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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partners with miSci to Provide Hands-On STEM Education Programs to Underserved Youth
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partners with miSci to Provide Hands-On STEM Education Programs to Underserved Youth

$10,000 grant from GLOBALFOUNDRIES will enable 300 students from five Capital Region Boys and Girls Clubs to experience interactive exhibits, the Challenger Learning Center and the Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci

GLOBALFOUNDRIES has partnered with miSci (museum of innovation and science) to provide STEM education to historically-underserved communities in the Capital Region. Through a $10,000 grant, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will enable 300 middle school-aged students from five regional Boys and Girls Clubs to experience the immersive science programs and interactive galleries at miSci during school break in February 2017. The students’ agenda for “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Week at miSci” will include a mission at the Challenger Leaning Center (CLC), a show in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, and exploration of miSci’s hands-on galleries.

“Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. “The Challenger Learning Center program will provide each student the opportunity to become astronauts and engineers and work as a team to solve unexpected, real-world problems as they complete a simulated space mission.”

“At GLOBALFOUDNRIES, we are committed to making investments of time, money, technology, and volunteer expertise to help improve the quality of life in our communities” said Steven Grasso, Corporate Communications Manager. “The partnership with miSci is a natural fit as we both share the same desire to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

In year one, the GLOBALFOUNDRIES funding will provide admission, round-trip transportation and box lunches to sixty students from each of five regional Boys and Girls Clubs, including: Albany, Lansingburgh, Schenectady, Southern Rensselaer and Troy. miSci President William Sudduth, PhD and the Education team at miSci, have developed a customized agenda for the program, to include an advance workshop for the Boys and Girls Clubs’ leaders, and activities to be completed by the students prior to coming to the science center. Club leaders will work with selected students to assign roles for their CLC missions and design astronaut “patches” for their mission crews. The students’ missions will be tailored to their grade levels and will be complemented by planetarium shows with related subject matter. miSci educators will also provide lessons to extend learning from the museum’s current exhibits, which will include Discover Butterflies, The Living House, and Tinkering.

“miSci is thrilled about its new partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES,” said miSci President Dr. William Sudduth. “Corporate partners like GLOBALFOUNDRIES make it possible for miSci to deliver its mission, so we are grateful for their good citizenship and commitment to STEM education in our community. We are excited to work with the Fab 8 team and to host an ‘out-of-this-world’ February break for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Region in 2017.”

GLOBALFOUNDRIES celebrated its new partnership with miSci at its annual FAB 8 Open House on November 10, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Week at miSci” will occur February 20-24, 2017, with one Boys and Girls Club visiting from 8:45 AM to 2:15 PM each day that week.

About GLOBALFOUNDRIES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company has quickly achieved scale as one of the largest foundries in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 250 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility and security of manufacturing centers spanning three continents. The company’s 300mm fabs and 200mm fabs provide the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading edge. This global manufacturing footprint is supported by major facilities for research, development and design enablement located near hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States, Europe and Asia. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Development Company. For more information, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for preschoolers to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers.www.misci.org.

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miSci to Host Annual Science Festival of the Capital Region November 9 – 13, 2016
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miSci to Host Annual Science Festival of the Capital Region November 9 – 13, 2016

Wall-to-Wall Science, 45+ Presenters, Stage Shows, Hands-On STEM Activities and More

Walk into a world of virtual reality, learn all about drone technology, take part in a space flight simulation, observe organisms from the micro to the macro, and turn fruit into a battery with hands-on activities, workshops and demos from more than 45 community STEM organizations! miSci, the museum of innovation and science, is hosting its annual Science Festival of the Capital Region Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, November 13, 2016 – featuring four full days of interactive science and live stage shows.

The Science Festival begins with a STEM Summit on Wednesday night, and officially kicks off on Thursday morning at 11 AM with an Opening Ceremony featuring the San Francisco Exploratorium’s “Tubular” stage show. Friday and Sunday include Jeff Boyers’ dynamic Bubble Trouble stage show, and miSci will host Science Cafés on Thursday night for teens and Friday night for adults. The museum will be open late on Saturday for a special Star Party hosted by Dudley Observatory, and Sunday at the Festival is a GE Kids in Free day, when children age 12 and under will receive free general admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

Throughout the entire Science Festival weekend, community partners will be on exhibition presenting demos and hands-on activities in miSci’s galleries and Festival tent. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci will present multiple shows each day, and the Challenger Learning Center at miSci will run daily Challenger Adventures Friday through Sunday. miSci’s Tinkering Garage will also be open for 3-D printing and other maker activities. For a full schedule of daily events and activities, visit: www.miSci.org/events/science-festival.

“miSci is thrilled to host the Science Festival of the Capital Region each year – it is such an exciting showcase of the variety of scientists, engineers, researchers and innovators in our area,” says Dr. William Sudduth, President of miSci. “Science Festival brings them all together to celebrate and explore science, technology, engineering and math in an engaging and fun way, while hopefully inspiring future STEM leaders.”

Wednesday evening’s STEM Summit for Educators will feature workshops presented by Fox Vision Development Center, New York State Network for Youth Success, the Challenger Learning Center and Dudley Observatory at miSci, the San Francisco Exploratorium and WMHT. The event is free to attend, and all participants will receive a certificate for three hours of professional development credit. Educators may register online at http://bit.ly/STEMSum.

Thursday at the Science Festival is tailored toward students and seniors. School group activities will include touring the Science Festival Partner Expo in miSci’s Main Galleries and a special Author’s Corner featuring local children’s authors Alison Formento, Barbara Ann Mojica and Elizabeth Zunon, who will host live readings and signings. Teenaged students are invited to the Teen Science Café in the evening, for an “Up With the Sun” talk on solar energy by Scott McWilliams of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. For the 65+ audience, there will be a special Senior Science Day event, “We Love Pluto,” at 3 PM, presented by Dudley Observatory’s Outreach Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson.

On Friday, Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble takes over the stage in the Festival tent, and Cornell Cooperative Extension will conduct workshops on drone technology all day. Starting at 5:30 PM, miSci will present its first miScience Café event for a 21+ audience, entitled Game On!. The adults-only event will feature a talk on the “Science of Brewing” from Druthers Brewing Company’s Chief Brewing Officer George De Piro, an irreverent “Real Housewives of the Galaxy” planetarium show, Mensa-approved board games, and food and beverage samples from local breweries, distilleries and eateries. Advance registration for Game On! is available online at: http://conta.cc/2eAYC3b

Saturday will bring the New York Wildlife Show to the stage, and “A Talk With Sophia Brahe” from the Schenectady Theater for Children Great Minds Series, as well as various astronomy activities all day – culminating with an evening Star Party hosted by Dudley Observatory.

Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble returns to the Festival stage on Sunday, and a giant Rube Goldberg Machine will take over the miSci main lobby with the help of RPI Engineering Ambassadors.

The Science Festival of the Capital Region is sponsored by: GE; National Grid; Key Bank; Regeneron; WMHT; Fenimore Asset Management; Nigro Companies; Price Chopper / Market32; Schenectady County; the Times Union; 1st Playables Productions; Catseye Pest Control; CHA; Green Mountain Energy; M. Lucille Vrooman Memorial Fund; and NYISO. The Science Festival of the Capital Region at miSci is a member of the Science Festival Alliance.

Festival hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11; and 12:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, November 13. Special extended hours during Science Festival will be: from 4:30 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday night for the STEM Summit for Educators; from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday night for a Teen Science Café (teens only); 5:30 to 10:00 PM on Friday night for a miScience Café (21+ adults only); and 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Saturday night for a special Dudley Observatory Star Party.

General Admission to miSci includes access to all Science Festival activities and is $10.50 for Adults (13+), $9.00 for Seniors (65+) and $7.50 for Children (age 3-12). Planetarium tickets are $5 per show, and Challenger Adventure tickets are $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors and $5 for Children. General Admission tickets to 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.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers. www.misci.org.

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Return of the Dinosaurs at miSci Extended By Popular Demand!
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Return of the Dinosaurs at miSci Extended By Popular Demand –
Just Two Weeks Until the Dinosaurs Go Extinct!

Due to overwhelming public interest, miSci’s “Return of the Dinosaurs” exhibit has been extended to
September 25th, giving Capital Region visitors an extra week to view the life-like prehistoric visitors

miSci’s ten giant, animatronic dinosaurs will be “going extinct” on Sunday, September 25th – one week later than miSci experts predicted. Due to record attendance, the prehistoric guests’ visit was extended, giving visitors a final chance to see the collection of ten giant animatronic dinosaurs throughout the museum before their departure.

Return of the Dinosaurs at miSci is comprised of computer-controlled creatures with realistic skin, body parts that move, as well as roars and screeches that echo though the galleries! miSci Visitors will be greeted by a flying Pteranodon, a massive T-Rex, gliding sea-going lizards, fearsome predators and prey, gentle giant herbivores and dinosaur mothers tending their broods.

In addition to interacting with the 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. They can even snap a selfie with a life-size snarling T-Rex! The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci is also showing the Dinosaur Prophecy digital show twice daily, about how dinosaurs lived and died long before their massive extinction event 65 million years ago.

“The reaction to Return of the Dinosaurs has been so overwhelmingly positive,” said miSci President Mac Sudduth. “We decided to give folks who’d had too busy a summer a little extra time to stop into miSci and see what all the excitement is about.”

Return of the Dinosaurs was sponsored by Pioneer Bank, Legere Group, and North Eastern Water Jet, Inc., and will close on September 25th.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. General Admission pricing is: Children (3-12) $7.50; Seniors (65+) $9; Adults $10.50. General admission includes access to all exhibits including Return of the Dinosaurs. Tickets to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium are $5 per show per person.

ABOUT MISCI:

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers. www.misci.org

miSci Awarded $2,500 from Schenectady County for 3rd Annual Science Festival of the Capital Region
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miSci Awarded $2,500 from Schenectady County for 3rd Annual Science Festival
of the Capital Region

County funding will support presentation of live stage show during weekend of hands-on science and
STEM-related festivities

SCHNECTADY, N.Y. – August 11, 2016 – Schenectady County recently awarded miSci (the museum of innovation and science) $2,500 in support of the Science Festival of the Capital Region, hosted at miSci each year.

The 2016 festival will mark the 3rd annual Science Festival of the Capital Region, and will feature an  “Astronomy Day,” STEM Summit for Educators, special activities for Veteran’s Day, Teen Science Café, a Dudley Observatory Star Party, Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble stage show, and numerous science demonstrations and activities hosted by miSci and its community partners throughout the weekend. Previous festivals have included events and presentations such as “Fun with Energy,” “Dino Rock,” “Skywatch Lectures” and “Mars-The Wet, Red Planet.”

“The Science Festival of the Capital Region is one of miSci’s premier events of the year” says miSci President William “Mac” Sudduth. “The festival has always been a tremendous success, not only in terms of community support and turnout, but also in terms of patron enthusiasm for the hands-on science and festival ‘edu-tainment’ they experience. We are grateful to sponsors like Schenectady County which help make this event bigger and better each year.”

The funds awarded from Schenectady County will support two performances of Jeff Boyer’s “Bubble Trouble” during Science Festival weekend. Bubble Trouble is a stage program that incorporates art and science into a dynamic one-man creative bubble show. The performer juggles, sculpts, and builds figures with bubbles while the audience learns about the science behind the fun. Throughout Bubble Trouble, youth are encouraged to take the stage and participate in the creation of bubble art.

The Science Festival of the Capital Region is scheduled for November 9 – 13, 2016, with performances of Bubble Trouble occurring on Friday and Sunday of the festival weekend. For further information about the festival, as well as details on sponsorship and community partnership opportunities, visit www.miSci.org.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers.www.misci.org.

J.M. McDonald Foundation Makes $5,000 Contribution to “Powering the Future: the STEM Fund” at miSci
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J.M. McDonald Foundation Makes $5,000 Contribution to “Powering the Future: the STEM Fund” at miSci

Generous Foundation gift will support transportation, scholarships and other funding for educational groups to experience STEM programming at leading regional science center

SCHENECTADY, NY – August 11, 2016 – miSci, the museum of innovation and science was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to its “Powering the Future: The STEM Fund” from the J.M. McDonald Foundation.

“The STEM Fund” at miSci makes it possible for educational groups visiting miSci to receive free or reduced admission and transportation reimbursement for field trips and other museum experiences, including programs with the Dudley Observatory, in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium and at the Challenger Learning Center. The STEM Fund allows miSci to fill funding gaps for schools that require assistance to make field trips or other museum experiences feasible.

Founded in 1952 by businessman and merchant James M. McDonald, the J.M. McDonald Foundation has awarded more than 1 million dollars to various programs that serve to children, particularly through health and education. The Trustees of the Foundation seek to uphold the desires of J.M. McDonald, by making gifts that improve quality and accessibility of childrens’ education and social programs in and around Upstate New York.

“Gifts to miSci’s STEM Fund like this one from The McDonald Foundation’s allow us to work with a variety of schools with varying degrees of need to make their miSci experiences possible,” says miSci President William “Mac” Sudduth, “whether we provide funds to get groups here to bring miSci to them, these dollars make hands-on science possible for hundreds of Capital Region students.”

Information about miSci and its exhibits and educational programs, as well as details regarding applications or donations for “Powering the Future: the STEM Fund” at miSci can be found online at www.misci.org.

About the J.M. McDdonald Foundation

In the spring of 1952, J.M. McDonald established the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. This is a trust whose income is to be used as donations to deserving charities. Primary interests of the Foundation are education, humanities, health, and a variety of social and human services. As of the year 2014, 62 years after its inception, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. has grown many times over and is active in awarding grants primarily in upstate New York. Thanks to the foresight of J.M. McDonald, Sr., the Foundation will continue the charitable example he modeled years ago.

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers. www.misci.org.

Rotary Club of Schenectady Makes $500 Gift to miSci in Support of “Senior Science Day” Programming
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Rotary Club of Schenectady Makes $500 Gift to miSci in Support of
“Senior Science Day” Programming

Funding will support admissions and programming for the Dudley Observatory at miSci’s monthly science series designed for an elder audience

SCHNECTADY, N.Y. - August 11, 2016 – The museum of innovation and science (miSci) has been awarded a $500 grant from the Rotary Club of Schenectady in support of the museum’s monthly Senior Science Day program.

Senior Science Day, started in 2015 by the Dudley Observatory at miSci, offers adults the opportunity to learn about astronomy in a casual, informal setting. Held the first Monday of every month, adults and senior citizens are invited to miSci for an hour-long lesson in astronomy hosted by Dudley Observatory outreach astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson.

Having lived through the Space Race, today’s senior citizens spent time anticipating what the next big breakthrough in space travel and astronomical discovery would be. The Dudley Observatory strives to bring back the passion for intergalactic discovery through Senior Science Day at miSci. Senior Science Day topics include Exploring our Solar System, NASA’s Great Observatories, Searching for Alien Life, Einstein’s Theories Explained, Current Space News, and more. Topic presentations are designed for all skill levels, and no prior astronomy knowledge is necessary to attend.

“We truly appreciate the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Schenectady” remarks Dr. Rapson, “it will help us to continuously innovate our program and expand its reach.”

The Rotary Club of Schenectady grant will be used to support with Senior Science Day initiatives, and will reinforce the Dudley Observatory at miSci’s commitment to lifelong learning and inspiring people of all ages to celebrate and explore science and technology.

Senior Science Day is presented the first Monday of every month at 3 PM at miSci. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady and is handicap accessible. Admission to miSci is $9 for Seniors (65+), $10.50 for adults, and free for members. Group rates are available for Senior Science Day and other miSci programs, as well as special membership packages for Senior Communities. More information on miSci programs, membership and reservations is available at www.miSci.org.

About the Dudley Observatory

Founded in 1856, the Dudley Observatory is the nation’s oldest non-academic intuition of astronomical research.  It has endured by adapting to the needs of the times and by always serving the community – both the scientific community and the greater Capital Region community.  The legacy of Dudley’s observations is preserved in the original equipment, now housed in miSci collections. The Dudley archives and library, containing records of its astronomical work and many rare volumes, are now available to researchers. In 2015, due to the increasing need for greater science education along with the other STEM fields, Dudley entered into a partnership with miSci ( the Museum of Innovation and Science) to provide astronomy programs and education. www.dudleyobservatory.org

About miSci

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers.www.misci.org.

About The Rotary Club of Schenectady

The Rotary Club of Schenectady, established in 1918, celebrates nearly a century of service to others and our 90+ members are neighbors, business professionals, and community leaders who live and/or work throughout the City of Schenectady, New York. Our Rotary Club sponsors numerous charitable organizations locally and internationally, and we have a lot of fun doing it. The Rotary Club of Schenectady is part of Rotary District 7190 which serves New York.

Peak Viewing of Perseid Meteor Shower at Dudley Observatory’s Octagon Barn Star Party This Friday, 8/12
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Peak Viewing of Perseid Meteor Shower at Dudley Observatory’s
Octagon Barn Star Party This Friday, 8/12

Dudley Observatory at miSci to host star party in Delanson, NY at 8 PM on Friday August 12th, featuring a lecture on "Galactic Cannibalism" and night sky observation during active meteor shower

August 11, 2016 – Schenectady, NY – One of the best annual meteor showers that you, your family, or your visitors can watch – the Perseids – will be peaking this Thursday and Friday, and with the help of Dudley Observatory and area amateur astronomers, your viewing experience can be even more exciting. Dudley Observatory will be hosting a star party at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY on Friday, August 11 at 8 PM. The free, public event will feature an astronomy lecture and guided night sky observation of the Perseid meteors.

Meteors or “shooting stars” (which have nothing to do with stars) are pieces of cosmic dust and dirt hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and making a flash of light. The Perseid meteors are cosmic “garbage” left over from a regularly returning comet, called Swift-Tuttle (after the two astronomers who first discovered it) that returns to the inner solar system every 130 years or so; it was last here in 1992.  During each pass, Swift-Tuttle leaves dirt and dust behind and it is this series of long dirt and dust streams that we encounter every August.

Scientists who study comets and meteors are predicting that we might encounter an especially crowded part of the debris stream this year - potentially causing a meteor "outburst," where the number of shooting stars increases beyond the usual rates. Each flash one observes during a meteor shower is a bit of material from the comet hitting the Earth’s atmosphere and getting heated up (and heating up the air around it) as it speeds through the thick atmosphere.  Both the superheated dust and dirt and the heated air contribute to the visible light we observe. 

The best night is the evening of Thursday, Aug. 11 and morning of Friday, Aug. 12th, although there could be significantly more meteors in the sky on the night before and the night after too. However, this will be a complicated year for watching the Perseid meteor shower because the evening sky has a roughly half-lit-up moon in it, which makes it more difficult to catch the faint “shooting stars.” By waiting until the Moon sets (between midnight and 1 am), observers should have better viewing in the pre-dawn darkness. For those watching before midnight, one suggestion is to get into a moon shadow – a place where something blocks your view of the Moon and it’s easier to scan the sky. The meteor flashes could happen anywhere in the sky, so it’s best to view the shower from a dark, wide-open place.

The Octagon Barn in Delanson provides an excellent location for dark sky observation, as it is situated in a remote, open area. Dudley Observatory and area amateur astronomers will have telescopes and binoculars available for night sky viewing; however, the meteor shower is best observed with the naked eye. The event will also include an astronomy talk by Siena College’s Dr. John Moustakas entitled “Galactic Cannibalism: Formation and Evolution of the Universe's Most Massive Galaxies,” about how the most massive galaxies in the universe started forming billions of years ago, and how - over time - they became behemoths by gravitationally cannibalizing other nearby galaxies, as well as some of the most exciting mysteries surrounding these rare giants.

The Octagon Barn Star Party will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8 PM, at the Knox Octagon Barn at 588 Middle Rd in Delanson, NY. The event is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations will benefit the Dudley Observatory at miSci.

Tips for best meteor shower viewing:

  1. Get away from city lights and find a location that’s relatively dark
  2. If it’s significantly foggy or cloudy, you’re out of luck
  3. Your location should allow you to see as much of the dome of the sky as possible
  4. Allow time for your eyes to get adapted to the dark (at least 10 -15 minutes)
  5. Don’t use a telescope or binoculars – they restrict your view (which means you don’t have to be part of the 1% with fancy equipment to see the shower; this is a show for the 99%!)
  6. Dress warm – it can get cooler at night even in August (and don’t forget the insect repellent while you are outside)
  7. Be patient (it’s not fireworks): keep looking up & around & you’ll see flashes of light
  8. Take someone with you with whom you like to spend time in the dark!

About the Dudley Observatory

Founded in 1856, the Dudley Observatory is the nation’s oldest non-academic intuition of astronomical research.  It has endured by adapting to the needs of the times and by always serving the community – both the scientific community and the greater Capital Region community.  The legacy of Dudley’s observations is preserved in the original equipment, now housed in miSci collections. The Dudley archives and library, containing records of its astronomical work and many rare volumes, are now available to researchers. In 2015, due to the increasing need for greater science education along with the other STEM fields, Dudley entered into a partnership with miSci ( the Museum of Innovation and Science) to provide astronomy programs and education. www.dudleyobservatory.org

About miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers. www.misci.org

miSci to “Just Add Science” at the Music Haven Concert Series on August 14th
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miSci to “Just Add Science” at the Music Haven Concert Series on August 14th

miSci will provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)-related demonstrations and activities at free concert by Dervish in Schenectady’s Central Park on Sunday

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – August 3, 2016 – On Sunday August 14, 2016, miSci educators will provide hands-on science demonstrations and activities at the popular Music Haven Concert Series during a performance by Dervish. The educational outreach will be presented as part of miSci’s “Just Add Science” initiative, made possible by a grant from the Science Festival Alliance and funding from the Simons Foundation. By embedding science outreach activities within regional cultural events, Just Add Science aims to engage new audiences in STEAM subjects in a relaxed and non-academic environment. The Just Add Science outreach at Music Haven next weekend is one of several that miSci will present throughout the Capital Region in 2016.

“I’m thrilled that Music Haven was selected as a location for miSci to “Just Add Science,” said Mona Golub, the venue’s longtime Producing Artistic Director. “This unique opportunity expands the horizon, both literally and figuratively speaking, for those in attendance, by marrying the open space of the park with the open expanse of the sky. The crest of Music Haven’s hillside offers an idea perch, in a beautiful, natural setting, for those interested in connecting with science by way of miSci’s planetary expertise.”

As a grant awarded by the Science Festival Alliance, a goal of Just Add Science is to utilize cultural events throughout the year to extend the reach of miSci’s annual Science Festival of the Capital Region in November. The festival is a multi-day celebration of STEM in New York’s Capital and Tech Valley Region featuring hands-on science from more than 40 community partners and 3,000 visitors. In future years, miSci plans to expand the festival through programs like Just Add Science which demonstrate the viability of large-scale science experiences at community locations beyond science centers while honing successful techniques for inviting participation and motivating new audiences.

In 2016, miSci will present additional Just Add Science programs at Music Haven, SPAC, Troy Enchanted City Festival, the Carrot Festival, and the Town of Glenville Oktoberfest. Just Add Science will be at the Music Haven Concert Series in Central Park next Sunday, August 14th from 6-8 PM, through intermission. There is no charge for Music Haven concerts or to participate in Just Add Science activities.

About miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)

Founded in 1934, miSci is the only science center in Tech Valley offering an interactive, multimedia experience for visitors of all ages, as well as programming for school children throughout northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. Mission-driven to “inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future,” miSci is home to an extensive Archival Collection, a Challenger Learning Center, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Dudley Observatory, and various special exhibits and programs each year. miSci’s vast Archives house more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the GE Photograph collection; 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. Featuring dynamic exhibits, state-of-the-art space learning centers, standards-based education for K-12 classes and students, and special programming for teens to seniors, miSci offers patrons hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects and careers. www.misci.org

About The Music Haven Concert Series

The Music Haven Concert Series is committed to inviting audiences of the greater Capital Region to ‘travel the world, one concert at a time’ on six consecutive summer Sunday evenings in the heart of Central Park in Schenectady, NY. Featuring extraordinary Grammy and other award-winning artists from around the globe, the free series is entirely accessible and truly a destination for regional audiences, increasing the opportunity for awareness of and appreciation for the music of other cultures.

About Science Festival Alliance

The mission of the Science Festival Alliance (SFA) is to foster a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.

When the SFA began in 2009 only a handful of science festivals existed in the United States, and they were not working (or even communicating) with each other. Since that time, the country has enjoyed a surge in the number of science festivals, and the SFA is now networking together dozens of independently operated festival initiatives. Whether you are considering starting a new science festival, would like to partner with existing festivals, or are just interested in learning about the latest developments, the Science Festival Alliance is the best place to begin.

The SFA is not an independent organization, nor is it the exclusive project of a single institution. It is a collaborative network involving institutions, initiatives, and individuals that have committed to work together to best serve our communities through the festival format.
T Minus 1 Day to the Dudley Observatory's International Asteroid Day at miSci
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T Minus 1 Day to International Asteroid Day at miSci

The Dudley Observatory at miSci to host second annual “International Asteroid Day” Event 
and Astronomy Activities

SCHENECTADY, NY – June 29, 2016 - The Dudley Observatory at miSci will host its second annual “International Asteroid Day” event from 9 AM to 5 PM on June 30 of 2016 throughout miSci’s patio, auditorium, and galleries.
Asteroid Day is a one-day event open to guests of all ages, and will include activities relating to astronomy and asteroids, as well as first-hand looks at real meteorites on display at miSci. The event will also include opportunities for solar observation (weather permitting), and an Asteroid Redirect Mission PBS webcast. 

