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January 2018 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!


MSF Pop-up event: Science of Gin

January 18th, 5:30pm. Maine’s own Hardshore Distilling Company will have samples of different types of gin cocktails, each taking advantage of the unique flavors found in Hardshore Gin. Hardshore’s Jordan Milne will talk about how he came to become a distiller and the ways that he used science (and the scientific process) to make a remarkable gin. This is a 21+ event, with all proceeds supporting the Maine Science Festival and Project>Login.

Tickets are $10/person in advance (available until noon on January 18th), $15/person at the door. Drink tickets to sample the cocktails are $4/each

53 Washington Avenue, Portland


January 17 – February 7, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm: Challenger Afterschool LEGO club combines the excitement of LEGO creation with engineering fun, including the use of Challenger’s LEGO WeDo Engineering kits to build and program LEGO robots! Open to new and returning students; four week session. $60, grades 2-5

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor


January 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: What we know & don’t know about the prehistory of Maine. Dr. Richard Will, archaeologist and author, discusses his perspective on what and how we learn about the past from archeology. No registration needed; bring your lunch.

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


January 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: BIOME Legislative Reception. Connect with Maine State Legislators, talk to them about things that matter for the bioscience industry and network with other professionals. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar provided.

Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta


Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Out There – The Quest for New Worlds) and Sunday afternoons at 2pm (The Little Star That Could). 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



Real Pirates, a National Geographic Exhibition, 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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