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December 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

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!


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


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

Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta


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


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


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

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:

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine


December 13, 7:30 – 9:00pm: Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie  a MSF Pop-up event with River City Cinema and COESpace. What if you could time travel to 1915 Paris and meet one of the world’s greatest scientists? Take part in a captivating evening of narrative science & living history with a screening of the short film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie, followed by a discussion with scientists Kristy Townsend and Heather Hamlin of the University of Maine, as well as filmmaker Jen Myronuk and (via Skype) Susan Marie Frontczak, who portrays Marie Curie.

Recommended for ages 11 and up; available free-of-charge, seating is limited.

COESpace, 48 Columbia Street, Bangor


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


Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor



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)


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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