November 2016 Maine Science Festival partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine. Our partners have a number of public science events coming up in November.  See what’s happening near you and remember that #scienceiseverywhere.

 




Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00pm: the MSF and Emera Astronomy Center are teaming up for an MSF Pop-Up event. The Emera Astronomy Center’s Science Lecture Series will feature MSF presenter Chuck Carter from Eagre Games who will discuss Art and Science: Visualizing Complex Ideas for Everyone. During this presentation he will share the process of taking a complex idea and making images from them and how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will play an important role in our future in numerous ways. Tickets are available at https://goo.gl/AQ06Bb.

November 15th to 20th: the University of Maine’s School of Perfoming Arts is presenting the play Constellations in the planetarium. Full schedule can be found at https://astro.umaine.edu/events-calendar/2016-11/

Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Dynamic Earth) Sunday afternoons at 2pm (One World, One Sky: Big Birds Adventure). More information https://astro.umaine.edu/events/

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12.

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, Orono



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November 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm: Aquaponics Family Science Night. Learn about aquaculture and aquaponics with hands-on STEM activities. Activities geared towards grades K-5.

$4.00/person advance admission. $12 / family maximum ($5.00/person – $15 / family maximum at the door. Register at https://goo.gl/3V8STC.

November 4th, 10:00am-11:30am: Aquaponics Homeschool Program. Learn about aquaculture and aquaponics with hands-on STEM activities. Activities geared towards grades 1-8.

$15/student. Register at https://goo.gl/MQPiDM

November 5th: Aquaponics Scout Program. Learn about aquaculture and aquaponics with hands-on STEM activities.

Cub Scouts, 10:00am-11:30am; activities geared towards grades 1-5; $15/scout. Register at https://goo.gl/CL03qe.

Girl Scouts, 12:30pm-2:00pm; activities geared towards grades 1-5; $16/scout. Registration for Challenger’s Aquaponics event will be through the Girl Scouts of Maine website: click here. (Login to GSME ebiz to find event, register and pay)

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor



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November 16, 6:00 pm: The Behavior and Biology of Addiction: Community Event and Panel Discussion. Heroin and other opiate addiction is a serious problem in our state and our nation -impacting our families and friends and leading to incarceration and overdose as well as community and family issues.

This important Hancock County, Maine community event will feature a panel discussion of addiction as a chronic illness with genetic, environmental and social aspects. Panelists will address how a more widespread understanding of both the behavior and biology of addiction can help to guide efforts toward prevention and treatment.

Feature panelists from across Hancock County, Maine will include:
– Daniel Johnson, Ph.D., LCPC, CCS, Executive Director, Acadia Family Center
– Barbara Royal, Executive Director, Open Door Recovery Center
– Scott Kane, Sheriff, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office
– Elissa Chesler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
– Moderated by Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., executive vice president & chief operating officer, The Jackson Laboratory

Refreshments will be served after the panel discussion.

LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor
Free, advance registration requested: https://www.jax.org/education-and-learning/education-calendar/2016/november/the-behavior-and-biology-of-addiction



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November 18th (Runs until April 2017): GRAND OPENING: Dinosaurs Unearthed. Immerse yourself in an interactive exhibition that goes far beyond the fossils to show how dinosaurs looked, moved and sounded when they roamed the earth. With more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and snap, there is plenty of action at every turn. Dinosaurs Unearthed features: 13 full sized animatronic dinosaurs, including 5 feathered dinosaurs, 2 fully articulated skeletons, Over 20 fossils, including a genuine fossilized dinosaur egg, Kids Dino Dig where kids can discover fossils, Dinosaur Touch Tables and lots more

Prices: Adults ($19.50), 65+/College/Military ($17.50), Child 3-12 ($14.50), Children under 3 (Free)

Ages: Great for all ages, but focused on K-8 students

Times: 7 days per week, but times may change in January. See PortlandScienceCenter.com for updated info.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Portland. 1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines.



Maine Robotics

November 5th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Gardiner FIRST LEGO League Practice. This practice event is open to any FIRST LEGO League teams that are looking to practice what they’ve done so far this season. There is no cost to attend or register, but registration is required ahead of time. Contact: aaron.basford@gmail.com for more information. Location: Gardiner High School

November 19th, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm: Southern Maine FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. 30+ teams will be coming together to compete in this qualifier to see whose research and LEGO robot are good enough to go on to the Championship. The event is free and open to the public to come and watch. Teams are already registered (sorry no walk in competitors). The competitors are ages 9 to 14, but there is something for younger and older folks to watch and enjoy. Location: South Portland High School Gym, South Portland

November 19th, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm: Western Maine FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. 30+ teams will be coming together to compete in this qualifier to see whose research and LEGO robot are good enough to go on to the Championship. The event is free and open to the public to come and watch. Teams are already registered (sorry no walk in competitors). Location: Spruce Mountain High School, Jay

November 19th, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm: Central Maine FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. 30+ teams will be coming together to compete in this qualifier to see whose research and LEGO robot are good enough to go on to the Championship. The event is free and open to the public to come and watch. Teams are already registered (sorry no walk in competitors). The competitors are ages 9 to 14, but there is something for younger and older folks to watch and enjoy. Location: Veazie Community School Gym, Veazie

November 19th, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm: Northern Maine FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. 8+ teams will be coming together to compete in this qualifier to see whose research and LEGO robot are good enough to go on to the Championship. The event is free and open to the public to come and watch. Teams are already registered (sorry no walk in competitors). The competitors are ages 9 to 14, but there is something for younger and older folks to watch and enjoy. Location: University of Maine at Presque Isle, Weiden Hall Gym

For more information about the Qualifying Tournaments go to http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html



November 17th, Noon – 1:00pm: Brown Bag Lunch Series. Wildlife biologist, Kelsey M. Sullivan of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife discusses Maine wild turkey biology, management and conservation – past and present. Sullivan will outline the history of wild turkeys and their successful re-introduction into Maine and then speak about their current status and management challenges of maintaining a viable population.

Bring your lunch and join us during this free program. Registration is not required. Follow signs on the Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor.



Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

November 7th, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Resilient Communities and Fisheries Arise from Resilient Ecosystems.  Richard Merrick, Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, NOAA Fisheries

November 14th, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Scaling Conservation: Translating Local Success into Global Impact. Speaker: Kate Dempsey, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine

November 21st, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Sustainability Lightning Talks. Lightning talks will focus on sustainability research by students in Maine. The list of students/talks is found on the website link.

November 28th, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Savoring Maine’s Artisan Cheese: Opportunities, Challenges, and Prospects for Sustainability. Speaker: Jeff Roberts, President, Cow Creek Creative Ventures

All seminars will be held at 107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center – University of Maine, Orono



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*New* Maine STEM Resource Bank, available anytime. Found at www.steminme.org. Visit www.steminme.org to use our new directory of fun, interesting activities for youth and families. It’s continuously being updated, so check back often for new listings of summer camps, competitions, weekend events and places to visit. Listed events for ages 5-18.

Free to use, but some events listed have a price

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