Laser Light Experience

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The Michigan Science Center has partnered with Laser Fantasy International to bring the world’s largest, high-quality laser show library to our Dome Theatre! Laser shows combine art, music, science, and engineering for an entertaining experience for the whole family. MiSci will be joining dozens of theaters across the country in presenting these shows experiences.

This partnership includes access to Laser Fantasy’s entire library of immersive, family-friendly shows! Our first show, Laser Motown, will open the week of March 29. Tickets must be purchased and reserved in advance.

The Ames Room

The Michigan Science Center has debuted our Ames Room, an optical illusion designed to trick your brain & challenge your perceptions of reality. In a year where we’ve all had to consider different perspectives, we are excited to offer this experience to our guests. Drop by on your next visit and experience this fantastic visual experience.

Superpower Dogs

With the generous support of Strategic Staffing Solutions, MiSci brings Superpower Dogs to Detroit.

Join an immersive IMAX® adventure to experience the extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Follow Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America. Meet Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the mountains of British Columbia, Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard, Ricochet, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs, and the Bloodhound brothers, Tipper & Tony, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!

Backyard Wilderness in 4D

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain you with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under your noses – in your own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy. The 4D effects make it feel like you are in the center of the action, right along side our animal friends. 

We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that can transform you forever – you just need to step outside.

Free Summer of Science

Thanks to support from Aramco Americas, the Michigan Science Center was free to the public during the summer of 2020! During our Summer of Science, guests were able to visit the museum, free of charge, with access to over 220 hands-on exhibits. Already checked out all there is to see? Be sure to see what’s playing in the IMAX Dome Theater or watch Backyard Wilderness in 4D in the Toyota Engineering Theater. Separate tickets required for theater entry.

ECHO Live! brings the MiSci experience to your home!

Students are invited to tune in every Wednesday at 2:30 PM Eastern as our educators present live science experiments from our Distance Learning studio for FREE. We’ll show off some of our biggest and most exciting large-scale science demos that you can tune into from school or at home! 

Programs are broadcast live on the Michigan Science Center Facebook page and YouTube channel, no registration required!

Aramco iExplore expands to Michigan Science Center

A version of this article was first published by Aramco Americas.

With a strong commitment to research and development, Aramco Americas debuted its “Aramco iExplore: Energy” program in Detroit through a collaborative partnership with the Michigan Science Center, Michigan State University’s CREATE for STEM Institute, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

The program was created in 2013 with 50 students from the Galena Park Independent School District at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It has grown to reach nearly 2,000 students and science teachers in the Greater Houston area alone. The curriculum has also expanded its focus areas: energy, chemicals and biodiversity.

The curriculum for “Aramco iExplore: Energy” in Detroit will reach more than 4,000 students, who will visit the Center with field trips in February and March. The collaborative energy literacy program integrates Next Generation Science Standards—nationally benchmarked K-12 science content standards—into the learning experience. This is the first time in MiSci history in which a program was developed and specifically tailored to high school students and to a specific school district’s science curriculum.

Students from the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) gathered at the start of the inaugural field trip to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Mich.; pictured in the center (from left to right): Abdulrahman Bayounis, Director of Public Affairs, Aramco Americas, and Christian Greer, President and CEO, Michigan Science Center.

Students toured various areas within MiSci, including the Science Stage, which focused on components of atoms; Sparks Theater, where they participated in an electricity presentation; the Science Hall, where they demonstrated experiments related to static energy; and various MiSci galleries to explore energy transformation and atomic interactions.

Each student used their smartphone to download and utilize a digital app called “Nearpod” containing a custom activity guide—all part of the collaborative effort to create a comprehensive, branded curriculum for the students as they journeyed through the Center.

“This is a rare opportunity to give the next generation of scientists and engineers the tools to tackle the grand challenges of energy,” said Christian Greer, President and CEO, Michigan Science Center. “This makes STEM education more accessible and shines a light on career pathways for our future workforce.”

Aramco iExplore continues through the end of March. To read the rest of this story, please visit Aramco Americas.

Amanda: Volunteer of the Month February 2020

Amanda Orris is our February 2020 Volunteer of the Month. Continue reading to learn why she continues to volunteer at MiSci.

When I started volunteering, I was initially concerned about time. Would I have the window to do it? Would I feel overwhelmed or out-of-place? I was always passionate about education and finding the opportunity to volunteer around an educational environment was thrilling. What I found, beyond that, was that the staff at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) was extremely kind and dedicated. They were passionate about their jobs and loved being a part of inspiring young learners. Also, the Science Center is not all about the kids! I met “adult kids” on dates who enjoyed the various exhibits just as much as any child would. Volunteering awakened my passion for continuing education. My time at MiSci has been a real joy.

I embrace each hour I’ve given to MiSci and look forward to future opportunities to contribute more. Whenever I volunteer, I find myself feeling appreciated at the end of the day and I hope that I positively affected at least one child or adult that I interacted with that day. I always find myself interested and intrigued by each person’s knowledge or experience and I feel it’s my “job” to make their experience at MiSci as comfortable and convenient as possible.

I love the interactions with the people, the smiles of parents and children and the joy and enthusiasm of the staff that keep the MiSci running. I am grateful and feel very lucky to have found this opportunity. I look forward to any events coming soon!