The event at miSci is a part of a larger International Asteroid Day initiative, co-founded by astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May and film director Grigorij Richters. “Our goal is to dedicate one day each year to learn about asteroids, the origins of our universe, and to support the resources necessary to see, track and deflect dangerous asteroids from Earth’s orbital path,” reveals Dr. Brian May, whose main premise in founding International Asteroid Day emphasizes the fact that “asteroids are a natural disaster we know how to prevent.”

On June 30, 1908, a 40-meter asteroid exploded over Tunguska, Siberia, releasing the equivalent of 100 tons of TNT. The asteroid and its wake devastated an area of about 800 square miles (more than twice the size of New York City). Today, International Asteroid Day is held on the anniversary of this asteroid impact on Earth, with its stated goal to create “a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts.”

The Dudley Observatory’s International Asteroid Day events will be held at miSci on June 30th, 2016 from 9am until 5pm. All Asteroid Day activities and events are free with admission to miSci. MiSci general admission pricing is $7.50 for children, $10.50 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, and free for members. MiSci is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, and is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady, NY.

About the Dudley Observatory
Founded in 1856, the Dudley Observatory is the nation’s oldest non-academic intuition of astronomical research.  It has endured by adapting to the needs of the times and by always serving the community – both the scientific community and the greater Capital Region community.  The legacy of Dudley’s observations is preserved in the original equipment, now housed in miSci collections. The Dudley archives and library, containing records of its astronomical work and many rare volumes, are now available to researchers. In 2015, due to the increasing need for greater science education along with the other STEM fields, Dudley entered into a partnership with miSci ( the Museum of Innovation and Science) to provide astronomy programs and education. www.dudleyobservatory.org

About miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)
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. www.misci.org

miSci’s Roaring and Stomping Prehistoric Giants Are Back for "Return of the Dinosaurs" This Summer!
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miSci’s Roaring and Stomping Prehistoric Giants Are Back for Return of the Dinosaurs This Summer!

From June 4 to September 18, 2016, miSci will showcase a collection of life-like mechanical dinosaurs, themed hands-on activities, and a special “Dinosaur Prophecy” planetarium show

Ten giant, animatronic dinosaurs will roar and stomp their way into miSci’s galleries for a three-month visit from June 4 to September 18, 2016. Visitors will be greeted by a flying Pteranodon, a massive T-Rex, gliding sea-going lizards, fearsome predators and prey, gentle giant herbivores and dinosaur mothers tending their broods. There is even a nest full of eggs ready to hatch! In addition to interacting with the 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. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci will also be launching a special new Dinosaur Prophecy digital show about how dinosaurs lived and died long before their massive extinction event 65 million years ago. Dinosaur Prophecy will be presented daily at 12 and 4 PM beginning June 24th.

“Our 2013 Dinosaurs! exhibit was such a tremendous hit, we were eager to present Return of the Dinosaurs,” said miSci President Mac Sudduth. “It’s a new set of dinosaurs this time, and we expect that visitors of all ages will delight in seeing these creatures and exploring science and natural history at miSci this summer.”

Return of the Dinosaurs at miSci is comprised of computer-controlled creatures with realistic skin, body parts that move, as well as roars and screeches that cause chills! The creatures, designed by Los Angeles-based Kokoro Exhibits, interact with each other in natural-looking environments. Kokoro designs each new animal through consultation with paleontologists 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, some displays such as the Maiasaura exhibit, feature adults and juveniles together. Still, even fossil records can’t reveal all the secrets about these fascinating creatures. As scientifically accurate as Kokoro’s designers have tried to be, there remain many unanswered questions about prehistoric animals. Although scientists can make educated guesses, no one will ever know the color of a dinosaur’s skin or how the dinosaur sounded.

Return of the Dinosaurs is sponsored by Pioneer Bank, Legere Group, and North Eastern Water Jet, Inc. All sponsors were invited to “adopt a dinosaur” – giving it a name and providing for its care throughout the summer. Pioneer Bank adopted both the T-Rex and Triceratops, using the sponsorship to engage its customers and employees in naming contests that resulted in “Buck” the T-Rex and “Penny” the Triceratops. "Pioneer Bank has long supported the mission of miSci, and I couldn't be happier that we're helping to bring this popular exhibit back to Schenectady," said Pioneer Bank President and CEO Tom Amell. "We opened up 'naming rights' to the exhibit's T-Rex as a fun contest for the public, but we couldn't be more serious about helping miSci educate young minds."

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Effective June 4, miSci general admission pricing will be increased to: Children (3-12) $7.50; Seniors (65+) $9; Adults $10.50. General admission includes access to all exhibits including Return of the Dinosaurs. Admission to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium is $5 per show. Dinosaur-themed and other topical summer science classes are available beginning July 11th. Learn more at www.miSci.org.


ABOUT THE DINOSAURS

Tyrannosaurus Rex (tie-RAN-oh-SAW-rus reks)
Name means: "Tyrant lizard king"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: North America (Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan), Asia (Mongolia)
Size: Up to 49 feet or 16 meters long

Description: This carnivore usually grew to around 40 feet tall, but some grew to nearly 50 feet. Its 4-foot-long head had a mouth full of 6-inch fangs. The skeletal structure indicates that it had very powerful jaw muscles and a strong, flexible neck. It probably had extremely good senses of smell and sight; possibly even binocular vision. It probably fed mainly on various species of herbivorous dinosaurs. Because of its large size, this animal was too specialized for long-term success as a species. It was too dependent upon large herbivores to feed on, and thus it was less flexible and adaptable than smaller carnivorous animals.

Triceratops (try-SER-a-tops)
Name means: "Three-horned face"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: North America (Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta, Saskatchewan)
Size: 30 feet or 10 meters long. Up to 11 tons or 4,090.95 kg.

Description: The biggest of the horn-faced dinosaurs, Triceratops lived in large herds. The neck frill, unlike that of similar species, was a solid sheet of bone lacking the usual large openings. This probably made it a more effective defense against predators. Often the edges of the frill had pointed knobs, and there may have been structural differences in the frill between males and females. The sharp brow horns could have caused considerable injury to an attacking carnivore. Hundreds of skulls and many well-preserved skeletal remains of Triceratops have been unearthed since the late 1800's. They were one of the last species of dinosaurs to live.

Pachycephalosaurus (PAK-ee-CEF-ah-lo-SAW-rus)
Name means: "Thick-headed lizard"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: North America (Alberta, Canada)
Size: 26 feet or 8 meters long

Description: This was the largest of the thick-headed dinosaurs. This particular species is known only from its skull. The top of the head was a dome of solid bone, 10 inches thick. This dinosaur is generally thought to have behaved in much the same way as modern mountain goats do, with the males engaging in head-butting fights for dominance. This theory is supported not only by the thickness of the skull, but also by the fact that the skeletal structure of similar thick-skulled dinosaurs seems to have been designed for absorbing the shock of head-on collisions. It was one of the last of the large herbivorous dinosaurs.

Stegosaurus (STE-go-SAW-rus)
Name means: "Plated lizard"
Time: Late Jurassic
Location: North America (Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming)
Size: Up to 30 feet or 10 meters long

Description: Belonged to an early group of armored dinosaurs. The plates might have been a protection against attacking meat-eaters (along with the tail spikes), but it is also possible that they were covered with thin, blood-rich skin and helped the animal regulate its body temperature. It is not known for certain exactly how the back plates were positioned in life. The head was relatively tiny, with a brain about the size of a walnut, and there was a large cavity in the hip vertebrae which may have housed a mass of nerve tissue aiding in motor control of the huge hind legs. Like many toothless herbivores, it may have swallowed stones to help grind up the plants it ate, as do modern-day chickens.

Deinonychus (DIE-no-NIKE-us)
Name means: "Terrible claw"
Time: Early Cretaceous
Location: North America (Montana)
Size: 10 to 13 feet or 3 to 4 meters long

Description: This dinosaur was a predecessor to the large carnosaurs of the Late Cretaceous. It was the largest of a group of dinosaurs characterized by the large sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each foot (same as its smaller relative, Velociraptor). It had a lightweight body that was built for speed. Its teeth were numerous and angled slightly backwards in the mouth, and had serrated edges for meat-shearing. It was most likely a warm-blooded, active predator. The remains of this creature have been found with those of the large plant-eater Tenontosaurus. Deinonychus probably hunted such prey in packs.

