Detroit, Mich., August 9, 2023– The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) and Aramco America’s annual event to commemorate the Fall kick-off of their Traveling Science Program returns Friday, August 25. The event will take place outside of Mi-Sci’s main entrance on Friday, August 25 from 10 a.m. – noon featuring live science demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Started in 2012, the Traveling Science Program (TSP) brings interactive science programs into libraries, schools, and community centers throughout the state’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas as part of Mi-Sci’s mission to put Michigan residents at the center of science. This year, the program extended into 10 additional counties with support from Toyota Motor North America as part of Mi-Sci’s “Powers of 10” campaign, which celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary. Mi-Sci is taking online requests for reservations for this program and other engaging science workshops, group presentations and interactive experiences.
“We’re thrilled to kick off another amazing year engaging students and families across the state of Michigan thanks to our partnership with Aramco Americas,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO. “Their generous support helps us provide new interactive STEM programs and demonstrations to communities unable to visit the Michigan Science Center in person. It’s a wonderful opportunity to advance our mission of putting people at the center of science.”
The energy company is active in the Metro Detroit area with its Aramco Research Center-Detroit, located in Novi, developing innovative transportation solutions. It is also a founding member of the ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials in Farmington Hills.
Last year, from June 2022 to May 2023, the Aramco Traveling Science Program served 38,239 people at 144 events for schools, libraries, summer childcare and after-school programs, as well as other community events in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Last year also marked the launch of Mi-Sci’s new Discovery Dome portable planetarium which transports innovative and exciting earth and space science content to audiences across the state. The Discovery Dome has quickly become Aramco Traveling Science’s most requested program.
The activities at the August 25 celebration are:
· Ozobot Racers: Participants will learn basic programming as they operate a self-driving robot that turns hand-drawn colors and shapes into code.
· LEGO Six Bricks: Guests can improve their memory, movement and more in a variety of games played with just six LEGO® DUPLO® blocks.
· 60-Second STEM Skills Showdown: In this outdoor stage show, audience members can compete against the clock in a series of challenges that can be solved using STEM skills and concepts.
The event will also include giveaways for the first 250 attendees. All activities are included within general admission tickets.
To Make Reservations Contact Mi-Sci at Outreach@Mi-Sci.org or through its online inquiry form for additional information and reservations.
About Aramco Americas
Aramco Services Company (d/b/a Aramco Americas) is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Aramco, a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals, and has had a presence in the U.S. for more than 60 years. Aramco Americas is a contributor to the U.S. energy sector through research and development, venture fund activities, asset ownership, as well as technology and digital transformation. The company is headquartered in Houston, and maintains offices in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Detroit. Aramco Americas is committed to being a positive contributor in the communities where its employees live and work, and to making a difference through outreach that benefits the arts, geosciences, education, and the environment. americas.aramco.com.
The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is a Smithsonian affiliate that inspires nearly 250,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across Michigan. As a STEM hub, Mi-Sci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. 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 science demonstrations, lab activities and 220+ interactive exhibits, there are dozens of ways to customize your Mi-Sci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive funding from Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, Mi-Sci.org