Maria: Volunteer of the Month January 2020

María González is our January 2020 Volunteer of the Month. Continue reading to learn why she continues to volunteer at MiSci.

My name is María González and I am 46 years old. Since I was a child, I have always liked science. I wanted to be an astronaut, an architect, or an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. I became a mechanical engineer. I am a very passionate and curious person, and always feel the need to understand how things work. I love hands-on activities. It is the best way to learn new things!

My husband is from England and I am from Spain. We have traveled around the world for work and for leisure. In many of our vacations, we enjoyed visiting science museums. We are like big kids playing with the exhibitions! When we moved to Michigan in 2014 for my work as an Operations Manager in an automotive company, I discovered the Michigan Science Center, and we visited it several times.

I like to keep busy, learning new things, and it was visiting the Michigan Science Center booth at TEDxDetroit 2018 that I learned about the MiSci Volunteer opportunity and about the STEMinista Project and the STEMinista Role Models. I thought: “I’m in!”

I joined both teams: MiSci Volunteers and STEMinista Role Models and I love it!I have participated in several activities since then and it is a win-win situation. Both the visitors (adults and kids) and myself, always learn something in these events. I like teaching, coaching and motivating others to help them develop their potential. If I can help with my own experience and with examples I have seen along my professional career, even better.

I think what Michigan Science Center employees and volunteers are doing, not only for future generations but also for the adults, is amazing and invaluable work that, undoubtedly, will positively mark the lives of the visitors and the future of many kids.

Thank you for letting me be part of this!

Michigan Science Center and 3M Partner to Offer Free General Admission to Public

The event, sponsored by 3M, recognizes how science is improving lives, in more ways than ever.

Detroit, Dec. 20, 2019 – The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is providing complimentary admission to the public on December 28 to celebrate the advancement of science applications and emerging technologies that improve our daily lives. Sponsored by 3M, general admission to MiSci will be complimentary from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MiSci and 3M aim to inspire guests to see science in a different light, and how it is increasingly influencing the products and technology that consumers use on a daily basis.

“We are thankful for the benefits that are afforded to us through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the impact they collectively have on our society. They are central to all the work that we do at the Michigan Science Center, and we are excited to share our love of STEM with our guests,” said Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “As a STEM hub for the State of Michigan, we are pleased to partner with 3M to make STEM more relevant and accessible to the public and to inspire curious minds of all ages.”

“At 3M, we believe science plays a critical role in children’s lives. It enhances resiliency, supports creative thinking and builds problem-solving skills. Whether experimenting in the lab or at a Michigan Science Center exhibit, science reminds us that growth opportunities are everywhere. We have a tremendous opportunity to help inspire future leaders by nurturing their curiosity at a young age,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, 3M Corporate Affairs.

General admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more. Planetarium and Toyota 4D Engineering Theater tickets will be available for purchase at the box office. The Cosmic Café and newly relocated Science Store will also be open throughout the day.

Free tickets are available for download at mi-sci.org on a first come, first served basis.

About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspires over 200,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. As the STEM hub of the state, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO, we are expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live stage shows, a Planetarium, lab activities, 220+ hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, mi-sci.org.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

Michigan Science Center and BASF Partner to Celebrate Science Education With Free General Admission on Noel Night

The event sponsored by BASF recognizes the importance of science education in our society.

Detroit, Dec. 4, 2019 – The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is providing complimentary admission to the public on December 7, during Noel Night, Mid-Town Detroit’s annual celebration of cultural and educational institutions, businesses and more. Sponsored by BASF, general admission to MiSci will be free from 1-7 p.m. MiSci will provide BASF Kids’ Lab programming throughout the day. Kids’ Lab is a hands-on science program tailored to engage students ages 4-12 in MiSci’s onsite chemistry lab. It runs on weekends throughout the year at MiSci, as well as offsite at local schools, due to BASF support. Other Noel Night activities will include planetarium shows, fire and ice demonstrations, young child winter activities and previews of Christmas Carole by the Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company. “We are thankful for the benefits that are afforded to us through science, technology, engineering, and math, and the impact they collectively have on our society. They are central to all the work that we do at the Michigan Science Center, and we are excited to share our love of STEM with our guests,” said Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “As a STEM hub for the State of Michigan, we are pleased to partner with BASF to make STEM more relevant and accessible to the public and to inspire curious minds of all ages.” General admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more. Planetarium and Toyota 4D Engineering Theater tickets will be available for purchase at the box office. The Cosmic Café and newly relocated Science Store will also be open throughout the day. “BASF and Michigan Science Center value the opportunities to provide free hands-on STEM programs for students and families in the metropolitan Detroit community. Our award-winning, hands-on STEM education programs inspire young minds and shape the future of our industry,” said Greg Pflum, Vice President and General Manager, BASF Corporation. Free tickets are available for download at mi-sci.org on a first come, first served basis. About the Michigan Science Center The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspires over 200,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. As the STEM hub of the state, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits, and initiatives that empower and enrich all children and all communities with STEM. Through our Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO, we are expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live stage shows, a Planetarium, lab activities, 220+ hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, mi-sci.org. About BASF Corporation BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 20,000 employees in North America and had sales of $19.7 billion in 2018. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.