MathAlive!

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MiSci, with generous support from the Ford Motor Company Fund and Axalta, is thrilled to announce MathAlive!, a traveling exhibit the opened in June 2021. This interactive and immersive experience is designed to put visitors at the center of math while answering the age-old question: “When will I ever use this math they’re teaching in school?” 

MathAlive! features math at work in six different areas, including extreme sports, fashion and design, video games and robotics in order to connect math concepts to real-world applications.

Visitors will build a skateboard with “pop”, design a sustainable skyscraper, strike a pose in a 360° photo shoot, learn how to control the Curiosity Rover, take on cyber-security threats in an immersive video game experience, and more. Each area is accompanied by stories from professionals and visionaries, highlighting how they apply math in their respective fields every day.

MathAlive! is located in the Science Hall, on the fourth floor of the museum. The exhibit will also feature special programming and live demonstrations.

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MiSci is a Blue Star Museum

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MiSci is proud to be listed as a Blue Star Museum for 2021. This summer we are happy to extend free admission to active military families (up to five people per visit) from May 15 – September 6, 2021.

Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. This discount is for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (Active Duty and Reservists), National Guardsmen (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Children under age 10 who might not have military IDs are also extended free admission, and the Active Duty member does not need to be present for the discount to apply.  This discount is only available in person and does not apply to theaters and other add-on experiences.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer.

For more details on the program, please visit the FAQ page: https://www.arts.gov/initiatives/blue-star-museums/frequently-asked-questions

Find other Blue Star Museums here: https://www.arts.gov/blue-star-museum-map

Pair your museum visit with one of our immersive theater experiences.

Earth. Wind. Weather.

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Earth. Wind. Weather. sponsored by General Motors, features 10 new interactive exhibits that put guests in control of some of nature’s most powerful and impressive phenomena. Create avalanches and geysers, explore Jupiter’s otherworldly atmosphere, command ocean waves, reach into a powerful tornado, transform desert landscapes, and more with this immersive new experience!

Earth. Wind. Weather. is included in the general admission price and is a part of MiSci’s new virtual field trip program with select classrooms in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). DPSCD third through fifth-grade students can connect with MiSci Distance learning educators for a live, virtual tour of the Earth. Wind. Weather. gallery, which connects to each grade level’s earth and space science curriculum. Students will suggest ways for the educators to interact with the gallery exhibits on camera, play games and participate in experiments about weather, natural resources and the forces shaping our planet. Virtual exhibit tours are reserved for DPSCD third through fifth-grade classrooms only at this time, thanks to the support of General Motors.

This experience will help learners of all ages understand how STEM concepts that shape our world, as well as highlight potential career paths in meteorology, oceanography, astrobiology and geology. Relevant STEM learning, including engaging with real world phenomena like weather and climate, helps students connect more deeply with underlying science content and relate those connections to the world at large.

Earth. Wind. Weather. is immersed in an aural soundscape featuring recordings from National Parks across America due to a generous donation from Harman International

Earth. Wind. Weather is brought to you by General Motors with additional support from the Zatkoff Family Legacy Fund, Harman International, and PLEX Systems Inc.

Evening Preview for Members on April 22

MiSci is also hosting a special free evening preview for those with MiSci memberships on Thursday, April 22. Members will catch a special showing in MiSci’s 4D theater and explore the sky through a telescope. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Reserve preview and general admission 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., Thursday through Sunday.

Special Activities on April 24

Pop-up Activities Facilitated by MiSci Educators: MiSci will curate all hands-on activities from its collection of NISE Network Earth & Space Toolkit activities. These kits were designed in collaboration with NASA to address the link between science, technology, and society and feature ties to current cutting-edge research.   

  1. Tornado Spin Art – Harness the power of a vortex to create splattering spin art.
  2. Temperature Mapping – Explore how the Earth reacts to surface heating using natural materials and High-Tec tools, just like NASA scientists.
  3. Investigating Clouds – Learners can watch isopropyl alcohol vaporized under pressure to create a cloud in an empty pop bottle.
  1. Sidewalk Solar Scopes – There’s plenty of clouds in the exhibit gallery, but keep your fingers crossed for clear skies outside so visitors can safely gaze at the sun using MiSci’s solar telescope collection to learn about the composition of stars.

Science Stage Show: “Earth from Above”

Join us on the Chrysler Science Stage for a virtual trip to outer space with the help of MiSci’s staff astronomer. We’ll look at the Earth from an outside perspective to talk about weather patterns, changing seasons and learn amazing phenomena like the Coriolis effect.

MiSci will also go LIVE on Facebook periodically throughout the day to show off some of the activities.

Ten Immersive Exhibits to Fascinate Everyone

Tornado uses a large mist generator, fans and a 12-foot structure to produce a large tornado. It is intentionally de-tuned so that random air currents can cause both the creation of a tornado and its temporary cessation. The Tornado is chaotic and unpredictable much of the time, wandering off the source of the mist, slipping out of the grasp of the shearing winds and presents a delightful and ever-changing spectacle.

