miSci : Events

July 2017

Senior Science Day (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: Live Planetarium Show

February: NASA's Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope

March: NASA’s Great Observatories: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

April: NASA’s Great Observatories: Chandra X-ray Observatory

May: NASA’s Great Observatories: Spitzer Space Telescope

June: NASA’s Great Observatories: James Webb Space Telescope

July: How to View the Great American Eclipse

August: Our Solar System: Exploring the Sun

September: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

October: Our Solar System: The Gas Giants

November: Our Solar System: The Asteroid and Kuiper Belt

December: Hunting for Exoplanets

Date(s):  Monday, July-3-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Curious George with WMHT

Join WMHT at miSci for some hands-on activities and appearance by everyone's favorite monkey, Curious George. 

Location: miSci Lobby

Cost: WMHT activities are free, miSci galleries at regular admission price

Date(s):  Friday, July-21-2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Evenings with miSci and the Dudley Observatory

Spend the evening exploring the exhibits at miSci! Complete the night with a Night Sky Adventure with the Dudley Observatory. 

miSci Galleries 

Date(s):  Tuesday, July-18-2017 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Little Wonders of Science: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Introduce preschoolers to wind energy with an educator-led reading of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba followed by some hands-on activities.

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 Thursday, 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.


Date(s):  Friday, July-14-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, July-15-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Night Sky Adventure: FARTHEST: Voyager in Space - Special Screening (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

THE FARTHEST—Voyager in Space, is a spectacular 100-minute documentary that highlights the story of the Voyager missions in celebration of their 40th Anniversary this August. The film will premiere nationally on PBS on August 23rd, but Dudley Observatory at miSci will host a special screening during the July Night Sky Adventure on July 18th @ 7 PM. This special screening is presented in partnership with the Capital Region's PBS affiliate, WMHT. WMHT will host hands-on activities during the Night Sky Adventure, the film will premiere on their station on Wednesday, August 23rd at 9/8c. 

The actual anniversary of the first launch is August 20th, one day before the Great American Eclipse. For those of you in the path, this is a great opportunity to offer your eclipse guests some incredible bonus space content. For those not in the path, it’s a perfect way to capitalize on the national interest in space generated by the eclipse, Cassini, and the Voyager anniversary. Enjoy this special screening of THE FARTHEST during Dudley Observatory's monthly Night Sky Adventure - an evening of astronomy fun for the whole family! The film will begin at 7 PM, and afterward Outreach Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson will host a Q&A session and night sky viewing (if weather permits). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use.

Cost: FREE Screening and WMHT activities. miSci General Admission will be required for gallery access and participation in the Night Sky Adventure.  

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby 

Date(s):  Tuesday, July-18-2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture: Viewing the Solar Eclipse from the Capital Region (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Presented by the Dudley Observatory

A total eclipse of the Sun will traverse the United States of America on Monday, August 21, 2017. Here in Schenectady we will not be in that path of totality but with clear skies we should have about 70% of Our Sun obscured by Our Moon. Dr. Harry Ringermacher will lead a discussion on how to prepare and what to expect during this exciting event.

Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Cost: Free (donations graciously accepted) 


Knox Octagon Barn

588 Middle Road

Delanson, NY

Date(s):  Friday, July-28-2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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, July-30-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
Sunday, July-30-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teen Science Café: Camp Innovation

Students from Camp Innovation will present their projects. 

Location: miSci Lobby

Date(s):  Friday, July-21-2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Volunteer Open House

Interested in giving back to your community? Become a volunteer at the Museum! Get started by attending an open house. Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, assist in the archives, assist with maintenance, run Planetarium shows, and more. Open houses are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. New volunteers are welcome to stay for the all-staff at 5:15.

Date(s):  Monday, July-3-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Monday, July-3-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM