Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater Located in Downtown Des Moines, SCI is a center devoted to lifelong learning that features a variety of interactive learning experiences and fun for participants of all ages! Follow us on Twitter - @sciowa & Instagram - @sciowa.
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Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor with interactive experiences for all ages, the emphasis at SCI is less on what to learn and more on how to learn. About the IMAX Theater: SCI's six-story dome screen wraps you in larger-than-life images that surround your field of view and envelop you in the action. The 12,000-watt digital surround system lets you hear everything from a tiny drop of rain to a huge clap of thunder with crystal clarity. Challenge your sensory perception with a uniquely immersive movie experience! The Blank IMAX Dome Theater may show films outside SCI's regular facility hours. View films and showtimes at www.sciowa.org/imaxshowtimes

We are CLOSED today so our employees can spend time with their families. We'll resume regular hours tomorrow (December 2...
12/25/2019

We are CLOSED today so our employees can spend time with their families. We'll resume regular hours tomorrow (December 26). Plan your visit here: https://bit.ly/2Z9XviL

SCI will close at 3:00 pm today to allow our employees to spend time with their families. We will resume holiday hours o...
12/24/2019

SCI will close at 3:00 pm today to allow our employees to spend time with their families. We will resume holiday hours on December 26!

They may look like twins, but the rovers, Curiosity and Mars 2020, will play different roles on the Red Planet.Since lan...
12/17/2019
Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

They may look like twins, but the rovers, Curiosity and Mars 2020, will play different roles on the Red Planet.

Since landing in 2012, Curiosity has been roaming Gale Crater. Curiosity discovered that the crater contained a lake billions of years ago and an environment that could have supported microbial life. The rover is still hunting for clues as it ascends Mount Sharp.

Some 3,760 miles away, Mars 2020 will also explore a landscape shaped by water: the Jezero Crater. But 2020 will take the next scientific step, looking for actual signs of past life, capturing samples of rocks and soil that could be retrieved by future missions and returned to Earth for in-depth study.

They look like twins. But under the hood, the rover currently exploring the Red Planet and the one launching there this summer have distinct science tools and roles to play.

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater's cover photo
12/04/2019

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater's cover photo

Happy Turkey Day! We are CLOSED today, but we will be resume regular hours tomorrow, November 29, at 10:00 am. We hope y...
11/29/2019

Happy Turkey Day! We are CLOSED today, but we will be resume regular hours tomorrow, November 29, at 10:00 am. We hope you are enjoying good food and great company!

Apollo 12, the forgotten mission, was a goofy road trip. Pete Conrad, the mission commander, brought up a tape deck (as ...
11/19/2019
50 Years Ago, Americans Made The 2nd Moon Landing... Why Doesn't Anyone Remember?

Apollo 12, the forgotten mission, was a goofy road trip. Pete Conrad, the mission commander, brought up a tape deck (as commander, he also set the playlist: Dusty Springfield, Elvis, and some classic country).

When Conrad (who was just 5 feet 6 inches tall) stepped onto the moon, his first words were: "Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me."

Everyone knows about Apollo 11, the first moon landing. And about ill-fated Apollo 13. Between them is the forgotten mission — Apollo 12.

11/18/2019
Polk County Iowa

We are honored to be part of such an amazing community! Thank you to all our supporters who make lifelong science learning possible.

“The Science Center of Iowa has not only been a catalyst to downtown Des Moines, it’s also been a catalyst to introducing young people to science.” — Steve Van Oort, Polk County Supervisor

Polk County is thrilled to support the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater where learning and science come to life!

#SeeOurImpact

Errant particles from everyday radioactive materials are a major obstacle for particle physicists. The solution? Lead fr...
11/06/2019
Why the Search for Dark Matter Depends on Ancient Shipwrecks

Errant particles from everyday radioactive materials are a major obstacle for particle physicists. The solution? Lead from the bottom of the sea.

Errant particles from everyday radioactive materials are a major obstacle for particle physicists. The solution? Lead from the bottom of the sea.

In the blackness of space billions of miles from home, NASA’s Voyager 2 marked a milestone of exploration, becoming just...
11/05/2019
Interstellar space even weirder than expected, NASA probe reveals

In the blackness of space billions of miles from home, NASA’s Voyager 2 marked a milestone of exploration, becoming just the second spacecraft ever to enter interstellar space in November 2018.

Now, a day before the anniversary of that celestial exit, scientists have revealed what Voyager 2 saw as it crossed the threshold—and it’s giving humans new insight into some of the big mysteries of our solar system.

The spacecraft is just the second ever to venture beyond the boundary that separates us from the rest of the galaxy.

Talk about being on the same wavelength. 🧠 In this study, electrical activity from the brains of a pair of human subject...
11/02/2019
Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

Talk about being on the same wavelength. 🧠

In this study, electrical activity from the brains of a pair of human subjects was transmitted to the brain of a third individual in the form of magnetic signals, which conveyed an instruction to perform a task in a particular manner.

Work on an “Internet of brains” takes another step

10/27/2019
The blob

This brainless, vivid-yellow organism can solve mazes and heal itself.

The blob, named Physarum polycephalum (Latin for "many-headed slime"), is classified as a type of slime mold, even though the creature unrelated to fungi.

Learn more about the science/sci-fi creature: https://n.pr/360mMzc

10/25/2019
Tesla at SCI

Our very special guest, Nikola Tesla, is ready for his Spooky Science appearance. Check out "Zap," his one-time-only demonstration at 2:30 pm on Saturday. ⚡
RSVP for the big event: https://bit.ly/2oUtI04

10/23/2019
Tesla visits SCI

Our very special guest, Nikola Tesla, is scouting out SCI for his Spooky Science appearance. ⚡

He's a little concerned about all the paparazzi in Des Moines, but we're sure he'll love the state capital.

RSVP for the big event: https://bit.ly/2oUtI04

We have a very special guest joining us for Spooky Science this year.⚡👻 Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint: he's an ...
10/22/2019

We have a very special guest joining us for Spooky Science this year.⚡👻

Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint: he's an electric (and eclectic) engineer, inventor and futurist.

RSVP for Spooky Science: https://bit.ly/2oUtI04

We're hiring a part-time position in our membership department! This person will work 15-20 hours per week and assist wi...
10/18/2019
Employment | Science Center

We're hiring a part-time position in our membership department! This person will work 15-20 hours per week and assist with data entry and customer service.

Visit our website for details and to apply!

Happy Birthday to us! 🎂 We're 49 years young today. Help us celebrate by sharing your favorite SCI memories and photos!
10/17/2019

Happy Birthday to us! 🎂

We're 49 years young today. Help us celebrate by sharing your favorite SCI memories and photos!

The first all-female spacewalk in NASA's 61-year history is finally happening!
10/17/2019
NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Set For Friday

The first all-female spacewalk in NASA's 61-year history is finally happening!

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will replace a faulty power regulator on the International Space Station. Only 15 women have participated in spacewalks, and all were accompanied by men.

Almost 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius erupted, a team of researchers say they finally have the technology to decipher ...
10/12/2019
Lost Scrolls Charred By Mount Vesuvius Will Soon Be 'Virtually Unwrapped'

Almost 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius erupted, a team of researchers say they finally have the technology to decipher a set of scrolls seared them into lumps of brittle carbon by the volcanic debris. 🌋

In 79 CE, as Mount Vesuvius rained hell down on the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum below, a fine set of scrolls laid in a private library near the coastl

In a stunning turn of events, Saturn has unseated Jupiter as the planet with the most moons. 🏆
10/11/2019
Saturn becomes planet with most moons

In a stunning turn of events, Saturn has unseated Jupiter as the planet with the most moons. 🏆

Jupiter had been the "moon king" for some 20 years.

Delivering up to six tons of pressure, the bone-shattering bite of a Tyrannosaurus rex could have crushed a car. 🚗
10/09/2019
A T. rex bite could have crushed a car. Here's how.

Delivering up to six tons of pressure, the bone-shattering bite of a Tyrannosaurus rex could have crushed a car. 🚗

The mighty dinosaur was “just one of those very optimally built animals,” paleontologists report.

10/08/2019
Stuffed

❗ FREE EVENT & FILM SCREENING TONIGHT ❗

From 6:00-7:30 pm, peek inside the surprising and unique world of taxidermy, where sculptors are both artists and scientists. Meet Dakotah Gould, a local taxidermist at Dakotah Rose Taxidermy.

Check out demonstrations, learn about the practice and enjoy a free screening of Stuffed Documentary (which features Dakotah!)

RSVP for the free event here: https://bit.ly/35bNILZ

Here's what happened in the minutes (and hours) after a catastrophic asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.
10/06/2019
Last day of the dinosaurs' reign captured in stunning detail

Here's what happened in the minutes (and hours) after a catastrophic asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

Rocks from deep inside the Chicxulub impact crater show what happened in the minutes to hours after one of our planet’s most catastrophic events.

10/04/2019
STUFFED Documentary Teaser

Peek inside the surprising and unique world of taxidermy, where sculptors are both artists and scientists. 🎨🔬

Meet Dakotah Gould, a local taxidermist at Dakotah Rose Taxidermy, and explore the history and evolution of taxidermy next Tuesday from 6:00 -7:30 pm.

Check out demonstrations of the practice of preserving animals and discover the scientific and conservation benefits that come along with the job. Following the presentation, enjoy a free screening of the documentary “Stuffed.”

RSVP for the free event here: https://bit.ly/35bNILZ

“Stuffed” is a documentary feature film about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy. Through the eyes and hands of passionate renowned artists…

10/03/2019
Mathlete - Mean Girls

“On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.”

It's "Mean Girls" Day! In the film, the mathletes attend a math competition – and the questions are surprisingly difficult! (To their credit, they answered the problems correctly!)

To all the math nerds out there: here are the three problems (and solutions) from the competition: https://bit.ly/2p64cVe

Since landing on Mars in November 2018, the InSight spacecraft has been gathering intel to help scientists better unders...
10/03/2019
Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars

Since landing on Mars in November 2018, the InSight spacecraft has been gathering intel to help scientists better understand our neighboring planet. 🌎🚀🔴

InSight is NASA’s very first robotic geophysicist, and it has spent nearly a year taking the temperature of Mars' upper crust, recording the sounds of alien quakes, and measuring the strength and direction of the planet’s magnetic field.

The nighttime events are among initial results from the InSight lander, which also found hints that the red planet may host a global reservoir of liquid water deep below the surface.

Current brain research shows academic learning is directly connected to emotion – young children need a caring adult to ...
10/02/2019

Current brain research shows academic learning is directly connected to emotion – young children need a caring adult to share their early STEM experiences.

Our Pint Size Science Classes provide stepping stones for early learners to explore science topics and help parents/caregivers feel more confident being a STEM coach for their child.

Classes start October 1. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/2m9c8DL

It's International Podcast Day! 🎧 Looking to enjoy some science without using your eyeballs? These podcasts are fascinat...
09/30/2019
The best science podcasts to make you smarter

It's International Podcast Day! 🎧 Looking to enjoy some science without using your eyeballs? These podcasts are fascinating, and more importantly, you'll sound smart in front of your friends, coworkers and family members!

I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while your eyeballs do stuff that isn't reading? Great. Read on.

09/30/2019
Megan Reuther

We have some exciting updates happening in "What On Earth?" (commonly referred to as "the snake room" 🐍).

Check out the renovated space on Friday, October 11, during $5 Family Night! 🌳

Find out what's going on at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater.

It turns out lost continents are a real thing (remember Atlantis?), and they have had a big impact on human life. 🌍 The ...
09/28/2019
Real-life Atlantis: Lost continent found under Europe is revealing Earth's missing history

It turns out lost continents are a real thing (remember Atlantis?), and they have had a big impact on human life. 🌍

The lost continent is called Greater Adria. If you don’t recall seeing it on a map, there’s a reason for that: it's completely buried under southern Europe.

About 140 million years ago, the two continents began to collide. Greater Adria got bulldozed and buried in the process and mostly sank beneath what is now Italy, Greece and the Baltics.

Research has turned up lost continents buried beneath Europe and in the Pacific Ocean, and there may be more.

Research shows that while women are attending and completing college at higher rates than ever before, they remain under...
09/27/2019
Girls in Science Initiative | Science Center

Research shows that while women are attending and completing college at higher rates than ever before, they remain underrepresented in STEM fields. 👩‍🔬

We're working to change that. Through our Girls in Science events, girls have opportunities to meet and interact with female role models and learn about their careers. We have three upcoming opportunities this month:

• October 5: Girls in Science Pajama Party (Grades 2-5) - $7
• October 19: Girls in Science Pajama Party (Grades 6-8) - $7
• November 1: Meals with Mentors (Grades 7-12) - FREE!

Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of Downtown Des Moines.

Join us next Monday (September 30) to celebrate National Yoga Month with a 60-minute Family Yoga session. 🧘The event is ...
09/25/2019

Join us next Monday (September 30) to celebrate National Yoga Month with a 60-minute Family Yoga session. 🧘

The event is free for SCI members and $5 per person for non-members. All ages are welcome!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2kTYT9O

Paleontologists have uncovered a “frozen dragon," (a.k.a. a flying reptile named Cryodrakon boreas)!The new genus of pte...
09/18/2019
New 'frozen dragon' pterosaur found hiding in plain sight

Paleontologists have uncovered a “frozen dragon," (a.k.a. a flying reptile named Cryodrakon boreas)!

The new genus of pterosaur had a wingspan that stretched at least 16 feet. It soared over the heads of dinosaurs 76 million years ago in what is now western Canada.

The flying reptile's bones have been known to scientists for nearly three decades, but it has only now been confirmed as its own genus.

The flying reptile was mostly head and neck—and had at least a 16-foot wingspan, if not bigger.

Regular Hours are back, which means we're CLOSED today. Visit SCI tomorrow from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm! Here are our Regular...
09/16/2019

Regular Hours are back, which means we're CLOSED today. Visit SCI tomorrow from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm! Here are our Regular Hours:

• Monday: CLOSED
• Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm

Plan your visit this fall: https://bit.ly/2SdnWzG

Today's Google Doodle, depicts Ynés Mexía, a Mexican-American botanist.At 51-years-old, Ynés discovered her passion for ...
09/15/2019

Today's Google Doodle, depicts Ynés Mexía, a Mexican-American botanist.

At 51-years-old, Ynés discovered her passion for botany after joining the Sierra Club. That same year, she enrolled in botany classes at the UC Berkeley, and four years later (at the age of 55), she started her career as a botanist and explorer.

94 years ago today, she embarked on her first plant-collection trip to Sinaloa, Mexico. During the expedition, she fell off a cliff – and fractured her hand and some ribs. Undeterred by the setback, she collected 500+ plant specimens, 50 of which were previously undiscovered by the scientific community.

Learn more about Ynés's incredible story: https://bit.ly/2O143N5

Prepare yourself for spooky skies tonight! For the first time in 13 years, we have a full moon on Friday the 13th! 🌕 At ...
09/13/2019
For the first time in 13 years, a full moon rises this Friday the 13th

Prepare yourself for spooky skies tonight! For the first time in 13 years, we have a full moon on Friday the 13th! 🌕

At approximately 7:41 pm, you will be able to see and orange disk rising above the horizon. Tonight's full moon (a.k.a. the harvest moon) will be smaller than most – that's because it's a micromoon!

While especially spooky, this full moon will be unusually diminutive — a micromoon.

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