Aeolian Landscape presents a swirling storm of sand inside a large chamber covered by a Plexiglas top. A knob on the top of the exhibit rotates a sturdy fan set in the chamber’s base. As you turn the fan, the sand inside begins to swirl and accumulate in patterns suggestive of a desert landscape as if seen from high above. Geologists use the term “aeolian” to refer to land formations created by wind, like dunes and snowdrifts. Visitors can change the fan’s direction and notice how the shape of the miniature dunes influences the wind pattern, which affects the formation of the dunes.

Rift Zone uses air bubbling up through fine sand to suggest a small-scale geothermal landscape. By pushing a button, learners can release pockets of air that erupt through the sand and alter the landscape’s shapes and patterns. The aerators that activate the sand are arranged in a composition of three elements: a circle, a line and a dot, corresponding to the three kinds of rift zones that occur on Earth: solitary volcanoes, fracture zones such as the one spreading on the island of Hawaii, and the ring dike that forms in the crater of a volcano as the central plug cools and then a new eruption occurs around the perimeter in a circle.

Sea of Clouds creates a large pool of slowly undulating fog evocative of Jupiter and Venus’s cloud tops and condensation forming in the valleys of Mars. Generated by an ultrasonic fog machine, the cool, dense water mist flows like dry ice fog. The top surface is alive with waves and complex convection currents. Viewers will be able to run their hands through the fog and alter the currents. When left undisturbed, the fog will slowly churn and change due to its internal dynamics.

Turbulent Orb is a half-meter diameter sphere full of special, colored, flow-visualization fluid. The sphere is mounted on top of a pedestal. Visitors grasp a metal ring on the pedestal and spin the sphere choosing the direction and rotation speed. The fluid in the globe shows swirls reminiscent of the turbulent flows in planetary atmospheres.

Confused Sea mimics the wind’s action over the ocean by generating waves created with air blowing over the surface of water inside a large plastic hemisphere. The waves slowly change and build until the entire volume of water is circling as one wave. Visitors can adjust the speed of the air blower and influence the waves.

Geyser is a working model of a natural geyser. A large bowl of water is supported over a long, thin tube that runs down to a glass chamber filled with water heated by a heating element. As the water in the chamber begins to boil, air and water are shot up the tube into the air. Cool water drains back down the pipe filling the chamber, and the cycle begins again.

Avalanche explores order spontaneously arising from chaos. The exhibit consists of a wheel that turns a gear that is attached to a pole that tips a large dome of sand back and forth. As you spin the wheel, the plane that bisects the globe changes the angle of incline. The sand inside the globe falls according to the angle that the plane is tilted at, simulating conditions that might cause an avalanche on a real mountain. The plane is also dotted with dime-sized holes that can be opened or closed by turning corkscrews on the outside of the acrylic globe. If the holes are opened, sand drains from one side of the globe to the other, simulating what might happen to granular land cover if there is a sudden sink hole or snow compaction.

Fluttering Silk is a constant stream of air over a lightweight piece of free-flowing fabric that cascades up into the air. The normally invisible air current is suddenly transformed into a colorful visualization of the air stream’s complexity.

Magnetic Globe – Visitors pour magnetic sand over this earth model and observe the particles lining up, demonstrating the Earth’s magnetic fields. A compass can be held against different points on the globe, showing the relationship between the Earth’s magnetic field and the navigational properties of compasses.

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 Gift of Membership!

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Discover yourself at the center of science with a MiSci membership! With hundreds of interactive exhibits, live stage shows, films, lab activities, virtual programs and more, we design the MiSci experience with you in mind. We believe in meeting you where you are, personalizing your experience and empowering you to discover for yourself the process and principles of science.

MiSci believes that every Michigan family deserves access to science education. ​For a limited time, you can get an annual family membership for only $99

Members enjoy free admission to more than 220 interactive exhibits, discounts on theater experiences and special events, premium 4D Theater and IMAXR film seating, access to exclusive members-only events and hours, and more.

Your membership also supports our mission as a 501(c)3 organization, inspiring curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

MiSci memberships also make great gifts! Buying a second membership of equal value means another family has access to everything the science center has to offer, for double the exploration, double the adventure, and double the fun!

Community FREE Day

Join Us for a Community FREE Day – February 13

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MiSci’s first Community Free Day in 2021 is happening on Saturday, February 13. Sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems, we invite our guests to “Step Into the Limelight” as Axalta unveils their 2021 Color of Year. Throughout the day there will be live science demonstrations and special themed interactive activities for children centered around our beautiful planet and environmental conservation. Our programs will be lived-streamed on MiSci Facebook page by our ECHO Distance educators. We are also welcoming back our partners Ducks Unlimited and Six Rivers Land Conservancy to teach visitors about plants and animals native to Michigan. 

Admission for this event is free; however, pre-registration is required in order to ensure everyone’s visit is safe. Pre-register today and reserve your spot for what is sure to be an unforgettable day at MiSci! 

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.

Paulette Epstein – Solar System Ambassador

Join CEO Christian Greer and meet our Staff Astronomer and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Paulette Epstein, to learn more about the upcoming mission to Mars on February 11 at 7:00 PM ET.

STEM Playground

STEM Playground has been relocated to the Science Hall, located on the Upper Level! Head upstairs on your next visit to build a paper airplane, create a marble run, and test your engineering skills.

 

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.