December 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

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Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. See what’s happening near you this month and remember that #scienceiseverywhere!

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December 9, 10:00am – 1:00pm: Maine Digitial Festival, a MSF Pop-up event with Project>Login. Explore computer science and IT at rotating passport stations with different coding languages and activities. Ages K-8.

Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta

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December 9, 9:30am – 3:30pm: Maine’s FIRST® LEGO® League State Championship! The top teams from the regional competitions will be competing in the Championship. The event is free and open to the public to come and watch. For more information about the State Championship go to http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html

Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta

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December 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report. Zack Klyver, from the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. No registration needed; bring your lunch.

Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor

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December 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: BIOME Holiday Mixer. Join us for a night of networking and holiday cheer. Our annual Holiday Mixer is one of our most popular events and a great chance to catch up with bioscience professionals and supporters in Maine. Come to learn about our plans for 2018, make new connections and try delicious food, beer by Allagash, wine and eggnog. Open to all.

Verrill Dana, Union Street, Portland

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December 7, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series. Dr. Dale Kocevski, an Assistant Professor from Colby College will talk about The Big Bang and the Origin of Our Universe. Does our Universe have a finite origin or has it existed unchanged for all eternity? Either answer has profound implications about the nature of our reality. Explore how astronomers came to the conclusion that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 14 billion years ago. Using the planetarium we will fly to the edge of the known universe and immerse in the physics behind the Big Bang.

Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Mystery of the Christmas Star) and Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Legends of the Night Sky – Orion). Mystery of the Christmas Star will also run on Sunday, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 3:30pm. More information about all programming can be found at 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. More information and tickets:  https://astro.umaine.edu/

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine

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December 27th – 29th, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm: December Vacation Camp. Three different days of science fun, for grades K-5. More details about each day can be found at https://www.astronaut.org/parents-public/camps/december-camp/.

$55/day

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor

 

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Real Pirates, a National Geographic Exhibition, extended until January 15th, 2018. Real Pirates separates fact from fiction. This highly informative exhibit features artifacts recovered from the Whydah, a 300-year-old pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod carrying treasure from more than 50 ships. Originally a slave ship, the Whydah was one of the most successful pirate ships of all time. Learn about history, economics, world trade, life as a pirate, how concretions are formed and the recovery process.

AGES: Good for all ages, although this is focused more for teens to seniors

7 days per week. $15.50 – $19.50. Group rates are also available.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland (1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines)

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Mondays 11:00am: Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead, a story time that explores the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math through books! Whether we are experimenting with magnets, or dissecting owl pellets, this club explores it all!

Registration is required; students K-3

Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor

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  • Katherine Lane says:

    How can I register for the December 13 “Humanity Needs Dreamers”?

    • Kate Dickerson says:

      Thanks for your interest! Humanity Needs Dreamers is a first-come, first-serve event, so no reservations are needed. Doors at COESpace will open at 7pm; the event starts at 7:30pm.