The Michigan Science Center Opens Doors For Youth Design Free Day, September 24, Featuring Steam Activities With Shakespeare In Detroit And The Detroit Zoological Society

Event is Free to the Public Thanks to Support from Strategic Staffing Solutions

Detroit, Mich., September 12, 2022 – The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) will open its doors for free to the public on Saturday, September 24, hosting activities in the science of stage production and animal conservation with Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) and The Detroit Zoological Society, courtesy of support from Strategic Staffing Solutions.

“We appreciate the support of Strategic Staffing Solutions and our partners, Shakespeare in Detroit and The Detroit Zoological Society, for helping us host a community free day that brings children and families closer to art production and animal conservation,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “The many activities they have planned demonstrate the incredible variety of career pathways that can be pursued when learnersembrace STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).”

“Strategic Staffing Solutions is always glad to collaborate with community organizations to create public events that educate and entertain attendees of all ages,” said Cynthia Pasky, founder and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “Our continued support of the Michigan Science Center symbolizes our company’s commitment to supporting local institutions that make a difference in the lives of everyone living in metro Detroit.”

While tickets are free, visitors must make reservations in advance to attend the Community Free Day on September 24. Please visit www.mi-sci.org to make reservations, which will be available on Monday, September 12. Hours of operations will be 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free Day Activities

Shakespeare in Detroit’s STEAM program provides artistic and vocational training to kindergarten through 12th graders in Detroit and focuses on the science of lighting a production, the technology of sound design, the engineering of a form or costume, the art of classical performance and mathematics involved in building a set.

During their visit to Mi-Sci, SiD will feature the following demonstrations and activities:

  • Science of Sound: Rain stick, thunder stick and bell
  • Technology of Lighting: Light board and flashlights with gel lights
  • Engineering of a Form: Sewing machine and fabric for stitching
  • Art of Classical Literature: Scenes and monologues from a Shakespeare play to act out
  • Mathematics of Set Design: Playdoh and a miniature set

The Detroit Zoological Society will share exciting activities that inspire guests to connect with the natural world and support skills like inquiry, empathy, critical thinking and informed decision-making.

Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center staff will host stations focused on animal welfare, conservation, sustainability and humane education.

  • Guests will explore animal welfare research through the science and tools of thermal imaging infrared cameras.
  • Guests will take on the role of a Conservation Officer, learning about how the Zoo designs studies that inform about wildlife populations locally and globally.
  • Guests dig into the STEM in sustainability, exploring how trees and other plants can help us address climate change.
  • Guests will get to design and problem-solve as a “solutionary,” a person who solves issues affecting animals and the environment, while learning how the DZS is committed to helping all animals, including domestic animals like dogs and cats and wild animals like wolves and tigers.

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is a woman-owned, global IT consulting and business services corporation that delivers staff augmentation, managed services, total workforce management programs and direct hire recruiting with industry expertise in financial services, energy and utilities, oil, healthcare and insurance, telecommunications and retail distribution. S3’s Consultants are placed with Customers through the U.S., Europe and the Americas. Founded in Detroit, MI in 1990, S3 has reported consistent growth and profit every year and carries zero debt. Since 2000, it has donated more than $42 million to charities and community organizations around the world.

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

Shakespeare in Detroit is a nonprofit performing arts organization in Detroit with three programs that include professional productions, special events and its educational program—Shakespeare STEAM. More than 14,000 have seen the organization’s work to date and nearly 2,000 Detroit students have been the beneficiaries of the STEAM programming that has also given away $22,000 in scholarships during its summer youth conservatory.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,800 animals representing 239 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.

Michigan Science Center And Aramco Host An Annual Celebration Of Traveling Science Program

Event Takes Place Wednesday, August 24, From 10 a.m. to Noon;

Activities Are Included with Admission

Detroit, Mich., August 17, 2022– With support from Aramco Americas, The Michigan Science Center (MiSci), has brought back its popular Traveling Science Program that will run through May 2023 with geographic availability throughout the Lower and Upper Peninsula. To celebrate the program’s return, MiSci will host a public event on Wednesday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to noon that will include live science demonstrations from MiSci educators.

Since 2012, MiSci has brought high-energy, hands-on, STEM experiences to libraries, community centers and schools across Michigan through its Traveling Science Program. MiSci is taking online requests for reservations for this program and other engaging science workshops, group presentations and interactive experiences.

“We are incredibly excited to have Aramco Americas’ continued support for our ever-popular outreach programs,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “It’s not always easy or affordable for some communities and schools to visit us on field trips. This partnership helps MiSci take its STEM shows on the road, providing fun, hands-on learning experiences that put Michigan youth 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 2021 to May 2022, the Aramco Traveling Science Program served 46,445 people at 104 events at schools, libraries, summer childcare and after-school programs, and other community groups in Michigan and Ohio.

“We are a company committed to R&D and technology.  With continued support for the Michigan Science Center and STEM programs across the U.S., we look to spark interest among youth in science and innovation,” said Nabeel I. AlAfaleg, president and CEO, Aramco Americas.”

The activities at the August 24 celebration are:

  • Food Web Jenga – Add and remove blocks from this game of Jenga to represent different events that affect the stability of an ocean ecosystem and appreciate how small changes in the ecology of an ocean environment can have a large impact!
  • Frostology – See some ‘cool’ effects on solids, liquids, and gases as we use liquid nitrogen in this large-scale science demo show.

To Make Reservations

Contact MiSci 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 (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

Michigan Science Center Adds Fresh Food Options With Farmer’s Fridge

Fresh Food Kiosk Features Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Options Ranging from Salads to Wraps and Snacks

Detroit, Mich., August 2, 2022 – The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) has added a fresh foods option with Farmer’s Fridge, a food kiosk that provides simple, clean meal options full of healthy ingredients in a collection of fresh salads, sandwiches, bowls and snacks.

Farmer’s Fridge foods are featured in recyclable mason jars. Options span breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and range from Caprese salads, Mediterranean bowls, sandwich wraps, chia puddings, proteins and yogurt bowls.

The Farmer’s Fridge kiosk is in the Lunar Dining seating area on MiSci’s main floor.

“We were delighted to add this creative and fun food option for fresh and healthy meals for our patrons,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “With so much to see at MiSci, visitors need an energy boost, and we’re glad to include Farmer’s Fridge among our growing list of amenities.”

The Farmer’s Fridge menu is available at https://www.farmersfridge.com/menu.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

Michigan Science Center Returns to the 80s with Family Late Night on July 30

Event Relaunches Late Night Programming with Two More Events Taking Place This Fall

Detroit, Mich., July 19, 2022 – On Friday, July 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) will travel back to the eighties for a gnarly night of fun, science, nostalgia, music and more. The event is all-ages with reduced ticket prices of $10 for members and $15 for non-members and kicks off a series of late-night events that will continue in the fall for families and adults alike.

“These days, everyone wants a more flexible schedule. So, we decided to give busy families that opportunity at MiSci,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “Our new Late-Nite events offer evenings of fun and engagement for families and adults alike.”
MiSci “Late Nite: Back to the 80s”

This family-friendly event is perfect for anyone who loves signature eighties pop culture and fandoms. Patrons will be able to create their own ectoplasm, build a hologram projector and even show off their cosplay skills.
Guests will have access to the entirety of MiSci’s museum galleries, and the Toyota 4D Engineering Theater will be transformed into the ultimate NES gaming space, where patrons can compete against one another on the biggest screen in town.

Additionally, there will be a food truck for refreshments and an eighties-themed music Laser Show in the newly reopened IMAX® Theatre (purchased as separate admission), not to mention an opportunity to see a DeLorean in MiSci’s POPnology exhibit.

Lineup of activities:

  • Ghostbusters Slime – A hands-on experiment plus take-home activity – Try your hand at making one of three types of slime inspired by the Ghostbusters franchise. Will you take home a vat of Sewer Ooze, a chunk of Stay Puft or some free-floating Ectoplasm?
  • Holodeck Holograms – A hands-on experiment plus take-home activity – Hop aboard the USS Enterprise to assist Scientist Kirk in rebuilding the Holodeck. Harness the power of two-dimensional images and refraction to create your very own hologram projector.
  • The Science of Lightsabers – Stage Demos at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… a chemist invented glowsticks. Watch and learn as one of our MiSci Scientists uses chemical reactions to create a glow stick as large as a life-size Lightsaber.
  • Mini Lightsabers – a hands-on plus take home activity, Lightsabers demo immediately following – You’ll feel like Baby Yoda after creating your own mini reusable Lightsaber glowstick! One secret ingredient (and an ultraviolet light) is all it takes to feel like you’re harnessing the power of The Force right here at the Michigan Science Center.

Fall Events – Coming Soon

“MiSci Late Nite: Back to the 80s” is just the start of late-night programming at MiSci. On October 22, MiSci will relaunch its “After Dark” series for adults 21-and-over, featuring libations and refreshments. Also, on October 27, MiSci will host a Halloween-themed, family-friendly late night with a special outdoor “Trunk or Treat” for kids. Details on both these events will be announced in the coming weeks.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

Michigan Science Center Offers Reduced Admission Via Three Programs

Museums For All, Bank Of America’s Museums On Us and Bluestar Museums

Detroit, Mich., July 8, 2022– To make science exploration accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation, the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) seeks to make the metro Detroit community aware that it is a participant in several programs that provide reduced admission to patrons.

“With rising inflation and fears of a slowing economy, local families are looking for smart, economical ways to have enjoyable experiences while learning,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “With interactive exhibits, immersive theaters, and engaging live demos that put YOU at the center of science, I believe we are an amazing value. We are pleased to offer several discounted admission options to those looking to save on family fun.”

The following is a list of programs:

  • Museums for All – An initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency based in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Association of Children’s Museums. When patrons show their SNAP EBT card and picture ID, general admission tickets are only $3/person for up to four people in their party. This offer is valid in person only.
  • Bank of America: Museums on Us – Bank of America cardholders receive free general admission on the first full weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program. Cardholders must present a picture ID. Other members of the party must pay general admission. Discount is available in person only.
    • August 6 and 7
    • September 3 and 4
    • October 1 and 2
    • November 5 and 6
    • December 3 and 4
  • Blue Star Museums – A program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2022 program runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Proof of active military duty is required (Geneva Convention common access card, DD1173, or DD1173-1). Family is defined as spouse, child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. An active duty member does not need to be present. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps. Since proof of active military duty is required, discounts will only be offered for walk-in guests.

While MiSci encourages guests to reserve tickets through its website at www.mi-sci.org, some discounts are unavailable with website reservations. To ensure everyone has access, MiSci holds some walk-up tickets in its inventory daily.

About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

Michigan Science Center Chief of Staff, Andrea Harp, a 2022 Michigan Chronicle “40 Under 40” Honoree

Detroit, Mich., July 1, 2022 – Andrea Harp, The Michigan Science Center’s (MiSci) chief of staff and director of culture and community, was recognized as a “40 Under 40” Honoree by the Michigan Chronicle during an induction ceremony last night.

Every year the Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards recognizes local African American young professionals impacting all sectors of greater Detroit who inspire others through their vision, leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service. Many are trailblazers pushing the envelope in journalism, fashion, music, the arts, law, education, medicine and finance.

“I am grateful to be chosen by the Michigan Chronicle and am inspired by all the 2022 honorees and those who have come before us,” Harp said. “We stand together as examples of how community service, collective impact and excellence can strengthen our communities. Additionally, I’m indebted to my family, friends, and colleagues who support me and my work daily.”

Harp joined MiSci in 2019 as the community partnership manager for the STEMinista Project, providing high-quality STEM programming to marginalized girls while linking them to 250+ STEM role models and mentors. In addition, she expanded capacity statewide along with MiSci’s collaborative partnership opportunities.

MiSci promoted her to a dual role of chief of staff and director of culture and community, where she oversees the center’s initiatives from conception to completion. She also develops and implements MiSci’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility framework to strengthen its workplace culture and community connections.

“Andrea is a tremendous asset to the Michigan Science Center, and we are all so proud of the accolades she has received this year for her fine work,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO. “She is an integral part of our initiative to promote program participation and increase girls’ interest in STEM careers and is an amazing mentor and role model for our community.”

Prior to MiSci, Harp served as a Mentor Michigan consultant for the Michigan Community Service Commission and was the Youth Empowerment Program Manager for Operation HOPE. She was also a program manager for NeuroRestorative and founded Ladies Affecting Change Everyday, which seeks to support and empower young women. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Spring Arbor University.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, MiSci is expanding beyond its 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 MiSci 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.

 

R2-D2, E.T., Hal 9000, The Alien and Delorean Replicas to Appear at the Michigan Science Center This Summer in Hollywood-Themed Exhibit

HOLLYWOOD-THEMED EXHIBIT

  • The new POPnology® exhibit reveals how pop culture impacts modern technological breakthroughs with fun, interactive and educational activities designed to engage children and families
  • POPnology is made possible by the sponsorship of Signal Restoration Services
  • Appearing for a limited time this summer from May 19 – Aug. 11
  • Ideal for families seeking an indoor experience in a cool and controlled atmosphere

Detroit, Mich., May 11, 2022 – Replicas and interactive animatronics of R2-D2, E.T., Hal 9000, H.R. Giger’s Alien and the DeLorean will make an appearance at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) this month for a limited time only as part of an interactive exhibit called “POPnology” that blends Hollywood, pop culture and science. The program is made possible by Signal Restoration Services.

This educational traveling exhibit is a dynamic, colorful experience offering rare and unique pop culture artifacts as well as 30 interactive activities that celebrate and explore the greatest works of innovation and imagination in pop culture history. The 8000-square foot exhibit will run from May 19 – Aug. 11 in MiSci’s special exhibition space on its fourth floor.

Anyone who loves movies will fall in love with POPnology,” said Dr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of MiSci. “So many of us at MiSci are movie and science-fiction geeks, so when we heard this coveted exhibit was available this summer, we jumped on it! It’s a fantastic way to delight kids while keeping them engaged in STEM in the cool, controlled environment of MiSci.”

“Signal Restoration Services is thrilled to support MiSci with this incredibly exciting exhibit that is sure to captivate visitors all summer long,” said Chad Howard, President and COO of Signal Restoration Services. “Science, learning and growing is at the heart of what we do here at Signal. We believe in giving back to our community and helping children and families grow from fun and engaging learning experiences such as POPnology. Signal served as a critical partner to MiSci last summer and helped restore their facility after two sewer wastewater backup incidents that forced MiSci to temporarily suspend its operations. It was a tremendous effort, and it’s such a rewarding and fulfilling moment for us to come full circle to sponsor POPnology.”

Over the course of two months, Signal mitigated the damages that had impacted several of the theaters at MiSci including the IMAX Dome Theater, Toyota FordD Engineering Theater, Science Stage, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, as well as the Space Capsule Exhibit.

MiSci will host Member Preview Days for POPnology from May 19-21 and will open to the General Public on Sunday, May 22. A special Ribbon Cutting and Press Conference will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. POPnology® was created by Stage Nine Design and is distributed by Exhibits Development Group.

Which science fiction today will become reality tomorrow?

POPnology takes us from fantasy to the reality of driverless cars, robots, drones, 3D printers – and into the future. This interactive, engaging exhibit shows how technology has been influenced by movies, books, television, art and futurists. POPnology chronicles our progression from science fiction to science fact and illuminates emerging technologies that are just now showing up on our cultural radar.

Guests of all ages will find themselves at the center of science as they interact with robots, explore Mars, play games and create their own music while seeing beloved sci-fi characters up close.

Photo Ops

  • Full-Sized DeLorean Time Machine Replica – Examine the creation and development of one of the movie’s most iconic cars of the future.
  • T. Photo Op – E.T. is here and ready for photos. Try your hand at speaking to extraterrestrials in this engaging activity.
  • R. Giger’s Alien Statue Photo Op – An artistic rendition of H.R. Giger’s creation, the Alien, is on display in a tribute to one of the greatest minds in science fiction.
  • 3D Printed Car – A real 3D printed car is displayed by our friends at Local Motors.
  • R2-D2 & R5-D4 Astromech Droids – Watch as an iconic droid roams around the exhibit space and interacts with guests.
  • Social Media Photo Booth – Take your photo and email it to your friends and family.

