January at miSci!

January Events & Exhibits at miSci

January News and Highlights
Keep up to date with all of miSci’s exhibits, events, community outreach!
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ids Amateur Radio Day & Broughton Radio Room Ribbon Cutting
January 7, 2017 | 1 PM – 4 PM

Explore amateur radio with the Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Association (SMARA), which operates a complete amateur radio station housed at miSci under the call sign W2IR. Connect with kids across the country, and maybe even around the world, while you explore the valuable communication tool of amateur radio. All kids receive a certificate of participation. 
Kids’ Amateur Radio Day at miSci is part of a national event hosted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States with over 150,000 members. 

In conjunction with Kid’s Amateur Radio Day, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Broughton Radio Room at miSci. There ceremony will honor the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation for supporting the renovations -including new equipment, sound-proofing, and exhibit panels.

Free with admission.

February Break STEM Workshops
February 20 – 24, 2017 |  9 AM 
– 12 PM or 1 PM – 4 PM

Keep the kids occupied and engaged this February break week with half-day STEM workshops on exciting topics like luminescence, nanotechnology, physics and more! 
Enroll your student in a Morning or Afternoon session for grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-8. At $25 per student, workshops are filling up fast! 
Don’t delay, REGISTER TODAY! Call 518-382-7890.

miSci’s Classes page for full workshop descriptions
Workshops include:
Monday, February 20th: “Glow Day” 
  • Glow World Glow:  9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
  • Under the Sea: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
  • Bioluminescence: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd-5th
  • Lights and Lasers: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd-5th

Tuesday, February 21
: “Building Big Day”

  • Design, Build, Create, KEVA!: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
  • Movers and Shakers: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
  • Castles and Catapults: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd-5th
  • Engineering Challenge: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
Wednesday, February 22nd: “More Than Meets the Eye Day”
  • Bugs Eye View: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
  • Frozen Science: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
  • Buggin’ Out: 9am-12pm/ Morning / 3rd-5th
  • Optical Illusions: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon  / 3rd-5th

Thursday, February 23
: “Tiny Tech Day”

  • Peek @ Nano: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
  • Fizz, Pop, Boom: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
  • It’s a Small, Small Nano World: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd-5th
  • Tangible Tech: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
  • Nano Technology: 9am-12pm / Morning / 6th-8th
Friday, February 24th: “Physics of Space Day”
  • Magic of the Force: 9am-12pm / Morning / K-2nd
  • Twinkling Stars Astronomy Kit: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / K-2nd
  • Physics of the Force: 9am-12pm / Morning / 3rd-5th
  • Notion of Motion: 1pm-4pm / Afternoon / 3rd-5th
  • Meteorite or Meteorwrong: 9am-12pm / Morning  / 6th-8th


Discover Butterflies! Opening Soon
February 18, 2017

Butterflies will soon be fluttering around miSci! The live Butterfly house will return to miSci’s Planetarium Lobby for visitors to watch Butterflies at every stage of life – from egg to the Chrysalis chamber to adulthood. Learn about different species of butterflies from the area, what butterflies eat, and how scientists use butterflies as examples for new technology. Mark your calendars! Butterflies is a visitor-favorite exhibit you don’t want to miss!

Recent Highlights
One Small Step for Radio, One Giant Leap for Teens!

December 10, 2016 

Local teens gathered in the Broughton Radio room at miSci for the chance of a lifetime. With the assistance of members of SMARA (Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Association), the teens made contact with Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, flight engineer aboard the ISS.
With family and friends looking on, the teens took turns asking Commander Kimbrough questions they had prepared on topics ranging from holiday celebrations to the existence of aliens. As the ISS hurtled away from range at 17,500 mph, contact only lasted ten tense but enthralling minutes.
Congratulations to miSci’s First Group of Explainers
December 19, 2016

Thanks to a grant from the Schenectady Foundation, miSci hired local High School students as “Explainers”. The students worked around the miSci galleries and learned how to maintain exhibits, work with 3D printers, and interact with the public. This first group of Explainers graduated from the program on the 19th. Congratulations, Explainers, for a job VERY well done! 

Teen Science Café: GE Inventors

December 19, 2016 

miSci Curator Chris Hunter led the Teen Science Café talk this past December on the topic of GE Inventors. Using material from miSci’s archives and collections, Hunter spoke about famous inventors from Edison to Langmuir and their numerous inventions. 
miSci News
Save the Date! The Big Bang Annual Gala at miSci
Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

miSci will be hosting its Annual Gala – The Big Bang at miSci – for the tenth year in May. In honor of the anniversary,  this year’s theme will be A Decade of Discovery. Mark your calendars now for a night of good music, delicious food, delightful company, and an enticing silent auction. 
Invention Convention 2017 is Now Open for Submissions!

Invention Convention (IC) is an annual regional and statewide invention competition for K-8 students. 
IC is a collaboration between miSci and GE – organized and run by volunteer scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, agents and others, that explores technology, engineering, and design and aligns with NYS MST Learning Standard 5. 

Now in its 19th year, Invention Convention has engaged more than 15,000 Capital Region students in creative problem-solving, including more than 1,400 in 2016 alone!

The deadline for IC 17 submissions is March 10, 2017.

Enter Invention Convention 2017

Upcoming Events
Volunteer Open House

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 |

4:30 PM

Get involved at miSci! miSci is always looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers to join our dedicated team. Volunteers can do anything from helping to build exhibits to helping maintain them, run them, and teach visitors about them. Anyone interested can attend one of the monthly open houses and learn more about current volunteer opportunities. 
Volunteers are currently needed to operate the models trains in the Holiday Train Show and will be needed to facilitate the Butterfly House opening in February. 

Challenger Adventures

Every Saturday |

2 PM and 3:30 PM

Conquer the final frontier with the
Learning Center! Fly to space, conduct experiments, maneuver robotic arms, build a probe, and return to Earth in just an hour. 
*Visitors must be at least 5 years old to participate in a Challenger Adventure. Visitors 5-7 must each be accompanied by an adult. Groups with a child between 7 and 12 only need one accompanying adult. 

Senior Science Day:
Live Planetarium Show

Monday, January 2, 2017 | 3 PM

Enjoy a short presentation and live tour of the night sky with Planetarium Director, Megan Norris.

The Senior Science Day programming by the Dudley Observatory at miSci is specifically designed and created for adults and senior citizens! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson.

The Dudley Observatory 
Night Sky Adventure:
Exploring Pluto

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

The New Horizons mission flew past Pluto back in July of 2015 and astronomers are still analyzing the images the spacecraft sent back. Re-discover Pluto and learn more about its five moons!

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, activities, planetarium shows and night sky viewing 
(weather depending). Amateur astronomers and 
families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. 
One or more telescopes will be provided for public 
use. Great for all skill levels.

Free with admission
Little Wonders of Science: Move!
January 19-21, 2017 | 10:30 AM

Introduce preschoolers to the world of motion with an educator-led reading of
Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10am showing in miSci’s planetarium of “One World, One Sky” (additional $5/ person), and leave with the materials to continue the study of science at home.
Online or by calling 518-382-7890 x224

SenseAble Science

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 10 AM – 12 PM* 

Enjoy special museum hours for visitors with Autism Specturm Disorders and their families. Explore miSci’s interactive exhibits, quiet space, and a planetarium show specially-tailored for the event. Return to
SenseAble Science monthly for never-ending miSci fun! 

*Please note, the museum is only open to SenseAble Science guests during this time. Regular museum hours for all visitors begins at noon on Sundays. 
miSci in the Community
Pick Up Your Field Goods at miSci!

miSci is now a pick-up location for Field Goods, a year-round local produce delivery service. With Field Goods, customers receive 5-8 different fruits and vegetables plus optional add-ons – all from small farms in the region. miSci will receive its deliveries every Friday. For every bag picked up at miSci, the museum receives a $1 donation! 

Sign up for Field Goods (click order now, choose Schenectady then miSci for your location)

Current Exhibits

Coming Up…
  • Monday, February 6, 3 PM: Dudley Observatory Senior Science Day
  • Monday, February 6, 4:30 PM: Volunteer Open House
  • Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 18, 10:30 AM: Little Wonders of Science
  • Saturday, February 18: Butterflies Exhibit Opens
  • Saturday, February 18: Exploring Engineering Day with RPI
  • Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, February 26: February Break Week at miSci
  • Tuesday, February 21, 7 – 8:30 PM: Dudley Observatory Night Sky Adventure 
  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00 PM: The Big Bang at miSci Annual Gala
  • Monday, August 21, 2017: The Great American Eclipse at miSci


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