Mosasaurus (MO-suh-SAW-rus)
Name means: "Meuse lizard"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: Europe (Belgium) and North America (Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi)
Size: 14 feet or 4.5 to 9 meters long

Description: This marine reptile belonged to a small group that was an aquatic offshoot of the monitor lizards. Its tail was about as long as its body, and it probably swam by moving its entire body in snake-like motions, using its short limbs to steer. It lived fairly close to shorelines and probably fed on fish and invertebrate sea creatures (either with or without shells). Evidence from the remains of ammonites, which were soft-bodied invertebrates encased in coiled shells, show Mosasaur tooth marks in a specific pattern. They apparently bit the shell from several different angles in order to crack it open and eat the inside.

Elasmosaurus (ee-LAS-moh-SAW-rus)
Name means: "Ribbon lizard"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: Asia (Japan) and North America (Kansas)
Size: 46 feet or 14 meters long

Description: Belonged to a group of long-necked marine reptiles called plesiosaurs. This was the longest species. Its neck alone was 26 feet long, made up of 71 vertebrae, and had considerable sideways mobility. Elasmosaurus propelled itself through the water with four paddle-shaped limbs, using vertical, flight-like strokes as modern sea turtles do. It probably hunted the mid-size fish and squid it ate by swimming along the surface with its head up to survey the water. When the prey came into view, it would dart its long neck down into the water. The structure of its dense belly ribs suggests that, like the modern sea turtle, it may have crawled onto the beach to lay eggs in the sand.

Maiasaura (MY-uh-SAW-ruh)
Name means: "Good mother lizard"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Location: North America (Montana)
Size: Up to 30 feet or 9 meters long

Description:     Maiasaura belonged to the group of dinosaurs called hadrosaurs, or duck-bills. The historic discovery of their nesting sites in the badlands of Montana revealed completely new information about the social behavior of dinosaurs. Scientists discovered evidence of many bird-like behaviors: they traveled in huge herds; the parent Maiasaurs nested in colonies, brought food to and cared for their hatchlings; and the herds probably migrated back to the same place each year to raise young. The babies were dependent on their parents for some time after hatching, and had growth patterns similar to those of modern birds and mammals. Maiasaura was a very successful species in general.

Pteranodon (ter-AN-o-don)
Name means: "Winged and Toothless"
Time: Late Cretaceous
Locality: Europe (England) and North America (Kansas)
Size: 23-foot wingspan

Description: A member of the flying reptile, pterodactyl family. Most likely a glider. Its short, tailless body was relatively heavy. The function of the great crest on the back of its head is unknown. It could have been an aid for flight, perhaps acting as a stabilizer, or it could have simply acted as an aerodynamic counterbalance to the heavy, elongated head. The jaws were toothless. It probably fed like a modern pelican, scooping up fish in its long, narrow jaws and swallowing them whole.

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. www.misci.org

MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Tara Burnham
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Office: 518.382.7890 x297
Mobile: 518.428.1298
tara.burnham@miSci.org

William “Mac” Sudduth
President
Office: 518.382.7890 x247
Moblie: 404.314.4562
mac.sudduth@miSci.org

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The Dudley Observatory at miSci to Host Transit of Mercury Event
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For immediate release
May 6, 2016
Contact: Tara Burnham
382-7890 x 297
428-1298 (mobile)
Tara.Burnham@miSci.org

The Dudley Observatory at miSci to Host
Transit of Mercury Event

Safe, guided solar viewing, special lecture and astronomy activities

The Dudley Observatory’s Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson, will host a day of astronomy activities related to the Transit of Mercury at miSci on Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Dr. Rapson will explain the science and significance of the “transit of Mercury,” lead safe solar viewing, and hands-on sun-themed activities throughout the miSci galleries, and a live stream of the transit from an additional viewing location.

A transit of mercury occurs when the planet Mercury crosses in front of the sun from Earth’s vantage. With special solar viewing equipment, observers can see a small black dot pass across the sun over the span of 7.5 hours. Not only are planetary transits across the sun interesting events to observe, but they are also historically significant. Prior to modern technology, transits of Mercury and Venus were used to calculate the distance between planets and the sun. Occurring just once every several years, the next transit of Mercury will not happen until 2019.

According to Dr. Rapson, “a transit of Mercury is an exciting astronomical event that we get to observe only a few times a century. By safely observing the transit, we can teach the public about planets and the solar system and let them see planetary movement in action. Even though the event is in the middle of a school day, I’m hopeful that the public and schools will see the transit as an important learning opportunity and join us at miSci for some astronomy activities.”

The Transit of Mercury event at miSci will feature special equipment for safe solar viewing. Says miSci President William “Mac” Sudduth, “it’s critically important that the sun only be observed with special equipment, since looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your vision.” Dr. Rapson will instruct visitors on how to properly observe the sun using solar glasses and telescopes with solar filters. If inclement weather prohibits direct observation, Dr. Rapson will narrate a live-stream of the transit from another viewing location, and additional astronomy activities will be available in the miSci lobby for families and school groups in attendance.

The Dudley Observatory’s Transit of Mercury event will occur on Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM at miSci. Special admission for groups is just $5 and includes miSci general admission – call 382-7890 x237 for reservations. The Transit of Mercury event is free with miSci General Admission for all other visitors. miSci is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. MiSci General Admission is: Children (3-12) $6.50; Seniors (65+) $8; Adults $9.50. Add $5 for a planetarium show.

About the Dudley Observatory

Founded in 1856, the Dudley Observatory is the nation’s oldest non-academic intuition of astronomical research.  It has endured by adapting to the needs of the times and by always serving the community – both the scientific community and the greater Capital Region community.  The legacy of Dudley’s observations are preserved in the original equipment, now housed in miSci collections. The Dudley archives and library, containing records of its astronomical work and many rare volumes, are now available to researchers. In 2015, due to the increasing need for greater science education along with the other STEM fields, Dudley entered into a partnership with miSci ( the Museum of Innovation and Science) to provide astronomy programs and education. www.dudleyobservatory.org

About miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)

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. www.misci.org

miSci Hosting the 2016 Invention Convention – The Capital Region’s Annual Student Invention Competition
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miSci Hosting the 2016 Invention Convention
The Capital Region’s Annual Student Invention Competition

Exhibit, Reception and Award Ceremony to recognize 100 semi-finalists and 25 award winners selected from 1,368 invention submissions

miSci is currently presenting an exhibit of invention prototypes created by the 100 semi-finalists of the 2016 Invention Convention – the Capital Region’s annual student invention competition. From a Mega Lego Vacuum Sorter to an Activated Nutritional Lunchbox and an Underwater Oxygen Converter, the inventions were chosen from 1,368 student submissions from 30 schools across the Capital Region. A reception will be held at miSci on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 PM to celebrate the semi-finalists, followed by a 6:00 PM keynote address and award ceremony to announce the 25 finalists.

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

“Since miSci is all about sparking innovation, Invention Convention is an important annual event – requiring the collaboration of area schools, GE, patent attorneys and other corporate supporters,” says miSci President Mac Sudduth. “Solving problems is part of the human experience and in our DNA, and the students seek solutions to real problems that they face in their daily lives.  Invention Convention is one of my favorite events, and I know visitors to miSci  will be impressed and delighted by the ingenuity of the student inventors, and how they apply lessons from their study of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) to solve everyday problems.”

The keynote speaker at 2016 Award Ceremony will be from a Principal Scientist at GE Global Research, Kevin Harding, who will deliver a talk on “The Art of Invention,” taking a look at the wonders of invention and sharing his own insights on how to solve tough problems with simple ideas. As a 40-year veteran of the technological community and the owner of more than 70 patents, Mr. Harding has been writing and speaking about inventions as well as providing mentorship to budding scientists for nearly 15 years.

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

The sponsors of Invention Convention 2016 are: GE, miSci, NYSUT, Price Chopper / Market 32, ENYIPLA, Hoffman, Warnick LLC; McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C.; M&T Bank; Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts, LLP.


2016 Invention Convention Semifinalists

Bethany Achcet, The Car Sleep, Brown School

Maya Ahrens, Snowboard Scraper, Oliver W. Winch

Lauren Baidwan, Pilcelet, Doane Stuart

Keira Balinda, Bobby Sticker, Acadia Middle School

Arwa T. Ballou, Safe Brace, Ballard Elementary School

Maddie Basile, Umbrella Cane, Ballard Elementary School

Mitchell Beckwith, E-Z-Knee Crutches, Oliver Winch Middle School

Lexi Benincasa, Paint Scraper, Ballard Elementary School

Allison Bernardi, The Handy Gripper, Jefferson Elementary

Preeti Bisner-Boulay, Strechable, Draper Middle School

Landon Boschulte, Ear Cover, Acadia Middle School

Dora Boyle, Expandable Binders, Draper Middle School

Abby (Abigail) Burns, Suction Stop doorstop, Malta Avenue Elementary

Madalyn Bury, The Sax-o-Case, St. Mary's School

Connor Carpenter, Push Door, Gordon Creek Elementary

Mia Carpenter, Fluffy, Snoozy Sock Straps, Oliver W. Winch

Marissa Cash, Catnip-scented Nail Clippers, Oliver W. Winch

Cyrus Cave, Domestic Animal Flood Flotation Cage, Brown School

Nathaniel Ceccucci, The Big Kid Bib, St. Mary's School

Zoey Chowdhury, The Tisshirt, Jessie T. Zoller

Grace Claar, ReFill!, Gordon Creek Elementary

Mason Clarke, The Lemon Cutter, Acadia Middle School

Mia Clinton, Weatherproof Purse Covers, St. Mary's School

Leah Collodi, Faster Booth, Oliver W. Winch

Isabel Cordy, Soda Poper, Draper Middle School

Ishar (Singh) Culpepper-Wehr, Mr. Water Reader, Lake Avenue Elementary

Annabel Dale, Sombrero Cone, Malta Avenue Elementary

Kate Daly, Kiss-a-Keeper, Ballard Elementary School

Emilly Delaney, Reed Flavorant Spray, Acadia Middle School

Zoe DeSimone, No Mess Mat, Oliver W. Winch

Sydney Driscoll, Auto-Can, Wood Road Elementary

Shea Dumary, Bubble Dome, Jefferson Elementary

Caoilfhionn Zoe Estes, Auto Spikes, Oliver W. Winch

Mya Faruk, Underwater Oxygen Converter, Acadia Middle School

Logan Finn, Brooma, North Warren Central School

Anthony Fodera, Screw-on Pencil Erasers, Wood Road Elementary

Jhai-Quan Franklin, Sweet Spots, Acadia Middle School

Abby Fuller, Magnificent Meals, St. Mary's School

Audrey Gaylord, Banana Slice n' Slide, The Susan Odell Taylor School

M. J. Gerber, Hand Pulley Swing, Homeschool

Sophia Gladding, Hockey Tape Cutter, Oliver W. Winch

Aubrey Haskins, Left/Right Scissors, Acadia Middle School

Rachael Hayes, Three-zee-Broom, North Warren Central School

Logan Holcomb, Clip Fix, Oliver W. Winch

Ian Holub, Life Saver Wrist, Oliver Winch Middle School

Jacob James, The Snow Blocker, Oliver W. Winch

Mia Jensen, Zocks, Jefferson Elementary

Tasnim Jetter, E-Smudge, Oliver W. Winch

Marina Karam, Magic Bit, Acadia Middle School

Riane Kassal, Dirt Holder, Lake George Elementary

Andre Kassal, Safety Knife, Lake George Elementary

Ciara Laflen, The Handy Hand, Loudonville Christian School

Analise LaPoint, Wheely Easy Laundry Basket, Lake George Elementary

Sophia Lee, The Remedy Robe, Mekeel Christian Academy

Sara Leung, Activated Nutritional Lunchbox, Rosendale Elementary

Olivia Lilienthal, No-Lose Knapsack, Mekeel Christian Academy

Elena Lindley, The Word Line and Page Holder, Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Maddie Lofink, The bag leash, Gordon Creek Elementary

Graham Long, Musical Flag, Gordon Creek Elementary

Celia Lounsbury, Cool Catch, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District

Alycia Manning, Super Small Smore Stick, Oliver W. Winch

Madison McCarthy, Mega Lego Vacuum Sorter, Ballard Elementary School

Matthew McNamara, Anger Wrangler, St. Mary's School

Gavin Melchior, Super Stuffed Animal Cape and Bag Combo, Westmere Elementary School

Livia Meyer, Super Chair, Lake Avenue Elementary

Rachael Miller, Shopper Pockets, The Susan Odell Taylor School

Kimya Morrissey, Peg Reinforcer, Draper Middle School

Joshua Nelson, The Perfect Swim Bag, Brown School

Jake O'Rourke, Scan-o-bag, Wood Road Elementary

Meghan Painter, Tapeler, Oliver Winch Middle School

Richard Patel, Light-up PJ's, Oliver W. Winch

Ashley Pfister, ATV Adjustable fenders, Draper Middle School

Chase Powell, Room Zoom - Kids' Room Cleaning App, Doane Stuart

Ben Ramey, The Stalker, Granville Junior/Senior High School

Kiera Richard, Thermo Teddie, Koda Middle School

Cameron Rodriguez, The Swim Cap 3000, Lake Avenue Elementary

Lily Rossi-Meyer, The Garden Protector, St. Mary's School

Lindsey Salisbury, A Door Pillow, Draper Middle School

Mansi Sanders, Automatic Doggy Cage, Ballard Elementary School

Adam Sawyer, Kitty Scouch, Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Maeson Scorzafava, Cup Clinger, Pinewood Elementary

Norah Serapilio, Driver's Window Wiper, Acadia Middle School

Kiersten Shenoy, All-inclusive Music Stand, Acadia Middle School

Ella Somogie-Barnett, Weekly Water, Malta Avenue Elementary

William Spiak, The Double Jersey, Acadia Middle School

Ella St. John, Heated Boots, Scotia-Glenville Middle School

Arthur Tchako, Multidrink Cup, Jessie T. Zoller

Hailie Thompson, Green Heat Coat, Oliver W. Winch

Jake Tribley, The Buzz Glove, Milton Terrace Elementary

Adison Tsai, Unbreakable Eraser Top, Acadia Middle School

Caroline Tyler, Lunch Box 2.0, Hudson Falls Middle School

Emily Tymchyn, Bit Saddle, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District

Jacob Vander Valk, There's a Mouse in the House, Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Luca VanSchaick, The Rain Reflector, Mekeel Christian Academy

Henry Varga, Sticky Plate, Bradt Elementary School

Nora Wild, Tucker Keeper, Acadia Middle School

Joshua Wildermuth, Seatbelt Scanner, Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Aidan Wilkins, Clip-upps, Oliver W. Winch

Joseph Wiltsie, Risebrella, Milton Terrace Elementary

Sean Wodzinski, Big erase, Wood Road Elementary

Lauren Zimmerman, The Clean Machine, Oliver Winch Middle School

About Kevin Harding

Kevin Harding is a Principal Scientist at GE Global Research. At the GE Global Research Center he provides guidance on a wide range of optical technology projects doing work for the many businesses of GE. Before joining GE, he was the Director of the Electro-Optics Lab at the Industrial Technology Institute for 14 years. Within the technical community for almost 40 years, he has been recognized for this work by many organizations including: SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) Presidents Award (2010); SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) Eli Whitney Productivity Award (1997); Automated Imaging Association, Leadership Award (1994); Engineering Society of Detroit Leadership Award (1990); and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Young Engineer Award (1989). Kevin has published more than 150 technical papers and 72 patents, taught more than 80 short courses and tutorials to industrial and academic audiences, as well as written a book on Optical Metrology. He was the 2008 President of SPIE-the International Society for Optics and Photonics and is a fellow of the SPIE. He has been talking to schools about inventions for almost 15 years, and has been an active mentor in after school science programs.

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, now miSci. 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.

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. Since its inception in 1998, participation has increased from 167 entries 1368 in 2016. This year, volunteers will contribute more than 500 hours toward the management of Invention Convention.

For more information, visit: www.geglobalresearch.com/inventionconvention.

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. www.misci.org

Step Into Springtime at miSci’s Discover Butterflies Exhibit
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Step Into Springtime 
at miSci's Discover Butterflies Exhibit

Indoor Butterfly House Opens February 13, First Day of School Break 

Escape this winter’s snow and cold with a breath of spring! Discover Butterflies, an exhibit of hundreds of native butterflies fluttering around in an indoor butterfly house, opens Saturday, February 13 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. Opening Day activities include new shows in the planetarium, science demos, and a journey through the heart in the Science Zone.

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

At miSci’s Discover Butterflies, visitors can step into the spring-like indoor butterfly house and walk among hundreds of brilliantly-colored native butterflies, including: Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Common Buckeyes, Red Admirals, and Spicebush Swallowtails, or observe new butterflies emerging from pupae in the chrysalis chamber throughout the run of the exhibit. The exhibit consists of a re-creation of the butterflies’ natural, outdoor habitat with plants and flowers the butterflies require for food – all tended by masterful volunteer gardeners.

Discover Butterflies at miSci opens February 13 and runs through May 1 and is sponsored in part by GOsolar.com. miSci is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday. miSci is closed Easter Sunday, March 27.

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


ABOUT THE BUTTERFLIES

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

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

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

Common Buckeyes
The Upper side is brown. The forewing has 2 orange cell bars and 2 eyespots; part of white subapical band appears in the largest, lower eyespot. The hindwing has 2 eyespots; the upper one is largest and contains a magenta crescent. The underside of hindwing is brown or tan in the wet season (summer) form and rose-red in the dry season (fall) form. Their wingspan is one and five-eighths to two and three-fourths inches. 

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

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


ABOUT DISCOVER BUTTERFLIES OPENING WEEKEND

Opening Day Activities – Saturday, February 13

9:00 am – 5 pm: All Exhibits Open
Explore our newest exhibit Discover Butterflies as well as Earth Exposed, hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium; the Smart Chemistry Bubble exhibit with a bubble booth; KEVA planks, and more!

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

11:00 am: IBEX - Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Take a journey to the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy! Get an in-depth look at NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, this show features the scientists and engineers who developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, as well as the latest updates on the mission's discoveries. Produced by the Adler Planetarium for the Southwest Research Institute.        

12:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride Planetarium Show
Explore the Earth as you’ve never done before -- as observed by a fictional family relocated on the Moon! Discover crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. See eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and the differences between the Earth and Moon on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.

12:30 pm: Science Discovery Demo: How the Eye Works 
Learn all about our windows to the world – our eyes. 

1:00 pm: Little Wonders Star Show

1 – 2:30 pm: Inside the Human Body: Circulatory System
Follow your blood through your heart and beyond in this educator-led activity. 

2:00 pm: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

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

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


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.

Direct all media inquiries to:

Tara Burnham
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
miSci
382-7890 x 297
Tara.Burnham@miSci.org
miSci Announces First Kēva Plank Competition for Local Architects
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For Immediate Release
December 16, 2015
Contact: Kim Jess

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miSci Announces First Kēva Plank Competition for Local Architects

In conjunction with its new Design, Build, Create KĒVA! Exhibit and the annual Trains & Toys Holiday Exhibition, miSci has invited local architecture firms to participate in a competition to build a masterpiece using Kēva Planks.

Teams of four will receive one thousand Planks and have two hours to create their structures on December 4, 2015 from 5-7:30 pm. Following the theme “Way to Go”, the structures will have to demonstrate how to fly, float, roll, motor, or otherwise travel. The completed designs will be on display through January 7, 2016. Two awards will be presented, the first one by a panel of judges and the second by people’s choice, at a reception on January 7, 2016 from 6-8 pm.

The event’s distinguished panel of judges include: Neil and Jane Golub, Golub Corp/Price Chopper; Paul Milton, Ellis Hospital; Philip Morris, Proctors; Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara; and Chuck Steiner, Capital Region Chamber.

Kēva Planks are identical, precision-cut, wooden blocks that create incredibly stable structures. Without any glue or connectors, the one simple building block can create an infinite number of construction possibilities. The versatility of Kēva Planks inspired Daria Mallin of ENVISION Architects and Chairperson of the miSci Kēva Plank Build. “I was struck by the variation in the masterpieces of display at miSci – they incorporate such creativity and detail – and some of the heights and spans achieved are impressive!”

The museum hopes to make the Kēva Plank Build competition for architects an annual event. miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth is “looking forward to seeing KEVA structures designed by architects from the region. The contest has helped us add to our KEVA exhibit and outreach”. Design, Build, Create, KEVA! is an ongoing exhibit at miSci. It provides a hands-on learning activity that encourages team-building, creativity, and problem solving. Kēva Planks captivates everyone from toddlers to seniors for hours while reinforcing STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Design, Build, Create, KEVA! is a new permanent exhibit at miSci, an Educational Gift from Jane and Neil Golub & Friends. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady and is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5pm Sunday.

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

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miSci Challenges Local Media to 10 Minute Tower Building Challenge in new Design, Build, Create, KEVA! exhibit
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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci Challenges Local Media to 10 Minute Tower Building Challenge in new Design, Build, Create, KEVA! exhibit

To kick off the opening of its new Design, Build, Create, KEVA! exhibit, miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) has challenged local media to see who can build the best tower in 10 minutes using the exhibit’s wooden planks. The competition will take place Tuesday, September 22 at 1pm in the new exhibit at the science center.

Design, Build, Create, KEVA! is a new exhibit consisting of 15,000 KEVA planks, which are identical precision-cut smooth wooden blocks – all ¼ inch thick, ¾ inch long and 4 ½ inches wide – that become surprisingly stable when stacked together. There 30 are permanent structures on display including a London’s Tower Bridge, a Greek Temple, and a Civil War battlefield, from which visitors can draw inspiration for their own structures. The exhibit includes prompts and challenges designed to spark visitors’ curiosity, building stations so visitors stay and construct comfortably, and a seemingly endless supply of planks.

“The new exhibit is more than just playing with blocks. KEVA construction projects stretch the mind with physics challenges that use principles of balance, cantilevers, geometric shapes, optimum proportion, stability and more, and they require thinking in three dimensions,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth.  “Constructing with KEVA planks is communal and cooperative, allowing for easy conversation and collaboration among builders of all ages.”

Design, Build, Create, KEVA! is a new permanent exhibit at miSci, an Educational Gift from Jane and Neil Golub & Friends. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady and is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5pm Sunday.

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

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miSci Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s11th Annual Museum Day Live!
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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2015
Contact: Anne Muscarella,
High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine
anne@high10media.com
Susan Whitaker, miSci

susan.whitaker@misci.org 

miSci Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s11th Annual Museum Day Live!

Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 26, 2015
See Earth Exposed from San Francisco’s Exploratorium & more!

The Museum of Innovation and Science, miSci, will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Visitors to miSci can see EARTH EXPOSED: Discover Our Planet’s Hidden Secrets from San Francisco’s Exploratorium: Explore the tumultuous forces of our planet: earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes & more! Discover the science behind weather patterns, ocean currents, and all of the forces of nature that form our landscape, seascape and even cloudscape with more than 30 interactive exhibits from San Francisco's Exploratorium. Rock out with fluorescent minerals glowing in black light, meteorites from this region, precious mineral treasures from New York and man-made diamonds.  Visitors can also explore the water table and kids’ supermarket in the Play Space; 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 for download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady and will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, Museum Day Live!

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, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media overseas the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. 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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The Dudley Observatory and miSci Announce New Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson & Strategic Partnership
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September 9, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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The Dudley Observatory and miSci Announce New Astronomer
Dr. Valerie Rapson & Strategic Partnership

Capital Region Gains Astronomy Expert, Excellent Science Communicator
163-year-old Astronomy Institution Expands Its Education Programs with miSci

Two years after the Dudley Observatory moved to miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science), the 163-year-old astronomy institution and the region’s science center are strengthening their existing collaboration into a new strategic partnership with the appointment of a new Dudley Observatory Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson, and with miSci providing administrative support to the Dudley Observatory.

Dudley Observatory Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson, received a Ph.D.from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester. She has extensive research experience in the chemical composition and structure of planet-forming disks around nearby young stars and in atmospheric science and star formation as observed by infrared telescopes. Dr. Rapson brings extensive experience in the field of informal astronomy education reaching people of all ages from summer class students to senior citizens. Dr. Rapson’s Senior Science program is featured in the October issue of Astronomy Magazine.

“I’m really excited to be spearheading the astronomy education programs at the Dudley Observatory. This facility offers so much wonderful history, and the recent partnering with miSci will really help the observatory grow its educational programming. We hope to reach out to all members of the public, both young and young-at-heart, and teach them the wonders of astronomy,” said Dudley Observatory Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson. “Everyone should have the opportunity to learn about the Universe. My goal for Dudley is to enhance the current programming beyond basic night sky observing and present scientific material in a fun and understandable way. You don’t need to be a ‘rocket scientist’ to learn about, understand, and enjoy astronomy.”

Under the new partnership, miSci will manage back office duties for the Dudley Observatory, which will maintain a separate board of directors comprised of top academics from all of the institutions of higher learning in the Capital Region.

“I am truly delighted that miSci and the Dudley Observatory are partnering to more effectively achieve our common mission of providing engaging science education in the Capital District. miSci provides a fantastic environment in which our newly hired Dudley Observatory Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson, can grow astronomy programming. miSci is awesome. Valerie is awesome. If you're passionate about astronomy or science education, you're going to love the new Dudley Observatory at miSci,” said RPI Professor Dr. Heidi Newberg, Dudley Observatory’s Board President.

The new partnership builds on their existing collaboration which has allowed the Dudley Observatory to expand the reach of its astronomy programs through miSci’s increasing audience. Since moving to miSci in 2013, the Dudley has had a public presence in miSci’s transforming facility and its important History of Astronomy Library & Archives has been housed properly along with miSci’s prestigious archival collection of more than 1.5 million images and artifacts. Since the initial collaboration, miSci has benefited from 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.

“As the region’s science center, we have a climate of collaboration at miSci, and we are proud to be partnering with the Dudley Observatory to help bring more top quality astronomy programs to an expanding audience,” said miSci’s President Dr. Mac Sudduth. “We welcome the chance to help offer astronomy programs and events by the Dudley Observatory at miSci to the Capital Region and beyond.”


In conjunction with Dr. Rapson’s appointment as the Dudley Observatory Astronomer and the new alliance with miSci, the Dudley Observatory is also unveiling a new website which is already live at dudleyobservatory.org. The new site captures the excitement and dynamism of the Dudley Observatory’s new energy with information on the organization’s significant archives and collections; astronomy programs and events; information about the current night sky and viewing opportunities; and more. The site also serves as a resource for night sky viewing information and opportunities as well as information about cultivating an interest in the night sky and an introduction to telescopes.

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, a collaboration with the Capital Region BOCES to provide Star Lab inflatable planetarium programs for schools, Octagon Barn Star Parties.

The Dudley Observatory Board of Directors includes: President Heidi Jo Newberg, Ph.D. - Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Vice President Francis P. Wilkin, Ph.D. - Astronomy and Physics Professor at Union College; Treasurer Paul Schoch; Stephen C. Ainlay, Ph.D. - President of Union College; Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. - President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; J. Douglass Klein, Ph.D., - Kenneth B. Sharpe Professor of Economics at Union College; Kevin Knuth, Ph.D. - Associate Professor in Physics and Informatics at University at Albany (SUNY); Greg Newell - Albany Area Amateur Astronomers; John Sherman; Joan Wagner – Past President of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS); and Thomas Whalen - Independent Education Consultant and Financial Advisor.

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

Dudley Observatory @ miSci Goes Global with International Observe the Moon Night September 19
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September 1, 2015
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Dudley Observatory @ miSci Goes Global with
International Observe the Moon Night September 19

The Dudley Observatory at miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) is hosting an International Observe the Moon Night event Saturday, September 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at miSci. Joining with people from around the world participating in similar events across the globe, residents of all ages from the Capital Region and beyond will come together for hands-on astronomy activities and observing the Moon through telescopes (weather permitting).

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual world-wide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. People from all over the world will be joining in the celebration by uniting on this one day to look at and learn more about the Moon together.

“International Observe the Moon Night with the Dudley Observatory at miSci is a chance for people from throughout the region and beyond to come together to explore our Moon and its importance to NASA projects and exploration,” said miSci President Dr. Mac Sudduth.

International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. Admission to International Observe the Moon Night is $6.50 for children (3 – 12), $8 for seniors (65+), and $9.50 for adults. For more information, please call 518.382.7890 x 259 or visit 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. miSci houses the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region, a state-of the-art STEM teaching tool which offers simulated space missions to school classes, community groups, work teams, scout troops, birthday celebrations, camp-ins, private parties and team building events. In 2012, miSci entered into a partnership program with the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s ExNET (Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching) program, miSci receives a different group of hands-on, exploratory-rich exhibits each year for five years, as well as access to the Exploratorium resources to advance each partner’s work in specific areas such as education, inquiry, science engagement, and exhibit development. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci houses the only GOTO Star Projector in the northeast and is an official NASA Space Place. miSci’s Archives include an extensive GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 15,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. miSci’s Archives houses an 1878 Edison tinfoil, the second oldest documented Edison tinfoil recording, the oldest playable American voice. miSci offers Science Zone, with weekly hands-on activities and challenges; Saturday Science Zone activities are sponsored by National Grid. For more information, visit www.misci.org.

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Saturn, the Ringed Planet, Comes to Schenectady
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September 1, 2015
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Saturn, the Ringed Planet, Comes to Schenectady
NEW Planetarium Show Opens @ miSci September 8

High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Show

Saturn: Ring World, a new planetarium show about the ringed planet, opens Tuesday, September 8 at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science. A show for all ages, this high definition, full-dome exploration lets visitors see Saturn up-close.

Saturn is the true "Lord of the Rings". After nearly seven years in transit, the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons during its extended mission, while the Huygens probe had landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The Cassini Saturn encounter began with a flyby of Saturn's farthest moon, Phoebe.

Saturn: Ring World is narrated by Star Trek's John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on ENTERPRISE) and was produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00 pm: Little Wonders Star Show

2:00 pm: We Choose Space

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

4:00 pm: Earth’s Wild Ride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Invention Convention Semifinalists

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


miSci to Participate in Blue Star Museums
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May 20, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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miSci to Participate in Blue Star Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Blue Star Museums

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

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

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

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

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

About miSci

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

About Blue Star Families

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

About the National Endowment for the Arts

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

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Challenger Learning Center Opens at miSci
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For immediate release
May 14, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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Challenger Learning Center Opens at miSci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About miSci

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

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

About Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About miSci

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

About National Grid

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

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

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

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

About ChargePoint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00 pm: Young Audience Planetarium Show

2:00 pm: Two Small Pieces of Glass

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

4:00 pm: The Mars Show

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

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

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

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

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Two Small Pieces of Glass Planetarium Show Opens April 1
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March 19, 2015
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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susan.whitaker@misci.org

Two Small Pieces of Glass Planetarium Show Opens April 1
NEW High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Show in Renovated Planetarium


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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miSci Receives 3D Printers for NEW Maker Garage, Classes
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March 18, 2015
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miSci Receives 4 3D Systems Cube 3D Printers for 3D Printing Programs, Trainings & Activities in National MakerLab Club

NEW Maker Garage & Science Classes for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About 3D Systems

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

About miSci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class Schedule:

July 6th – July 10th

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

CSI: Crime Lab Chemistry / Grades 3 - 6

Investigate and solve crime scene mysteries.

July 13th – July 17th

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

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

July 20th - July 24th

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

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

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

July 27th – July 31st

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

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

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

August 3rd – August 7th

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

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

August 10th – August 14th

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

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

August 17th – August 21st

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

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

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

August 24th – August 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class Schedule for Grades K – 2:

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

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

Tuesday, April 7

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

Wednesday, April 8

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

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

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


Class Schedule for Grades 3 - 6:

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 9

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

Friday, April 10

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 About the Butterflies

Monarchs

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

Black Swallowtails

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

Painted Ladies

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

Tiger Swallowtails

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

Spicebush Swallowtails

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

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 Opening Day Activities – Saturday, February 14

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

10:00 a.m. Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00 pm: Wonderful Sky Planetarium Show

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

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

2:00 pm: We Choose Space Planetarium Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There will also be a Dudley Night Sky Adventure from 6 pm to 7:30pm Tuesday, February 17. Visitors will explore the dwarf planet Ceres, Jupiter in opposition, and the conjunction of Venus and Mars, all astronomical happenings in February! The Dudley Observatory, miSci and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers are teaming up to offer monthly Night Sky Adventures at miSci to give all who are interested, an opportunity to practice their observational astronomy skills. Lead by miSci Astronomy Educator, Megan Norris and volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, we’ll practice identifying stars, constellations and dark sky objects both through scopes (weather permitting) and in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Rain or shine. Admission to the Dudley Night Sky Adventure is $3 per person; $5 per family.

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

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

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

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

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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2015 Officers
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miSci Announces New Board of Trustees Member and 2015 Officers

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

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

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

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miSci Announces February Break Kids\' Science Workshops
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miSci Announces February Break Kids’ Science Workshops
Engineering, Dinosaurs, Rockets, Wizards, Superheroes & More Half-day Classes for Kindergarten through Sixth grade

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

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

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

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

Class Schedule for Grades K – 2:


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

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

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

Thursday, February 19

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

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

Class Schedule for Grades 3 - 6:


Monday, February 16

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 20

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

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

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


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We Choose Space! Planetarium Show Opens at miSci
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We Choose Space! Planetarium Show Opens @ miSci
NEW High Definition, Full Dome, Immersive Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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miSci Names Challenger Learning Center Flight Director
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miSci Names Challenger Learning Center Flight Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free WiFi at miSci
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Free WiFi at miSci

Visitors can now access the internet throughout miSci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additionally, miSci has received the following grants:

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


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

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

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

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

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New WeatherBug Station from National Grid at miSci
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For immediate release
November 24, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
382-7890 x 297

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GE Kids In Free Days @ miSci Sundays Nov. 16 to Jan. 4
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For Immediate Release
November 7, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
518.382.7890 x 297
susan.whitaker@misci.org

GE Kids In Free Days at miSci Sundays Nov. 16 to Jan. 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Science Festival of the Capital Region @ miSci Nov. 7 - 9
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For immediate release
October 30, 2014
Contact: Susan Whitaker
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