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!
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Follow us on Twitter - @sciowa & Instagram - @sciowa. 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

Operating as usual

12/09/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA just announced the 18 astronauts that will train for the Artemis moon missions - including Raja Chari, who grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

It is part of the human spirit to explore.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to our Artemis team — the initial team of NASA Astronauts who will help pave the way for our next human missions on and around the Moon: youtu.be/BC5khqpKovU

12/08/2020
LIVE Storytime with SUE feat. WHO-HD Channel 13 meteorologist Amber Alexander

It's Storytime with SUE! This week's guest readers are WHO-HD Channel 13 Meteorologist Amber Alexander and SCI vice president of science learning Renee Shull-Harmon.

Our featured books are:
- "Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist" by Linda Skeers and read with permission of Sourcebooks Explore.
- "Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp" by Carol Diggory Shields read with permission of Candlewick Press.

So impressive! Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old scientist and inventor who knows that young innovators are crucial to solv...
12/06/2020
Meet TIME's First-Ever Kid of the Year

So impressive!

Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old scientist and inventor who knows that young innovators are crucial to solving the world's next big problems. #ScienceIsEssential

Meet TIME's first-ever Kid of the Year: a 15-year-old scientist and inventor who uses technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to cyberbullying.

It's a comet! It's an asteroid! It's... a pre-Apollo-era rocket booster? The artifact, which originally left the planet ...
12/02/2020
Earth May Have Captured a 1960s-Era Rocket Booster

It's a comet! It's an asteroid! It's... a pre-Apollo-era rocket booster?

The artifact, which originally left the planet in September 1966, has been recaptured by Earth's "sphere of gravitational dominance" until March 2021.

In 1966, NASA launched Surveyor 2 to the Moon. Now its rocket booster has apparently returned to near-Earth space.

As we celebrate 50 years of inspiration and impact at SCI, please join us in our efforts to create a community that is e...
12/01/2020

As we celebrate 50 years of inspiration and impact at SCI, please join us in our efforts to create a community that is engaged and inspired by science.

This #GivingTuesday, we invite you to participate in our "Science is Essential Challenge!"

Make an individual donation OR amplify your impact by creating a personal SCI fundraising page and becoming a STEM Champion. Our goal is $25,000 before the end of the year!

Learn more about how the SCI team has adapted and innovated to meet the needs of our community - and make your contribution at https://p2p.onecause.com/scienceisessential

#ScienceIsEssential

The Science Center of Iowa prides itself on being a safe space. "Having a place where individuals feel welcome to addres...
11/29/2020

The Science Center of Iowa prides itself on being a safe space.

"Having a place where individuals feel welcome to address these difficult conversations is really important," said Renee Harmon, the vice president of science learning.

That’s why the SCI is in a unique position to host relevant conversations on topics such as race and mental health.

We're celebrating 50 years of inspiration and impact by sharing stories of how SCI was established, grew and continues to serve the next generation. Learn more on our blog at https://bit.ly/379Fvtk

#SCI50th

Dino-mite prize pack alert! Snap a #SelfieWithSUE for a chance to win a one-year SCI membership and a $200 Catch Des Moi...
11/28/2020

Dino-mite prize pack alert!

Snap a #SelfieWithSUE for a chance to win a one-year SCI membership and a $200 Catch Des Moines VISA gift card!

Winner will be chosen at random the week or January 11. Details ar www.sciowa.org/sue

#SUEatSCI #CATCHdsm

11/27/2020
NASA Universe

Forget Black Friday... We're joining NASA Universe to celebrate BLACK HOLE FRIDAY!

Want to get up to speed on black holes? We’ve got you covered! A black hole is an object so dense that not even light can escape it. The “surface” of this cosmic object is called the event horizon, where you’d have to go faster than light — which is physically impossible — in order to escape the black hole.

Two main types of black holes have been extensively observed — stellar-mass and supermassive. The type of black hole depends on how much stuff is crammed inside it. Stellar-mass black holes can be tens of times the mass of our Sun and form when a huge star runs out of fuel. Its core collapses under its own weight, may (or may not) trigger a supernova explosion and whatever’s left is crushed into a black hole.

Supermassive black holes, on the other hand, can be millions to billions of times the mass of our Sun! Most reside in the centers of large galaxies and scientists are still trying to figure out how they form. We do know that they’re present during the earliest days of a galaxy’s lifetime.

There *should* be a class of black hole somewhere between the stellar and supermassive types. While some evidence of this “intermediate mass” black hole type has been found, they seem to be especially shy than the others! #BlackHoleFriday⚫️

This Thanksgiving Day, we're feeling especially thankful for our amazing volunteers! Our November Volunteers of the Mont...
11/26/2020

This Thanksgiving Day, we're feeling especially thankful for our amazing volunteers!

Our November Volunteers of the Month are the beekeeping mother-and-daughters trio Susan, Bethany and Abigail Kelly! The Kelly family has been volunteering for SCI as beekeepers since July 2019. Since then, they have kept our bees happy and healthy with their combined 220 hours of service!

Here's what Susan, Bethany and Abigail had to say about why they volunteer with SCI:

"I love seeing how different the bees at the science center from the bees at my house half an hour away. The truly urban bees build their hive a lot different from my personal bees. I also love helping the science center provide an opportunity for children and adults to learn from the bees through observation." -Abigail Kelly

"I love being able to share my passion of bees to people all across Iowa and even people from out of state. I love being able to help an institution that I got to go to often during my childhood grow and expand its knowledge." -Bethany Kelly

"I love seeing the inner workings of SCI. I have taken my children to SCI since 2003, so I feel like I know every part of SCI, but there is so much that goes into making SCI work that regular visitors never see. As a volunteer, the staff provide the volunteers wonderful opportunities to grow in their areas of interest." -Susan Kelly

What's more socially distanced: Going to space or traveling through time to the Jurassic? Do both - and more - at SCI th...
11/23/2020

What's more socially distanced: Going to space or traveling through time to the Jurassic? Do both - and more - at SCI this weekend!

Here are our Thanksgiving Week hours:
- Wednesday, November 25 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm
- Thursday, November 26 - Closed
- Friday, November 27 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm
- Saturday, November 28 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm
- Sunday, November 29 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm

Get tickets and learn more about our COVID-19 safety precautions at www.sciowa.org

11/18/2020
Safety at SCI

Since the beginning of this pandemic, our decisions have been rooted in science, and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff has been our top priority.

At this time, we remain open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays as we continue providing a safe way for individuals and families to experience science learning together!

Here's what you can expect on your visit to SCI:

• REQUIRED FACE COVERINGS - Face coverings are required for all visitors ages 2 and up. If you don't have a face mask, one will be provided.

• HEALTH SCREENINGS - All visitors will have their temperature checked and answer health-related questions prior to entering the building.

• REDUCED CAPACITIES - Attendance is limited to 25% of our capacity in two 3-hour timeslots to ensure space for distancing. Advance tickets are required.

• ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOLS - Staff and volunteers are continually cleaning exhibits and public spaces, and between timeslots, the building is cleared for deep cleaning.

• RESTRICTED ACCESS TO HIGH-TOUCH EXHIBITS - We have adapted many of our exhibit experiences to reduce the spread of germs, but two of our most high-touch exhibits (When Things Get Moving and Smal Discoveries) remain closed at this time.

Learn more at www.sciowa.org/reopening

11/16/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Tune in starting at 3:15 p.m. EST and get ready to #LaunchAmerica! Join us for live coverage of SpaceX Crew-1, the first crew rotation flight to the International Space Station by a U.S. commercial spacecraft. The Crew Dragon 'Resilience' will carry astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) to the station. Liftoff is now targeted at 7:27 p.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 15 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Tomorrow, these four astronauts are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on #CrewDragon, the first cre...
11/13/2020

Tomorrow, these four astronauts are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on #CrewDragon, the first crew rotation flight by a U.S. commercial spacecraft! 🚀

Let's get to know your crew (from left to right):

- Michael Hopkins is commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-1 mission. Born in Missouri, Hopkins was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009. He spent 166 days in space as a long-duration crew member of Expeditions 37 and 38 and completed two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 58 minutes.

- Victor Glover is the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and second-in-command for the mission. He also will be a long-duration space station crew member. The California native is a naval aviator and was a test pilot in the F/A‐18 Hornet, Super Hornet and EA‐18G Growler aircraft. This will be his first spaceflight following his selection as an astronaut in 2013.

- Shannon Walker is a mission specialist for Crew-1. Once aboard the station, Walker will become a flight engineer for Expedition 64. A Houston native, Walker was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2004. She spent 161 days in space as a crew member of Expeditions 23 and 24, conducting more than 130 microgravity experiments during her stay.

- Soichi Noguchi will be a mission specialist for Crew-1 as well as a long-duration crew member aboard the space station. A native of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Soichi will be the first international crew member on Crew Dragon and the first international partner astronaut to fly aboard three types of orbital spacecraft.

#LaunchAmerica liftoff is targeted for 6:49pm CST with live coverage beginning at 2:30pm here: https://bit.ly/3nmsi78

Unfortunately, we have to postpone today's Storytime with SUE. Please stay tuned for a future date and time!In the meant...
11/12/2020

Unfortunately, we have to postpone today's Storytime with SUE. Please stay tuned for a future date and time!

In the meantime, you can explore dino-themed books in the Des Moines Public Library's collection at www.dmpl.org – and don’t forget to reserve tickets to meet SUE the T. rex at www.sciowa.org

Last weekend, this group of furry friends from Puppy Jake Foundation visited SCI as part of their training to become ser...
11/11/2020

Last weekend, this group of furry friends from Puppy Jake Foundation visited SCI as part of their training to become service dogs for wounded military veterans.

Thank you to this organization and these volunteers, but most of all, thank you to all of the servicemen and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. We salute you!

#veteransday

Christmas lovers, rejoice... Science is on your side! "Bringing out the boughs of holly now -- even as you're still putt...
11/08/2020
Your scientific excuse to start decorating for Christmas now

Christmas lovers, rejoice... Science is on your side!

"Bringing out the boughs of holly now -- even as you're still putting Halloween decorations away -- may make you a happier person, experts say."

Experts weigh in on the psychology of Christmas, design tips.

FINALLY: The answer to the question that has been nagging us all! https://bit.ly/31IRRXy
11/07/2020
We finally know why sea pickles glow

FINALLY: The answer to the question that has been nagging us all! https://bit.ly/31IRRXy

A team of scientists published findings earlier this week in the journal Scientific Reports, in what the researchers think is the first described instance of a bioluminescent gene in chordates, animals that have a cartilaginous skeletal rod supporting their bodies at some stage of their lives.

"Meleah remembers going to the Des Moines Center of Science and Industry on field trips and for fun weekend visits. The ...
11/07/2020

"Meleah remembers going to the Des Moines Center of Science and Industry on field trips and for fun weekend visits. The first thing she’d see when she walked in the doors was the huge Foucault Pendulum hanging from the ceiling. She remembers hanging out in the planetarium, too. One of her favorite memories, though, were the laser shows the science center used to put on."

We're celebrating 50 years of inspiration and impact by sharing stories of how SCI was established, grew and continues to serve the next generation. Learn more on our blog at https://bit.ly/3k0dCby

#SCI50th

Spooky Science 2020 featured hair-raising experiments, creepy-crawly critters and tons of other ways to enjoy a spooky, ...
11/03/2020

Spooky Science 2020 featured hair-raising experiments, creepy-crawly critters and tons of other ways to enjoy a spooky, science-y and SAFE Halloween!

This Halloween weekend, see the spookiest specimen of all at SCI! We’re open Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. Get ad...
10/30/2020

This Halloween weekend, see the spookiest specimen of all at SCI!

We’re open Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. Get advance tickets in one of two daily timeslots (9am-12pm or 1-4pm) at sciowa.org

#SUEatSCI #SUEtheTrex #catchdesmoines

Tom Hutchins went from SCI Preschool parent to board chair, helping not only build a vision for SCI but also build a bui...
10/29/2020

Tom Hutchins went from SCI Preschool parent to board chair, helping not only build a vision for SCI but also build a building in downtown Des Moines!

We're celebrating 50 years of inspiration and impact by sharing stories of how SCI was established, grew and continues to serve the next generation. Learn more on our blog at https://bit.ly/37PmCOl

#SCI50th #throwbackthursday

10/29/2020
Mel Robbins

Need some STEM career ideas? Sam has you covered! 🔥

The #YouCanBeABCs with Sam is the pick me up that we could all use right now ❤️ @rsamuelw3

This new discovery could make it easier to support human travel to the Moon and beyond!
10/28/2020
NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

This new discovery could make it easier to support human travel to the Moon and beyond!

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

Making plans for the weekend? Add SCI to the list! 🎃This weekend only, we're open THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY - with Spooky ...
10/27/2020

Making plans for the weekend? Add SCI to the list! 🎃

This weekend only, we're open THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY - with Spooky Science activities on both Saturday and Sunday!

Reserve advance tickets in one of two daily timeslots (9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm) at www.sciowa.org/gettickets

Please help us give a big THANK YOU to our volunteer of the month, Tim Coble!Tim has been a SCI volunteer since November...
10/26/2020

Please help us give a big THANK YOU to our volunteer of the month, Tim Coble!

Tim has been a SCI volunteer since November 2018. Since then, he has donated more than 390 hours of his time in support of our mission - to engage and inspire Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

We consider Tim an honorary staff member. He's always willing to help wherever needed... as everything from Egg Drop physicist to Apollo expert to, now, guardian for SUE the T. rex! He enriches the visitor experience with his infectious passion for learning, good humor and enthusiasm to help.

When asked why he loves volunteering at SCI, he replied: "I like people who are curious and are looking for insight about science and other areas. When somebody learns something new about *anything,* it makes my day."

Thank you, Tim!

When we opened our "new" planetarium in 1989, a special guest was onsite to cut the ribbon. It’s hard to figure out how ...
10/23/2020

When we opened our "new" planetarium in 1989, a special guest was onsite to cut the ribbon. It’s hard to figure out how he got there, though, considering he won’t officially be born in Riverside, Iowa, until March 22, 2228.

Can you name the fictional intergalactic explorer?

Learn more on our blog at https://bit.ly/2FS4x6B

#throwbackthursday #SCI50th #ThisIsIowa

10/20/2020
OSIRIS-REx is making history at asteroid Bennu today

BIG NEWS in space today: NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission will land on asteroid Bennu to collect rock and dust samples to return to Earth. It's the first time this maneuver has ever been attempted by NASA!

The spacecraft will attempt its "touch-and-go" at 5:12 pm CDT, and mission coverage starts at 4:00 pm at www.nasa.gov/nasalive

Check out this video from NASA for an in-depth mission overview!

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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.

Our History: The pioneering Des Moines Center of Science and Industry opened its doors in October 1970 in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. What started as a Junior League of Des Moines project became one of the first interactive science centers in the world, rising to the forefront of a new wave of learning centers featuring hands-on programs and exhibits.

Over the years, the center gained prominence as its audience expanded and the name was changed to the Science Center of Iowa in 1986 to better reflect its statewide reach. From space science to dinosaurs, SCI was inspiring generations of future scientists and inventors.

In the year 2000, SCI recognized a need to expand in order to meet the changing needs of its Iowa community, and planning began for a new downtown facility. This creative learning center opened its doors in Downtown Des Moines in May 2005 with an innovative, dynamic and changing environment that adapts its experience platforms, theaters and programming to serve future generations. As of 2017, the Science Center of Iowa has served more than five million participants in our informal learning center with engaging educational programs, exhibits and films.


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Is this calendar incorrect? Only open on Sat and Sun?
Hi there! I purchased a Tri-membership the week before everything shut down with the initial intent to visit the participating locations during Spring Break and beyond. With the closures, will the expiration for our annual membership be extended? Thank you so much!
I just have a question. If the IMAX isn't currently working & you guys see no foreseeable future for its return, why not change your name?
Could you please tell us the name of the Science Center of Iowa's insurer? The Blank -- apt name there -- IMAX Dome Theater hasn't been open to the public for a year and a half, and you keep saying it's because you're trying to resolve insurance issues involved with the flooding that damaged the theater. A year and a half?!?!? I just don't want to make the mistake of having the same insurance company you have.
Happy Mean Girls Day 😝 October is definitely the best month of the year, especially with Halloween right around the corner! I've already been making my way through my spooky season watchlist, and just happened to see a film called "Empathy, Inc" that blended elements of horror and sci-fi. It was a really intriguing story about a virtual reality technology that allows a person to switch bodies with someone else and take control of their lives. This movie was such a thrill from beginning to end, I really think you guys would enjoy it! It was just released on VOD, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it 👍🏻
Thanks for a great show on Sunday the 14th, Crazy Chemistry. We loved it :)
Do you have any updates at all about the IMAX Theater? Are you still working to re-open it eventually or is that unlikely now?
Are there any special events involving the LEGO exhibit and/or LEGO building for kids coming up this Summer?
Curious if you have a teacher discount?
Just spent the last few hours with our 5 grandkids exploring all the fun things the Science Center has to offer. Very frustrating when it came time to leave the parking ramp however. Sat on the second floor for 30 minutes waiting to get out. Not good with tired small ones. This needs fixed!
A great place to visit and learn :)