African American History Month

Celebrate African American History Month as we pay respect to great American minds whose scientific innovations and vision have shaped the world we live in.

Pill Dissolving Demo: 1 – 3 p.m., February 1 – 5

Children complete an experiment at a long tableThe 20th century was a game changer for the quality of human health. Dr. Robert G. Bayless’ work on the time delay capsule allowed us to better target treatment. Visit us February 1 – 5 to learn more about this important invention.

Rover Races: 1 – 3 p.m., February 8 – 12

Children watch a science demonstrationWomen like Mary Jackson were instrumental members of the NASA team that sent men to the moon. As we prepare for a mission to Mars, today’s engineers and mathematicians will rely on great deal of computer programming. February 8 – 12, we’ll teach you how to “program a friend” in our own  extra-terrestrial race.

Say What: 1 – 3 p.m., February 15 -19

An educator talks with children in the Michigan Science Center's Spark LabWithout the smart phone, our favorite social media, games and apps may not have become as accessible as they are today. James Maceo helped invent the Electect Microphone , a technology which made today’s smart phones possible. February 15 – 19 we’ll build own simple microphones and learn about the combination of sound mechanics and electronics.

Binary Code: 1 – 3 p.m., February 22 – 26

AMS Brain PaintEver since 1999’s The Matrix, the visualization of 1s and 0s has been short hand for computer communication. Philip Emeagwali used the basics of binary and programming to develop several microprocessors able to talk to each other at the same time. The success of this experiment made it practical and inexpensive to use machines to speak to each other all over the world. Visit us February 22 – 26 to learn how to decode messages with our binary activity.