Games

  • Oculus Quest™ VR Station – Test out virtual reality in this immersive experience by Oculus Rift.
  • Augmented Reality Projector – Kids can stomp, kick and slide across this floor projection game.
  • Tablet Band – Create your own rock band on a tablet and play all day.
  • Mission: Mars – Experience what it is like to fight gravity on the surface of Mars.
  • Mars Lander – Pilot a Mars Lander to gather supplies and refuel missions.
  • Rocket Builder Simulation – Build your own rocket and break free from Earth’s gravity.
  • Mars Rover Simulator – Can you complete a Mars Rover mission?

Robots

  • 3 Finger Robot Telepresence Challenge – Can you transfer dinosaur eggs from one nest to another using telepresence?
  • The “Robox” – The past, present and future of science fiction and real-life robots.
  • Rail Robot – Take control of a rail robot and use it to complete objectives.
  • Robot Dexterity Challenge – Control a robot and use it to stack blocks and other objects.

Other Activities

  • HAL 9000 Photo Op – The A.I. from 2001: A Space Odyssey is featured.
  • Cell Phones Deconstructed – A unique look into the year 1983 investigating all the items that smart phones have replaced over the years.
  • Pixel Pegs – Learn about pixel definition and television graphics in this activity.
  • Pentiductor – Create lights and music using only your hands.
  • Autopia Car/Self Driving Car – A look into the future of self-driving cars.
  • Inventor’s Studio – Look into the mind of an inventor.
  • Keva “City Of The Future” – Build your own futuristic city using only wooden KEVA planks.
  • 3D Printing – Watch a 3D printer make everyday objects before your eyes.

POPnology is included MiSci’s general admission tickets. Prices are $18 for adults 16-64, $14 for youth 2-5 or seniors over 65 and free for children under 2. Reserve tickets at www.mi-sci.org. MiSci is located at 5020 John R. Street in Midtown, Detroit and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. 

About Signal Restoration Services

Signal Restoration is a world-class property restoration general contractor, providing relentless customer service throughout North America and the Caribbean. The company services our projects from our regional offices and Rapid Response Locations from coast to coast.  Signal specializes in fire, water, storm, mold, hurricane, earthquake, emergency, and reconstruction services as well as full-service roofing and Cap Ex work. Servicing clients in all industries including Healthcare, Education, Government, Hospitality, Multi-Family, Retail, and Industrial. Signal’s mission is to provide Relentless Customer Service to all our clients. We strive to immediately and consistently deliver exceptional results whenever and wherever disaster strikes. Signal is ON THE MOVE! Signal is always ONCALL 24 | 7 | 365. For more information, please call us at 800.533.9898 or visit signalrestoration.com.

About Stage Nine Exhibits

Stage 9 Exhibits is a full-service developer of creative, unusual exhibits for permanent or temporary display. Stage 9 Exhibits owns, operates, and tours ten internationally-acclaimed exhibitions including: The Lost World of Dragons, Expedition: Dinosaur, Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals, Hall of Heroes, POPnology, The Animation Academy, Sweet: A Tasty Journey, and Rock U: The Institute of Rock “N” Roll, Toytopia, and the Selfie Experience. For more information about Stage 9 Exhibits, call 916-447-3623 or visit www.stage9exhibits.com

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci 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 MiSci 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.

The Michigan Science Center and BASF Corporation Invite Girl Scouts to Explore Science During “Kaleidoscope of Science” April 2

 Event features evening of workshops, tabletop activities and demonstrations

Detroit, Mich., March 21, 2022– Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSM) are invited to explore science during a special event at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). MiSci and BASF Corporation will present “Kaleidoscope of Science” Saturday, April 2 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the museum. The event will feature an evening of workshops, tabletop activities, take-home projects and demonstrations and is open to a range of Girl Scout levels, including pre-K, Ambassadors, Seniors, Juniors, Brownies, Daisies and Cadettes, as well as their families and volunteers.

