Mar 27, 2014

Spring Break with the Michigan Science Center

MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER CELEBRATES SPRING BREAK WITH
INTERACTIVE CAMPS & SPACE WEEK ACTIVITIES

 In spite of the cold weather making the thought of south-bound trips enticing, sometimes the best place to spend spring break is close to home. The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is helping parents make spring break a success for their kids by providing extended hours and a variety of hands-on camps and happenings for young science enthusiasts to enjoy. In fact, throughout April, MiSci will be capturing visitors’ attention with Eco-cool Spring Break Camps, Space Week programs, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Week activities.

“While we believe giving kids a break from their rigorous school schedules is important, we also believe engaging students outside the classroom in a fun and dynamic environment, such as the Michigan Science Center, gives them an opportunity to learn and be inspired on their own,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, Michigan Science Center President and CEO. “Our Spring Break Camps are designed to pique the interests of both kids who have already shown an interest in science and those that are just starting to navigate the exciting world of STEM.”

Spring Break Camps
With an emphasis on ecology and the environment, kids will become “Eco-cool Detectives” at this year’s MiSci spring break camps, running 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 7-11 and April 21-25. First- through third-graders can participate in programs focused on natural selection, the importance of variety in animal and plant life, how oceans and clouds function, the ecological system and bioengineering. Fourth- through sixth-graders will explore predator and prey, diversity, recycled water, bioengineering and energy. Camps can be purchased by the week - $180 for members, $10 extra for non-members; or by day - $40 for members, $5 extra for non-members. Before and after care is available at an additional charge, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. To register for camps, call (313) 577.8400, Option 5, or email reservations@Mi-Sci.org.

Space Week (April 6-12)
In addition to spring break camps, MiSci will celebrate Space Week (April 6-12) with special guest, Astronaut Chris Cassidy. Cassidy will present “The Life of an Astronaut” on the Chrysler Science Stage from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Tuesday, April 8. Attendees will hear about Cassidy’s life on the International Space Station and will learn fun facts like how astronauts eat in space. Other space activities throughout the week include making straw rockets, the debut of the museum’s new planetarium show Adventures of Professor Photon, exploring comets and asteroids, examining telescopes and more.

STEM Week (April 13-19)
During the week between MiSci’s spring break camps, April 13-19, guests can join in on a variety of insightful STEM activities. Programs will cover magnetism, simple machines, chemistry, plants and more. On Thursday, April 17 families in attendance will even get a unique, first-hand look at what the anatomy of a cow’s eye and sheep’s brain looks like during a dissection demonstration.

MiSci Extended Spring Break Hours
MiSci will be open with extended hours during April for spring break camps and STEM Week. Hours include 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 7-11, April 14-18 and April 21-25.

About The Michigan Science Center
The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; and education and outreach programs.


For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, http://www.michigansciencecenter.org.

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