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FEBRUARY MARCH 2017


Board Members

President's Sidebar

Saint Louis Science Center Board of Commissioners Michael F. Neidorff - Chairman Juan Ferreira - Vice Chairman Mark Trudeau - Vice Chairman Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D. - Secretary Tracy E. Hart - Treasurer Dennis A. Muilenburg - Honorary Dr. Thomas F. George Shelley Lavender Joshua Randall Kitty Ratcliffe Eugene M. Toombs Donna Wilkinson Saint Louis Science Center Board of Trustees Donna Wilkinson - President Bryan L. Bell James G. Berges Barbara Bridgewater Lynn Britton Travis H. Brown Mark J. Bulanda Ken Cella Barry T. Cervantes Lynn A. Cornelius, M.D. Darryl W. Davis David M. Diener Arnold W. Donald Susan S. Elliott Richard C.D. Fleming Harvey A. Harris Mary Lee Hermann William F. Holekamp Debra Hollingsworth Benjamin H. Hulsey - Ex-Officio Dr. Martin H. Israel Frank D. Jacobs Dr. Ernest Jaworski Daniel G. Korte Robert J. Krieger Carol B. Loeb Linda M. Martinez John F. McDonnell (Life Trustee) RADM Lee J. Metcalf, USN (Ret.) Philip Needleman, Ph.D. Traci O’Bryan Joseph F. Reagan Jerry E. Ritter (Life Trustee) Dr. Will R. Ross Donn Rubin William C. Rusnack Kent Schien Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D. Kathleen R. Sherby Francis G. Slay - Ex-Officio Steve V. Stenger - Ex-Officio Dr. Donald M. Suggs Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack Dr. Mark S. Wrighton

Dear Saint Louis Science Center friends, Welcome, 2017! This year is off to an exciting start. On January 13, we opened our first film of the year, Extreme Weather, which follows researchers as they explore storms in the Midwest, rapid fires caused by droughts in California and disappearing glaciers in Alaska. I hope you were able to join us for Member Night, where Jim Kramper, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, shared unique insights on weather and how much we are still learning. On February 17, we will open another film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Viewers will be taken on a journey to discover the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels from the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia. You’ll have your chance to preview it on February 16. Our first special exhibition of the year, MathAlive!, opened on January 27. The free exhibit shows how math is used every day, all around us. It helps people of all ages explore the application of math in ways they haven’t considered. My favorite part of the exhibit is Ramp It Up, where you can design a virtual skateboard and set variables for it to perform tricks. Guests have been amazed at just how fun math can be. As we move into spring, we will be planting again in GROW. During the winter, our team has been busy ensuring the health of our soil with the presence of cover crops, similar to the process used on farms during this season. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more information on how you can help make GROW bloom in 2017! Mark your calendars for February 11 for the third annual Science on Tap event. We will have more than 80 breweries providing beer samples, along with delicious small plates, science demonstrations and live music featuring Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Our biggest special exhibition of the year opens in May: The Discovery of King Tut. This beautiful exhibition allows guests to walk in the footsteps of archaeologist Howard Carter to see King Tut’s tomb and explore the legendary tomb and its treasures, using more than 1,000 expertly crafted reproductions. Tickets will be on sale for the general public on March 13, but as Members, you will have the exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase tickets starting March 1. Plus, Members get half off the ticket price. A big event in 2017 for the United States and for St. Louis in particular is the Great American Eclipse. The total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, as the moon completely blocks the sun, and daylight becomes a deep twilight. St. Louis is extremely close to the path of totality, and to help educate guests about the significance of this event, we have premiered a new show at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, which includes a star show and interactive breakout sessions.

Contact 314.289.4400 slsc.org Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Avenue Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

Membership Service & Sales: 314.289.4491 slsc.org/membership memberships@slsc.org Member Reservations: 314.289.4424

Reservations Advanced Sales & Group Reservations: 314.289.4424 Corporate & Group Sales: 314.289.1419

Education Field trip information: slsc.org/field-trips Educator Resources: slsc.org/educator-resources Programming information: 314.289.4439 or education@slsc.org

Events Host your next private event at the Saint Louis Science Center. Services and catering provided by Starlite Events. For information: 314.533.8179

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Accessibility Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers available in the lobby. Personal Hearing Assistance Devices available at the OMNIMAX® Theater and Planetarium. Rear Window Caption Service available for all OMNIMAX films.

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Sustainability NewScience Magazine is FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) Certified. FSC is an international non-profit which ensures the world’s forests are managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

To ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Mission of the Saint Louis Science Center October • November

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Regular Hours Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm Sunday 11am-4:30pm Extended Hours: See Page 19

We appreciate your continued support of the Saint Louis Science Center and hope you are able to join us for the many exciting things we have happening here in 2017.

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NOW OPEN

GET A GRIP…ROCK CLIMBING Test your mountaineering ability with a horizontal climb on a rock wall. But first, measure your height and arm span. Plot the results of the ratio of your arm span to height. If your arm span is greater than your height, you may be a better rock climber!

MathAlive!

Math Behind the FUN Analyze data by selecting, creating and interpreting variables on a scatter plot graph.

FREE special exhibition brings to life the real math behind video games, sports, design, music, robotics and more

SPACE WALK…NASA ROBOT Control the robotic arm and camera that extends from a 3D version of the International Space Station to three different locations all within three minutes.

Will I ever use all this math they’re teaching me? “Yes!” is the answer found at the 40 unique interactive and

Math Behind the FUN See geometry at work to find distance between points and use the coordinate system to specify locations.

immersive experiences that show the math at work in the worlds of design, engineering, technology and science. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition features high-tech, mechanical and multimedia interactive experiences to provide challenges that use mathematics as tools to help

MIX IT UP-GIANT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT Adjust the controls on a mixing desk to add or subtract instruments on a sound track. Watch the instruments light up as it plays the pre-recorded track.

everyone compete, design, build or just play.

Math Behind the FUN Explore the mathematical relationships found in rhythm and between pitch and frequency in music. See how fractions play a vital role in understanding music.

Just a sample of the 40 interactive and immersive experiences: SNOWBOARD EXPERIENCE Jump onto a pivoting snowboard, angle your board and fly over obstacles while you race against other players. Watch the action on an immersive screen to coordinate your movements with the virtual action.

Math & Machines Field Trip This field trip package integrates math, robotics and programming into a fun 3 fun-filled hours for grades 1-6 and 7-12. Visit slsc.org/field-trips or call 314.289.4400 for information and reservations.

Math Behind the FUN Geometry and the study of lines and angles that will help you get down the mountain without crashing.

Dr. Andrew T. McDonald- Paleontologist

STEM SPOTLIGHT

When not researching duck-billed hadrosaurs, digging for dinosaur fossils in New Mexico, or collaborating with colleagues to name new dinosaur species, Dr. Andrew T. McDonald can be found at the Saint Louis Science Center helping guests learn about the history of life on Earth.

Scientist-In-Residence A newly established initiative at the Science Center that aims to bring scientists and their research to the public. Through lectures and educational programs, guests are able to interact with scientists and learn first-hand about current topics and exciting careers in science. The scientists also advise Science Center staff to identify and develop science content to enrich the guest experience in exhibits and programs. Dr. Andrew T. McDonald- Paleontologist

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Dr. McDonald lends his expertise to the Science Center with Fossil Friday posts on Facebook and corresponding Paleo Chat presentations at CenterStage. “I am very excited to be part of the Scientist-In-Residence program and to share with guests the fascinating animals that lived

millions of years ago,” says McDonald. He has covered many captivating animals that lived on Earth long ago, including unusual dinosaurs, crocodilians, armadillos and giant sloths. A St. Louis native, Dr. McDonald’s passion for natural history was fueled by visits to his favorite exhibit at the Science Center, the Tyrannosaurus rex. His studies led him to a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently part of several projects researching how ecological shifts and fluctuating sea levels affected duck-billed hadrosaurs over time.

FOSSIL FRIDAY & PALEO CHATS WITH DR. ANDREW T. MCDONALD 2nd & 4th Friday & Saturday of Each Month Look for Dr. McDonald’s Fossil Friday posts on the Saint Louis Science Center Facebook page and join us for a corresponding CenterStage presentation on Saturday at 12:15pm.

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The Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming August 21

SciFest: Dream Big February 25-26 See how ENGINEERS invent, design, innovate & change the world for the better! Celebrate National Engineers Week during our two-day event dedicated to the world of engineering!

• Discover cutting-edge projects from career professionals and engineering associations.

Spark your curiosity at our FREE events and weekend expos! Meet scientists, engineers and experts for a look at real science SciFest: Dream Big Speaker Event Dr. Marc Edwards Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm Boeing Hall Flint Water Researcher & Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from a world-famous scientist! Dr. Edwards directed the team that solved the mystery behind the Flint, Michigan, water crisis affecting 12,000 people with lead poisoning. Edwards was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007, recognizing his “vital role in ensuring the safety of drinking water and in exposing deteriorating water-delivery infrastructure in America’s largest cities.” In 2016 he was named amongst the most influential people in the world by Time and Fortune magazines. Dr. Edwards will speak on how science and engineering are used to solve the problems of society. FREE event! First access reservations for Science Center Members thru February 15. Limit 4 tickets per member. Non-member reservations open February 16. Seating is limited-reservations are required. Call 314.289.4424. Event Sponsors

• Be inspired by local DIY maker groups and see how to hone your talent for tinkering into true mastery.

• Learn about the scientific principles behind engineering with hands-on activities using everyday supplies to create bridges and boats.

• Find out how to pave the way to an engineering career with representatives from local colleges and professional organizations.

Event Partners: Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)

Missouri University of Science & Technology

The Boeing Company

University of Missouri Recruitment (Mizzou)

United States Army Corps of Engineers

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Maryville Science and Robotics Program

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Junior Code Academy

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Ranken Technical College

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Geotechnology Environmental Engineering

Engineering Center of St. Louis (Engineers’ Club)

SciFest: I <3 Pi March 11-12, 14 Celebrate the amazing mathematical constant that’s constantly around you – everywhere! Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and its value helps us calculate many valuable things about circles and spheres. Mathematicians have been working across thousands of years to achieve the accuracy of pi we have today of 3.14159… and so on to a total of 2.7 trillion digits! Join us to learn how pi makes its way into our daily lives and how it is used by professionals, scientists and cutting-edge computer scientists to do so many things:

• Safely build gigantic columns and gauge their strength • Estimate orbital paths throughout our Solar System and beyond • Design systems from bicycle gears to huge turbines that generate electricity

Or just figure out if a medium or a large pizza is the better bargain.

Don’t miss Dream Big:Engineering Our World Opening Friday, February 17 at the OMNIMAX® Theater All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. You will go on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way you will see how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Upcoming SciFest Events Brain Matters

Game On!

Mega Machines

April 15 Meet neuroscience professionals and learn about the most complex, unique and curious aspects of the human body: the brain and the nervous system.

May 13 Join us to learn about how coding technology is surging forward and how you can get involved in making your own games and apps.

June 17-18 Visit over Father’s Day Weekend to learn about the equipment that towers above us every day, from cranes to helicopters, and learn how you could be in the drivers’ seat someday.

What is an Eclipse? Total solar eclipses are very rare and are defined by the extraordinary alignment of three astronomical bodies which is called a syzygy. Specifically it is when you see one object move through the shadow of another. On August 21, 2017, the moon will completely obscure the sun as it passes between Earth and the sun casting its umbral shadow across the Earth’s surface. The umbral shadow is a 71-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina. Everyone in its path will get a front row seat to this amazing total solar eclipse phenomena. Those in the penumbral shadow will see a partial eclipse. Locally, the eclipse bisects greater St. Louis with those in the southern area seeing the total eclipse. This path extends as far south as Cape Girardeau and also into portions of Southern Illinois. The last total solar eclipse visible in the St. Louis area would have occurred in 1442.

Learn more at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium: • NEW Live Sky: Eclipse at 2:30pm daily Explore

how the sun, Earth and moon cause night, day and seasons, plus how they align just right to create an eclipse. During this unique premium Planetarium experience, learn where you need to be to see the eclipse, how to safely view this rare celestial event and more. The interactive star show includes hands-on breakout miniworkshops with educators. $1 Members, $7 non-member adults, $6 children/seniors. Group rates available.

• Solar Saturdays held on the third Saturday

of the month (weather permitting). Activities include safe solar observing and total solar eclipse information from 10am–4pm

• Online information at stlouiseclipse2017.org or eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov

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Calling all STEM professionals interested in public outreach-Portal to the Public at the Saint Louis Science Center is for you! Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet) will help connect public audiences with current science through conversations with local STEM professionals. The Saint Louis Science Center will be the local hub for PoPNet workshops designed to promote communication strategies for STEM professionals to engage with the public. Participants will have opportunities for practical experience in science communications at the Science Center’s SciFest expos and educational programs.

The Science Center is proud to be the hub for connecting the St. Louis region to new opportunities for science learning “Our affiliations and related programs have provided excellent resources to bring unique science learning innovations directly to our guests and community partners,” says Christian Greer, chief officer for Science, Education and Experience. “These initiatives give us both a national and international presence in the science museum field.”

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The Science Center is excited to launch the next phase of the Bridge to the Future Campaign to ensure we continue to serve as a world-class institution in the St. Louis Region. Highlights will include a new south entrance and expanded support of STEM education programs.

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A network of 270 science centers and museums from 30 countries—founded and managed by the Saint Louis Science Center. Science Beyond the Boundaries provides valuable resources for science museums of all sizes to share ideas and collaborate on projects around the world. As the founder, the Saint Louis Science Center is at the forefront of new innovations in the science museum field and has benefited from Science Beyond the Boundaries activities. Plus, the Discovery Room has hosted themed activities from Disney Junior’s Miles from Tomorrowland. For more information, contact Manager of Science Beyond the Boundaries Christina Carlson at christina.carlson@slsc.org or 314.289.1477.