“MiSci is committed to putting youth at the center of science by showcasing the wealth of practical applications and career options available to the next generation,” said MiSci President and CEO, Dr. Christian Greer. “We are thrilled to partner with BASF to offer this special program to Girl Scouts to inspire interest and promote opportunities in STEM.”

Activities include:

  • BASF Playful Polymers – a slime-making workshop where participants will learn about polymers.
  • BASF Rainbow Connections – a lesson in how colors can move and change with chromatography.
  • BASF Happy Hands – a take-home project where participants will learn about the science behind lotion as they make their own.
  • Leap Bots – a lesson in springs and mechanical engineering as participants make their own jumping toys.
  • Secret Codes – writing and solving secret codes by making a cipher wheel.
  • Program a Friend – learning about computer coding by “coding” a friend through a maze.
  • Helicopters – a lesson in flight as participants make their own paper helicopters.

Shows include:

  • Science Stage Show – live, interactive science presentation
  • MathAlive! Stage Show – math-focused, live demonstration
  • Planetarium – Other Worlds, There’s No Place Like Earth – immersive film that explores the solar system
  • Toyota Engineering Theater – Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation – 3D film on the worldwide impact of volcanoes on modern life

Event tickets are $15 and must be purchased through GSSM. Cost includes admission as well as patch and activity takeaways. Children under two are free. Tickets to the planetarium and Toyota Engineering Theater shows will be available to Girl Scouts and their families at no-charge thanks to the generous support of BASF.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, MiSci is expanding beyond its 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 MiSci 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.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com/us.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. 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.

About Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is a local organization chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA that provides support for Girl Scouting and Girl Scout Troops in Southeastern Michigan.

GSSEM proudly serves more than 37,000 girls in Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties as well as parts of Monroe & Wayne County. We have service centers in Clinton Township, Detroit, Flint, Port Huron, and White Lake. Our council is under the leadership of our CEO, Denise Dalrymple and our Board of Directors.

Since the Girl Scout program is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of today’s girls, diversity is more important than ever. The unique geography, landmarks and history of southeastern Michigan create amazing opportunities for an exciting Girl Scout experience. Girls can explore the art, museums, theater, dance, music and food that exist in our communities.

 

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The Michigan Science Center and Axalta Invite Guests To “Discover Magic” on Community Free Day March 20

Event Explores the Science Behind “Magic” with Interactive Exhibits and Activities as Axalta Displays 2022 Global Automotive Color of the Year, “Royal Magenta” 

Detroit, Mich., March 1, 2022– Magic has fascinated people for centuries, presenting seemingly impossible feats that delight and intrigue. Next month, the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) and Axalta Coating Systems will partner to host another Community Free Day, titled “Discover Magic,” on Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to interactive exhibits and activities, Axalta will present its 2022 Global Automotive Color of the Year, “Royal Magenta.” The color is a majestic and radiant, dark purple hue with a mysterious appearance that parallels the enigma of magic. The event is also presented in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

The public can reserve tickets for this event at this link starting on Monday, March 14. In lieu of attending the Axalta Free Day, the public can make a tax-free donation to MiSci using this link.

“We’re thankful to our partners Axalta, Ducks Unlimited and Six Rivers Land Conservancy for helping us put children and families at the center of science,” said MiSci president and CEO, Dr. Christian Greer. “While people may not always connect the two, magic is impossible without science. With ‘Discover Magic,’ we are looking forward to an exciting day of sharing some of the secrets of color and magic.”

Some of the activities and exhibits include:

  • KABOOMISTRY! – a live, colorful combustion presentation that demonstrates the relationships between pressure, temperature and fuel to explain why things explode.
  • Tablecloth Trick – a lesson in inertia that explains the popular magician’s trick of yanking a tablecloth from under food and dishes without disturbance.
  • Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light – a collaborative art project that explores light and demonstrates how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies to study the universe.
  • Disappearing Water – chemistry demonstration that explores polymers, state changes and gravity, and shows how the super-absorbent properties of sodium polyacrylate can make water vanish.
  • Math-Magicians – a lesson in using probability calculations to fool the mind and trick the senses.

“Science is the background to developing colorful coatings that bring life and beauty to the mobility sector,” said Nancy Lockhart, global product manager color at Axalta. “We are pleased to join with the Michigan Science Center to celebrate STEM and bring a little fun and magic to the community.”

In addition to the “Discover Magic” activities, guests will have access to the center’s hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a Smithsonian Spark!Lab, STEM Playground and more. Tickets to the Toyota 4D Engineering Theater will be available for purchase at the box office.

While tickets are free, visitors must make reservations in advance to attend. Please visit this link to make reservations.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, MiSci is expanding beyond its 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 MiSci 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.

About Axalta

Axalta is a global leader in the coatings industry, providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable coatings solutions. From light vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, building facades and other industrial applications, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enhance durability. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @axalta on Twitter.

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Alycia Pearson

Axalta Coating Systems

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Michigan Science Center Adds Four New Hires to Leadership, Development and Operations Teams

Roles Include Chief Development Officer, Chief Business Officer, Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Detroit, Mich., Feb. 2022 – The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) announced today the hiring of four nonprofit experts to fill key roles on its leadership teams: Nancy Maier, chief development officer; Lucy Hale, chief business officer; Andrea Harp, chief of staff and director of culture and community and Jennifer Oprisiu, director of corporate and foundation relations.

“The ‘new normal’ brings a considerable amount of dynamism and uncertainty,” said Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO. “Experienced leaders like Nancy, Lucy, Andrea and Jennifer have the talents and skills to help us reach our full potential to put people and communities at the center of science in Detroit, in the region, and across the state.”

Nancy Maier recently served as executive director at the Michigan Dental Association Foundation. She led the organization and the board of Directors in fundraising programs designed as grants to Safety Net Clinics throughout the state to provide access to dental care for Michigan’s uninsured and underserved. Additionally, Nancy arranged funding for scholarships for socio-economically challenged and under-represented populations in dental, dental hygiene and dental assisting schools and managed the day-to-day operations of the $2.5 million organization. She was also the face of the organization throughout the state and fundraised nearly four million dollars while awarding three million in grants and $250,000 in student scholarships.

In her role, Nancy will fill an open position at MiSci with the goal of growing and challenging a team of fundraising professionals to cultivate a culture of philanthropy. This includes growing individual, member, corporation, foundation, government and event fundraising, coupled with the necessary data analysis to determine new and alternative funding sources designed to build MiSci into a premier STEM-hub and a mid-town tourist destination.

Lucy Hale recently served as president and CEO of the Worcester Natural History Society in Worcester, MA, the country’s second-oldest natural history society, which is an indoor and outdoor science museum, zoological park and nature center. Lucy’s focus was to financially align the museum’s work to their existing strategic plan, grow revenues significantly across the organization, complete and launch capital projects to enhance and improve the museum’s resources and launch a new strategic plan that would bring the museum to its 200th anniversary in 2025.

In her newly created role as chief business officer at MiSci, Lucy will craft the vision and strategy for all earned revenue products, programs, and events; create and implement audience engagement and audience discovery strategies; oversee marketing and public relations; and advance new business development initiatives for the organization.

Andrea Harp joined MiSci in 2019 as the community partnership manager for the STEMinista Project, which provides high-quality STEM programming to marginalized girls while also linking them to 250+ STEM role models and mentors. She expanded capacity statewide along with MiSci’s collaborative partnership opportunities.

In her newly created role as chief of staff and director of Culture and Community at MiSci, Andrea will execute the president and CEO’s goals across the organization to improve our team’s strategic collaboration, reduce risks, close gaps and oversee organizational initiatives from conception to completion. In addition, Andrea will develop and implement MiSci’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility framework in this dual role and strengthen its workplace culture and community connections.

Jennifer Oprisiu recently served as director of development at American Indian Health & Family Services. She has a Master’s in Public Administration specializing in policy and management from Wayne State University.

In her new role as director of corporate and foundation relations, Jennifer will fill an open position at MiSci with the goal of working closely with MiSci’s Education and Program teams to focus on growing MiSci’s grant and foundation fundraising, while reporting to Nancy Maier.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) 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, MiSci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, MiSci is expanding beyond its 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 MiSci 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.

Please access our Google folder, where you can find releases, images and videos.

Contact:

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Weigandt Communications, LLC

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