron to a Saddle Warmer, 100 inventions created by elementary and middle school students chosen from over 1,300 submissions representing 42 schools and 2 home schools around the Capital Region will be on display at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) as part of Invention Convention 2013 from May 3 through May 19, 2013.

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 are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their concept. These inventions are on display at miSci through May 19, 2013.

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 even during leisure time activities. This year 1,318 entries were received, a dramatic increase from the 167 received in 1998, according to miSci Education Specialist Elizabeth Hoffman. A volunteer team of scientists, patent lawyers and other professionals from the community evaluated the submissions and chose the top 100 entries. 

“miSci is proud to collaborate with area schools, our sponsors, scientists and teachers 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 Hoffman.

The Regional Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at miSci to celebrate the 100 student inventor semi-finalists and to announce 25 finalists. General Electric (GE) Global Research Senior Electronics Cooling Researcher Peter de Bock will deliver a special presentation entitled Embrace Your Inner Inventor! at the ceremony.

Originally a native of the Netherlands, de Bock received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. de Bock moved to the United State in 2003 to work at GE Global Research. In his role as electronics cooling researcher, de Bock has worked on the wide variety of products that GE makes. His efforts have helped make power plants more efficient and keep electronic systems more cool and reliable.

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.

The following are Invention Convention 2013 sponsors: Inventor – GE , MVP Healthcare; Problem Solvers – M & T Bank, Neil • Jane  William • Estelle Golub Family Foundation, Inc., Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; Tinkerers – 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 10 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1,428 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.
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miSci celebrates THINK® created by IBM, an exhibit on making the world work better
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April 16, 2013
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miSci celebrates THINK® created by IBM, an exhibit on making the world work better
Regional science center works with business and technology partners to make innovative approach to STEM education available to Capital Region teachers and lifelong learners  

THINK® created by IBM, a new exhibit on making the world work better with the help of technology, was celebrated today at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) by a crowd of business, technology, education and community leaders. Students from Tech Valley High School helped to officially open the exhibit. 

“This exhibit brings a new level of excitement about the everyday application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Neil Golub, Price Chopper Supermarkets’ executive chairman of the Board and one of the driving forces behind the transformation of miSci.  “We are thrilled to see this dream of a regional science center move one step closer with the help of partners such as John Kelly and IBM.  THINK® created by IBM presents an incredible opportunity for students, teachers and visitors in our community.  This type of partnership, this type of content, this type of innovation is the future of miSci and the future of the Capital Region.”

THINK® created by IBM is a 1,500 square-foot interactive hands-on exhibit that engages visitors through a unique combination of experiences that reveals the ebb and flow of data in our daily lives through colorful visualizations of information from traffic, solar energy, air quality and credit card fraud detection systems.
The exhibit shows how progress is made possible by a combination of people and technology, and by the purposeful way humans have approached the process of innovation.  In addition to touchscreens, the exhibit includes an inspirational film about making the world work better and a self-guided tour.

"The THINK exhibit is an exploration into how the world works and how to make it work better," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research. "It reminds us to consider the advances of the past century and the way science, technology and the quest for innovation have improved our daily lives. IBM has played a part in this progress and we hope the exhibit will encourage a new generation of forward-thinkers."

To keep visitors inspired after experiencing the exhibit, IBM, in concert with the New York Hall of Science, developed STEM lesson plans for middle and high school science teachers, along with a companion app for Apple iPads and 10” Android tablets.

The lessons are featured on Teachers Try Science, a free, critically acclaimed web site that provides science educators with high quality lessons integrated with practical and engaging teaching techniques. 
The lesson plans enable teachers to use the THINK® created by IBM exhibit content to help students understand the process of innovation, while the THINK® created by IBM exhibit app brings those lessons to life. The process of discovery used in the material encourages students to see, map, understand, believe and act on knowledge.

"This exhibit truly helps us as educators inspire our students to study science, technology, engineering, and math.  When students see how what we are teaching is applied in the real world, to solve real problems and to use knowledge to meet human needs, then they have a practical reason to study STEM,” said Dan Liebert, principal of Tech Valley High School.  “This exhibit speaks to students in their own language and in an interactive, and technology rich experience.”

Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, the THINK® created by IBM exhibit app tells stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather prediction and medical advances. It documents the roots of Big Data, from early charts and scales to microscopes and telescopes, from RFID chips to trace food safety and health sensors in clothing, to breath-sensor diabetes detectors.

miSci Director Dr. William “Mac” Sudduth noted, “We are deeply grateful for the vision of Neil and Jane Golub and the generosity of John Kelly at IBM.  Exhibits like this help to underscore miSci as the regional leader in STEM education and experiences. The exhibit shows how STEM is critical to our school children but how the same concepts are easily applied by all ages in everyday life experiences.”

After its debut in 2011 at New York’s Lincoln Center and following a run at the INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, THINK® created by IBM will be on exhibit at miSci through October 14, 2013 before embarking on a world tour.  

miSci has undergone a vigorous transformation in the past year, including a new name, new logo, new mission statement and a new director, Dr. William “Mac” Sudduth.  Under Dr. Sudduth’s direction, miSci has hosted the first exhibit in a series of hands-on, interactive exhibitions from the internationally renowned San Francisco’s Exploratorium (Seeing, now through June 2).  Other recent exhibits, including Butterflies have brought in record crowds, with high anticipation for the summer blockbusters Notion of Motion and Dinosaurs! 

PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
For more information about the THINK® created by IBM exhibit, visit:
• Citizen IBM Blog
• IBM Smarter Planet blog
• www.ibm.com/think
• Flickr (photo credit is IBM.)
• YouTube
• Twitter: Join the conversation at #IBM #THINK

To download the THINK® created by IBM exhibit app:
• For Apple iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibm-think/id546222093?mt=8
• For 10” Android tablets: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ibm.thinkapp

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

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Rensselaer Engineering Students Bring Exploring Engineering Days
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Rensselaer Engineering Students Bring Exploring Engineering Days to miSci Saturdays in April
New Initiative Broadens Reach of Popular Program

Rensselaer’s School of Engineering students are bringing the popular Exploring Engineering Days to miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays in April, April 6, April 13, April 20 and April 27.

Three or four unique Exploring Engineering Day activities will be presented every Saturday in April in 30-minute blocks of time with staggered starts of two sessions beginning at 1:00 pm and the second starting at 1:15 pm. The activities will be led by 15 different collegiate and high school teams.

Exploring Engineering Day is an engineering educational outreach program for children grade three through grade six that takes place annually on Rensselaer’s campus, most recently on Saturday, February 16, 2013. This program is supported by student leaders of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and under the guidance of Barbara Ruel, Director of Diversity and Women in Engineering Programs at Rensselaer. 

This year, the reach of Exploring Engineering Day program activities was broadened with an opportunity for high school honor students to learn about engineering firsthand. High school honors students observed Rensselaer undergraduate students who led hands-on activities at Exploring Engineering Day in February, participated in a special two-hour training session in March to learn how to deliver one of the activities, and will work side-by-side with the college students to deliver the activities with children at miSci.

The Exploring Engineering Days at miSci program is made possible by 12 student groups from Rensselaer’s School of Engineering and a grant from the national Society of Women Engineers and ExxonMobil.

Admission to Exploring Engineering Day activities is free with miSci admission ($6.50 children 3 - 12; $8 seniors 65+; $9.50 adults); add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Saturday, April 20; and Saturday, April 27. 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 Extending Hours for Spring Break: Last Chance to See Butterflies
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March 12, 2013
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miSci Extending Hours for Spring Break: Last Chance to See Butterflies
NanoDays, Seeing, Planetarium Shows, Demos & Hands-on Activities

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) is offering extended hours during Spring Break and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6 and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, March 31. Discover Butterflies before it closes for this year on April 7 as well as Seeing, planetarium shows, hands-on science activities, demos and NanoDays, a national celebration of nanoscale science featuring educator-led nanotechnology activities and demonstrations.

Visitors can escape winter’s chill and discover brilliantly colored native butterflies at Butterflies, miSci’s new indoor butterfly house open through April 7. See Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Tiger 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. Butterflies is sponsored in part by the Academy of the Holy Names and Freihofer’s.

NanoDays at miSci will offer new and unique learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. miSci educators will use fun hands-on activities to demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale level, and to invite discussion about technology and society. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place at selected sites across the nation. 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.

Visitors will also enjoy Seeing, an interactive exhibit of hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Seeing explores the anatomical and physiological features of the light-sensing eye and how the eye and brain work together to perform amazing feats. The exhibits in Seeing originated at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world. Seeing at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

In addition to Butterflies, NanoDays and Seeing, miSci is offering Planetarium Shows each day during break week:
• 11:00 a.m. Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show explores 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.
• 12:00 p.m. Just Imagine Planetarium Show combines science and imagination to see the universe in many different ways. Just Imagine a sky full of stars and the pictures that can be found there. Imagine what life would be like if the Earth had no Moon or if the Sun was a different kind of star.
• 1:00 pm: Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show
• 2:00 pm: Just Imagine Planetarium Show
• 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.

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 hands-on challenges and activities in the Science Zone 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Monday through Friday and 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to Butterflies and Seeing, demos and science activities are free with museum admission ($6.50 children 3 - 12; $8 seniors 65+; $9.50 adults); add $5 for a Planetarium Show. miSci is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6 and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, March 31. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, March 31. 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 Announces Spring into Science Classes for April Break
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February 28, 2013
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miSci Announces Spring into Science Classes for April Break
Hands-on Fun for Children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) announces Spring into Science Classes, hands-on fun for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5.

miSci is offering the following 5-day Spring into Science Classes:

• Discovering Dinosaurs (kindergarten - grade 2)
Shake, rumble, and roar as we investigate dinosaurs!  Discover plant eaters and hunters, and explore their close cousins still found on Earth. Investigate how they moved and adapted. Use all you’ve learned to create your own dino puppet with The Puppet People.

• Wondrous Butterflies (grades 3 - 5)
Explore the life of the butterfly, its behaviors, and adaptations. Delve into the nanostructure of butterfly wings and discover how they have helped scientists explore nanotechnology. Use what you’ve learned to make your very own puppet with The Puppet People.

• Engineering Entrepreneurs (grades 6 - 8)
How do engineers design and create new technology? Explore our exhibits and learn about this creative process.  Explore engineering professions and how they apply their skills to bring innovative ideas to our world. Engineer your own invention to help solve a problem of your choosing.    

Cost for each 5-day class is $200. There is a 10% discount for miSci members and for 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 224 to register or for more information. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. 

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miSci’s New Preschool Science Class Spark! Offering Hands-on Fun Friday Mornings to Focus on Weather in March
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February 14, 2013
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miSci’s New Preschool Science Class Spark! Offering Hands-on Fun Friday Mornings to Focus on Weather in March

Spark!, a new preschool science class at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) offers hands-on fun Friday mornings and will focus on weather 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. March 1, 8, 15 & 22.  Each session of Spark! will use the scientific method at an age appropriate level for the pre-kindergarten participants and have a variety of hands-on activities and experiments. 

Spark! lets preschoolers discover science through hands-on fun Friday mornings. They will see, do and learn with other children and miSci Educators in a classroom setting, songs, stories, games, and other learning tools. Preschoolers can explore a different theme each week and a different topic each month.

March focuses on Weather and will explore ice, wind, temperature and storms with the following classes and main themes:
• Friday, March 1: Frozen Science explores what ice is and what makes ice disappear and includes an ice painting activity.
• Friday, March 8: Hold on to Your Hat! examines what wind can do in nature with tornado making, boat racing, sand dune making and a paper windmill activity.
• Friday, March 15: Snowpants or Swimsuits? focuses on how we can tell if it is hot or cold outside with activities centered on hot and cold sensations and thermometers.
• Friday, March 22: Boom! Crash!...Thunder and Lightning explores what makes a rainstorm with rain making and cloud making activities and a Van de Graaff generator demonstration.

Spark! is offered Friday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost is $50 for miSci members for all four classes or $15 per class; $70 for non-members for all four classes or $18 per class. Registration and pre-payment are required. Call 382-7890 x 224 to register or for more information. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. 
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miSci Offers Extended Hours for February School Break
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For immediate release
January 31, 2013
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Offers Extended Hours for February School Break
Butterflies, Seeing, Planetarium Shows, Demos & Hands-on Activities

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum) is offering extended hours during February School Break and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 16, Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 23 and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 17 and 24. Discover Butterflies, Seeing, planetarium shows, hands-on science activities, and demos.

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, and Red Admirals 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. Butterflies is sponsored in part by the Academy of the Holy Names and Freihofer’s.

Visitors will also enjoy Seeing, an interactive exhibit of hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Seeing explores the anatomical and physiological features of the light-sensing eye and how the eye and brain work together to perform amazing feats. The exhibits in Seeing originated at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world. Seeing at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

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

• 11:00 a.m. Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show explores 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.
• 12:00 p.m.: Just Imagine Planetarium Show combines science and imagination to see the universe in many different ways. Just Imagine a sky full of stars and the pictures that can be found there. Imagine what life would be like if the Earth had no Moon or if the Sun was a different kind of star.
• 1:00 pm: Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show
• 2:00 pm: Just Imagine Planetarium Show
• 3 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.

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 hands-on challenges and activities in the Science Zone 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Monday through Friday and 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to Butterflies and Seeing, demos and science activities are free with Museum admission; add $5 for a Planetarium Show. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 16, Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 23 and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 17 and 24. 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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Butterflies, a New Indoor Butterfly House, Opens at miSci February 16
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For immediate release
January 30, 2013
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Butterflies, an Indoor Butterfly House, Opens at miSci February 16
Extended Hours During School Break Week, 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday

Butterflies, a new exhibit with hundreds of native butterflies fluttering about in an indoor butterfly house, opens Saturday, February 16 at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly Schenectady Museum). miSci will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on opening day, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the rest of February School Break Week, Monday, February 18 through Saturday, February 23, and regular hours 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Opening Day activities include planetarium shows, physics and nanotechnology demos, and a special brain teaser hands-on activity in the Science Zone.

Visitors can escape winter’s chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci’s new indoor butterfly house. See Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, and Red Admirals 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.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 7, 2013. Butterflies is sponsored in part by the Academy of the Holy Names and Freihofer’s.

“We are pleased to start the new year with Butterflies, a fun way for visitors to explore science and nature during the cold winter months”, said miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth. “This new exhibit and our extended hours during February School Break represent the start of many new initiatives from the science center for the region this year.”

About Butterflies
miSci’s butterfly house will be populated by Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, and Red Admirals, 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 – the edge of an open field with plants and flowers the butterflies need for food: aster, red clover, dogbane, marigold, and blazing star. In addition to the plants and flowers, small potted trees provide places for the butterflies to land at varying heights.

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.

Red Admirals
The upper side is black with white spots near the apex; the forewing has a red median band and the hind wing has a red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band. Their wingspan is one and three-quarter inches to three inches.

Opening Day Activities
9:00 am – 5 pm: All Exhibits Open
Explore our newest exhibit Butterflies as well as Seeing, hands-on fun about visual perception, the Bridge of Fire, MRI: Examining the Human Body, Fueling the Future, the Shadow Room, and more.

11:00 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. Recommended for young audiences.

12:00 p.m. Just Imagine Planetarium Show
By combining science and imagination, we can see the universe in many different ways. Just Imagine a sky full of stars and the pictures that can be found there. Imagine what life would be like if the Earth had no Moon or if the Sun was a different kind of star.

12:30 pm: Science Discovery Demo: Physics
Have an explosive visit with this bonus educational opportunity! Have fun with physics 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 Activity: Brain Teasers
After learning about visual perception in the Seeing exhibit, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, continue exploring how your brain tries to make sense of what you see. But sometimes there is more than one way to look at something. See for yourself at this educator-led activity!

2:00 pm: Just Imagine Planetarium Show
By combining science and imagination, we can see the universe in many different ways. Just Imagine a sky full of stars and the pictures that can be found there. Imagine what life would be like if the Earth had no Moon or if the Sun was a different kind of star.

2:30-3:30 pm: Investigate: Nanotechnology Demo
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. General admission includes admission to all exhibits including Butterflies and Seeing, 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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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2013 Officers
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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2013
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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2013 Officers

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) announces the addition of Esther Swanker to its Board of Trustees. Swanker is currently president of the Schenectady County Public Library Board of Trustees and serves or has served in volunteer leadership roles with a variety of organizations, including the Dominican Retreat House, Ellis Hospital Foundation, and the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council. The following trustees will serve as officers on the Board of Trustees:

Earl T. Redding, Esq., Attorney, Roemer Wallens & Mineaux LLP, will serve as president.

Trudy Lehner, Senior Director of 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 Offers Spark!, New Preschool Science Class
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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
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miSci Offers Spark!, New Preschool Science Class
Hands-on Fun Friday Mornings for Children to See, Do and Learn
with Other Children and miSci Educators

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) is offering Spark!, a new preschool science class that explores a different topic each month with sessions 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the first four Fridays of the month. Each session of Spark! will use the scientific method at an age appropriate level for the pre-kindergarten participants and have a variety of hands-on activities and experiments.  

Spark! lets preschoolers discover science through hands-on fun Friday mornings. They will see, do and learn with other children and miSci Educators in a classroom setting, songs, stories, games, and other learning tools. Preschoolers can explore a different theme each week and a different topic each month.

February’s Topic, Butterfly House Exploration, focuses on miSci’s new exhibit, Butterflies (February 16 through April 7) with the following classes and main themes:

· Friday, February 1: A House of Sunlight explores what makes things grow and lets children grow a plant.

· Friday, February 8: A Rocky, Sandy Place examines what constitutes dirt through sorting boulders, pebbles, gravel, and dirt.

· February 15: Flower Food focuses on how flowers eat through dissecting a flower and examining suction with straws.

· February 22: Butterflies Alive explores how butterflies live indoors with a visit to miSci’s new indoor butterfly house.

Spark! is offered Friday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost is $50 for miSci members for all four classes or $15 per class; $70 for non-members for all four classes or $18 per class. Registration and pre-payment are required. Call 382-7890 x 224 to register or for more information. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. 

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Vision and Learning: Help Your Child See Success with Dr. Robert Fox January 24
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January 15, 2013
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Vision and Learning: Help Your Child See Success:
Free Lecture 7pm January 24 by Dr. Robert Fox at miSci

Over 80% of what we learn comes in through our eyes. Looking close for long periods of time can be very stressful for many of our children. Symptoms of difficulty looking up close can include headaches, eye fatigue, and double vision. Other children may simply avoid doing close work or require hours to complete a 20-minute homework assignment. Dr. Robert Fox, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., will discuss how vision problems impact learning and school performance. He will discuss the latest research in this area, show how to screen for deficits, and discuss the treatments that are available for those children that struggle to read and learn due to a vision problem. There will be ample time provided for questions and answers.

Robert S. Fox, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the SUNY-State College of Optometry.  He also completed a residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport V.A. Medical Center.  A Fellow of the College of Optometry in Vision Development, Dr. Fox’s practice in Schenectady, NY, is limited to developmental and rehabilitative optometry.  Dr. Fox is on staff at the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady and is on the professional advisory committee of the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS).  His publications include articles in the Journal of Optometric Vision Development, Investigative Ophthalmology, and Brain Injury Professional. 

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission to Vision and Learning: Help Your Child See Success is free. While not required, RSVPs are appreciated. For more information or to register, please call 518.382.7890 x 228 or visit www.miSci.org/events. Snow date: Thursday, January 31.

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miSci Receives $1,500 Grant from Niskayuna Community Foundation for Middle School Science Education
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For Immediate Release
December 5, 2012
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miSci Receives $1,500 Grant from Niskayuna Community Foundation for Middle School Science Education

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) has received $1,500 from the Niskayuna Community Foundation to support the delivery of science education programs to middle school students attending the Niskayuna Central School District.

This outreach programming is an opportunity for youth to learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and inspire a passion for science during a critical developmental period. Fostering an interest in science is especially important here in Tech Valley where companies need talented scientists and engineers, and area colleges offer strong academic programs in engineering and nanoscale science. This programming will broaden and deepen students’ understanding and help prepare motivated young people to enter the workforce.

The Niskayuna Community Foundation is an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (CFGCR) and is the only philanthropic organization which exclusively serves the Niskayuna community.

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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The Shop at miSci Offers Extended Evening Hours for the Holiday Season
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For Immediate Release
November 15, 2012
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See the Face You Love Light Up with Science: Glitter Lamps, Morph Mugs, Crystal Growing Kits, Space Ice Cream, Mood Rings and More

The Shop at miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) is offering extended evening hours for the holiday season. The Shop at miSci will be open special extended hours, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays (November 29 through December 21) and regular hours, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays for holiday shoppers looking for a wide variety of science toys, books, games, activity kits, t-shirts, artwork, and more!

See the face you love light up with science with our popular glitter lamps, fiber optic lights and star theaters. Give someone the stars with our selection of wall clocks, astronomy-themed posters and art work. Introduce children to science with a 3D microscope, a bubble motion tumbler, or one of our many activity kits. The Shop at miSci also has a great selection of stocking stuffers: space ice cream, mood rings and bracelets, Newton’s cradle and more!

Convenience
Shop at miSci for convenience. Time is valuable, especially during the holiday season. Avoid crowded malls and busy stores with an easy trip to the Shop at miSci. Park close to the entrance in our ample parking lot and enjoy a hassle-free, short walk to the Shop located just inside our main entrance. 

Expert Gift Advice
Shop at miSci for expert gift advice. Looking for an activity kit to challenge the children in your life but are unsure which one to choose? The Shop at miSci staff have extensive knowledge about age appropriateness of the items in the Shop and are happy to answer questions about specific items. They are also up to date on the current trends and most popular items of the season and are happy to make gift suggestions.

The Shop at miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. The Shop at miSci will be open extended hours, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Fridays (November 29 through December 21) and regular hours, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Please call 518-382-7890 for more information.

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miSci Announces New Executive Director
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For Immediate Release
November 12, 2012
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miSci ANNOUNCES NEW LEADER

Proven executive is organization’s latest step in planned transformation into a regional science center

The board of trustees of miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) announce the appointment of William “Mac” Sudduth as executive director of the organization and the next step in a planned transformation to a regional science center. Sudduth replaces Teri Bordenave who served as interim executive director since February of this year. The appointment was effective November 5, 2012, according to Brad Lewis, president of miSci’s board of trustees.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mac Sudduth as executive director of miSci," Lewis said. "His talent, experience and proven ability to lead are well-recognized, and we look forward to working with him to fulfill miSci’s mission and to develop the region’s premier science and technology center.”

Coming to miSci from Decatur, Georgia, Sudduth has more than 30 years of science museum leadership experience and has lead several museums through significant transformations. He provided a long-range plan, conducted a capital fund drive, and oversaw the construction and opening that transformed the Louisville Museum of History and Science into what is now the Louisville Science Center. He developed the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science from a nature center into a hands-on science center, and led the efforts to transform the Oklahoma City Science and Arts Foundation into what is now the Science Museum of Oklahoma. As president and CEO of the Science Place in Dallas (now the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science), he led a successful $18 million fund drive to build a new wing housing an IMAX theatre. He also served as Director of the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, which includes a 500-seat planetarium and an extensive aerospace education program recognized by NASA as one of the best in the country.

Sudduth also has extensive experience and expertise in grant writing and secondary education. While serving as grant coordinator in the DeKalb County Schools for six years, he secured over $15 million in grant funding and taught grant writing workshops. He also served as director of science for DeKalb County Schools for three years.

“In this time of rapid technological development, it is crucial to provide a thriving science center for this region, and miSci is well-positioned to be just that,” Sudduth said. “I'm excited to get to work with the dedicated staff, board, volunteers, corporate partners and many friends of miSci to help drive the organization to the next level and to secure a strong future."

Sudduth received his BS in Chemistry, MA and PhD in History of Science from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to serving as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation and NASA, Mac has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma and Duke University and president of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. He has a long history of involvement in all communities in which he has worked, most recently serving on the Decatur Book Festival, Leadership DeKalb, Voter Registration Drive, and the Dallas Opera Guild.

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. 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. miSci also offers weekly Science Discovery Demos and Hidden Power Demos, developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

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ZOOM Into Science @ miSci November 3: Activity Zones, Science Demos and Planetarium Shows
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For Immediate Release
October 22, 2012
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ZOOM Into Science at miSci November 3:
Activity Zones, Science Demos, and Planetarium Shows

miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) presents ZOOM Into Science from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled day of hands-on science activities and demonstration stations. There will also be special Planetarium Shows offered every half hour, and Seeing, a new exhibition about visual perception from San Francisco’s Exploratorium will be open.

“This electrifying day of hands-on science encourages young people to want to learn more about science and technology and inspires them to become the professionals who use science and technology to solve problems,” notes miSci Education Specialist Elizabeth Hoffman.

All science stations and activity zones will be staffed with miSci educators, area scientists and volunteers to provide instruction, to answer questions, and to have fun with science. During ZOOM Into Science, visitors can also explore miSci’s exhibits: Fueling the Future, Inside Out: MRI & You and the new Seeing exhibition from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

miSci presents ZOOM Into Science in partnership with CMOST and WMHT. Special thanks to GE, CDPHP, Pitney Bowes, SI Group, SEFCU, Cornerstone Telephone with additional support from WB Mason.

ZOOM Into Science is free with admission; add $2.50 for planetarium show. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. ZOOM Into Science will be open for members only from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3. For more information, call 518-382-7890 or visit www.miSci.org.

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miSci (formerly Schenectady Museum), Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518-382-7890 Fax: 382-7893 

miSci opens “Seeing,” A New Exhibition on Visual Perception from San Francisco’s Exploratorium
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For immediate release
October 4, 2012
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miSci opens “Seeing,” A New Exhibition on Visual Perception from San Francisco’s Exploratorium
Planetarium Shows, Science Demos, Hands-on Activities, and “Kids in Free,” Courtesy of GE

Seeing, a new exhibition on visual perception from San Francisco’s Exploratorium opens Saturday, October 6 at miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly Schenectady Museum), another step forward in its planned transformation into a regional science center. Opening day also includes planetarium shows, electricity demos, and a special pinhole magnifier hands-on activity. Saturdays in October are GE Kids in FREE Days at miSci, so children 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult, courtesy of GE.

Seeing is the first major new exhibition at miSci since the institution announced its new name, logo, vision and mission in August. The exhibition and its interactive exhibits will bring a new level of excitement about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to visitors and to the region.

“The opening of Seeing helps position miSci as the regional leader in STEM education and experiences. STEM is increasingly important in preparing our children to be successful students and to become valuable contributors in the workforce,” said Center for Economic Growth (CEG) President F. Michael Tucker.

miSci Board of Trustees President Brad Lewis noted “We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid in fully paying for the cost of Seeing at miSci. Having this world-class exhibition from the Exploratorium in Schenectady is an important new resource for the region.”

“The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation congratulates miSci on the opening of Seeing. The DSIC is pleased to have a regional science and technology museum as part of the revitalized and reinvigorated downtown Schenectady scene,” said DSIC Executive Director Jim Salengo.

About Seeing
Can a guy in a superman suit walk right in front of you – and you not see him? The answer is yes.

Shocking proof that we don’t all see the same thing when looking at the same scene, and that we can’t always believe what we do see, will be revealed when miSci unveils 30 interactive exhibits in a new exhibition on seeing, appropriately called Seeing from October 6, 2012 – June 2, 2013. Imagine watching a video of an actual street scene as it slowly transforms into a totally different scene, yet you’re not able to identify what has changed. At the exhibit Change Blindness, you probably won’t even notice, for example, a black sedan turn into a blue minivan right before your eyes.

At these exhibits, learn why seeing may be believing for each of us, even though we can’t always believe what we see. Grapple with the contradiction of being able to see and not see at the same time, as in Spinning Eraser, where objects right in front of you seem to disappear. This phenomenon, which has fascinated Nobel scientists, is one of several exhibits that represent some of the latest in vision and visual perception research. The illuminating insights into the complex process of interpreting our world through our eyes, our brains and our own subjectivity are presented in Seeing an exhibition that seems to question our notion of objective reality and provides insight to how the eye and brain function together and determines what we see – or think we see.

Starting with the eye itself, this exhibition asks you to consider that the images formed by light on the backs of our eyes are flat, upside-down, distorted, full of holes, out of focus and obscured by dark networks of blood vessels. It’s amazing that we see at all!

Such exhibits as Corpuscles of the Eye deal with the anatomical and physiological features of the light-sensing eye. At Corpuscles see your own retina in front of you -- maybe for the first time in your life -- and see the red blood cells nourishing your eye. At Pupil notice how your own pupil becomes larger and smaller as the iris dilates and contracts with the intensity of the light.

Yet, countless examples remind us how the eye and brain together perform other amazing feats.  At Hoop Nightmares, learn about the flexibility of the eye. Wear prism glasses as you try to play a game of table top basketball. Test your accuracy before, while using, and after wearing the glasses. Experience a shocking change in your eye/brain connection as you try to play this game.

The exhibits in Seeing originated at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world. Seeing at miSci is presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.

In addition to these interactive exhibits, there will also be artifacts on display from miSci’s permanent collection. To complement the new exhibition, miSci is showcasing items that help people see in different ways: lighting, including Edison light bulbs from the 1880s; television with experimental televisions from the 1920s and 1930s; X-ray equipment, featuring 100-year-old experimental X-ray tubes from William Coolidge; cameras, from an 1890s Charles Steinmetz camera to a 1930s Polaroid camera to an early Apple digital camera; and eyeglasses, including a 1900s advertisement for the Bickelman Jewelry Store in Schenectady and a pair of sunglasses from a 1880s North Pole expedition that were found during the Perry 1905 expedition.

Opening Weekend Activities
11:00 am – 5pm: All Exhibits Open
Explore our newest exhibit Seeing, as well as 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 Activity: Pinhole Magnifier
Explore perception and light and discover how a pinhole can help you see better!

2:00 pm: More than Meets the Eye 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: Hidden Power Demo
Explore energy, electricity generation and efficiency with miSci educators. These interactive demonstrations rely on audience participation and use manipulatives, providing an interactive learning opportunity. This new program was developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

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. Saturdays in October are GE Kids in FREE Days at miSci, so children 12 and under receive free general and planetarium admission when accompanied by a paying adult, courtesy of GE. General admission includes admission to all exhibits including Seeing, 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. 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 offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges. miSci also offers weekly Science Discovery Demos and Hidden Power Demos, developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

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miSci Opens New Erie Canal Audio Tour
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August 17, 2012
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miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) Announces New Erie Canal Audio Tour Grand Opening August 17

miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) announces the grand opening of a new Erie Canal Audio Tour, which highlights the innovative technology that made the canal possible and how this technology impacted the lives of Schenectady residents. Funded by a grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, the 1.2-mile tour along Erie Boulevard in downtown Schenectady explores the Erie Canal through 14 mobile audio stops accessible by cell phone and QR codes. The Tour is hosted by Pittsford, NY-based OnCell, which offers a state-of-the-art technology platform providing location-specific interpretation to your visitors.

"From one of the first radio stations in the United States, WGY, to a mobile tour of today, OnCell is thrilled to help share the rich history of Schenectady through mobile technology," said Thomas Dunne, OnCell President and CEO.
Erie Canalway Executive Director Beth Sciumeca said, “We are so pleased to support this worthy project. The Erie Canal was among the first wave of innovations that transformed not only Schenectady, but the state and nation. The tour shares the great story of the canal’s impact on the lives of residents and businesses, and the growth of a city whose foundation remains grounded in technology.”

The first Tour stop is titled Opening the Erie Canal and examines the DeWitt Clinton’s inaugural journey along the canal in 1825 as well as the reaction to the new mode of transportation by communities along the canal. Other stops include Westinghouse, which highlights George Westinghouse, Jr.’s invention of the air brake while living along the canal, and Winter Along the Canal, which looks at the economic impact of a frozen canal on families who relied on the canal for their livelihood.

Tour stops are labeled by window decals at current businesses on Erie Boulevard and State Street occupying spots with historic significance to the development and impact of the Erie Canal. miSci officials opted to collaborate with local businesses as hosts for the window decals because they did not want the current construction project along Erie Boulevard to delay the opening of the Erie Canal Audio Tour.

“miSci is proud to partner with and expresses sincere appreciation to the businesses hosting Erie Canal Audio Tour stops,” said miSci board president Brad Lewis.

In addition to partnering with area businesses to host Tour Stops, miSci also partnered with Union College museum studies students to develop the tour content, and invited area residents with a connection to Schenectady or the Erie Canal to read the recorded audio content for the Tour stops. Tour readers include Philip Morris, Proctors CEO and Laura Schweitzer, PhD, Union Graduate College president.

The first Tour stop, Opening the Erie Canal, is located at Key Bank, 315 State Street. Other stop locations are: 2 - Living Along the Canal: Isopo’s Downtown Pizza, 176 Erie Boulevard; 3 – Port Schenectady: Wolberg Electric, 152 Erie Boulevard; 4 – Westinghouse: Lyle’s Hoagies II, 140 Erie Boulevard; 5 – The Canal to the West: 1st National Bank of Scotia, 120 Erie Boulevard; 6 – General Electric: Erie Crossing, 112 Erie Boulevard; 7 – Original Route of the Canal: EOS Technologies, 139 Erie Boulevard; 8 – Nicholaus Restaurant: Bangkok Bistro, 268 State Street; 9 – Winter Along the Canal: The Photo-Lab, Inc., 273 State Street; 10 – Life on the Canal: Wedgeway Barber Shop, 277 State Street (entrance on Erie Boulevard); 11 – Charles Steinmetz: The Grog Shoppe, 277 State Street (entrance on Erie Boulevard); 12 – Rail Bridge: Stewart’s, 1033 Erie Boulevard; 13 – The Canal to the East: Morrette’s King Steak House, 1126 Erie Boulevard; 14 – American Locomotive Company (ALCO): Amtrak, Schenectady Rail Station, 322 Erie Boulevard.

Erie Canal Audio Tour brochures are available at miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly the Schenectady Museum), 15 Nott Terrace Heights and Proctors, 432 State Street in Schenectady. The Tour is free but normal rate plan charges from your phone carrier will apply.

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 offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. miSci also offers weekly Science Discovery Demos and Hidden Power Demos, developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

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Museum Announces New Name, Logo, Vision and Mission, Latest Step in Planned Transformation to Regional Science Center
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August 16, 2012
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Schenectady Museum Announces New Name, Logo, Vision and Mission, Latest Step in Planned Transformation to Regional Science Center

Taking another step forward in its planned transformation into a regional science center, the Schenectady Museum has become the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci, pronounced “my – sigh”). miSci Board of Trustees members Trudy Lehner and Tobi Saulnier announced the change in name and unveiled miSci’s new logo today.

In addition to announcing the new name, Lehner, vice chair of miSci’s board of trustees also announced the organization’s new vision and mission. Making these changes were goals of the museum’s strategic plan. For the past six months, the museum’s marketing committee has been engaged in a process targeting each of these changes. This change process included gathering input from museum visitors, the community at large and through focus groups and surveys of regional community leaders. 

“Our new vision is ‘a scientifically literate community sparking innovation’ and our new mission is to ‘celebrate, explore and inspire science and technology, past, present and future.’ Our new name better reflects this new vision and mission,” said Lehner, who also chairs miSci’s marketing committee.

Last month, miSci announced an innovative partnership with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium to bring interactive science and technology exhibits to the Capital Region. The first of these exhibits, “Seeing” will open on October 6 and will run through June 2, 2013. Through the partnership program, the museum will receive 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.

Also last month, miSci officials announced a collaboration with the Challenger Learning Center, a robust educational model emphasizing educational content, cooperative learning, problem-solving, responsible decision-making and hands-on experience with a two-month classroom study program and culminating in a simulated space flight at the center. The Challenger Learning Center is scheduled to open in early 2013.

“With these two exciting new initiatives, and the important role that science, technology, engineering and math must play in the education of our area’s students, the Board decided the time was right to move forward with this change in identity,” said Lehner.

miSci reflects science at the personal level and conveys accessibility to all people of all ages who are trying to understand how technology and innovation affect them.  Further, miSci is a reflection of the community, in this case a diverse community that has had, and is currently actively taking, a leadership role in the technological revolution.  

 “The new logo symbolizes this organization’s transformation to an increasingly interactive science center. The new logo evokes orbits at the atomic level and the cosmic level, encompassing the range of science visitors can experience at miSci from nanoscale to galactic,” said Saulnier, miSci trustee and marketing committee member.

“The Chamber of Schenectady County applauds the Museum of Innovation and Science. The Chamber is pleased to have a regional science and technology museum as part of the revitalized and reinvigorated downtown Schenectady scene,” said Charles Steiner, president of the Chamber of Schenectady County.

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 offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. miSci also offers weekly Science Discovery Demos and Hidden Power Demos, developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant.

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Phone: 518-382-7890 • Fax: 382-7893

Schenectady Museum to Transform into Regional Science Center with Addition of New Internationally Known Exhibition and Educational Partnerships
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July 16, 2012
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The Schenectady Museum is being transformed into a regional science and education center with the addition of the region’s only Challenger Learning Center and an agreement with the internationally renowned San Francisco-based Exploratorium Museum to provide five years of interactive science exhibits.  In addition, a partnership with Rensselaer’s School of Architecture has been formed to create a new entrance that will aggrandize its presence on the community landscape.  The new Science Center is projected to bring tens of thousands of school children and visitors into an interactive realm in the region each year.

“This is a huge moment not just for the museum but also for the Capital Region.  The new Science Center will serve as a hub for science and technology education in the community and will be an important attraction for visitors to Schenectady and the region,” said Brad Lewis, president of the center’s board of trustees.  “The leadership and hard work of many people – but most importantly, Neil and Jane Golub – have brought us to the point of this re-launch.”

Based on the space shuttle and NASA space exploration program, the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) will enable 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.

“The overall goal of the CLC is to create an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies for students in grades five to eight and encourage them to pursue high school STEM studies.  Bringing this program to the new Science Center will expose thousands of students from across the region to STEM studies each year,” said Dr. Heidi DeBlock, board president of the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region.

“Getting students interested and engaged in STEM is critical for our region so that we can continue to supply regional employers with a locally educated and highly motivated workforce,” said Charles Dedrick, district superintendent of the Capital Region BOCES.  “We heartily endorse this effort and cannot wait to launch the first mission.”

Preparation for construction of the CLC has already begun and the center is expected to be open at the end of this year and ready for student missions at the beginning of 2013.

In addition to the CLC, the Science Center has entered into a partnership with ExNet, providers of exhibits for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.  The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, designed to ignite curiosity and inspire creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 200 million people from around the globe annually.

Each year, ExNet will bring 3,500 square feet of new interactive world-class science exhibitions to the Science Center and provide training and student curricula.  “Seeing,” the first exhibition, will be installed and opened to the public by October 6 of this year.

“We are excited to bring this world-class opportunity for learning and exploration to New York’s Capital Region.  The region’s history, rich in the tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation, coupled with its future as a global leader in technology and high-tech manufacturing, make it a perfect place to provide this kind of hands-on learning opportunity, designed to stimulate young minds and get them to look differently at the world around them,” said Sam Dean, director – consultancy of the Exploratorium.

Planning for construction and installation of the two major new attractions is well underway.  At the same time, Rensselaer’s School of Architecture has been engaged to create a modern new look for the Science Center with a redesigned entrance facing Nott Terrace.  The dramatic new approach will help overlook the city center and help celebrate the renaissance of the City of Schenectady.  Rensselaer recently completed a similar project for the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls.

“The new regional Science Center should fit into the community, but also have a different look and feel that reflect its expansion and importance in the community.  We are excited about getting involved and becoming a partner in this important initiative,” said Evan Douglis, dean of Rensselaer’s School of Architecture.

This entire project – including raising all of the funds for both the CLC and ExNet installations – was completed in just six months through the leadership and generosity of Neil and Jane Golub.  Support has come in from civic and business leaders as well as corporations and charitable foundations from throughout the Capital Region, including a substantial grant from National Grid.

“We are exceptionally grateful to Neil and Jane Golub for their commitment to this project and our community.  They have done much more than contribute to this project.  Their initiative, vision and hard work, in addition to their leadership gift, put these projects in motion and got them to fruition,” said Lewis.

Support for the CLC has come from the New York State Senate through the efforts of Senator Hugh Farley.  “This is an important day for Schenectady and the Capital Region and for thousands of students and children who will visit this center in the coming years to open their eyes and focus their minds on learning about science, technology, engineering and math,” said Senator Farley.  “Giving them the education they deserve and providing future employers with the highly skilled and motivated workforce they want is critical to the long-term future of our communities.”

“Reinvigorating the museum and transitioning it into a regional science center and hub for STEM education, as well as making it an attraction for visitors to our community, presents an incredible opportunity for the future of the Capital Region,” said Neil Golub.  “Jane and I are thrilled that this vision has taken hold so quickly and will materialize before the end of the year.”

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Museum Offering Robotics Workshop for Children August 11
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July 6, 2012
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Schenectady Museum Offering Robotics Workshop for Children August 11

The Schenectady Museum is offering a Robotics Workshop for children Saturday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. presented by science author Kathy Ceceri.

Robotics is the perfect way to show kids how science, technology, engineering and math apply to real life. Children already play with robotics technology in your toys and games, but did they know that robotics is also used in medicine, art, music, and even fashion design? They will learn how using household objects and crafts supplies can help you create their very own robot at this workshop.

Kathy Ceceri is the author of Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, and a senior editor of Wired.com’s GeekMom blog.

After the Robotics Workshop, there will be a special FETCH! Lab activity using ideas from Ceceri’s Robotics book from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a book signing with Ceceri from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Register at on-line SchenectadyMuseum.org / events or call 382-7890 x 224.

Age 7 & up. $12 Members; $15 non-Members.

The Schenectady Museum is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Please visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org or call 382-7890 for more information.

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NASAs Driven to Explore Exhibit @ Museum July 12 & 13 ONLY!
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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2012
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NASA’s Driven to Explore Exhibit at Schenectady Museum July 12 & 13 Features Rare Chance to Touch a 4 Billion-Year-Old Moon Rock Brought Back Aboard Apollo 17 and Much More!

Capital Region residents will have the out-of-this-world opportunity to touch a moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17 when NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit makes a stop at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 13.

The Schenectady Museum presents NASA's Driven to Explore exhibit in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST). The mobile, multi-media exhibit immerses visitors in the story of NASA. Visitors will learn why we explore, discover the challenges of human space exploration, and see how NASA provides critical technological advances to improve life on Earth. The exhibit includes imagery and audio and visual technology to connect visitors with the space program, highlighting advanced human research that will ensure safe and sustainable future missions, and next-generation vehicles and surface systems destined for use exploring beyond low Earth orbit.

As part of this unique exploration experience, visitors have a rare chance to touch a 4 billion-year-old moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon in 1972. The moon rock is one of only eight lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch.

“The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is proud to partner with NASA on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives like the Driven to Explore exhibit,” said Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Chris Hunter. “We are honored NASA chose the Museum as host site for this traveling exhibit. Being able to actually touch a 4 billion-year-old moon rock is an amazing way to excite people about astronomy and complements our existing programs and exhibits.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum is offering special Planetarium Shows 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. During these live shows Planetarium Educators will highlight the astronomical phenomena you can see in the current night sky.

In addition to seeing a special Planetarium show, visitors can also spark their imaginations with science activity stations throughout the Museum provided by Schenectady Museum and CMOST Educators, and other collaborators. And, thanks to a loan from CMOST, visitors will be able to see a prototype of the moon boot used by NASA for the historic Apollo 11 mission, which landed man on the moon for the first time in July of 1969. Moon boots developed for NASA missions featured silicone rubber soles made possible by Momentive, then known as GE Silicones.

“CMOST is thrilled to participate in the NASA Driven to Explore exhibit by helping to provide special science programming and by loaning the Moon boot prototype designed for NASA for the historic Apollo 11 mission from our collection,” said CMOST Interim CEO Deborah Onslow. “The Moon boot prototype was donated to CMOST by Momentive Performance Materials, Inc., then known as GE Silicones, which is a heritage company of Momentive Performance Materials, demonstrating our local connection to the Moon landing. The NASA Driven to Explore exhibit represents a great chance for residents of the Capital Region and beyond to discover and explore science.”

In addition to the Mars Rover prototype and Hubble Space Telescope photographs that are currently on display in the Museum’s galleries, there will also be special space artifacts on display for this event only. Visitors can view a display of space-related photographs on loan from Momentive as well as the Schenectady Meteorite.

Visitors will be able to extend their stay at the Museum with a variety of food available for purchase on site. Space ice cream will be available in the Museum shop as well as food from the following Capital Region vendors: Annabelle’s Café, Bette's Cupcakes, Fast Trax ice cream & kettle corn, Manhattan Exchange and Maria’s Peruvian Delights.

The Museum parking lot will be limited to handicapped parking only on event days. Drivers are welcome to drop off passengers at the Museum parking lot entrance. Parking is available at the following locations: Zion Lutheran Church (153 Nott Terrace); Days Inn (167 Nott Terrace); Holiday Inn (100 Nott Terrace); Union Graduate College (lot entrance off Liberty across from Denny’s); St. John the Evangelist Church (lot behind church on Eastern Parkway, just east of Nott Terrace); and College Park Hall on the Union College campus (450 Nott Street, just east of Erie Boulevard) with the Union College Trolley running from this lot only to the Museum and back.

NASA’s Driven to Explore exhibit at the Schenectady Museum is open Thursday, July 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 13 with last admission tickets sold one hour before closing. Planetarium shows will be offered 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 13.

Admission to the exhibit is $5 for children; $6.25 for seniors, and $7.50 for adults; add $2 for Planetarium Show. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!

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Schenectady Museum New Participant in Blue Star Museums Program
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For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012
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Schenectady Museum New Participant in Blue Star Museums Program

Schenectady Museum is one of more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

For the first time, the Schenectady Museum will participate 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 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The Schenectady Museum is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums program this summer. It is a wonderful opportunity to provide some well-deserved recognition for our country’s service members,” said Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Chris Hunter.

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” 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 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, more than 1,500 (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 300 new museums this year.

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 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $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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Museum Receives $1250 Schenectady County Initiative Program Grant
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For Immediate Release
May 18, 2012
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Schenectady Museum Receives $1,250 Grant from Schenectady County Initiative Program for Audio Tape Digitization Project

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has received a grant of $1,250 from the Schenectady County Initiative Program to help digitize significant reel-to-reel audio tapes in its collection and to help create a public program entitled Found Sound in the Schenectady Museum Archives, which will include the premiere of the newly preserved and digitized audio tapes.

The Museum’s collection of reel-to-reel audio tapes highlights the history of local radio broadcasting and the history of important Schenectady inventors. These tapes contain original recordings of 3 Nobel Prize winners: Dr. Langmuir (Chemistry, 1932), William Shockley (Physics, 1956), and Dr. Ivan Giaever (Physics, 1973). The tapes also contain recordings internationally famed scientists and engineers including: Dr. Albert Hull, Dr. Guy Suits, Dr. Arthur Bueche, Dr. Katharine Blodgett, Dr. Charles Steinmetz and Dr. William Coolidge.

The reel-to-reel audio tapes also include the history of radio station WTRY, and several WGY programs, including the Chase and Sanborn 100th Anniversary Show and the History of WGY. These tapes are a rich source of information for researchers and the general public.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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Transit of Venus Viewing Event at Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium June 5
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For Immediate Release

May 16, 2012

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Transit of Venus Viewing Event at Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium June 5
Rare Astronomical Phenomenon Won’t Occur Again Until 2117

Observers in the Capital District will be able to view a rare astronomical phenomenon at the Transit of Venus Viewing Event Tuesday, June 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium. On that date, the Planet Venus will make a transit across the disk of the Sun. The last such event occurred in 2004 and won’t occur again until 2117.

There will be outdoor viewing (weather permitting) and expert astronomical commentary from Suits-Bueche Planetarium Staff, Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, Dudley Observatory, and Henry Hudson Planetarium. And, visitors can also explore the phenomenon with live video feed indoors and special astronomy activities.

Admission to the Transit of Venus Viewing Event is free with Museum admission. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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From Wireless Earbuds to a Pool Lift for Dogs to a Backpack Umbrella, Invention Convention 2012 at Schenectady Museum Showcases Top 100 Student Inventions from Over 1400 Submissions
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May 3, 2012
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From Wireless Earbuds to a Pool Lift for Dogs to a Backpack Umbrella, Invention Convention 2012 at Schenectady Museum Showcases Top 100 Student Inventions from Over 1400 Submissions

From Wireless Earbuds to a Pool Lift for Dogs to a Backpack Umbrella, 100 inventions created by elementary and middle school students chosen from over 1,400 submissions representing 20 schools around the Capital Region will be on display at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium as part of Invention Convention 2012 from May 3 through May 24, 2012.

Invention Convention is an annual student invention competition open to Capital District students from grades K through eight from both public and private schools from as far south as New York City and as far north as Glens Falls. Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their concept. These inventions are on display at the Museum through May 24, 2012.

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 even during leisure time activities. This year 1,428 entries were received, a dramatic increase from the 167 received in 1998, according to Museum Education Specialist Elizabeth Hoffman. A volunteer team of scientists, patent lawyers and other professionals from the community evaluated the submissions and chose the top 100 entries. 

“The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is proud to collaborate with area schools and our sponsors, scientists and teachers 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 Hoffman.

The Regional Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to celebrate the 100 student inventor semi-finalists and to announce 25 finalists. General Electric (GE) Global Research Principal Scientist Matt Nielsen will deliver a special presentation entitled The Future of Energy and the Need for Your Inventions at the ceremony.

Nielsen received his PhD in Physics in 1998 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  During his dissertation research, Matt worked with GE Global Research to help develop electronics materials for capacitors and resistors.  After graduation, he joined the GE Global Research Center where worked on a variety of efforts from electronic packaging to wide band gap semiconductors.  Nielsen later led a large research program developing technology in the area of photonics, more specifically ultra-fast optical communications and three-dimensional optical storage materials and systems.In 2008, Matt was named Principal Scientist in the Electronics and Energy Conversion organization.  His current areas of research all focus around electrification.  Recently, he has been leading a program investigating the impact of electric vehicles on the existing grid system.  His team has multiple external partners such as Nissan and FedEx.

The following are Invention Convention 2012 sponsors: Innovator – GE; Inventor – MVP Healthcare; Problem Solvers – M & T Bank, Neil Jane  William Estelle Golub Family Foundation, Inc., Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Time Warner Cable; Tinkerers – 1st Playable Productions, LLC, Berkshire Bank, CSArch Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Hoffman Warnick LLC, New York State United Teachers, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP, and Yvonne Matthews – Purdy Realty LLC.

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 10 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1,428 this year.

In 2003, three separate divisions were established for separate judging by grade level: Edison (K-2), Steinmetz (3-5) and Coolidge (6-8). The number of semifinalists in each division is proportionate to the total number of entries per division.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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Historically Significant Mynderse Collection Transferred to Schenectady County Historical Society as Museum Begins Reduction of Clothing and Textile Collection
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May 2, 2012

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Historically Significant Mynderse Collection Transferred to Schenectady County Historical Society as Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium Begins Reduction of Clothing and Textile Collection

Augmenting the transfer of the 1,000-item collection of Helen Mynderse to the Schenectady County Historical Society in 2011, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is offering to transfer additional items with a documented Schenectady history from its clothing and textile collection to the Schenectady County Historical Society, as part of a comprehensive collections review.

The Historical Society is currently featuring the Mynderse Collection in an exhibit at its Schenectady History Museum, located at 32 Washington Ave in the Stockade, where it is engaging visitors in the story of what life was like when Helen Mynderse was alive. New items being offered to the Historical Society from the Schenectady Museum include: large collections of textiles relating to the Van Eps family of Glenville and Yates family of Schenectady; the wedding dress of Hannah Westinghouse; and dresses from Lueva Vrooman, who lived in Niskayuna’s Stanford Mansion.

“The Mynderse Collection has proven to be a valuable asset to the Historical Society and has expanded our capability to present the history of Colonial Schenectady,” said Ryan Mahoney, Curator at the Historical Society. “We are currently reviewing what the Museum is offering to us and are excited to see the possibility of new collections relating to some of Schenectady’s early families.”

As part of a continuous process of exercising responsible stewardship, the Museum conducts reviews of all of its collections and just recently completed a comprehensive review of the nearly 6,000 pieces in the clothing and textile collection. The entirety of the clothing and textile collection is no longer served by the Museum’s science-focused mission adopted in 2004 – a mission which reflects the institution’s strong science and technology collections and the materials in the Museum’s Archives documenting the history of science and technology in America, and the increasing need for informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to prepare children for jobs in an ever-increasingly technological society. Also, The Museum’s collections have expanded gradually over the years and the Museum needs the valuable state-of-the-art storage space (currently occupied by the clothing and textile collection) for items which are more closely aligned with its mission.

As no other institution in the area has the capacity to accept the collection as a whole, the Museum is working with the Schenectady County Historical Society and other institutions in the region to ensure that many pieces remain in the public trust.  Specifically, items with a documented connection to New York State are being offered to other museums in the region. Highlights of these items include an 1831 sampler from the New York Orphan’s Asylum, baby dresses attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, a cane owned by Martin Van Buren, and an apron attributed to Martha Washington. There are a number of items with an Albany connection, including the 1795 wedding dress of Sally Acker New.

While the Museum is offering items with documented Schenectady history to the Schenectady County Historical Society and items with documented connection to New York State to other institutions in the region, the Schenectady Museum is retaining approximately 500 items relating to science and technology, such as work clothing from GE and ALCO, the suit Irving Langmuir wore when he accepted the 1932 Nobel prize for Chemistry, hats worn by GE pioneers Edwin W. Rice, Jr. and Ernst Alexanderson, and a clothing collection from the Wright family, founders of SI Group. Nursing and military uniforms are also being retained.

“Reducing the clothing and textile collection after a careful, comprehensive review is a responsible outcome that allows the Schenectady Museum to retain items that directly support our science-focused mission and to collaborate on the transfer of other items with area institutions, where they can come out of storage and be used for education and exhibition,” said Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Chris Hunter.”

Many of the items from collection are unsuitable for retention by the Museum or transfer to the Historical Society or other regional institutions because their historical value was limited by inability to determine who wore items or how they were used. Furthermore, much of the collection represented high fashion, so its application to the Museum’s mission was limited. And, the collection was not representative of the textile innovations so important to the development of local cities such as Amsterdam, Troy, and Cohoes. For those items not being retained or going to other institutions, the Museum has engaged a professional auction house specializing in clothing and accessories. Any proceeds from items being auctioned will be placed in a restricted collections fund (not used for general operating expenses) and used to support the conservation and preservation of the existing collection and the acquisition of new mission-related items.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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GE Global Research and Schenectady Museum Celebrate GE’s 120th Birthday with Display at Niskayuna Town Hall
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April 24, 2012
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Residents Can See Steinmetz’ Desk, Langmuir’s Slide Rule, and Other Artifacts as GE Global Research and Schenectady Museum Celebrate GE’s 120th Birthday with Display at Niskayuna Town Hall

Niskayuna residents can now see a bit of history when they visit the Niskayuna Town Hall: Charles Steinmetz’ desk, Irving Langmuir’s slide rule, and a display of other artifacts commemorating General Electric’s 120th birthday, from the collection of the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

On April 15, 1892, the Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston merged to form General Electric (GE). 120 years later, GE continues to lead the world in new technology innovations in health care, lighting, large appliances, and energy generation.

The selection of artifacts on display is from the collection of the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which includes more than 15,000 artifacts and a research archive that features 1.6 million photograph, 1,500 motion picture films, and 3 million paper documents.

Charles Steinmetz (1865 – 1923) was GE’s chief engineer. He recommended the creation of the GE Research Laboratory in 1900 to continue the study of electric lighting. Currently on display at the Niskayuna Town Hall are: Steinmetz’ portable desk which breaks into six pieces for travel and can be assembled in a matter of minutes; test tubes, beakers, and a Bunsen burner used by Steinmetz at his home laboratory; and a copy of a September 1924 letter from GE inventor Elihu Thomson to Steinmetz in which Thomson agrees with Steinmetz about the creation of the Research Library.

Irving Langmuir (1881 – 1957) was a researcher at the GE Research Laboratory in Schenectady. Langmuir’s studies of vacuums in tubes led to pioneering research in electronics and atomics and the development of commercial radio. His work gained international recognition and resulted in a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1932, the first industrial scientist to receive such an honor. Currently on display at the Niskayuna Town Hall are: Langmuir’s slide rule which was used to perform multiplication, division, and other complex mathematical functions before the invention of the electronic calculator; and a 1920 incandescent lamp using coiled tungsten filament, an example of Langmuir’s ideas to fill a light bulb with nitrogen and coil the tungsten filaments which increased the efficiency of the light bulb by 100 percent.

See www.SchenectadyMuseum.org for more information about the Museum and a link to the Museum’s YouTube page, which features digital versions of historic GE films.

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Schenectady Museum Receives GO Grant
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For Immediate Release
April 4, 2012
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Schenectady Museum Receives GO Grant from New York State Council on the Arts for Staff Attendance at Museums in Conversation Conference

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has received a GO Grant for $566. This funding will allow two Museum staff members to attend the New York State Museums in Conversation conference to be held later this month in Albany. The grant is administered by Museumwise and will allow the Museum staff members access to the professional development opportunities provided through this conference.

The GO grants are one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants, administered by Museumwise, are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional assistance and improve their institutions.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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Museum Announces April Break Week Activities
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 For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Schenectady Museum Announces Extended Hours for April School Break Activities:Hands-on Activities, Hidden Power Demos & Planetarium Shows

Spark your children’s interest this School Break with a visit to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium. The Museum is offering extended hours during break and will be open      11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13. Explore science, technology, engineering, and math through Hidden Power Demos, planetarium shows, and science activities.

The Museum is offering educator-led hands-on science activities and engineering challenges daily from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Drop in for a different activity each day!

The Museum is also pleased to offer educator-led Hidden Power Demos from 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. each day during School Break. Learn all about energy, electricity generation and efficiency at this new program developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant. These interactive demonstrations rely on audience participation and provide a great learning opportunity for kids.

In addition to science activities and Hidden Power Demos, the Museum is offering Planetarium Shows, including a new feature show, More Than Meets The Eye. There will be four shows each day during break week: 

  •        12 p.m. – More Than Meets The Eye lets you 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; 

·       1 p.m. – Wonderful Sky lets you 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;

·        2 p.m. – More Than Meets The Eye

·       3 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 the Schenectady Museum's Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Science activities and Hidden Power Demos are FREE with Museum admission; add $4 for a Planetarium Show. The Museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Lights, Camera, Archives! Schenectady Museum Goes Digital and Posts Rare Archival Films on New YouTube Channel
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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2012
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Lights, Camera, Archives! Schenectady Museum Goes Digital and Posts Rare Archival Films on New YouTube Channel

The Schenectady Museum is now presenting a collection of rare films from its General Electric film collection on a new YouTube channel: Schenectady Museum: Invention and Tech Films. The archival collection includes more than 1,500 advertising, training, and educational films from 1915-1983, some of which have not been viewed by the public in over 90 years.

Films range from advertising and educational films to raw footage of equipment tests and company picnics. Many of the promotional films were originally shown in movie theatres in the days of newsreels and cartoons. While more films are being added daily, there are currently more than 50 films available, including: The “More Power to America” Train, 1960; Magic vs. Science, 1932; Charles Proteus Steinmetz: The Man Who Made Lightning, 1960s; Felix the Cat in The Kit and the Cat, ca. 1925; and General Electric Women in Science, 1954.

The Museum is currently offering three playlists on the channel: Transportation – rail and aviation films promoting innovations, including electric and diesel locomotives, turbo superchargers, and jet engines; General Electric Research – films highlighting technologies and inventions created at GE Global Research; and Electric Cars – electric car films from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Chris Hunter is excited to use state-of-the-art technology as a vehicle for viewing this collection of rare old films, and offer the public a chance to view on demand footage that was previously only viewed by researchers, students, and archivists by appointment in the Museum’s Archives.

“YouTube is ubiquitous. The Museum’s channel, Schenectady Museum: Innovation and Tech Films, will allow people around the world to gain a better understanding of the history of technology and society by viewing these films on their laptops, cellphones, or iPads,” Hunter said.

Project funding was provided through grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and IEEE Life Members' Foundation, which allowed the Museum to purchase a 16mm high definition film transfer machine.

The Schenectady Museum 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.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

 

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Museum Appoints Interim Leader
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SCHENECTADY MUSEUM APPOINTS INTERIM LEADER

Noted non-profit executive to ‘return’ to the region to lead organization’s efforts

Schenectady, NY (Feb. 15, 2012) – The board of trustees of the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium announced today the appointment of Teri Bordenave as interim executive director of the organization. Bordenave replaces Kerry Orlyk, who served as executive director since 2007. The appointment is effective today, according to Brad Lewis, president of the museum’s board of trustees.

"We are thrilled to welcome Teri back to the Capital Region," Lewis said. "Her talent, experience and unmatched ability to forge strategic partnerships are well-recognized, and we look forward to working with her to fulfill the museum’s mission and to develop the region’s premier science and technology center.”

Bordenave is well-known throughout the Capital District non-profit, corporate and government sectors. Most notable is her distinguished career as president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region, a position she held from 1988 to 2009. Under her leadership, Girls Inc. realized unprecedented growth – from serving approximately 4,000 girls in Schenectady County alone to providing programs and services to more than 20,000 girls across seven counties in the region. Since 2009, she has focused her efforts on leading The Thalia Group LLC, a Maryland- -based executive consulting firm that serves non-profit organizations in many states across the country. Bordenave, principle with the firm, co-founded the  The Thalia Group in the 1990s.

“Now, more than ever, this region needs and deserves a world-class science center, and the Schenectady Museum is well-positioned to be just that,” Bordenave said. “I'm excited about this unique opportunity to work with the dedicated staff, board, volunteers, corporate partners and many friends of the museum to help drive the organization to the next level and to secure a strong future."

Neil Golub, executive chairman of the board at Price Chopper Supermarkets and long-time supporter and benefactor of the Museum, praised the decision to appoint Bordenave. “Teri is a respected professional in the region, and we are fortunate and pleased to have her in this important leadership role at the museum.  We are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Recognized nationally, Bordenave’s experience includes service as a board member with such organizations as national Girls Incorporated, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, as well as the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce and Schenectady Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she was a founding member and chair of the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council – an innovative, collaborative effort of several local chambers of commerce.

Bordenave’s numerous awards include the General Electric Accolade Award for Community Leadership, the Business Review’s Nonprofit of the Year, the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region’s Trailblazer Award, the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the Agency Chief Executives’ Leadership Award, the Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award, and the John F. Kennedy Community Service Award.

About the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in the region offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the museum houses the 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. The museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. 

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Museum Announces February Break Week Activities
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For Immediate Release

February 13, 2012

Contact: Susan Whitaker

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Schenectady Museum Announces Extended Hours for February School Break Activities: NEW Hidden Power Demos, Planetarium Shows, Science Activities & Guest Scientists

Spark your children’s interest this School Break with a visit to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium. The Museum is offering extended hours during break and will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24. Explore science, technology, engineering, and math through new Hidden Power Demos, planetarium shows, science activities, and guest scientists.

The Museum is pleased to offer educator-led Hidden Power Demos from 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. each day during School Break. Learn all about energy, electricity generation and efficiency at this new program developed by the Franklin Institute and the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center supported by a National Science Foundation grant. These interactive demonstrations rely on audience participation and provide a great learning opportunity for kids.

Visit Mars and see the stars! The Museum is also offering Planetarium Shows, including a new feature show about Mars that is narrated by Patrick Stewart of Star Trek. There will be four shows each day during break week:

·       12 p.m. – The Mars Show helps you 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 p.m. – Wonderful Sky lets you 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.

·        2 p.m. – The Mars Show

·       3 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 the Schenectady Museum's Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

In addition to the Hidden Power Demos and Planetarium Shows, visitors can also enjoy science activities and engineering challenges daily from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Museum will welcome guest scientists on the following days: Dr. James Hedrick, Union College Electrical and Computer Engineering Lecturer on Monday, February 20 and Mr. J. Slyer (aka Mr. Sly the Science Guy), Shaker Junior High School Science Teacher, Thursday, February 23.

Hidden Power Demos and science activities are FREE with Museum admission; add $4 for a Planetarium Show. The Museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Museum Receives $7,658 NYSCA Grant
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January 25, 2012
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Schenectady Museum Receives $7,658 Grant from New York State Council on the Arts for Artifact Storage Improvement Project

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded a grant for $7,658 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium for its Artifact Storage Improvement Project, an initiative to improve the storage conditions of more than 10,000 artifacts in the Museum’s collection.

Specifically the grant will allow the Museum to add additional shelves to open storage units which will permit better usage of existing space, and to take optimal advantage of shelf height, doubling shelf capacity in some cases. The grant will also allow for new and existing shelves to be lined with polyethylene foam to help reduce vibration and movement of artifacts, and cover open storage units with muslin sheets to reduce exposure to dirt, dust, and light.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT.

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Museum Receives $3,000 NISE Net Grant
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December 21, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $3,000 Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network Grant

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has received a $3,000 Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) grant. The funds will be used to help cover the cost of integrating real-world examples of nanotechnology into the Museum’s existing exhibits through a “Nanotrail” of nanotechnology-related items and information.

“This project will excite visitors with information about careers in nanotechnology, and create linkages with existing nanotechnology programming at the Museum, such as school break activities, school field trips, educational curriculum, and teacher training workshops,” Grants & Annual Fund Coordinator Susanne Dorr said. “While a permanent exhibit is devoted to nanotechnology within the Museum’s 3,500 square-foot primary long-term exhibit Power House, the goal of this project is to expand the presence of nanotechnology information and create a “Nanotrail” through Power House that highlights the impact of nanotechnology on the other technologies featured within Power House.”

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.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Announces December Break Week Activities
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December 12, 2011

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Schenectady Museum Announces December School Break Activities: Hands-on Science, Planetarium Shows, Model Trains

Visit the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium during December School Break for Hands-on Science Activities, Planetarium Shows, and Model Trains. The Museum will be open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 to accommodate area families whose children are enjoying school break.

Visit the Museum during school break for educator-led drop-in science activities, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for challenges in the Museum’s FETCH! Lab, a place where kids can try activities like the ones they see on the PBS television show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. Explore science, technology, engineering and math with Museum educators in these fun bonus hands-on activities.

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium will offer four shows each day during Break Week:

·        12:00 p.m.: ‘Tis the Season

·        1:00 p.m.:  The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

·        2:00 p.m.: ‘Tis the Season

·        3:00 p.m.: Seasonal Sky Tour

Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the only GOTO Chronos Star Projector in the northeast. Visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. All shows are educator-led and include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

The Model Trains will be running 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. See a 19 x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) Model trains. Special thanks to the Upstate Train Associates for donating their model trains and their time.  Don’t miss this holiday favorite!

Hands-on Science Activities and Model Trains are FREE with Museum admission; add $4 for a Planetarium Show. The Museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Museum Receives $1,000 IBM Community Grant
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December 8, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 IBM Community Grant for Little Wonders of Science Preschool Program

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has received a $1,000 IBM Community Grant for its Little Wonders of Science preschool program. The funds will be used to help cover the cost of books that are distributed to program participants, materials for hands-on activities, and to help publicize the program.

Little Wonders of Science is a monthly preschool science and literacy program where a Museum Educator reads a story then introduces basic science concepts from the story through a fun craft. Participants receive a copy of the book and materials to continue the study of science at home. Little Wonders of Science is offered the third Thursday and Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Some of this year’s topics are: astronomy and the night sky with Fancy Nancy Sees Stars; weather with Caps, Hats, Socks and Mittens; and floating and sinking with Curious George and the Boat Show.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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See the Model Trains Run @ Schenectady Museum Beginning 12/10
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December 8, 2011

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See the Model Trains Run at the Schenectady Museum Beginning December 10

The popular model trains will be running for the first time this holiday season at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11.  The trains will also run from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. December 17 & 18 and during School Break Week Tuesday – Friday, December 27 – 30; 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. December 31; and 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. January 7 & 8, 14 & 15, and 21 & 22. 

Each year, visitors from across the region and from neighboring states visit the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to see the model trains run. This event has become a holiday favorite for visitors of all ages. Volunteers from the Upstate Train Associates construct an elaborate 19 by 27 foot display of 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.  

“This display is one of the most popular events we host at the Museum each year,” explains Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Chris Hunter. “It’s wonderful to see families enjoy the model trains together. We see grandparents bring their grandchildren, and then tour them around the Museum pointing out objects, such as some of the first televisions and radios, and be able to share memories of what it was like when these technologies were brand new.”

Admission to see the Model Trains is free with Museum admission. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from Pitney Bowes Business Insight
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December 7, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from Pitney Bowes Business Insight

Pitney Bowes Business Insight has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

This funding is granted for the 2011-2012 school year and will help to provide in-school classroom presentations, discounted or free admissions and program fees, and/or transportation assistance. This funding will allow the Museum to provide grants to schools in Tech Valley that serve high populations of low-income families and local community organizations that serve low-income families.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight is a software and services company that provides solutions to help organizations acquire, serve and grow relationships with customers and citizens. These solutions enable lifetime customer relationships by integrating data management, location intelligence, sophisticated predictive analytics, rules-based decision making and cross-channel customer interaction management to increase the value of every customer communication while also delivering operational efficiencies.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $3,470 at Second GE Schenectady Works News Event
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November 29, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $3,470 and New Demonstrates Searchable Database at Second Event in 3-Year Campaign to Preserve GE Schenectady Works News

The Schenectady Museum received $3,470 at Preserving and Digitizing Schenectady Works News, its second event held November 15 in a three-year campaign to preserve a collection of General Electric employee newsletters, the Schenectady Works News, printed from 1917 to 1985. The evening also included a demonstration of the first microfilmed and digitized editions of the Works News, from 1934 to 1952.

The funds raised include $1,745 from individuals and $1,725 in matching funds from General Electric. The three-year campaign aims to secure a total of $36,000 to preserve the entire collection of newsletters. In 2010, a total of $18,145 was raised: an $8,245 New York State Library grant, a $5,000 gift from General Electric, and $2,450 from individuals with another $2,450 in matching funds from General Electric.

One of the most valuable and popular collections in the Museum’s Archives, the Schenectady Works News newsletters are a rich source of information about the life of everyday employees and the relationships of one of the United States’ largest and most enduring corporations with its employees and its community. The GE employee newsletters attract researchers from around the world, who are often frustrated by the physical condition of the newsletters and the absence of indexing. The preservation campaign will include microfilming and digitizing the entire collection and ensuring that the newsletter text will be searchable on the computer.

To date, funds raised have allowed the Museum to microfilm and digitize issues of the Schenectady GE Works News from 1934 to 1952, which covers much of the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war boom. There are currently about 12,000 pages searchable in the database. The database is currently available by appointment in the Museum Archives. By early next year, the database will be available online.

Museum Trustees Dr. Howard R. Hart, Jr. and Dr. James M. Lommel served as guest chairmen of the initial fundraising event. Museum Executive Director Kerry M. Orlyk welcomed an enthusiastic gathering of current and retired GE employees, Museum members, and Museum Trustees with a keen interest in the history of GE. Museum Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Chris Hunter delivered a special presentation, Digitizing Films, Photos, Records, and the GE Works News at the Schenectady Museum.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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700 Attend ZOOM Into Science FETCH!stival 11/5
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November 8, 2011
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WMHT, SI Group, U Albany, Union College, and Schenectady HS Junior ROTC Volunteers Wowed a Crowd of 700 during ZOOM Into Science FETCH!stival presented by GE November 5 at the Schenectady
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WMHT, SI Group, U Albany, Union College, and Schenectady High School Junior ROTC volunteers wowed a crowd of 700 children and families during ZOOM Into Science FETCH!stival presented by GE. The volunteers, along with Museum educators and staff, presented an afternoon of science stations and activity zones inspired by popular PBS kids’ television programs November 5 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

ZOOM Into Science volunteers made science come to life in a series of experiments and activities, such as designing and building domes out of gum drops and toothpicks; exploring chemistry by making sticky, gooey slime; discovering engineering by constructing a structure of cups as tall as possible; robotics, energy, and nanotechnology demonstrations; and special Planetarium shows throughout the day. 

ZOOM Into Science FETCH!stival was sponsored by: GE, Lead Dog Sponsor; WMHT, Media Dog Sponsor; CDPHP, Pitney Bowes, SI Group and William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation, Inc., Sci-Dog Sponsors.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Schenectady Museum Receives $400 Rotary Grant for Preschool Program
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For Immediate Release
November 7, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $400 Grant from Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation for Little Wonders of Science Preschool Program

Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation Inc. has awarded a grant for $400 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium for its Little Wonders of Science preschool program. The funds will be used to purchase books that are distributed to program participants.

Little Wonders of Science is a monthly preschool science and literacy program where a Museum Educator reads a story then introduces basic science concepts from the story through a fun craft. Participants receive a copy of the book and materials to continue the study of science at home. Little Wonders of Science is offered the third Thursday and Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Some of this year’s topics are: astronomy and the night sky with Fancy Nancy Sees Stars; weather with Caps, Hats, Socks and Mittens; and floating and sinking with Curious George and the Boat Show.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Schenectady Museum Hosts KAPL Science Day September 28
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September 28, 2011
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Over 100 Schenectady 8th Graders Visited Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium for KAPL Science Day

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium hosted KAPL Science Day September 28. 

KAPL Science Day was attended by over 100 visitors, including students from the Schenectady City School District’s Oneida, Central Park, Mont Pleasant and King Schools.

Volunteers from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) and staff from the Schenectady Museum & Planetarium served as presenters for the day. Visitors explored celestial navigation, electricity, magnetism, motors, generators, and nuclear energy. There was also a special presentation by Capt. Brian Fort on the Energy in the Navy.  A celebration of math, science, and technology, KAPL Science Day inspires young people to be interested in these topics for study and work.

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Museum Receives $1500 Transportation Grant from Transfinder
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September 6, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $1,500 Grant from Transfinder for Field Trip Transportation Assistance

Transfinder has awarded a grant for $1,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, to provide field trip transportation assistance during the 2011-2012 school year for underserved youth in Schenectady County whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent a visit to the Museum. 

“We are delighted to partner with Transfinder; this grant helps the Schenectady Museum offer financial assistance to schools that might not otherwise be able to afford to send children to the Museum for a field trip,” noted Schenectady Museum Executive Director Kerry Orlyk. “Transfinder's support is critical to the Museum as research increasingly supports the importance of informal learning environments, like the Schenectady Museum, helping children stay engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

About Transfinder
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in student transportation management and communication systems and services, offering routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. A business partner of MapInfo Corporation, Transfinder applies MapInfo's industry-leading mapping technology and database management to deliver superior transportation and logistics management solutions. Transfinder products allow school districts to manage bus routes, provide safe and efficient student transportation, and to access a wealth of critical district information. For more information, visit www.transfinder.com.

About Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $750 Grant from Schenectady Insuring Agency
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For Immediate Release
August 24, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $750 Grant from Schenectady Insuring Agency for Powering the Future: The STEM Fund

Schenectady Insuring Agency has awarded a grant for $750 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund. This funding will assist underserved youth from elementary schools in the Schenectady City School District participating in the Museum’s educational programming through discounted admissions and/or transportation assistance during the 2011-2012 school year.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $2500 Stewart\'s Shops Grant
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August 23, 2011
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Museum Receives $2,500 Grant from Stewart’s Shops for Powering the Future: The STEM Fund

Stewart’s Shops has awarded a grant for $2,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, to provide field trip transportation assistance during the 2011-2012 school year for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation.  

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $250 WGY Christmas Wish Grant
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July 13, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $250 Grant from WGY Christmas Wish for Powering the Future: The STEM Fund

WGY Christmas Wish has awarded a grant for $250 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides free or reduced admission and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation.

WGY has accepted donations for its Christmas Wish program for the past 30 years. The program benefits children 19 years and under in the Great Northeast. Special emphasis is given to critical care services and recreational programs for ill, underprivileged and homeless children.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $10,000 Wm. Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation Grant for FETCH! Lab
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For Immediate Release
July 7, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $10,000 Grant from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation, Inc. for FETCH! Lab

The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation, Inc. has awarded a grant for $10,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to help fund the Museum’s FETCH! Lab, a place where kids can try science and engineering challenges like the ones they see on the PBS television show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. This award will be used to assist the Museum with FETCH! Lab program staff, new activity development, supplies and materials, program promotion, and other activities.

The Museum offers six hours of hands-on activities in the FETCH! Lab each week, Thursday through Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Activities change weekly and include: Rescue Mission, where young scientists design hooks to retrieve capsules submerged in water; Motion Picture, where young scientists create thaumatropes – optical illusion toys that make two pictures look like one; and Blow It Away, where young scientists design and build a vehicle that is part sailboat and part car. The FETCH! Lab approach to problem solving encourages brainstorming solutions, making predictions, testing and revising ideas and sharing success.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $6,480 National Institute for Conservation Grant
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July 7, 2011
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Schenectady Museum Receives $6,840 Grant from the National Institute for Conservation’s Heritage Preservation Program

The National Institute for Conservation’s Heritage Preservation Program has awarded a grant for $6,840 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to help fund collections preservation initiatives.

This funding will assist the Museum in improving collections care, developing a long-range preservation/conservation plan for collections, improving environmental conditions, and increasing staff awareness of collections preservation concerns. The Museum will also participate in the 2011 Conservation Assessment Program.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Invention Convention 2011 Awards Cerenmony
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June 6, 2011

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Invention Convention 2011 Awards Ceremony Honored Student Inventors at Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium May 26

A reception and awards ceremony for Invention Convention 2011 was held May 26 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium during which 100 student inventors were recognized as regional semi-finalists, and 28 students were announced as state finalists from over 1,300 student submissions.

Invention Convention is an annual invention competition open to Capital District students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem they have encountered in their lives.  The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their invention.  A panel of patent attorneys and engineers chose the 100 semi-finalists based on creativity, originality, complexity, innovation, practicality, and impact. 

The following are Invention Convention 2011 sponsors: Innovator – GE Volunteers; Inventors – MVP Healthcare, Time Warner Cable; Problem Solvers – M & T Bank, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; Tinkerers – 1st Playable Productions, LLC, Berkshire Bank, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Hoffman Warnick LLC, New York State United Teachers, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.

The 26 state finalists represent 14 schools in the Capital Region:

Albany Academies: Will Fitzgerald, Icicles-B-Gone; Ballard Elementary School: Courtney Bain, Clothing Organizer App;  Adam Basile, HearRing; Abigail Corentto, The Booster Seat Foot Rest; Zachary LaFave, The Every Skate; Berne-Knox-Westerlo Middle School: Patrick Farnan, R.each N.o M.ore Cabinet; Stephanie Mason, No Excuse to Miss the Bus; Doane Stuart School: Connor Danz, The Lego Sorter; Draper Middle School: Austen Blanchard, Shoe Hooks; East Hill Elementary School: Madeline Elliott, Catcher Cone; Elmer Avenue Elementary School: Alyssa Harrynanan, All Around the World Dolls; Harrison Avenue Elementary School: Madison Ruby, Doggie Doorbell; Lake Avenue Elementary School: Kathryn Grabowski and Tess Turner, The Aroma Spraying Alarm Clock; Leora Cohen-Togor and Brynna Hill, Lightning Power Generator; Lake George Elementary School: Maxim Paszko, Robotic Wheel Chair; Oliver Winch Middle School: Thomas King, The Scan-Locked Gun; Andrew Williams, Flick Lock Crutches; Scotia-Glenville Middle School: Carson Rowe, Electric Steering Wheel Hand Warmer; St. Mary’s Catholic School – Waterford:  Anthony Atalla, Paint Pro; Krystin Messier, Shop With Ezzz!; Emily Spoor, Bend-A-Hanger; West Sand Lake Elementary School: Michael Beskid, Permanent Hidden Holiday Lights; Nicholas John DonVito, Armor Pants; James Finelli, Pet Safety Collar; Megan Hale, The Beeping Fish Pole; Nicholas Zalucky, H20 H20 H20 Hose.

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 10 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1,336 this year.

In 2003, three separate divisions were established for separate judging by grade level: Edison (K-2), Steinmetz (3-5) and Coolidge (6-8). The number of semifinalists in each division is proportionate to the total number of entries per division.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Invention Convention 2011 @ Schenectady Museum
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May 10, 2011
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Invention Convention 2011 at Schenectady Museum Showcases Top 100 Student Inventions from Over 1300 Submissions

Invention Convention 2011 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is now open and features the top 100 student inventions chosen from over 1,300 submissions. Invention Convention is an annual student invention competition open to Capital District students from grades K through eight from both public and private schools. Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their concept. These inventions are on display at the Museum through May 26, 2011.

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 even during leisure time activities. This year 1,336 entries were received, a dramatic increase from the 167 received in 1998, according to Education Manager Megan Dominguez. A volunteer team of scientists, patent lawyers and other professionals from the community evaluated the submissions and chose the top 100 entries. 

“At the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, our goal is to be the best informal Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) learning organization in Tech Valley. Toward that end, we are the only science center in the Capital Region 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 Museum Education Manager Megan Dominguez.

The Regional Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to celebrate the 100 student inventor semi-finalists and to

announce 25 finalists. General Electric (GE) Global Research Photovoltaic Engineer Todd Tolliver will deliver a special presentation entitled Solar and the Need for Innovation at the ceremony.

Since starting work at GE Global Research more than nine years ago, Mr. Tolliver has worked on projects involving fiber optic (FO) network design, analog FO links, polymer waveguides, and polymer-based interferometers. Most recently, he has spent the last six years working in the field of photovoltaics investigating technologies in both devices and modules. He has lead a multidisciplinary team developing high efficiency silicon solar cells and was the principal investigator for GE’s Solar America Initiative program. After recently leading an effort in flexible packaging of thin film solar cells, Mr. Tolliver is currently leading development of back contact processes for thin film modules. He currently holds 11 patents and has published 22 journal articles and conference papers.

The following are Invention Convention 2011 sponsors: Innovator – GE Volunteers; Inventors – MVP Healthcare, Time Warner Cable; Problem Solvers – M & T Bank, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; Tinkerers – 1st Playable Productions, LLC, Berkshire Bank, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Hoffman Warnick LLC, New York State United Teachers, 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 10 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1,336 this year.

In 2003, three separate divisions were established for separate judging by grade level: Edison (K-2), Steinmetz (3-5) and Coolidge (6-8). The number of semifinalists in each division is proportionate to the total number of entries per division.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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STEM Teacher Training Workshop @ Museum April 21
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April 13, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez

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STEM Education Teacher Training Workshop at Schenectady Museum April 21

 

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is hosting a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education Teacher Training Workshop Thursday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the Museum. The STEM Teacher Training Workshop is sponsored by the Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds initiative.

Participants will enjoy a networking breakfast and explore ways to teach STEM with presentations by Museum educators. After lunch, teachers and their families can observe demonstrations and activities throughout the Museum, and collect ideas and handouts to take back to their classrooms. Call 518.382.7890 x 227 to register.

As part of our collaborative efforts to inspire children in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is proud to provide informal science education training workshops for educators across Tech Valley and beyond. The ideas that we share with teachers are designed to demonstrate new ways to introduce these, often daunting, concepts to their students in the classroom.

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission to the workshop is free.

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April Break Activities @ Schenectady Museum
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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez

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April Break Activities at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Where Science is Fun for Everyone!

If you’re looking for something fun to do during April School Break, come to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, where science is fun for everyone!  Explore science through hands-on activities, Planetarium Shows with the GOTO Star Projector, FETCH! Lab activities, and Science Discovery Demos. And, A Tribute to ALCO Locomotives and Fuel Cell Technology, a Fueling the Future exhibit update are opening April 21.

The Museum will be open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 and Saturday, April 23, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, April 21 & 22 with special programming for children and their families during April School Break.

The Museum will offer special hands-on science activities 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23. Have fun exploring science with Museum educators.   

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium will offer three shows each day:

·       1:00 p.m.:  The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Fred Rogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe friends explore the wonders of the sky in this first-visit Planetarium show geared to pre-school audiences.

·       2:00 p.m.: Light Years from Andromeda: Take a journey between two galaxies that spans human history and explains cosmic distances and light speed. Narrated by Michael Dorn, Worf of Star Trek.

·       3:00 p.m.: Seasonal Sky Tour: 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, one of only 12 such star machines in the United States and the only one in the northeast. 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 Schenectady Museum's Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

After a Planetarium Show, stop by the FETCH! Lab. Recreating the colorful, energetic feel of the PBS TV show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, the Museum’s FETCH! Lab is a place where kids can try hands-on science and engineering challenges like the ones they see on the show. Instead of just watching FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman on television, come to the Museum’s FETCH! Lab and try the science and engineering challenges yourself.

The FETCH! Lab will be open 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. with the following activities:

  • Canine House of Cards (Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17): Build a structure out of paper that is strong enough to support the weight of a jumbo dog biscuit in this engineering challenge.
  • Blow It Away (Thursday – Saturday, April 21 - 23): Make a traveling breeze with a vehicle that is part car and part sailboat this engineering challenge.

And, visitors can enjoy Science Discovery Demos 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 and Saturday, April 23, where they can learn about producing energy from renewable and non-renewable sources. Enjoy an educator-led bonus educational opportunity at the Museum.

While you’re at the Museum, check out A Tribute to ALCO Locomotives, which opens 21. Explore the contributions of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady in this new display. Discover the history of steam and diesel locomotives as well as Schenectady’s continuing contributions to the transportation industry.

And, explore Fuel Cell Technology, a Fueling the Future exhibit update, opening April 21. Learn how fuel cells work and why they are important for our future energy consumption! See a GenSys Fuel Cell with the exterior panel removed so you can see inside, schematic drawings, and an interactive element illustrating how the fuel cell operates. This upgrade to the Museum’s Fueling the Future exhibit is sponsored by National Grid.

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  April Break hands-on science activities, FETCH! Lab activities, and Science Discovery Demos are free with Museum admission; add $4 for Planetarium Show. For more information, call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org.

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Museum Receives $25K Save America\'s Treasures Grant
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For Immediate Release
March 29, 2011
Contact: Chris Hunter
   
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Schenectady Museum Awarded $25K Save America’s Treasures Grant
to Preserve 1878 Edison Tinfoil Recording

The Schenectady Museum has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant of $25,735 to preserve a tinfoil recording created by Thomas Edison on June 22, 1878 in St. Louis, Missouri.

This recording is likely the second oldest surviving recorded voice of an American made using an Edison phonograph; however, its contents are unknown because the recording cannot be safely played. The Schenectady Museum will use the grant to fund the recovery of the sound using a non-contact optical scanning process that will allow the sound to be copied from the tinfoil.

“It is exciting to have a part of the Schenectady Museum Archives preserved and recognized for what it is: one of America’s great treasures.  This is the most prestigious preservation grant in the United States,” said Chris Hunter, Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.

The Museum is among 61 Save America’s Treasures grant awardees who will receive a total of $14.3 million in funding. The Save America’s Treasures program addresses the urgent preservation needs of the nation’s most significant historic sites and collections. The program is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“The grants awarded today include funds to conserve, and recover the sound from, an 1878 tinfoil phonograph recording made by Thomas Edison, as well as resources to provide for the long-term preservation of digital materials documenting the events of September 11,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “Save America’s Treasures ensures that future generations will have access to objects, recordings, and artifacts that define American history.”

Since 1999, the program has awarded 1,287 grants totaling almost $300 million to preserve nationally significant and endangered historic structures, places, collections, artifacts, and artistic works in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These grants have leveraged another almost $400 million in matching funds through efforts of the individuals, communities and the leadership of the program’s private partner, Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Schenectady Museum 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.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Hey, Wait a Nanosecond! Celebrate NanoDays at Schenectady Museum March 31 - April 3
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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2011
Contact: Susan Whitaker

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NanoDays at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Visitors can explore nanotechnology, the science of building things at the atomic level, at the Museum 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3. Museum educators will lead nano demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“The Schenectady Museum is thrilled to be participating in NanoDays again this year,” notes Schenectady Museum Education Manager Megan Dominguez. “We are continually looking for ways to augment our informal science education offerings and our four days of special nanotechnology programming will be a fun way for children and families to learn about an area of science so small you can’t even see it!”

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3, 2011. 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.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create unique new learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. NanoDays events combine fun hands-on activities with current research. A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrates the special and unexpected

properties found at the nanoscale level, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

More about Nano and NISE Network
Many scientists and engineers believe that advances in nanotechnology have the potential to bolster the U.S. economy through innovations providing clean, secure, affordable energy, techniques to clean up hazardous chemicals in the environment, and medical devices and drugs to detect and treat diseases more effectively and with fewer side effects. Despite this promise, the public knows little about research and development being carried out today by 25 departments and agencies of the federal government and by universities and corporations in their own communities.

Originally launched by the Museum of Science in Boston, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and San Francisco's Exploratorium, the NISE Network is now led by 14 museums and universities across the nation. In 2005, an initial grant funded formation of NISE Network to collaboratively develop and distribute innovative approaches to engaging Americans in nanoscale science and engineering. The NISE Network has won its second five-year $21 million grant from the National Science Foundation allowing partners to continue the work of the NISE Net into the next decade.

Through activities 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. In addition to the individual museums and research centers, two major professional organizations–the Materials Research Society and the Association of Science-Technology Centers—support the NISE Network and annual NanoDays activities.

For more information about NISE Net, please visit http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays.
For more information about Nano please visit http://www.whatisnano.org.

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

Museum Announces March Scout Workshops
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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez

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Schenectady Museum Announces March Scout Workshops

If you’re working on a Scout badge by yourself or together with your troop, come to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Beuche Planetarium this March for workshops led by Museum educators and utilizing the Museum’s vast Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) resources, such as the Planetarium’s GOTO Star Machine!

The Museum will offer three Scout Workshops during March:

  • Boy Scout Space Exploration Workshop
    Thursday, March 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Learn about the history and future of space exploration. See discoveries made from manned and unmanned spacecraft and learn about the space shuttle. To complete Boy Scout badge requirements, attend the workshop and complete the downloaded Space Exploration work packet. When finished, schedule a time to review it with a Merit Badge Counselor to have Blue Cards signed. $8 per scout / $4 per adult
  • Girl Scout Math Whiz Workshop
    Friday, March 18, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Math is everywhere! Create and decipher codes, hunt for geometric shapes, and strategize on how to solve math puzzles. Discover numbers in yourselves! $9 per scout (includes badge) / $4 per adult
  • Cub Scout Science Belt Loop Workshop
    Friday, March 25, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. or Saturday, March 26, 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    Learn about different kinds of science and scientists with a Planetarium show, and exciting hands-on activities. $8 per scout (Belt Loop not included) / $4 per adult

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 518.382.7890 x224 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org.

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Museum Receives $8,000 National Grid Grant
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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2011
Schenectady Museum Contact: Chris Hunter
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National Grid Contact: Patrick Stella
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Schenectady Museum Receives $8,000 National Grid Grant for Fueling the Future Exhibit

Schenectady, N.Y. -- National Grid has awarded an $8,000 grant to the Schenectady Museum to design and install an update to the existing Fueling the Future exhibit. The updated exhibit will focus on fuel cell technology and is targeted for completion in April 2011.

The centerpiece of the new 50-square-foot permanent updated exhibit will be a GenSys Fuel Cell, with the external cover removed so visitors can view the interior, as well as schematic drawings and an interactive element illustrating how the fuel cell operates.

“The Schenectady Museum is excited about the National Grid grant to update our Fueling the Future exhibit,” Schenectady Museum Executive Director Kerry Orlyk said. “This grant will allow us to explain fuel cell technology in an interactive, engaging manner and help us fulfill our mission: to inspire a sense of wonder about extraordinary scientific and technological developments past, present, and future.”

The grant reflects National Grid’s Engineering Our Future initiative, designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow’s workforce. Through the program, National Grid has chosen various community initiatives that support that goal.

"At National Grid we believe in giving back to the communities in which we serve, in particular, in the areas of education and the environment," said Loretta Smith, director of Corporate Citizenship at National Grid. "Working with the Schenectady Museum gives us the opportunity to help train the environmental leaders of tomorrow and further advance our Engineering Our Future initiative to inspire youth to pursue science, technology, engineering and math skills," she added.

The updated Schenectady Museum exhibit will also include information on:
§          Union College fuel cell installation and partnership among Plug Power, National Grid, Union College, Ballston Spa School District and the Museum;
§           Why fuel cells are important for our future energy consumption; 
§            Fuel cell manufacturing, power companies and collaborations to deliver smarter energy to home consumers; and
§          Early fuel cells used in the NASA Gemini program, featuring artifacts and photos from the Museum’s archives.

A new 32-inch flat screen monitor will also show video on fuel cell technology and local housing educational and promotional materials.

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About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.
 
February Break Activities @ Schenectady Museum
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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez

518.382.7890 x 227

February Break Activities at the Schenectady Museum &
Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Where Science is Fun for Everyone!

If you’re looking for something fun to do during February School Break, come to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, where science is fun for everyone!  Explore science through hands-on activities, Planetarium Shows with the GOTO Star Projector, FETCH! Lab activities, and Science Discovery Demos.

The Museum will be open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, February 24 & 25 with special programming for children and their families during February School Break.

The Museum will offer special hands-on science activities 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 24 – Sunday, February 27. Have fun exploring science with Museum educators.   

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium will offer three shows each day:

·       1:00 p.m.:  The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Fred Rogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe friends explore the wonders of the sky in this first-visit Planetarium show geared to pre-school audiences.

·       2:00 p.m.: Light Years from Andromeda: Take a journey between two galaxies that spans human history and explains cosmic distances and light speed. Narrated by Michael Dorn, Worf of Star Trek.

·       3:00 p.m.: Seasonal Sky Tour: 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, one of only 12 such star machines in the United States and the only one in the northeast. 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 Schenectady Museum's Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

After a Planetarium Show, stop by the FETCH! Lab. Recreating the colorful, energetic feel of the PBS TV show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, the Museum’s FETCH! Lab is a place where kids can try hands-on science and engineering challenges like the ones they see on the show. Instead of just watching FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman on television, come to the Museum’s FETCH! Lab and try the science and engineering challenges yourself.

The FETCH! Lab will be open 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. with the following activities:

  • Potion Commotion (Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20): Water and oil don't mix, but watch what happens when you add the fizz factor in this chemistry challenge.
  • Rescue Mission (Thursday – Sunday, February 24 – 27): Design a hook and retrieve a capsule submerged in water in this engineering challenge.

And, visitors can enjoy Science Discovery Demos weekends 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. where they can learn all about light waves. Enjoy an educator-led bonus educational opportunity at the Museum.

While you’re at the Museum, check out Our Favorite Things on exhibit through April 23. For this exhibit, Museum staff, trustees, and volunteers chose artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection that hold special meaning to them and tell a story. These stories combine to tell the story of how science and technology helped shape the development of Schenectady and Tech Valley over the last 125 years. See the Centurion Robot, an array of old toasters, a man-made diamond, and more!

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  February Break hands-on science activities, FETCH! Lab activities, and Science Discovery Demos are free with Museum admission; add $4 for Planetarium Show. For more information, call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org.

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Museum Announces New Hours: OPEN Sundays Beginning 2/1
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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
Contact: Mary Ellen Hern

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Schenectady Museum Announces New Hours of Operation: Open Sundays Starting February 1

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium announces the following new hours of operation beginning February 1, 2011: Thursday & Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening on Sunday allows the Museum to expand its existing offerings:

  • Planetarium Shows will be offered Thursday & Friday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. All shows at the Schenectady Museum's Suits-Bueche Planetarium include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.
  • FETCH! Lab Activities will be offered Thursday – Sunday at 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Recreating the colorful, energetic feel of the PBS TV show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, the Museum’s FETCH! Lab is a place where kids can try hands-on science and engineering challenges like the ones they see on the show.
  • Science Discovery Demos will be offered every Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. February’s theme is Light Waves and March’s theme is It’s Electric!
  • Birthday Parties at the Museum will be booked on both Saturdays and Sundays.

The Museum will continue to accommodate programs occurring outside the normal hours of operation, such as morning Little Wonders of Science preschool programs and evening Girl Scout and Boy Scout Workshops. And the Museum will now offer Power Hour, free general Museum admission between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. the first Sunday of each month.

Admission prices remain unchanged. Admission is $5.00 for children, $6.25 for seniors, and $7.50 for adults; add $4 for a Planetarium Show. Members are always free. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.schenectadymuseum.org.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Phone: 518-382-7890 Fax: 382-7893

Schenectady Museum & Planetarium Receives NASA Space Place Certificate of Appreciation
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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
Contact: Steve Russo

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Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium Receives NASA Space Place Certificate of Appreciation

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium has been presented with a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Place Certificate of Appreciation for its valuable contributions to its community in the areas of science, technology education, and inspiration.

The Schenectady Museum’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium was named an official NASA Space Place in 2005.  At the time the Suits-Bueche Planetarium was one of only two planetariums in New York State that has been given this designation by NASA.

In addition to maintaining an engaging website for young people, the Space Place program is a NASA-sponsored nation-wide space and space science education initiative. The program engages young people to actively participate in cross-curriculum space science activities that provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

NASA supports the planetarium as a Space Place by providing space, science, and technology related activities and materials educational materials and information about the latest happenings in space. Space Places are special destinations for children to understand more about astronomy, space flight, and other related fields.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the area’s only FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Phone: 518-382-7890 Fax: 382-7893

Museum Announces New Trustees
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For Immediate Release
January 11, 2011
Mary Ellen Hern
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New Trustees at Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium announces the following new members of its Board of Trustees:

Karen Cavanagh, Esq., Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Sabre Companies

Joseph Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent, Ballston Spa Central School District

Tony Farah, VP Technology Services/Chief Technology Officer, Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corporation

Brian Hannafin, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Center for Economic Growth

Trudy Lehner, Senior Director of Marketing and Government Affairs, SuperPower, Inc.

Matt Mazzone, Chief Financial Officer, Mazzone Management Group

Science educator and researcher Joan S. Wagner has been elected to serve a second term.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the area, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WMHT.

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Museum Announces Martin Luther King Day Activities
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For Immediate Release
January 5, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez

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Schenectady Museum Announces Special Kids’ Activities for Martin Luther King Day: Model Trains, Kite Making, Planetarium Shows

See the Model Trains run, make your own kite, and catch a Planetarium show Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King Day, at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium. The Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to welcome area school children who have the day off for the holiday.

All Aboard! The Model Trains will run for the last time this season from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can see a 19 x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) Model Trains powered by the dedicated members of the Upstate Train Associates.

Go Fly a Kite! Visitors can test their engineering skills as they design and construct their own kites from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The following shows are offered in the Museum’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium: 1:00 p.m. – The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (recommended pre-K through second grade); 2:00 p.m. – Light Years From Andromeda; and 3:00 p.m. – Seasonal Sky Tour. Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the only GOTO Chronos Star Projector in the northeast. Visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. All shows are educator-led and include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

Visitors can also see Our Favorite Things. For this exhibit, Museum staff, trustees, and volunteers chose artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection that hold special meaning to them and tell a story. These stories combine to tell the story of how science and technology helped shape the development of Schenectady and Tech Valley over the last 125 years.

The Museum is located on Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  Admission is $5.00 for children, $6.25 for seniors, and $7.50 for adults; add $4 for a Planetarium Show.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit www.schenectadymuseum.org.

Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518-382-7890 Fax: 382-7893

Museum Announces December Break Week Activities
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For Immediate Release

December 13, 2010

Contact: Ilene Frank

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Schenectady Museum Announces December School Break Activities: Hands-on Science, Planetarium Shows, Model Trains

Visit the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium during December School Break (December 27 – 31) for Hands-on Science Activities, Planetarium Shows, and Model Trains.

Visit the Museum during school break for hands-on science activities, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:  Monday (12/27) – CD Planispheres; Tuesday (12/28) – Blow It Away; Wednesday (12/29) – Lunar Lander; Thursday (12/30) – Clothes Hanger Catapult; and Friday (12/31, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.) – Ketchup Bottle Rockets.

The Suits-Bueche Planetarium will offer four shows each day during Break Week:
12:00 p.m.: ‘Tis the Season
1:00 p.m.:  The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
 2:00 p.m.: ‘Tis the Season
3:00 p.m.: Seasonal Sky Tour

Shows at the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are powered by the only GOTO Chronos Star Projector in the northeast. Visitors see 8,500 stars on the Planetarium dome, close to the actual number of visible stars in the night sky. All shows are educator-led and include a look at the current night sky and the latest astronomy news.

The Model Trains will be running Monday through Thursday 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 –

2:00 p.m.

Hands-on Science Activities and Model Trains are FREE with Museum admission; add $4 for a Planetarium Show. The Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30 and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 31. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Phone: 518-382-7890 • www.schenectadymuseum.org  • Fax: 382-7893

See the Model Trains Run @ Schenectady Museum Beginning 12/11
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For Immediate Release

December 6, 2010

Contact: Ilene Frank

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See the Model Trains Run at the Schenectady Museum Beginning December 11

The popular model trains will be running for the first time this holiday season at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12. 

Volunteers from Upstate Train Associates will exhibit and run a 19 x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) Model Trains from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. December 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 26 – 30, and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. December 31. The trains will also run 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. January 2, 8 & 9, and 15 – 17.  Seeing the trains run has become a holiday tradition at the Museum. Visitors can also see the model trains run for FREE during Schenectady Art Night, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 17.

The model trains are running in conjunction with the Museum’s other holiday events:

·       ‘Tis the Season, a holiday planetarium show at 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays – Sundays through January 2, 2011and special 12:00 p.m. shows Dec. 27 – 30.

·       December School Break: Kids’ Activities, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., December 27 - 30.

·       Super Science Sundays, bonus educational opportunities on Nanotechnology, Spaceflight, Physics and Energy Science, 12 – 12:30 p.m. Sundays through January 16.

·       Our Favorite Things, a new exhibit of artifacts chosen by Museum staff, trustees, and volunteers.

All holiday events are free with Museum admission; add $4 for Planetarium Shows, $2 for Super Science Sundays.  The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, please call 518.382.7890 or visit SchenectadyMuseum.org. 

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Phone: 518-382-7890 • www.schenectadymuseum.org  • Fax: 382-7893

Volunteers Wow a Crowd at ZOOM Into Science November 13
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For Immediate Release
November 30, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
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WMHT, GE, CDTA, SI Group, High School & College Volunteers Wow a Crowd of 450 at ZOOM Into Science at the Schenectady Museum November 13

WMHT, GE, CDTA, SI Group, High School (Bishop Gibbons, Emma Willard, Schalmont and Schenectady High Schools) and College (UAlbany and Union) volunteers wowed a crowd of 450 children and families during ZOOM Into Science, an afternoon of science stations and activity zones inspired by popular PBS kids’ television programs, November 13 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

ZOOM Into Science volunteers made science come to life in a series of experiments and activities, such as designing and building domes out of gum drops and toothpicks; exploring gravity with a parachute drop activity; discovering engineering by constructing a structure of cups as tall as possible; social robotics, energy, nanotechnology workshops; and special Planetarium shows throughout the day. 

ZOOM Into Science was sponsored by WMHT, GE, the National Science Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Albany Broadcasting, SI Group, Pitney Bowes Business Insight, CDTA, CG Power Solutions, Sylvan Learning Center, Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, and Vicarious Visions.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley to offer a multi-media experience that’s fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses a 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH! in collaboration with WHMT. During 2008, the Museum welcomed more than 44,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $2500 Bank of America Grant
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For Immediate Release
November 29, 2010
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Schenectady Museum Receives $2,500 Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation for Admission and Transportation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant for $2,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent a visit to the Museum. The grant will assist students from the Capital Region, from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, with Museum visits during the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $1000 Grant from Transfinder
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For Immediate Release
November 29, 2010
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from TransFinder Corporation for Admission and Transportation

Transfinder Corporation has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent a visit to the Museum. The grant will assist students from the Capital Region, from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, with Museum visits during the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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ZOOM Into Science @ Schenectady Museum November 13
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For Immediate Release
November 2, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
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ZOOM Into Science at the Schenectady Museum November 13: Activity Zones, Planetarium Shows, and NEW Workshops

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium presents ZOOM Into Science from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13.  Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled day of science programs and ideas at activity zones inspired by Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman and other popular PBS children’s television shows seen locally on WMHT. There will also be Special Science Workshops and Planetarium Shows throughout the afternoon.

Challenging themselves at science stations and activity zones throughout the Museum, visitors will: design and build domes out of gum drops and toothpicks; explore gravity with a parachute drop activity; discover engineering by constructing a structure of cups as tall as possible; and much, much more!

“This electrifying day of hands-on science encourages young people to want to learn more about science and technology and inspires them to become the professionals who use science and technology to solve problems and improve quality of life,” notes Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium Associate Director Ilene Frank.

All science stations and activity zones will be staffed with educators, Museum staff, and volunteers to provide instruction, to answer questions, and to have fun with science. During ZOOM Into Science, visitors can also explore the Museum’s exhibits: Fueling the Future, Power House, Inside Out: MRI & You and the new Our Favorite Things.

ZOOM Into Science will also include Special Science Workshops for the first time this year: 12:30 p.m.: Social Robotics (ages 8 – 12); 2:30 p.m.: Making It Go – The Energy Show (ages 10 -14); 3:30 p.m.: NanoWorld (ages 10 – 14). There will also be Planetarium Shows at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

In addition to enjoying the Special Science Workshops and Planetarium Shows, visitors can meet Ruff Ruffman, the star of the PBS children’s television show, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman and ride on a CDTA hybrid bus. And, scientists from SI Group will be conducting demonstrations and experiments, and faculty from the University at Albany will be conducting a Robot Show and Tell forum.

ZOOM Into Science is sponsored by WMHT, GE, the National Science Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Albany Broadcasting, SI Group, Pitney Bowes Business Insight, CDTA, CG Power Solutions, Sylvan Learning Center, Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, and Vicarious Visions. It is free with Museum admission; Special Science Workshops are an additional $2; Planetarium Shows are included with Museum admission. The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located on Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.  For more information, call 518-382-7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org.

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Museum Holds Annual Meeting
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For Immediate Release
October 28, 2010
Ilene Frank
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Schenectady Museum Holds Annual Meeting: Elects New Trustees & Celebrates the Spirit of Invention with a Pallophotophone Demonstration

The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium held its Annual Meeting: Celebrating the Spirit of Invention October 21. Members mingled with the Museum's staff, volunteers and Board members; celebrated the Museum's achievements, which was highlighted by a demonstration of the Pallophotophone, an early sound recording machine; and learned about the Museum's programs and events.

At the meeting, Karen Cavanagh, Joseph Dragone, Tony Farah, Brian Hannafin, Trudy Lehner, and Matt Mazzone were elected to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, and Joan Wagner was elected to serve a second term on the Board. Inventor Russ DeMuth and Museum Trustee John Schneiter gave a demonstration of a working Pallophotophone machine they recently built that is able to play old sound recordings.

About the New Trustees

Karen Cavanagh, Esq. is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to the Savre Companies. She is an expert in complex insurance coverage   issues, environmental law, and toxic tort litigation. Following Hurricane Katrina, she and John Mason, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of the Sabre Companies, established a mission for both themselves and Sabre to bring clean water technology to where it is needed most, and so began “The Water Project”, now known as “Play for Power.”  The charitable organization is based upon the belief that access to clean water is a right, not a privilege, and that collectively we and our children have the power to make clean water available to all children in the world.

Joseph Dragone, Ph.D. has served as Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District since August 2008.  He received degrees from The College of St. Rose, and was awarded a Master of Science, Certificate of Advanced Study and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  Dr. Dragone created the “Partnership for Innovation in Education” to actively promote collaboration with business, industry, non-profits and higher education. He led the STEM 2010 EXPO in March, a conference of more than 1000 attendees from business, industry, economic development and higher education to advance STEM teaching and learning in the Tech Valley Region.

Tony Farah has worked in the field of information technology (IT) for the past 25 years.  He has worked for many companies in IT including Unilever and currently serves as VP Technology Services/Chief Technology Officer for Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corporation. His range of information technology experience includes programming, systems analysis, senior client consulting, project management and management. Tony also serves as President of the Board of Concepts for Adaptive Learning which is headquartered in New Haven, CT.  There he leads an organization focused on delivering technology and training to the homes of under-privileged families. Tony lives in Niskayuna with his wife and three sons.

Brian Hannafin joined the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) in February 2005 as the Director of Industry Attraction and has since been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Brian brings over 12 years of experience in sales and marketing, business and economic development.  He has made significant contributions to the ongoing strategic planning and industry recruitment activities related to the Tech Valley initiative-specifically leading the NY Loves Nanotech and the Clean Tech global marketing campaigns.

Trudy Lehner has been with SuperPower since its formation in 2000 as a subsidiary of Intermagnetics General Corporation.  The company is now a division of Royal Philips Electronics.  She manages the company’s global sales and marketing program, developing and managing key strategic relation-ships.  She is responsible for SuperPower's community and government affairs program on the local, state and national level. Mrs. Lehner joined the Intermagnetics Magnet Business Group Marketing Department in 1994 and moved to the Technology Development Operation in 1996. 

Matt Mazzone draws upon his financial background and his passion for the hospitality industry in his position as the Chief Financial Officer of Mazzone Management Group. Growing up in the restaurant business, his knowledge has motivated each member of the Mazzone team to continue their focus on customer service, while maintaining financial responsibility. The Mazzone Management Group owns several fine dining establishments including Angelo's Tavolo and Aperitivo Bistro. Matt graduated cum laude from Siena College, and graduated with honors from the University at Albany, State University of New York, earning his Executive MBA degree.

Joan S. Wagner, a science educator with a wealth of teaching and research experience, is the principal of Focus on Learning, a science consulting firm.  Joan’s 34-year teaching career included work at the Freeport Public Schools and in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District.  An author of numerous articles and books , staff developer and speaker, Ms. Wagner has been  honored with inclusion in Who’s Who in American Education (1990) and elected to the New York Academy of Sciences (1995).

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NEW! Our Favorite Things Open at Schenectady Museum
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For Immediate Release
October 27, 2010
Contact: Chris Hunter

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NEW! Our Favorite Things Exhibit Open at Schenectady Museum & Planetarium

Our Favorite Things is now open and runs through April 23, 2011 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium. 

Did you know that the Schenectady Museum has a storage area below its exhibit floor? The Museum’s collections storage includes more than 25,000 artifacts, including appliances, radios, televisions, industrial products, inventions, and laboratory equipment.

For this new exhibit, Our Favorite Things, Schenectady Museum staff, trustees, and volunteers selected artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection that hold special meaning or significance to them. Each artifact in the Museum’s collection has a story to tell. These stories can be combined to tell the story of how science and technology inventions have helped shape the development of Schenectady and Tech Valley over the last 125 years.

Schenectady Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Chris Hunter notes: “We’re excited to offer an exhibit featuring favorite items from our vast collection. It’s fascinating to see how every object tells a story – a personal story, a community story, and a story about history.”

The exhibit includes one of the oldest surviving radar systems on display, from World War II; models and samples from the General Electric Artificial Diamond team (which was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year); a trick photograph from Charles Steinmetz where he is in the picture three times; materials from Clarence Hewlett, a GE researcher who experimented with solar power in the 1930s; and images from Ronald Reagan visiting Schenectady in 1954 and 1959 (next February is the centennial of his birth).

Visitors can also see Charles Steinmetz’ camera (1897); the Centurion Robot (1978), which was produced in honor of General Electric’s 100th anniversary and built as a promotional tool for GE’s Gas Turbine Division; and much more.

Admission to the exhibit is free with Museum admission.  The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is located on Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady and is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (November 28, 2010 through January 16, 2011).  For more information, call 518-382-7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

Museum Receives $335 Grant from Cumberland Farms
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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
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Schenectady Museum Receives $335 Grant from Cumberland Farms for Little Wonders of Science Program

Cumberland Farms has awarded a grant for $335 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium for its Little Wonders of Science program, a monthly literacy and science education program that introduces preschoolers to basic science concepts through familiar stories and fun crafts. Participants receive a copy of the book and related educational materials to take home. This funding is granted to sustain staffing and purchase books and materials for the December program.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518-382-7890 • www.schenectadymuseum.org  • Fax: 382-7893

Museum Receives $2500 Donation from TD Charitable Foundation
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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
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TD Charitable Foundation Supports Schenectady Museum with Donation

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $2,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community. Specifically, the donation will benefit the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent a visit to the Museum.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide financial and other support to affordable housing initiatives, financial literacy and education and the environment, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made over $63 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank's community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $142 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Bank is a trade name of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com.  

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody's.

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Museum Receives $18,145 at Kick-off Event to Preserve Schenectady Works News
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For Immediate Release
September 24, 2010
Contact: Chris Hunter 
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Schenectady Museum Receives $18,145 at Kick-off Event for 3-Year Campaign to Preserve Schenectady Works News

The Schenectady Museum received $18,145 at Preserving Schenectady Works News, its initial event held September 23 in a three-year campaign to preserve a collection of General Electric employee newsletters, the Schenectady Works News, printed from 1917 to 1985.

The three-year campaign aims to secure $36,000 to preserve the entire collection of newsletters. The funds raised include an $8,245 New York State Library grant, a $5,000 gift from General Electric, and $2,450 from individuals with another $2,450 in matching funds from General Electric.

One of the most valuable and popular collections in the Museum’s Archives, the Schenectady Works News newsletters are a rich source of information about the life of everyday employees and the relationships of one of the United States’ largest and most enduring corporations with its employees and its community. The GE employee newsletters attract researchers from around the world, who are often frustrated by the physical condition of the newsletters and the absence of indexing. The preservation campaign will include microfilming and digitizing the entire collection and ensuring that the newsletter text will be searchable on the computer.

Museum Trustees Dr. Howard R. Hart, Jr. and Dr. James M. Lommel served as guest chairmen of the initial fundraising event. Museum Executive Director Kerry M. Orlyk welcomed an enthusiastic gathering of current and retired GE employees, Museum members, and Museum Trustees with a keen interest in the history of GE. Museum Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Chris Hunter delivered a special presentation, The Historical and Social Impact of GE’s Schenectady Works News.

After Hunter’s presentation, Museum Trustee Brad Lewis noted the importance of preserving the rich history captured in the Schenectady Works News.

“This phenomenal archive deserves to survive, which was amply demonstrated this evening,”said Lewis.  “It is a fantastic project the museum wants to take on.”

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Schenectady Museum Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Museum Day
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2010

Contact:     Alison Goldstein, 646.695.7040 or alison@rosengrouppr.com
                   Lynda Holt, 518.382.7890 x 223 or LHolt@schenectadymuseum.org

Schenectady Museum Offers Free Admission on
Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day

--Museum Day 2010 Poised to be Largest to Date--

See Fueling the Future, MRI: Examining the Human Body & More

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Schenectady Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon.  The Schenectady Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from Smithsonian.com. Participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Last year, 2 million visitors logged on to www.Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay to learn more about the program.

Visitors to the Schenectady Museum can see Fueling the Future to explore how different fuels affect the economy and environment; 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 Ticket is available to download at www.Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at www.Smithsonial.com/MuseumDay.

About the Schenectady Museum

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & space, goSmithsonial, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. 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 visited the Smithsonian in 2009.

About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009.

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Museum Receives $1000 Grant from 1st National Bank
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For Immediate Release
August 31, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
518.382.7890 236

             

Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from 1st National Bank of Scotia for Powering the Future: The Stem Fund

1st National Bank of Scotia has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

1st National Bank of Scotia is an independently owned and operated bank dedicated to making peoples' lives better by providing creative financial solutions and superior personalized service to generations of families and businesses in our communities.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $1000 Grant from Pitney Bowes
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For Immediate Release
August 30, 2010
Contact: Ilene Frank
 
518.382.7890 236 

             

Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from Pitney Bowes Business Insight for Powering the Future: The Stem Fund

Pitney Bowes Business Insight has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

Troy-based Pitney Bowes Business Insight, a division of Pitney Bowes Software Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc., helps organizations to acquire, serve and grow customer relationships with leading-edge solutions in the areas of Customer Intelligence, Customer Communications and Customer Care.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

Museum Receives $64K IMLS Grant for Film Preservation
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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2010
Contact: Chris Hunter
518.382.7890 241     

             

Schenectady Museum Receives $64,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant for 2-Year Film Digitization Project

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a Museums for America (MFA) grant for $64,437 to the Schenectady Museum for use in preserving and digitizing a significant collection of 1,000 16mm films from General Electric. The grant will support the purchase of high-definition film transfer equipment and new archival film canisters, and supports the hiring of a temporary part-time film technician.

The films, dating from 1915-1985, tell the story of the electrification of the United States and include early advertising films, educational science films, and films documenting engineering and manufacturing processes. More than 30 of the films are silent films and date prior to 1927, from an era where more than 90% of films no longer exist.

The Schenectady Museum 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 an Edison tinfoil recording from 1878.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

“This year’s MFA grant recipients are truly an exciting and diverse group of museums, representing the remarkable ways that large and small institutions are serving communities. Funded projects support digitization and collections management plans, enhanced accessibility, environmental literacy, and much more. The work of these institutions will educate and inspire citizens of all ages. IMLS is pleased to support museums as they engage their communities through programming tailored to their specific needs, and this round of MFA grants furthers this work,” IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel said.

Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, providing more than $19 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society to sustain cultural heritage, to support lifelong learning; and to be centers of community engagement. Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

Museums for America funding will support projects and activities, designed by the institution, that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning and key players in the establishment of livable communities. Museums for America grants are designed to be flexible. They can be used for ongoing museum activities, research and other behind-the-scenes activities, planning activities, new programs or activities, purchase of equipment or services, or other activities that will support the efforts of museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies into their overall institutional effectiveness.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $1000 Grant from Walmart
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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2010
Contact: Carmel Patrick
518.382.7890 232

             

Schenectady Museum Receives $1,000 Grant from Walmart for Powering the Future: The Stem Fund

Walmart has awarded a grant for $1,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation. This funding is granted for the 2010 – 2011 school year and will be utilized by schools and students in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $2000 Grant from Target for Little Wonders
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For Immediate Release
August 4, 2010
Contact: Carmel Patrick
  
518.382.7890 232

Schenectady Museum Receives $2,000 Grant from Target for Little Wonders of Science Preschool Program

Target has awarded a grant for $2,000 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium to help fund its monthly Little Wonders of Science preschool program from October 2010 through September 2011.

Little Wonders of Science is a program specifically designed to introduce children between the ages of three and five to basic science concepts through familiar stories. A Museum educator introduces science concepts while reading a story, then reinforces these concepts with a related hands-on project. Participants are given a FREE book and materials to continue the fun study of science at home. This program is offered the third Thursday and Saturday of each month and is free with Museum admission. The program is also available for preschool groups who visit the Museum or as a Museum outreach program at preschool facilities.

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that equals more than $3 million every week.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $500 Grant from Schenectady Insuring Agency
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For Immediate Release
July 21, 2010
Contact: Carmel Patrick
518.382.7890 232

Schenectady Museum Receives $500 Grant from Schenectady Insuring Agency for Admission and Transportation

Schenectady Insuring Agency has awarded a grant for $500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation. This grant will assist students from an elementary school in the Schenectady City School District during the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Through the Museum’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, qualified school, youth, and community groups are awarded scholarships which subsidize admission fees, program fees, and transportation costs. During the 2009-10 school year, 1,781 students received admission or transportation subsidies through Powering the Future: The STEM Fund.

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the 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 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2009, the Museum welcomed over 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.

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Museum Receives $2500 Stewart\'s Grant for Admission and Transportation
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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2010
Contact: Carmel Patrick
518.382.7890 232

             

Schenectady Museum Receives $2,500 Grant from Stewart’s for Admission and Transportation

Stewart’s has awarded a grant for $2,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, which provides funds in the form of scholarships and transportation assistance for underserved youth whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent participation. The Stewart’s grant will assist students from the Capital Region, from pre-kindergarten to