This Month at the Center

Discover this month's great events!

Join us for these upcoming activities and events!

NOW OPEN: "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

Don't miss your chance to get the facts on the truly unbelievable and don't miss our Ripley's unbelievable weekends!

Ripley's Unbelievable Weekend events include:

Unbelievable World
April 26 – April 27, 2014
We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena, which may appear unbelievable at a first glance. Learn about how different our earth was in the past from the present.

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"The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!" is produced by Science North, presented locally by APS, The Arizona Republic and, and is located in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries.

April 2014

Nikon Small World Exhibit
April 12-June 1, 2014
Free with General Admission!

The Nikon Small World Exhibit will be on display at Arizona Science Center April 11-June 1, 2014.

The 2013 Nikon International Small World Competition recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope and showcases the top photomicrographs. These photomicrographs capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye, and may be of great technical significance as well as sheer beauty to contemplate.

Master Model Builder Challenge
April 19, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

LEGOLAND® California Resort introduces the “Model Builder Challenge,” featuring the Resort’s Master Model Builders, Tim Sams and Rob McCarthy. The Master Model Builders are building models across the country based on the Resort’s new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network, opening Memorial Day Weekend.

Fans all over the world have the chance to interact with each Model Builder via social media and provide suggestions, ask questions, show off their own models as inspiration and cheer on their favorite builder. Fans can vote for either Tim (#BuilderTim) or Rob (#BuilderRob) to help their favorite builder win the ultimate prize; a magical LEGO orb of CHI.

On April 19, 2014 the Master Model Builders will be at Arizona Science Center. From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., see two Master Model Builders race against each other to build amazing LEGO® models. This event is free with general admission.

For more information, click here.

Family Gaming Event
April 26, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact invites you to our Families@Play event at Arizona Science Center. Children ages 9 to 13 will team up with one of their parents or guardians to explore science through completing challenges in a gaming environment together! This is a great opportunity for adults to learn about using video games to help children learn science while having family fun.

Pre-Registration required and limited to 10 child-parent pairs per session. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the Name of Child, Name of Parent, age of child, basic contact information (phone, address, email) to register for this event.

Infant & Toddler Story Time
FREE with General Admission

Introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of science! Sing songs, read along with stories, and foster early scientific thinking skills while engaging in open-ended play and unique learning materials.

Ages Infant-2 years old with a caregiver
Held in the Barrow Neurological Institute Theater in the W.O.N.D.E.R. Center

Shine, Sparkle, and Smile: Exploring with Mirrors and Reflections
May 5, 2014
10:30-11 a.m.
Bring along something shiny like a CD or keys and spark your curiosity during this engaging, hands-on story time for babies and toddlers! Sing science songs, read a fun story about light and shadows, and explore with your reflection using open-ended materials.

Music and Me! Learning with Rhythm and Movement
June 23, 2014
10:30-11 a.m.
Bring along an empty, recycled, plastic drink bottle with its cap and learn about rhythm during this engaging, hands-on story time for babies and toddlers! Sing science songs, stretch with a story about exercise, and create your own shaker music bottle to take home!

Preschool Saturday Science Class
3-6 years old with a parent or caregiver
$10 Members/ $12 Non-Members

April 19, 2014
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Growing a Garden
Join us as we explore how plants grow! Read a story about flowers and plants, develop math skills by sorting seeds, and plant your own seedling to take home! Participants will receive a Take-Out Science Kit with corresponding science tools and activities to try at home.

May 10, 2014
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Learning with Legos®
Join us as we construct with Legos®! Develop math skills as we name the shapes of the blocks, design and build your own invention, and take home your own Early Engineer kit. Participants will receive a Take-Out Science Kit with corresponding science tools and activities to try at home.

June 28, 2014
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Freeze! The Science of Ice Cream
Get out of the sweltering heat, and cool off with our Ice Cream science class! Measure and mix your own batch, learn about solids and liquids, and watch as we freeze this treat using liquid nitrogen. Participants will receive a Take-Out Science Kit with corresponding science tools and activities to try at home.

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New Frontiers in Medical Science

New Frontiers is an informal series that brings together leaders in science and engineering with members of the community to discuss how biotechnology and medicine are changing the present and future. Discussions are free to the public with the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about each topic. The lectures are held every 4th Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in our IMAX Theater.

For more information and a schedule of all upcoming lectures, please click here.
Bio Buzz Family Series

Join us for this series of family-friendly, 20-minute lectures designed to stimulate conversation and inquiry surrounding a variety of topics within the field of bioscience in a "kid friendly" format.These presentations are FREE with general admission and are held every third Saturday, from 1:45-2:15 p.m., in the Daniel Cracchiolo Theater on Level 1.

The Bio Buzz series was made possible through a five-year Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health. This program will give students and the general public a glimpse into the human body, its parts and processes, and new advances in biomedical research and technology.

For more information and a schedule of all upcoming lectures, please click here.

Body Depot Workshops
Every Saturday & Sunday

Gallery labs are offered on a rotating basis to families, on Saturdays and Sundays, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please call ahead to find out which lab schedule matches the date of your visit. No reservations necessary and labs are free with general admission to Arizona Science Center. Labs Include:

  • Monster Manual: Participants get a chance to decode the patterns in life's instruction manual as they create colorful monsters.
  • Venom! Participants learn the critical nature of protein folding as they build molecular models based on the Deathstalker scorpion's toxin!
  • Busy Bones: In this hands-on dissection workshop, participants will gain an appreciation and understanding of the complexity of bones and the human body!
  • Nano Latch ‘n’ Catch: Participants identify key features that distinguish between cell types and then create specialized nanoparticles that seek and destroy diseases.

FREE with general admission. Learn more about this program here.
Early Childhood STEM Playshops

Join us for FREE, 2-hour workshops that engage early childhood educators in engineering experiences for young children! Participants will receive a special Take-Out Science kit with activities and a certificate for 2 hours of professional development. These experiences offer opportunities to:
- Play with unique materials and activities that can be offered in the classroom
- Learn how children develop scientific thinking through engineering play and make connections to real-world problems
- Practice instructional strategies to engage and extend children in block play, artistic expression, and higher level thinking and build meaningful relationships

Workshops include:

March 22, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Using Your Community’s Architecture as a Tool for Learning

April 12, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Exploring with Babies and Toddlers

May 17, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Using Recycled Materials to Develop Science Thinking

June 7, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Developing Science Thinking Skills through Engaging Learning Environments

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Offered for free thanks to a grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

FREE General Admission for Seniors
First Tuesday of every month

Arizona Science Center is proud to offer FREE Senior admission on the first Tuesday of every month!

It's all happening at Arizona Science Center! For more information call our Reservations line at 602-716-2000 ext: 226. This offer is for persons 62+ only. Please bring your drivers license, passport or identification card with you day of.

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