miSci : Events

March 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, March-6-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Challenger Adventure

Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space while working with other visitors to complete your mission. Please Note: Space is limited. To guarantee a spot, reserve tickets in advance at 518-382-7890 x 237; or purchase tickets when you arrive at miSci (if space is available).

Children (5 -12), admission + $5*
Seniors (65+), admission + $8

Adults (13+), admission + $10 

*Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Each child under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children older than 7 can be accompanied by one adult.  

Challenger Learning Center Briefing Room

Date(s):  Saturday, March-4-2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, March-11-2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, March-4-2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March-11-2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Evenings with miSci and the Dudley Observatory

Spend the evening exploring the exhibits at miSci! Complete the night with a Night Sky Adventure with the Dudley Observatory. 

miSci Galleries 

Date(s):  Tuesday, March-21-2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Little Wonders of Science: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

It’s never too early to introduce a child to the wonders of science! Bring children ages 3 - 5 to discover caterpillars with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Inspire curiosity with storytelling and make-and-take activities. Explore a different topic each month! Limited openings. 

FREE with Museum admission.

Register online or by calling 518-382-7890 x228. 

Date(s):  Thursday, March-16-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday, March-17-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, March-18-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Night Sky Adventure: Updates from Juno at Jupiter (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Jupiter may be the largest planet in the solar system, but there is a lot of unknown information about Jupiter. How did it form? What is the atmosphere like? What fuels the great red spot? Juno, a recent mission to Jupiter, will help us answer these and other questions about the gas giant. 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 

Date(s):  Tuesday, March-21-2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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, March-26-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
Teen Science Café: Making Waves: How El Niño & Rainfall in the Tropics Influence Weather Around the World

Join Dr. Paul Roundy, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at UAlbany, for a science café talk on predicting weather. Weather more than a week away is incredibly difficult to predict. Storms in one part of the world can change the weather outcomes in another part, like a butterfly effect. Those who want to forecast weather can take advantage of a few tidbits of useful information to help them know whether it is more likely to be warmer, colder, wetter, or drier than normal in a couple weeks. One of these clues is the present pattern of rainfall in the tropics. Dr. Roundy's talk will explain two phenomena in tropical rainfall: El Niño, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). He will give an overview picture of what these things are, and how they are used to help forecast weather a few weeks away. 

Snacks served.

Presented with support from: The Teen Science Café network, using funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1223830 and the Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation 

Cost: Free
RSVPs appreciated
Call 382-7890 x237 or danette.carll@misci.org

Location: miSci Lobby 

Date(s):  Monday, March-6-2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm