miSci : Events

January 2018

Challenger Adventure

Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space while working with other visitors to complete your mission. Please Note: Space is limited. Purchase tickets when you arrive at miSci. Space is unlimited, but Adventures are not! limit of 15 seats per mission.

For more information of Challenger Adventures and the Challenger Learning Center, visit miSc's CLC page

Children (5 -12) & Adults, admission + $8*
Seniors (65+), admission + $7

*Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Each child under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children older than 7 can be accompanied by one adult.  

Challenger Learning Center Briefing Room

Date(s):  Saturday, January-27-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January-2-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January-9-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January-16-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January-23-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January-30-2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Frankenstein's Footlocker: 200 Years of Frankenstein

Join miSci for a FAMILY FUN afternoon with hands-on activities and immersive digital experiences inspired by the 200th anniversary of the original science fiction novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein! 

AUTOMATA: make an automaton, a moving mechanical device
BATTERY STACK: make a voltaic pile, the first kind of battery
DOUGH CREATURE: make a creature out of conductive dough 
FRANKENTOY: make a “creature” by combining toy parts
MONSTER MASK: make a mask with an LED bulb that lights up
SCRIBBLE BOT: make a bot that can scribble on a sheet of paper
SPARK OF LIFE: create a battery from metal and the human body

Frankenstein is a 200-year-old story that explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. As citizens with access to incredible tools for creation and transformation, we need to understand the fundamentals of science and technology and develop the skills to actively participate in civic and policy discussions.

Presented as part of the NSF's Frankenstein200 Project.

Frankenstein200 takes on the challenge of supporting learning related to responsible innovation. The project uses themes from Frankenstein to examine emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, while promoting the development of 21st century skills related to creative collaboration and critical thinking. Frankenstein200 explores three important questions: What is life?, Why do we create?, and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers?

Date(s):  Saturday, January-20-2018 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Little Wonders of Science

Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Friday and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10 am showing in miSci's planetarium of "One World, One Sky" (additional $5/ person), and leave with the materials to continue the study of science at home.

Pre-register online.

Cost: Admission + $5 supply fee for participating children

Location: meet in the miSci Lobby

January: Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner

February: The Circulatory Story by Mary Corcoran

March: A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston

April: Curious George Plans a Tree by Margaret & H.A. Rey

May: Animalia by Graeme Base and Look Again! Illustrated by April Wilson

June: Cubetto Blue Ocean Adventure

July: Things that Go by Richard Scarry and Blackout by John Rocco

August: Cubetto Deep Space Adventure

September: The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

October: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

November: Zoo in the Sky by Jaqueline Mitton and The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

December: Train

Date(s):  Saturday, January-20-2018 @ 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Night Sky Adventure: Planetary Conjunctions (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

As the planets in the solar system orbit the Sun, they sometimes appear to line up with each other in the night sky. When the planets align or cross one another in the sky, it is called a conjunction. Join the Dudley Observatory to learn when and where to look for the next planetary conjunction.

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use. 

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby

Cost: Free with admission

Date(s):  Tuesday, January-16-2018 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Project WET Professional Development Workshop from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

The award-winning, NSTA-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is driven by emerging water issues, changing educational priorities and reform, new scientific discoveries and break-throughs in how water is used, managed and protected, and the availability of information technology and social connectivity. 

Project WET gives educators of children from kindergarten to twelfth grade the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. In addition to educating students about water, activities also develop skills – teamwork, decision making and problem solving among them – that help prepare learners for the water resource challenges of this century. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool.

Register today

Cost: FREE. 4 hour workshop with breaks*. CTLE credit available. 

*food is not included. Please bring your own lunch/snacks. Entrance to the museum during breaks or before/after the workshop will require museum admission.  

Location: miSci  Auditorium

Date(s):  Saturday, January-27-2018 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Senior Science Days (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. 

Cost: Free with admission

Location: varies, inquire at admissions desk


January: Hubble's Greatest Discoveries 

February: Great Gravitational Waves

March: Comets and the Rosetta Mission 

April: Pluto Revisited- Latest Discoveries from New Horizons 

May: Cassini at Saturn 

June: Juno at Jupiter 

July: Moons of Jupiter and Saturn 

August: An Update from the Curiosity Rover 

September: Sending Humans to Mars 

October: Origins of the Universe 

November: What's Next for NASA- Future Mission Plans 

December: James Webb Status Update 

Date(s):  Wednesday, January-3-2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SenseAble Science

A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from sponsors. 

Date(s):  Sunday, January-28-2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM