Public Programs at Science Central

At various times throughout the year, Science Central hosts different types of events such as presentations, screenings and festivals which are free with paid admission. Below are just a few of the many Public Programs that we offer.


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The Science of Honey Bees

Saturday, May 30, 2015
 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Maraiah Russell from the Northeast Indiana Beekeepers Association will give a presentation on the science of honey bees. Learn the process through which bees collect pollen and nectar to produce honey.


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World Science Festival: Cool Jobs

Saturday, May 30, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Science surrounds us, from land to sea to the skies. And the coolest jobs on-and off-the planet are held by scientists. Meet a marine scientist whose childhood love of the water led her into a career to save our oceans ... and a stuntman whose fascination with explosions led him to study science so he could create safe and amazing special effects for film. We will travel to the cosmos with a NASA astrophysicist who studies black holes and distant galaxies, and we'll come back to Earth to meet a wildlife conservationist who will bring along her turkey: vulture, Barf. Join us to launch your own quest for a cool job in science.


What is Sleep - Promo IconWorld Science Festival: What Is Sleep?

Saturday, May 31, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Birds do it, bees do it, rats and fruit flies and we do it-sleep, that is. But what is sleep? Why do we dream? And what goes on in sleeping brains--from the tiny fruit fly's to ours? Find out as we watch the brain activity of a wired-up person sleeping offstage, learn about sleep's many phases and discover the stunning result of not sleeping for days on end. Capping the program, Alan Alda will announce this year's Flame Challenge winners, those scientists whose explanations of sleep were voted best by our 20,000 eleven year-old judges.



National Math Festival Cube and bubbles

Saturday, April 18, 2015

We are bubbling over with excitement to join the Nation in dispelling the myth that math is dry and boring. Free with admission today, visitors experience the beauty and joy of mathematics without the hurdle of high-level abstraction, creating an eye-opening moment for all, but especially children who have not yet been "programmed" to dislike or fear math with geometric bubbles.



Minutes with a Meteorologist:


Accurately Measuring Rain and Snow
January 25, 2014 (1:00pm)

Weather observers are an important group of people who provide meteorologists and climatologists with valuable data on precipitation amounts. Meteorologists use this information to make better weather forecasts and issue important warnings to the public. Climatologists study historical observations to make important conclusions about past weather patterns and to help forecast future patterns. National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Sam Lashley will demonstrate how to accurately measure rain and snow in your backyard. You will learn how to use an official rain gauge, snow board and measuring stick to take your own observations and record them on a web based network called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).

Cooking Up Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
January 25, 2014 (1:00pm)

If you have ever made cookies, cakes or pies, you know it takes just the right amount of ingredients mixed together to make each delicious dessert. The Earth is similar in that it uses certain atmospheric ingredients in just the right amounts to make different types of weather. In order to make severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, ingredients such as moisture, instability, and wind shear must be mixed together precisely. National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Sam Lashley will visually demonstrate how these ingredients must be mixed together to form thunderstorms and tornadoes using a homemade tornado chamber and other household items. 


Doctor's Day - 20th Annual!

"The Doctor will be In."   Meeting health professionals and learning about medical and health issues in a fun and friendly environment will be the focus of the event.  Activities will include the landing and display of the Lutheran Air and Parkview Samaritan helicopters (weather permitting); the chance to explore emergency medical vehicles; presentations by health care professionals on career options and training; and hands-on activities including a teddy bear first aid stations, and making a removable cast.

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