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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Just Add Math!

Join us for ”Just Add Math”, a series of interactive live cooking presentations that highlight how math and science are crucial to the art of cooking! Local chefs will bring numerical concepts like scaling and fractions to life during these demonstrations, illustrating how math and science make your food delicious. These shows will put guests at the center of science with real-life examples of the many ways measurement, temperature, fractions and weights are used every day in the kitchen, as well as samples of delicious treats to take home!

This three-part program was designed in partnership with Soil2Service and Detroit Institute of Gastronomy (DIG) and edibleWOW magazine. All performances will be approximately 30 minutes and will take place on the Chrysler Science Stage. All shows are included with general admission and all food will be nut-free with other allergens listed. 

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Session 1: Teaspoon or Tablespoon?
(October 3)

The key to a successful recipe includes properly scaled and measured ingredients.This session will introduce participants to common measurements used in a kitchen. Interactive demonstrations will explore the difference between weight and volume.

Featured Chefs: Chef John and Chef Jeremy (Detroit Institute of Gastronomy)

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Session 2: Is It Hot in Here?
(October 29)

Temperature is an important element in cooking. This session will uncover the mathematical concept of temperature variation through percentages and cooking techniques. We’ll also discuss the impact of temperature on food.

Featured Chef: Michael Metevia (Slow’s BBQ)

Working in Detroit restaurants since 1994

Working Partner and Founder of Slows Bar BQ in 2005

Cooked on Travel Channel and Fox multiple times

Slows featured in Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Travel Channel, Hour Detroit, Metro Times, Real Detroit, Bon Appetite, Food and Wine, Beer Advocate and many more. Consistently rated as Detroit’s #1 bbq and place to take out of towners by local media. #2 in Adam Richman’s “Best Sandwich in America” competition 2012. Rated by Beer Advocate as one of the top places in the world to drink beer. Mentioned multiple times on the Jimmy Fallon Show by many celebrity fans. 

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Session 3: Save the Corner Piece!
(November 19)

It’s not a birthday party without cake! Fractions and percentages are an integral part of any professional kitchen. This session will explore nutrition, calories and cost through the lens of fractions and percentages.

Featured Chef: Allison Anastasio

Chef Allison will perform two demos one at noon and the other at 1:30 PM.

Chef Allison Anastasio of Last Bite Chef is a personal chef & culinary educator based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is passionately dedicated to nourishing families by providing them not only with nutritious foods prepared from-scratch, but also with peace of mind knowing that they have more time to sit with each other at the end of a long day over a delicious meal.  She has a passion for using local products and seasonal produce, showcasing intense global flavors, and she makes daily practice of reading, experimenting and tasting.  Chef Allison delights in teaching people of all ages and culinary skill levels to create delicious and nutritious meals.  Read more about her at www.lastbitechef.com.

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Add a theater experience to your visit today. MiSci Is Re-open! We have so much fun to catch up on, and cannot wait to welcome you back into our new and improved space!

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One World One Sky

Join Big Bird and Elmo and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu as they explore the night sky and journey to the Moon and back!

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Backyard Wilderness

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain you with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under your noses – in your own backyards.

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Birth Of Planet Earth

Experience the wonder of traveling 5 billion years back in time to the beginning of the planet we call home during our new planetarium show!
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Session 1: Teaspoon or Tablespoon?
(October 3)

The key to a successful recipe includes properly scaled and measured ingredients.This session will introduce participants to common measurements used in a kitchen. Interactive demonstrations will explore the difference between weight and volume.

Featured Chefs: Chef John and Chef Jeremy (Detroit Institute of Gastronomy)

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Session 2: Is It Hot in Here?
(October 29)

Temperature is an important element in cooking. This session will uncover the mathematical concept of temperature variation through percentages and cooking techniques. We’ll also discuss the impact of temperature on food.

Featured Chef: Mike Matavia (Slow’s BBQ)


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Session 3: Save the Corner Piece!
(November 19)

It’s not a birthday party without cake! Fractions and percentages are an integral part of any professional kitchen. This session will explore nutrition, calories and cost through the lens of fractions and percentages.

Featured Chef: Allison Anastasio

Chef Allison will perform two demos one at noon and the other at 1:30 PM.

Chef Allison Anastasio of Last Bite Chef is a personal chef & culinary educator based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is passionately dedicated to nourishing families by providing them not only with nutritious foods prepared from-scratch, but also with peace of mind knowing that they have more time to sit with each other at the end of a long day over a delicious meal.  She has a passion for using local products and seasonal produce, showcasing intense global flavors, and she makes daily practice of reading, experimenting and tasting.  Chef Allison delights in teaching people of all ages and culinary skill levels to create delicious and nutritious meals.  Read more about her at www.lastbitechef.com.

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.

MiSci Is Turning 10!

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Celebrate 10 years of MiSci with a membership! We’re celebrating our birthday all year long, and members will have the best seats in the house.