For more than 25 years, the Saint Louis Science Center has been committed to igniting and sustaining lifelong science and technology learning for our region in an effort to connect people of all ages with science and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. In 2010, the Science Center embarked on the Bridge to the Future Campaign to support new and renewed facilities, exhibits and expanded education programs supporting STEM.

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For more information, contact STEaM Network Manager Chance Grannan at braton.c.grannan@slsc.org or 314.286.4678.

Association of Science-Technology Centers The ASTC Travel Passport Program provides free admission for Science Center Members to over 300 reciprocal museums across the country. The ASTC organization is a vital global framework for professional support and programming opportunities for science museums around the world. Over 2000 science museum professionals attend the annual ASTC meeting, creating the perfect platform for project and program connections. The Science Center staff also benefits from ASTC professional development throughout the year.

In 2016 the Science Center became the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the St. Louis region, providing unprecedented opportunities to connect with scientists, museum professionals and artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Affiliation has expanded the Science Center’s programs and collections. Space artifacts are now on display thanks to the Smithsonian Affiliation. The Chief of Learning at Air and Space Museum spoke at a Member event. Plus, the Smithsonian Education Outreach program supported educator travel. Science Center Members can receive Smithsonian Affiliate benefits, including Smithsonian or Air & Space magazine, reciprocal benefits, discounts and more with a $20 membership upgrade or by joining at the MAX Level. Visit slsc.org/membership for more information.

A BOLD CAMPAIGN Your Support is Vital

Match Challenge Grant

HOW TO DONATE

You can make the difference as we begin the next phase of the Bridge to the Future Campaign to envision the future, renew the guest experiences, introduce new technologies to exhibits, celebrate the scientific and technological legacy of the St. Louis community, and reach new levels of educational engagement.

Donate now and your gift will have twice the impact! To kick off the next phase of the campaign, a long-time supporter of the Science Center is offering a special challenge for new donors. Every new donation to the Bridge to the Future Campaign will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to one million dollars.

CHECK payable to Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Avenue, St Louis MO 63110 ONLINE donations.slsc.org/bridge-to-the-future For more information, contact Joyelle Gerner at joyelle.gerner@slsc.org or 314.289.1452.

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Summer Science Blast Camp

Perfect for all the gardeners who can’t wait to get started!

June 5-June 30 & July 10-August 4 Member Registration Begins February 6 20% Off for Family & Friends Plus & MAX Level Members The perfect way to keep everyone from preschoolers to teenagers excited about science all summer long! Adventures include flying a real airplane, building a robot, creating a video game, and much more. Offering 8 weeks of programming for Pre-K through grade 10 with half-day, full-day, plus flexible extended care options. Your child will have fun with hands-on activities and projects to share with the family. Each class will take advantage of the Science Center’s exhibits, shows and galleries for an interactive museum experience. Be sure to pack a lunch for full-day camp! Non-member registration begins March 6. Visit slsc.org/summer-camps, call 314.289.4439 or email daycamps@slsc.org for more information.

Spring Break Camp March 13-17 & March 20-24 Discover a world of adventure at Spring Science Blast Camp! Create projects, test experiments and make your own dinosaur fossil cast! Camps are for kids in grades 1-5. Enjoy half day, full days or a week full of science fun. Visit slsc.org/ spring-camps or call 314.289.4439 for more information.

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FIRST FRIDAYS

First Friday

Join us in the GROW Pavilion

The Science Center’s premier adult-centric program invites you to geek out on the first Friday evening of each month. Enjoy local artists and innovators, themed pub-style trivia, hands-on science activities and demos, and FREE screenings in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and OMNIMAX® Theater.

OPEN LATE FROM 6 – 10 PM ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Seed Swap

I Am Sherlocked

Friday, February 3, 6 –10pm The game is on! Follow Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson through a maze of mystery, intrigue and deception. Take up the case with the Sherlock Holmes Clue Quest, discover Sherlock-inspired activities from local fan groups, and join a discussion around the forensics and ethics of Sherlock Holmes. End the evening with a FREE screening of Sherlock episode: The Abominable Bride in the OMNIMAX® Theater at 10pm.

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Mission: Impossible The Truth Is Out There Steampunk Science Keep Calm and Play Games

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Save the Date for First Friday The Martian April 7: Anime Invasion 5: The Hunger Games Bring BackMay Firefly! June 2: The Mummy The MatrixJuly 7: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice August 4: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Sci Fi Filmfest September 1: DC vs. Marvel

Harry Potter

Friday, March 3, 6–10pm Come explore science and the magical world of Harry Potter! Discover your Hogwarts house, take part in Potions Class, see how transfiguration works in the Muggle world and learn how to play Quidditch! Don’t miss a FREE screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in the OMNIMAX® Theater at 10pm.

