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Festive Fun at SciWorks This December

‘Tis the season to mix SciWorks and Santa … it’s time for Festive Family Friday and one-day Winter Camps for the school break! Spangler Rohlfing Pediatric Dentistry Presents Festive Family Friday Spangler Rohlfing Pediatric Dentistry is the sponsor of this year’s Festive Family Friday on December 11, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to Festive Family Friday is just $1, and SciWorks Members are free! “Festive Family Friday is one of the ways SciWorks gives back to the community,” says Paul Kortenaar, SciWorks’ Executive Director. “We hope everyone will come out this year and engage with all of our interactive exhibits, holiday-themed science demonstrations and other special surprises we have in store.” Festive Family Friday 2015 Schedule of Events Entertainment in the Great Hall 4:30 – 5:30   UNCSA Community Music School Student and Faculty Ensembles  5:30 – 6:30   Suzuki Guitar Ensemble  6:30 – 7:30   North Forsyth High School Jazz Combo 7:30 – 8:30   Twin City Tuba Ensemble Santa in the Auditorium (Optional Photos available with Lloyd Aaron Photography)    4:30 – 6:30  NOTE: Doors will be closed and line cut off at 6:15 so Santa can feed his reindeer from 6:30-7:00! 7:00 – 8:30    Santa’s back! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Laser Shows in the Planetarium   5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 8:00  UNCSA Community Music School’s Instrument Petting Zoo and Musikgarten in Learning Lab 2 4:45 – 8:15 pm Animal Zone in the Lecture Hall 4:45 – 8:15 pm Meet live animals, create an animal ornament, and make reindeer food for Rudolph and his pals! Holiday Crafts in Learning Lab I 4:45 – 8:15 pm Food & Handmade Items for Sale in FoodWorks 4:30 – 8 pm CiCi’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A Sandwiches, and Baked Goods Handmade Crafts [...]

SciWorks Honors Three WS/FCS Science Teachers

SciWorks, in partnership with the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine, recently honored three Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools science teachers with the museum’s “Innovation in Science Education” award. “As we look toward the future, it becomes even more important for SciWorks to work hand-in-hand with teachers to help ALL students — particularly those who are facing economic challenges —imagine a future in which they are able to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and become engaged, scientifically literate citizens,” says Paul Kortenaar, Ph.D., SciWorks Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be able to honor three teachers who bring innovative technique and experience to the classroom and help students envision a brighter future for themselves and their community.” Dr. Kortenaar handed out the awards at the museum’s annual Partners in Science dinner on Thursday, November 5. The three teachers honored were: Elisabeth A. Moore (Betty Jo), Sixth Grade Science Teacher at Wiley Magnet Middle School Bradley T. Rhew (Brad), Eighth Grade Science Teacher at Walkertown Middle School Latoya C. Scott, Science Department Chair at Atkins Academic and Technology High School “Northwest AHEC is a long time proud partner of SciWorks,” says Michael Lischke, Ed.D., Director of Northwest AHEC “We are delighted to be able to enhance the recognition of those true educational heroes who on a daily basis inspire, develop and nurture the next generation of health care professionals, as well as those who work tirelessly at SciWorks for the valuable informal science education of our region.”

Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem Donates to SciWorks’ Traveling Exhibition Program

SciWorks has received a generous gift from Mercedes- Benz of Winston-Salem to support the museum’s Traveling Exhibition program. “The generosity of Mercedes-Benz and other organizations in our community allows us to bring a variety of interactive science exhibitions to SciWorks each year and offer our members and visitors new and interesting exhibits that align with the school curriculum and spark inquiry learning,” says Paul Kortenaar, Ph.D., SciWorks Executive Director. “In addition to future traveling exhibitions, the gift from Mercedes Benz will support Motion Mania, which opens in January 2016. Through exploration of this exhibition, children can discover more about force, energy, friction and stability while designing amusement park rides, race tracks and superhighways.” As a third generation family-owned dealership, Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem has served the community for more than 40 years. Owner David Neill says the company supports the Traveling Exhibition program because of the impact it can have in reaching children throughout the community to spark an interest in learning, while encouraging the development of skills needed for success in the future. “Experiencing an abstract concept with a hands-on application is a key to helping students investigate and problem-solve,” he says. “There is great work going on here at SciWorks, and Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem is proud to support it.”

North Carolina Clean Transportation Tour

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center is hosting a Clean Transportation Tour that will take place in Concord, Winston-Salem and Raleigh on October 20-22. The second stop, on October 21, is in Winston-Salem at SciWorks. The tour is an opportunity for invited guests (including corporate executives, fleet managers, elected officials and other decision makers) to: Drive the latest alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Gain information to help their organizations make informed decisions about fleet deployment and purchasing in order to increase efficiency and total return on investments. Celebrate emission reduction accomplishments at the 9th annual Mobile CARE & NC Smart Fleet Awards. Position their organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape.   The event at SciWorks takes place October 21 from 8:45 am to 1 pm. 8:45 am – 10:45 am: Savings and Financing for Clean Transportation Workshop 10:45 am – Noon: Ride & Drive and Displays Noon – 1 pm: 9th Annual Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) & NC Smart Fleet Awards Luncheon (Awards presented by NC Department of Transportation Secretary, Nick Tennyson) The NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University, with support from the NC Department of Transportation and partners, is organizing this educational workshop tour as part of the $6.2M three-year Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. More than 2.9 million North Carolinians with respiratory and heart-related diseases are at direct risk due to the health effects of poor air quality. Lower carbon fuels, transportation efficiency, and tools to promote changes in driver behavior help reduce emissions and support fuel conservation and diversity. They can also help business and government save money and meet sustainability goals. About the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center The North Carolina [...]

Parents Night Out & Trick-or-Treat

The weekend before Halloween, there is a lot going on at SciWorks. Parents' Night Out — October 23, 5:30-11:30 pm Is it time for a Date Night? Of course it is! Whether you are going to an adult Halloween party, dinner and a movie, or the opera, you can drop the kids (ages 4- 11) off at SciWorks. SciWorks has partnered with Piedmont Opera so that you can enjoy an evening at the opening night performance of Rigoletto. This is your opportunity to witness world class opera without having to leave the Triad! While you enjoy the voice of international opera star and UNCSA graduate René Barbera, your children will receive pizza dinner, museum time, planetarium show and a late night snack. Parents' Night Out is not exclusive to opera-goers. The point is ... have a date night, don't bother calling a sitter and just drop your kids off where they will have tons of fun! The cost is $25 per child for SciWorks Members and Opera patrons; $30 for all others. Reserve your space now!  Contact Christy Ferguson by email or call her at (336) 714-7105.  What: Parents' Night Out When: Friday, October 23 Where: SciWorks Cost: $25/child for SciWorks Members and Opera patrons; $30 for all others. Trick-or-Treat at SciWorks — October 24, 2-4 pm Bring the kids to collect goodies from costumed friends throughout SciWorks.  Costumes are encouraged, and don't forget to bring a bag. Trick-or-treating is included with museum admission. What: Trick or Treat in the Museum When: Saturday, October 24, 2-4 pm Where: SciWorks Cost: Included with Museum Admission Halloween Laser Shows — October 24, 5 pm and 6 pm After trick-or-treating, enjoy the family-friendly "Halloween Rock" laser show in [...]

SciWorks After Dark: Brewing & Distilling

Learn about the science behind spirits at SciWorks After Dark's 'Brewing & Distilling' event on Thursday, October 8.  This adults-only event takes place at SciWorks from 6 to 9 pm. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from six North Carolina breweries, including Carolina Brewery, Four Saints Brewing Company, Hoots Roller Bar, Liberty Brewery & Grill, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Preyer Brewing Company. Mayberry Spirits Distillery will provide samples of their spiced brandied fruit, and the Winston-Salem Worthawgs Homebrewer's Club will present brewing demonstrations. Copper Barrel Distillery will have displays and merchandise for viewing. Dinner may also be purchased on-site at one of the food trucks participating in the event: Flite Time Wings and Screaming Radish. IDs will be checked at the door. Tickets: $8 in advance (through Oct 6); $12 at the door. Advance tickets available at the SciWorks Admissions Desk or by calling (336) 767-6730 (ext. 1000) by 4 pm October 6.

Get ‘Spacey’ at Plutopalooza July 14-15

Get a club, church group, team, group of friends, your family or anyone interested in space travel and come to SciWorks for Plutopalooza! SciWorks is hosting a special overnight Plutopalooza Camp-in from 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 14 through 9 am, Wednesday, July 15. The event coincides with the New Horizons spacecraft's historic rendezvous with Pluto. As the fastest spacecraft ever launched, New Horizons has traveled a longer time and farther away — more than nine years and three billion miles — than any space mission in history to reach its primary target. Its flyby of Pluto and its system of at least five moons on July 14 will complete the initial reconnaissance of the classical solar system. The SciWorks camp-in, designed for adults and students ages 8 and above, offers participants the opportunity to be among the first to see images from the close encounter as they're beamed back to earth. Guests will also learn more about Pluto and other dwarf planets as they watch a multimedia presentation, take a scaled "solar system walk,"  and create a "pocket solar system." Students under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult. <<Download instructions to make your own "Solar System Walk" here!>> Date and Time: The fun starts at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 14, through 9 am on Wednesday, July 15. Fee: Members $20/person; Non-members $25/person. Includes evening snack, breakfast, and all activities. Does My Group Have to Spend the Night? The answer is "no." You may come for the evening event from 5:30 to 10 pm and return at 7 am Wednesday morning for breakfast and images of New Horizons in the planetarium. The price is the same as above. Register online by July 13 at [...]

When School Is Out, Science Is in!

GSK Science in the Summer™ Partners with SciWorks GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK], one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is bringing summer science fun to elementary students across the United States! The GSK Science in the Summer™ free educational program — launched in Philadelphia 30 years ago and successfully operating in a handful of East Coast locations — is going national by expanding to 12 additional locations this summer, reaching 3,000 kids. Globally, GSK is working to engage more than 2.5 million young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by 2020 through programs like GSK Science in the Summer. “We are delighted at the success of the GSK Science in the Summer program, and are pleased to be taking it to a national level,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GSK Director of Community Partnerships. “Every child deserves a high-quality, engaging opportunity to experience science, and we hope that by expanding our program, we are planting the seed for a lifelong interest in and appreciation of science in the hearts and minds of the participants.” The national program, which is sponsored by GSK, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and hosted by leading museums/science centers across the country, will teach elementary students the wonders of chemistry through fun, free, hands-on classes. The classes are open to students entering second through sixth grade, separated into two levels based on age group. GSK Science in the Summer encourages elementary students to get involved in STEM learning, while mitigating the effects of summer learning loss. In summer 2015, the program will be offered in the following new locations with registration beginning in May: ALABAMA: Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center in Huntsville FLORIDA: [...]

SciCamp Starts June 22

Summer is full of surprises at SciWorks SciCamp! This year, SciCamps start June 22, and SciWorks has expanded the day camps by offering two weeks of One-Day SciCamps and four weeks of Week-Long SciCamps. One-Day SciCamps are offered the weeks of: June 22-26 August 3-7 The great thing about the One-Day SciCamps is that you can sign up for one day that week, two days, etc. So if you're going away for a long weekend, there's not need to worry about missing a camp day! Week-Long SciCamps are offered the weeks of: July 6-10 July 13-17 July 20-24 July 27-31 Week=Long Camps offer many exciting themes ranging from "Doodle Bugs" for the smallest scientists to "Clueless" for Rising 2nd and 3rd graders to "Lab Rats" for the oldest elementary school kids. One-Day and Week-Long Camps for Rising K-1st grade are from 9 am to Noon, and this age group can take advantage of "Lunch Bunch" until 12:45 at no additional charge.Before-care is also available at an additional charge. All camps for Rising 2nd-6th graders are from 9 am to 4 pm. Before-care and after-care is available for an additional charge. Camp themes and costs vary among ages and camps.  For more information, click here to download the SciCamp brochure and the SciCamp registration form. If you have any questions about SciCamps, please contact Christy Ferguson at [email protected] or (336) 714-7105.

Two Great Events at SciWorks!

There are two great events at SciWorks on May 2 and 3. The UNC-TV Kids Club Day is this Saturday, May 2, all day at SciWorks - from 10 am-5 pm! Stop by the Kids Club table throughout the day for PBS Kids-themed goodies and enjoy a hug from Read-a-roo at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm or 3 pm! This event is free for Kids Club Members and SciWorks members. For more info about Kids Club, CLICK HERE. Watch the Kids Club video HERE.  AccessABILITY Day is this Sunday, May 3, from 1 to 4 pm. This special event is designed to introduce both the general public and family members of individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges to resources and services available for them. Throughout the afternoon, exhibitors from a variety of organizations will be on hand to provide information about the services they offer, including: ABC of NC Child Development Center Adaptables Center for Independent Living Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics Carolina Flyers Dogs for the Deaf Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth Miracle League of High Point Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network Piedmont Parent: Exceptional Child Magazine Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center Triad First in Families Visitors will have to opportunity to meet horses from Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides professional equine-assisted activities for both children and adults with special needs.  According to a Riverwood representative, these activities "help to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development as well as emotional well-being" for their clients. Triad First in Families and Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network will give short presentations about their organizations at 1:45 pm and 3:15 pm, respectively. At 2:30 pm, the work of Dogs for the Deaf will be highlighted [...]