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October 2018 MSF Partner news & events

October 23, 3:00-6:00pm: Maine Medical Center Research Institute Open House. Come visit the Research Institute and learn about the biomedical research happening in Scarborough. Meet the researchers and take part in science demonstrations. Demonstrations and guided tours are from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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October 4: Three different shows! $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Senior Citizens, $4 for children 12 and under.

10:00-11:00am: Magic Treehouse: Space Mission. Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Treehouse, as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of questions about space. Family Audiences

11:30am-12:30pm: Dawn of the Space Age. Experience the exciting beginnings of space travel, from the launch of Sputnik 1 to the Apollo landings on the Moon, and from the assembly of the International Space Station to the first private space flights. Ages 10-adult

3:00-4:00pm: Explore! Mars… For centuries it’s been an object of human fascination. Once mysterious, soon this red world may become our new home. Take an adventurous journey with humankind: from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration! Ages 12-adult

October 5: Two different shows! Admission: $4.00 – $6.00.

10:00-11:00am: Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night. A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North Pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. Ages 10-adult

3:00-4:00pm: Dream to Fly. Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird? Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Ages 10-adult

October 18, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series, A Bright Energy Future: Powering Industry with Solar Heat. In just 108 minutes the Earth receives as much energy from the Sun as humans consume in one year from all sources. What if we could harness that energy to power our world in a way that is not only free from CO2 emissions, but is cheaper than current methods? Dr. Justin Lap in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maine presents.

Fridays, 7:00pm: Halloween: Celestial Origins. Vampires, Witches, Goblins, and other spooky creatures! What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes, or something more… Be it ghoulish or ghostly, Halloween is an astronomical holiday! Experience the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” A fun filled program for the whole family!   $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Senior Citizens, $4 for children 12 and under.

Sundays, 2:00pm: Legends of the Night Sky – Perseus and Andromeda. Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled story of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster—and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. Admission: $4.00 – $6.00. Ages 6-12

Emera Astronomy Center and M.F. Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Road, Orono [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ el_width=”60″ accent_color=”#a8aa31″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

October 9, 7:00pm: Water Colors: Deciphering Ocean Changes in the Arctic and Gulf of Maine. Dr. Deborah Bronk, President and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will talk about microscopic plants in the ocean, which produce half the oxygen we breathe and form the foundation of the entire ocean food web. These tiny phytoplankton have a giant impact on the health of our planet, and they are currently facing numerous challenges from the effects of climate change on the ocean and on land. Dr. Bronk will present for 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the audience. $8 general admission; presented in partnership with The Music Hall.

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Tuesdays, 11:00-11:30am: Science Detectives. Science for preschoolers, recommended for ages 3+. Admission: FREE for members! $7.50 general admission

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Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

October 15, 3:00-4:00pm: Let’s Get Engaged: Extending Marine Science Research to Maine People. Gayle Zydlewski, Director, Maine Sea Grant will share her research perspectives and how those interests intersect with Maine Sea Grant’s mission: to support the responsible use and conservation of coastal resources in order to sustain thriving coastal communities and ecosystems and highlight Maine Sea Grant’s approaches to implementing Sea Grant’s focus areas: sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, healthy coastal ecosystems, resilient communities and economies, and environmental literacy and workforce development.

October 22, 3:00-4:00pm: Out on a limb: Measuring ‘resilience’ in natural resource-dependent communities. How do we define resilience? What are the key attributes and drivers of resilient communities? How have natural-resource dependent communities responded to large socio-economic shocks? Adam Daigneault and Linda Silka will provide a comprehensive overview of how these questions are being explored in the Katahdin Region as residents continue to adapt to significant socioeconomic change over the past few years by actively exploring opportunities to make the region a more resilient and robust place to live, work, and play.

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October 18, 12:00-1:00pm: Brown Bag: Community Action Toward Energy Independence. With the goal of making Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030, A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) has catalyzed a renewable renaissance on MDI and recently won a grant to extend its vision to the State House. Room 112, Wright Hall

October 23, 7:00-8:00pm: The fall season at Acadia: when birds, fruit, and insects join together in a splendor of biodiversity. Dr. Richard Feldman, Schoodic Institute Adjunct Professor, with colleagues from Acadia and Schoodic Institute, and citizen scientists from the Earthwatch Institute,  has been documenting the unfolding of fall on the Schoodic Peninsula. In this presentation, he will use the data that has been collected to describe how birds, fruit, and insects interact with each other and how that changes through fall and across the years. Moore Auditorium

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Call for volunteers and presenters! The Maine Digital Festival will be held on December 8th, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center from 10am-1pm. We are looking for volunteers for the open activity room (90 minute sessions), a pre-registered workshop (75 minute session) and 2-3 float volunteers to help during the event (for example, with registration). For workshops and activities there are no strict guidelines as long as the topic is around technology or digital learning.

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Call for Intent to Present. If you are interested in presenting at the 5th Annual Maine Science Festival, please check out our Intent to Present page. There is a description of all the events/programming there, with specific forms available for workshops; forums & talks; hands on activities; Tech Night; and Friday Field Trip Day (interactive presentations/workshops and hands-on activities). If you have a programming idea that doesn’t fit into one of those areas, please send an email to

A few things to keep in mind: we don’t charge for any event/activity at the MSF except the headliner, so we are unable to provide any honorarium for speakers or presenters. We can cover travel costs (within reason) if needed. And, all Sunday events take place in downtown Bangor. The 5th Maine Science Festival is March 13-17, 2019. As in past years, festival goers can expect the intersection of science, art, and humanities throughout the programming.

Tickets on-sale now! 2019 MSF Headliner, March 16, 2019, 7:30pm at the Gracie Theatre: Science Vs. As the Science Vs team says,” There are a lot of strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the internet mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. Tackling everything from detox teas, to gun control, the ketogenic diet, to nuclear war – Science Vs is your team of friendly fact checkers that will blow up your firmly held opinions and replace them with science.”

This show is brilliant and dead serious about getting to the bottom of its hypotheses. – The Atlantic

In keeping with MSF’s mission to keep the festival as accessible as possible, the tickets are $10/students and $17/public in advance, with a $5 increase at the door. All tickets are general admission. Tickets available via Eventbrite.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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