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October 6: Buffy the Vampire Slayer November 3: Stargate December 1: Doctor Who

Happy 50th Star Trek! Dreams and a Nightmare on Elm St. Zombies! Doctor Who

Saturday, February 11, 7–11pm • 80+ beer tastings • Beer-Inspired Small Plates • Science of Beer Demonstrations and Lectures • Live Music by Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers Join Starlite Events and the Saint Louis Science Center for the third annual beer tasting event for the brain. Learn about the chemistry and science behind the brew. Tickets include tastings, small plates, entertainment and more. $45 for Members. Members can purchase tickets by calling 314.289.4424 or at slsc.org/science-on-tap. Event access will feature a Members-Only entry line. $55 non-members, $60 at the door the day of the event. Visit slsc.org/science-on-tap to purchase tickets. For more information, call 314.289.4424. Co-Presenting Sponsors

Saturday, February 11 from 1-3pm Trade flower and vegetable seeds with other hobby seed savers. Meet seed farmers and learn about the world of seed farming. Plus, learn the basics of seed saving and check out seeds from the GROW Seed Library.

Vegetable Garden Planning & Seed Library Every Sunday in February from 1-3pm Get expert advice on planning and planting your spring vegetable garden. Bring in your garden dimensions for a customized plan. Plus, check out seeds from the GROW Seed Library.

Gateway Greening Perfect Picks Saturday, March 11 from 1-2pm GROW Pavilion Classroom Deciding what to grow this season? Learn about organic vegetable and herb home gardening with Matt Even of Gateway Greening. He will discuss planning your garden for a bountiful spring season while showcasing this year’s Perfect Picks of proven vegetables and herbs for the St. Louis area. Space is limited. Reservations required-contact Matt@gatewaygreening. org. Class is FREE with a $5 suggested donation to Gateway Greening per person.

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COMMUNITY

YES Youth Exploring Science Saint Louis Science Center’s YES Program works with underserved teens throughout their high school years to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEaM). YES Teens also gain professional, academic and real-world skills that assist in building self-confidence and personal success.

Junior Internship & Leadership Summer Program Applications Open February 1-March 15 Do you know a high school student who would like to be a part of the Science Center’s amazing team of educators and explore science this summer? The Junior Internship program is a great opportunity for motivated teens to volunteer and gain valuable pre-employment experience in a fun educational setting. Successfully completing the internship can be a great addition to resumes and college applications.

YES Teens to Exhibit at Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Visit slsc.org/junior-internship-opportunities for more information or to submit your application beginning February 1-March 15. All applicants must have completed one year of high school by summer 2017.

YES Teens: Engineers of the Future The Academy of Science Supports STEM Education Just beyond the Science Center’s Makerspace gallery are the doors to Academy of Science. One of the oldest in the country, the Academy has a long history of advancing science in the public arena. Today the Academy continues its original mission by offering a broad range of free and lowcost public science programming at venues throughout the region. One of the Academy’s programs, Future Trek, enables up to 500 Saint Louis Public Schools middle school students to explore STEM careers. The students attend multiple interactive and hands-on STEM career sessions with professional scientists and engineers at the Science Center’s outreach facility, the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. This program illustrates the Academy’s belief that the most valuable resource for the future of innovation is the next generation of STEM leaders and advocates. Formed in 1865, Academy of Science-St. Louis was founded by a renowned group of science, business and education leaders. Many

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St. Louisans fondly recall the Academy’s Museum of Science and Natural History in Oak Knoll Park in Clayton. The Academy strongly supported the development of the Saint Louis Science Center. Early in the 1980s, the Academy transferred ownership of its vast museum collections to the newly built Science Center and established an outreach office. While the Academy and the Saint Louis Science Center are two distinct institutions, both are dedicated to opening minds to STEM.

Have you ever wondered if you could grow your own sugarcane in St. Louis? YES teens in the advanced engineering component are using the same math and science skills that engineers use to identify what changes they would have to make for the tropical plant to grow in our local climate. The advanced engineering students are also working on designing solutions for educating children on plant and animal cells, simplifying how to compress cans for recycling and hosting a website that helps identify appropriate clothing for different events. YES teens begin the engineering component with an introductory course focused on basic principles, disciplines and the hands-on construction of catapults for a Pumpkin Chunkin competition. They are also developing skills to

teach engineering by incorporating their own talents through a Bill Nye-themed video. The YES teens have also contributed their engineering skills to planning and participating in the SciFest: Dream Big event on February 25-26.

Two YES teens will exhibit at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be held at the Saint Louis Zoo on February 11. The annual Summit will bring teens together from all over the St. Louis area for presentations, exhibits and workshops about water conservation issues. Both teens are eager to share their research topics on water quality at the Conservation Summit. Tylia Selfe (featured right) will exhibit information on the effects of invasive fish, such as Asian carp, on our waterways. Antonia Campbell-Morant (featured left) will share how microplastics, tiny bits of plastic, are affecting aquatic life. The YES teens researched these issues while attending the Missouri River Academy last summer, which is run by Missouri River Relief. The teens attended a four-day camp that included many outdoor experiences including boating and camping. Plus, each teen completed a Missouri River Action Project by researching an issue and creating goals for getting community members involved.

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IN THE NEWS

Member Appreciation Holiday Night Over 1000 Science Center Members enjoyed an evening of holiday fun. “We enjoyed showing appreciation for our Members with a special evening of unique Science Center activities and experiences just for them,” says Membership Director Amy Martin. The annual event included a Members-only screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Winter Solstice planetarium shows, tree-cut and reindeer genetic ornament making, a robot dance presentation at Center Stage, and s’mores at the Fermentation Station fire pit.

Saint Louis Science Center Goes to Washington The Science Center’s Chief Institutional Advancement Officer G. Patrick Williams and Corporate/Foundations Relations Director Patti LaBrott traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional legislators and the U.S. Department of Agriculture last November.

Saint Louis Science Center Attends Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Saint Louis Science Center representatives attended the 102nd annual meeting in Chicago this December. The Science Center team was on hand to thank the many Illinois Farm Bureau supporters of the GROW agriculture exhibit. More than 1,800 Illinois Farm Bureau members, corporate partners and elected officials attended the meeting. “The annual meeting is a great opportunity for our members and staff to catch up with legislative leaders, affiliate companies and partners,” said Richard Guebert, Jr., president, Illinois Farm Bureau. “It also provides a chance for our partners to interact with our members. We were happy to

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(Clockwise from left) Science Center’s Chief Institutional Advancement Officer G. Patrick Williams and President of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Board Paul Beisiegel. President of the Illinois Farm Bureau Richard Guebert, Jr. The Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation annual auction. The Illinois Farm Bureau’s social media booth.

have many partner exhibits this year, including the Saint Louis Science Center.” Fundraising activities at the annual meeting raised more than $58,000 to support the Ag literacy efforts of the Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation. The Foundation has provided support for GROW along with Illinois county farm bureaus. Ag in the Classroom staff is providing ongoing training for the Science Center’s GROW staff. The Science Center was also presented an expanded gift for the GROW exhibit by Paul Beisiegel, President of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Board.

The Science Center team shared progress on the Science Center’s GROW agricultural exhibit in a meeting hosted by Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) that included Reps. Mike Bost (IL-12), Vickie Hartzler (MO-4), John Shimkus (IL-15). Rep. Davis has been an enthusiastic advocate of the GROW exhibit since its inception. The team also reviewed the many highlights and successes of GROW at a meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

NASA Professional Development Workshop NASA educators led a professional development STEM workshop at the Science Center in December. The NASA team trained educators on methods to increase student engagement and interest in STEM throughout the school day. The participating educators put what they learned into action as they planned, designed, built and tested their own mini-Mars rover. The Science Center’s education team was thrilled to be chosen by NASA to host the workshop and looks forward to future programming partnerships.

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OMNIMAX® Theater Now Showing Extreme Weather Hear the rumble of ice blocks shearing off the edge of a glacier. See the destructive power of a tornado’s swirling winds. Watch flames devour a forest as if it were matchsticks. These dramatic scenes show the dynamic forces of weather shaping our planet, now more extreme and complex than ever. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone. More than two years in the making, the National Geographic film takes viewers from Alaska to California to witness the awesome power of the Earth. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

Mysteries of China Through the lens of one of the great archaeological events of the modern age—the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the First Emperor’s Tomb—Mysteries of China reveals the underlying story of ancient China, the First Emperor and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Narrated by Avery Brooks of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame, Mysteries of China is a visual adventure, revealing many things about the founding of China and the larger story of the growth of China into a superpower, beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal the great majesty, history and splendor of China.

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Dream Big: Engineering Our World Opens Friday, February 17 All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. From the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar-powered car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring human stories and powerful visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

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Every Month Science Storytime Every Wednesday & Thursday 10:15 am – Center Stage Presented by Ready Readers. Enjoy a FREE interactive reading of a science-themed story, followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week.

Fossil Friday & Paleo Chats 2nd & 4th Friday & Saturday of Each Month Look for Dr. McDonald’s Fossil Friday posts on the Saint Louis Science Center Facebook page and join us for a corresponding CenterStage presentation on Saturday at 12:15pm.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Every Friday, 10am-3pm Life Science Lab Enjoy “Pharmacy Phun” activities and making slime-like “mucus” with students from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Preschool Science Series Perfect for your young scientist! Mondays OR Tuesdays, 10-10:45am $8 Members-per child (ages 3+). $10 non-members. Space is limited. Reservations required by the Friday prior to class date. Call 314.289.4424. One adult per four children required. All Classes in GROW Meeting Room-First Floor Weather Wonderland February 13 or 14 Explore the wonders of weather and its many forms through hands-on exploration and play. Ice, Ice, Baby February 20 or 21 Test the scientific properties of ice through a series of experiments and create ice art to take home! Winter Animals February 27 or 28 Learn how animals use cool adaptations to survive frigid temperatures. Math-tastic Measuring March 13 or 14 More than just a ruler! Learn a variety of measuring methods through a series of handson experiments. Number Fun March 20 or 21 Discover the many ways we use numbers in our daily lives. The Art of Math March 27 or 28 Share your artistic side as we explore patterns, symmetry and more through art.

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October • November

FEBRUARY Garden Planning & Seed Library Every Sunday in February from 1-3pm GROW Pavilion Get expert advice on planning and planting your spring vegetable garden. Plus, check out seeds from the GROW Seed Library. See page 11 for more details.

Makerspace Class Illuminated Cards Monday-Sunday, 1:30pm Have you ever wonder how cards light up? Make a simple or complex electrical circuit on a piece of paper! Create a fully functional circuit for a light-up greeting card, origami animals or three-dimensional pop-up paper sculptures that have working lights. $8 Members (ages 4-14). $10 non-members.

First Friday I Am Sherlocked Friday, February 3, 6-10pm Main Building and Planetarium The game is on! Take up the case with the Sherlock Holmes Clue Quest, discover Sherlockinspired activities and join a discussion around the forensics and ethics of Sherlock Holmes. FREE screening of Sherlock episode: The Abominable Bride in the OMNIMAX Theater at 10pm. See page 10 for more details.

Dino Mysteries Saturday, February 4, 1-2pm Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab – Lower Level Explore the mysterious lives of dinosaurs. Discover how dinosaurs ate, learn about dinosaur anatomy and examine real fossils. Plus, make your own cast of a real dinosaur tooth! One adult per four children (ages 5+) required. $5 Members-per person. $7 non-members. Call 314.289.4424 for reservations.

Summer Science Blast Camp Member Registration Begins Monday, February 6 See page 10 for details.

Science on Tap Saturday, February 11, 7-11pm The third annual beer tasting event for the brain. Featuring over 80 beer tastings, beer-inspired small plates, science demonstrations and more. $45 for Members. $55 non-members. $60 at the door. Members call 314.289.4424 for reservations. Non-members visit slsc.org/ science-on-tap to purchase tickets. See page 11 for more details.

Dream Big: Engineering our World

SciFest: Dream Big

Spring Break Science Blast Camp

Opens in the OMNIMAX® Theater Friday, February 17 See page 17 for details.

Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26 Celebrate National Engineers Week during our two-day event dedicated to the world of engineering! Hands-on activities and presentations. See page 7 for more details.

March 13-17 & March 20-24 See page 10 for more details.

Girl Scout Day Saturday, February 18, 10am-5pm A fun day of badge workshop just for Girl Scouts. View workshop schedule at slsc.org/scouting-programs#. $9 Member-per badge workshop/per scout. $10 non-member. Call 314.289.4400 or 1.800.456.SLSC x4400 to register. .

Solar Saturday Saturday, February 18, 10am-4pm James S. McDonnell Planetarium Take a look, safely, at the sun (weather permitting) with the St. Louis Astronomical Society. Plus, learn about the August 2017 total solar eclipse visible in parts of the St. Louis and Missouri along with how to safely observe this special event!

Boy Scout Day Sunday, February 19, 11am-5pm Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ranks are welcome to join us for numerous badge workshops held throughout the day. View workshop schedule at slsc.org/scouting-programs#. $9 Member-per badge workshop/per scout. $10 non-member. $11 Member-Boy Scout rank workshop/ per scout. $12 non-members. Call 314.289.4400 or 1.800.456.SLSC x4400 to register.

Solar Eclipse Countdown Tuesday, February 21, 10am-4pm James S. McDonnell Planetarium Only 6 months until the Great American Total Solar Eclipse! Join us for our new show, Live Sky: Eclipse to learn about how you can experience this amazing event coming to the St. Louis region. See page 7 for more details.

SciFest: Dream Big Speaker Event Dr. Marc Edwards Wednesday, February 22, 7pm Boeing Hall FREE event! Join us to hear Flint Water Researcher and Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, Dr. Marc Edwards. He will discuss how science and engineering are used to solve the problems of society. First access reservations for Science Center Members thru February 15. Non-member reservations open February 16. Seating is limited-reservations are required. Call 314.289.4424. See page 6 for more details.

MARCH Makerspace Class Dino Racers Monday-Sunday, 1:30 pm* Create a self-propelled Dino Racer! Using a few simple household items, your imagination, and your favorite dinosaur as inspiration, create a cool vehicle and test it against our prehistoric jump ramp! $8 Members (ages 4-14). $10 non-members. * March 13 - March 24, 10:30am & 1:30pm classes. Sunday, March 19 at 1:30pm.

Life Science Lab Daily Dissection Classes Thursday & Saturday, 1pm Friday & Sunday, 3:30pm Life Science Lab Dissect your own specimen with Life Science educators and learn about living organisms. $8 Members. $10 for non-members Call 314.289.4424 for reservations. March 2-5: Earthworm March 9-12: Grasshopper March 16-19: Starfish March 23-26: Crayfish March 30-April 2: Squid

First Friday Harry Potter Friday, March 3, 6-10pm Main Building and Planetarium Discover your Hogwarts house, take part in Potions Class, see how transfiguration works in the Muggle world and learn how to play Quidditch! FREE screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in the OMNIMAX Theater at 10pm! See page 10 for more details.

Dino Mysteries Saturday, March 4, 1-2pm Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab – Lower Level Explore the mysterious lives of dinosaurs. Discover how dinosaurs ate, learn about dinosaur anatomy and examine real fossils. Plus, make your own cast of a real dinosaur tooth! One adult per four children (ages 5+) required. $5 Members-per person. $7 non-members. Call 314.289.4424 for reservations.

Members Only

Gateway Greening Perfect Picks Saturday, March 11, 1-2pm GROW Pavilion Classroom Learn about organic vegetable and herb home gardening with Matt Even of Gateway Greening. He will showcase this year’s Perfect Picks of proven vegetables and herbs for the St. Louis area. Space is limited. Reservations required-contact Matt@gatewaygreening.org. Class is FREE with a $5 suggested donation to Gateway Greening per person. See page 11 for more details.

SciFest: I <3 Pi Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12 Tuesday, March 14 Celebrate the amazing mathematical constant that’s constantly around you… everywhere! Hands-on activities and presentations. See page 7 for more details.

Solar Saturday Saturday, March 18, 10am-4pm James S. McDonnell Planetarium Take a look, safely, at the sun (weather permitting) with the St. Louis Astronomical Society. Plus, learn about the August 2017 total solar eclipse visible in parts of the St. Louis and Missouri plus how to safely observe this event!

Vernal Equinox Monday, March 20, 10am-4pm James S. McDonnell Planetarium Celebrate the official start of spring! Learn about the astronomical event and why our seasons change.

EXTENDED HOURS Presidents Day Weekend Hours Saturday, February 18– Monday, February 20 Open late until 5:30pm Spring Break Hours Monday, March 13– Sunday, March 26 Open late until 5:30pm

Calendar events subject to change. Please confirm all dates and times: slsc.org or 314.289.4424.

Members-Only Discount Tickets Science on Tap Saturday, February 11, 7-11pm Just for Members event benefits: •Discount tickets -$45 per Member •Easy event access with Members-Only entry line •Members can purchase tickets by phone. Call 314.289.4424 for reservations.

Member Preview Night Dream Big: Engineering our World Thursday, February 16 6pm & 7:30pm OMNIMAX Theater Just for Members! Join us for a FREE preview showing and see how all around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Seating is limited. Call 314.289.4424 for ticket reservations.

Members-Only Artifact Collections Tour Thursday, March 30 2pm & 3:30pm A unique behind-the-scenes tour just for Members! Learn why the Science Center has over 100,000 artifacts, how they are used in collections and how they are cared for and preserved. $10 per member. Must be at least 14 years of age. Call 314.289.4424 for reservations. Space is limited. Tours held at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center, 4900 Manchester Road, St. Louis 63110 SEE MORE Collections on the Science Center’s Facebook page and Instagram for “What am I? Wednesday” featuring a somewhat mysterious picture of a Science Center artifact and invitation to guess what it is. Check back later that day for the answer and a full picture of the artifact!

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Opens Saturday, May 27

THE BREATHTAKING RECREATION OF THE PHARAOH’S TOMB AND TREASURES This remarkable exhibition offers an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the legendary treasures of King Tutankhamun and explore his famous tomb chambers exactly as they were discovered in 1922. Science Center Members Reserve Your Tickets Early! Members Only - Ticket Reservations March 1-12. Science Center Members Get 50% OFF Exhibition Tickets! $8 Member adults. $7 child/senior. Call 314.289.4424 for Member ticket reservations. Non-member tickets on sale March 13. $16 non-member adults. $14 child/senior.

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