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February 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

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

See you March 16th-19th at the 3rd Annual Maine Science Festival!


Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Stars) Sunday afternoons at 2pm (The Little Star That Could). More information

February 2nd, 2017, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series, How molecular motors work – insights from the machinist’s toolbox. Dr. Dean Austumian will share tremendous potential of molecular machines to revolutionize technologies we use in our everyday lives. Using the dome we will explore these molecular motors in a unique way. This program is a partnership with the Maine Science Festival.

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, University of Maine, Orono



February 3rd, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm: Grand Opening of “Sea What Grows Aquafarm” exhibit! Visit our new exhibit space “Sea What Grows Aquafarms”. Harvest play kelp, experiment with interactive harvesting of oysters and mussels, visit the virtual Salmon pen. Virtual reality viewing times for children 8 and older and adults scheduled throughout the day – check at the Admission desk for times.

February 9th, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:0pm: *Curiosity Studies: Fur.

February 23rd, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: *Curiosity Studies: Shells.

Do you need time to create? Feeling frustrated with the same still life arrangement? Come be inspired by our most amazing specimens—this month, it’s fur and shells! You are invited to view our reserve collections for artistic motivation. Bring your own supplies—paint, sewing needles, charcoal, pencils and we provide the inspiration.

*No admission charge for Curiosity Studies; please bring your own art supplies; ages 16+

Maine Discovery Museum, Main Street Gallery, 74 Main Street, Bangor


February 10th, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm:  ‘Water Froze on the Nightstand Overnight’ – The History of Being Cold in Maine, presented by COA professor Todd Little-Siebold. Little-Sielbold will present on the historical lifestyle changes experienced on the coast of Maine from the colonial past to the modern day with a focus on the last century. He will discuss how people’s expectations have changed as technology, their work lives, and convenience have shifted what we have come to understand as being comfortable. This cultural shift, particularly in the twentieth century, has radically changed how people live their lives, the economic position of families and even people’s perceptions of themselves.

February 11th, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Down East Maine’s Ice Age Trail. Schoodic Institute invites you to join Dr. Hal Borns as he presents the history of the melting of an ice sheet that extended from across northern Canada to the coast of Maine at the end of the last ice age is recorded by wonderfully exposed glacial and glacial-marine land forms in your back yard or, maybe, along your commute to work. Dr. Borns will explain how this event has not only shaped our coastal landscape, but also documents a major, hemispheric-wide change in climate.

February 12th, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Salmon in the Rivers of Downeast Maine  Schoodic Institute invites the public to attend an afternoon lecture by the Downeast Salmon Federation. Come hear from DSF staff about their work with winter fisheries, learn how to get involved with monitoring, and taste locally harvested smoked fish.The rivers of Downeast Maine play an important role in feeding the region’s human and natural communities. Months before ‘ice out’, schools of tomcod and smelt spawn in frozen estuaries. The Downeast Salmon Federation works to monitor, protect, and restore these species and their role in the seasonal cycle of anadromous fish and the fisheries they support.