miSci : Events

October 2017

Senior Science Day (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Cost: Free with admission

Location: varies, inquire at admissions desk


January: Live Planetarium Show

February: NASA's Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope

March: NASA’s Great Observatories: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

April: NASA’s Great Observatories: Chandra X-ray Observatory

May: NASA’s Great Observatories: Spitzer Space Telescope

June: NASA’s Great Observatories: James Webb Space Telescope

July: How to View the Great American Eclipse

August: Our Solar System: Exploring the Sun

September: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

October: Our Solar System: The Gas Giants

November: Our Solar System: The Asteroid and Kuiper Belt

December: Hunting for Exoplanets

Date(s):  Monday, October-2-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Halloween Frankenstein Camp-In

Explore the museum with a spell-binding scavenger hunt; become a mad scientist exploring artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and robotics; learn about the things that go bump in the night in the planetarium; and gasp at the mystical properties of dry ice. 

Join miSci for a monstrous Halloween Camp-In. Be mesmerized by dry ice, go on a spooky scavenger hunt, visit the planetarium, and explore artificial technology, synthetic biology, and robotics. 

Dinner and Breakfast included. Space is limited, register today! Children must be accompanied by adults.

Online Registration ends October 19th. To register after online registration closes, please call 518-382-7890 x0. Members - check your email for instructions on activating your 10% member discount online. 

Date(s):  Sunday, October-22-2017 @ 12:00 am - 9:00 am
Saturday, October-21-2017 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
International Observe the Moon Night

Come to miSci for a special astronomy program by the Dudley Observatory for International Observe the Moon Night.Rain or Shine.

Free with admission

Date(s):  Saturday, October-28-2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Little Wonders of Science: Moonbear's Shadow


Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to astronomy with Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch followed by some hands-on activities.

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 Friday and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10 am 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.

Pre-register online.

Cost: Admission + $2 supply fee for participating children

Location: meet in the miSci Lobby 

Date(s):  Friday, October-20-2017 @ 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday, October-21-2017 @ 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Night Sky Adventure: James Webb - One Year Away (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next Great Observatory. This giant infrared telescope is the successor to Hubble, and will help astronomers discover many new things about the cosmos. Catch up on how preparations for launch are coming along and learn about some of the goals of the mission.

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, 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. 
Cost: Free with admission

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby

Cost: Free with admission

Date(s):  Tuesday, October-17-2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture: Particle Physics (presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Presented by the Dudley Observatory

Join the Dudley Observatory and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

This month, Dr. Matthew Bellis (Siena) will present on “Particle Physics."

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Cost: Free (donations graciously accepted) 


Knox Octagon Barn

588 Middle Road

Delanson, NY

Date(s):  Friday, October-27-2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Project WET Educator Workshop with the DEC

Join the DEC at miSci for a special education workshop. 

The cornerstone of Project WET is its methodology – teaching about water resources through hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities.  In addition to educating students about water, Project WET activities also develop skills – teamwork, decision making and problem solving among them – that help prepare learners for the water resource challenges of this century.

Project WET is driven by emerging water issues, changing educational priorities and reform, new scientific discoveries and break-throughs in how water is used, managed and protected, and the availability of information technology and social connectivity. 

The award-winning, NSTA-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 continues Project WET’s dedication to 21st-century, cutting-edge water education. Correlated to the Common Core Standards (preliminary Next Generation Science Standards correlations are in review and coming soon), the Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from kindergarten to twelfth grade the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool. The guide is also an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.

Date(s):  Saturday, October-14-2017 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SenseAble Science

A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from sponsors. 

Learn more about SenseAble Science

Date(s):  Sunday, October-29-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
Volunteer Open House

Interested in giving back to your community? Become a volunteer at the Museum! Get started by attending an open house. Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, assist in the archives, assist with maintenance, run Planetarium shows, and more. Open houses are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. New volunteers are welcome to stay for the all-staff at 5:15.

Date(s):  Monday, October-2-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM