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Looking for something unique to do with your friends this weekend? Why not host a watch party for Science On The ROCs! J...
06/08/2020

Looking for something unique to do with your friends this weekend? Why not host a watch party for Science On The ROCs! Join us for a Facebook Livestream THIS Friday to exercise your mind by learning more about RNA with Dr. Jillian Ramos, and exercise your taste buds by learning to make a new cocktail!

Today, we’re exploring the teeny-tiny world of cells with Dr. Jillian Ramos! Join us to learn more about the size and ge...
06/08/2020

Today, we’re exploring the teeny-tiny world of cells with Dr. Jillian Ramos! Join us to learn more about the size and genome of human cells, bacterial cells, and viral cells. 🔬 We’ll also discuss how viruses infect human cells! Watch now: youtu.be/_3Egv4WpVJY

We all need a #SparkofScience in our lives! If you can’t get enough of the science content we share every day, check out...
06/07/2020

We all need a #SparkofScience in our lives! If you can’t get enough of the science content we share every day, check out the The Franklin Institute’s Spark of Science series 🎉 Our friends at the Franklin Institute are sharing their favorite science experiments, and you can even do some of them at home! Murray the Mastodon loved their video on seeds, but we think he was more interested in munching on some leaves than planting anything 😂

Thanks to our friends at The Franklin Institute for creating these videos and sharing a #SparkofScience with everyone while we’re at home. If you haven’t already, check out their page and give them a follow if you want to see more!

Most of us know what DNA is, but what do you know about RNA? Join us for Science On The ROCs next Friday at 7pm on Faceb...
06/07/2020

Most of us know what DNA is, but what do you know about RNA? Join us for Science On The ROCs next Friday at 7pm on Facebook Live! We’ll be chatting with Dr. Jillian Ramos to learn about her research with RNA and how this can be useful during the time of COVID-19.

You usually aren’t supposed to eat your science experiments, but baking science is the delicious exception to the rule! ...
06/05/2020

You usually aren’t supposed to eat your science experiments, but baking science is the delicious exception to the rule! Today, Elizabeth, our Registrar, is showing us the science of baking banana bread. 😋 Watch now and try it for yourself: youtu.be/13HJ2ERHVD4

How does the sky in June differ from the sky in May? 🤔 Join us for “The Sky This Week,” where our Planetarium Director, ...
06/04/2020

How does the sky in June differ from the sky in May? 🤔 Join us for “The Sky This Week,” where our Planetarium Director, Steve, will give you a tour of the stars and highlight any changes in our night sky. 🤩 Watch now: youtu.be/EMYd1HBZrJo

Today is the last consecutive day to view the #InternationalSpaceStation from Western New York (for now)! Face west at 9...
06/03/2020

Today is the last consecutive day to view the #InternationalSpaceStation from Western New York (for now)! Face west at 9:52pm and look for a bright, slowly moving star heading south, not very high above the horizon. We hope you’ve enjoyed playing #SpotTheStation with us, and that you’ll continue to explore the wonders of the night sky above us. 🤩

Summer camps. are. on! 🎉🤩 With Governor Cuomo's announcement that day camps will be able to open this summer (after June...
06/03/2020

Summer camps. are. on! 🎉🤩 With Governor Cuomo's announcement that day camps will be able to open this summer (after June 29), we are excited to share that we WILL be hosting our summer Curiosity Camps! We have been working hard to adapt our summer camp experience to ensure camper safety and will be publishing those adjustments on our website soon. Check out our website to REGISTER for summer camps at the Museum and Cumming Nature Center, and stay tuned for more details from us! RMSC.org/camps

Do you love taking your family to the Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, or the Cumming Nature Center? Rochester Kids Out...
06/03/2020
Vote Now for the Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Rochester

Do you love taking your family to the Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, or the Cumming Nature Center? Rochester Kids Out And About is holding their annual Top Places to Take Kids in Greater Rochester survey and we would love your support! Take the survey and consider voting for us 😁🙏🎉

rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/voteROC

This is Rochester's KidsOutAndAbout annual survey of the Top 20 Places to Take Kids. Voting is live through June 25, 2020.

When our community looks up at the sky, we all see the same stars. For our Virtual Planetarium Show today, we’re sharing...
06/03/2020

When our community looks up at the sky, we all see the same stars. For our Virtual Planetarium Show today, we’re sharing a compilation of video clips and quotes to remind us that, even in the worst times, stars will always be there, and they belong to everyone. Watch now: youtu.be/vTP5Ql3UZF4

There are only two more days of consecutive #InternationalSpaceStation sightings this week! Face west at 10:40pm to #Spo...
06/02/2020

There are only two more days of consecutive #InternationalSpaceStation sightings this week! Face west at 10:40pm to #SpotTheStation above the western horizon. It will look like a bright, slowly moving star heading south, and will only be visible for about 2 minutes.

Did you know you can make paint out of rocks? 👀😁 Join Angie and Rose, two of our staff members at the Cumming Nature Cen...
06/02/2020

Did you know you can make paint out of rocks? 👀😁 Join Angie and Rose, two of our staff members at the Cumming Nature Center, to read “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush,” by Tomie dePaola, and learn how to make "Earth paint!" Watch now: youtu.be/L7l9aj8h4v4

06/01/2020

The RMSC sees the hurt that Black people are experiencing, both in Rochester, across the country, and throughout the world.

Our mission is to inspire a better future for all.

The heart of RMSC is with our local community and with people across the nation who are suffering. We stand together in solidarity with anyone dedicated to fighting racism, hatred, bigotry, and inequity. We are committed to reflecting on our practices as an organization and creating a place where people feel safe and accepted when they walk through our doors, regardless of skin color.

Stay safe and remain strong.

You don’t need a fancy machine to see what DNA looks like! Today, we’re introducing Dr. Jillian Ramos, who recently rece...
06/01/2020

You don’t need a fancy machine to see what DNA looks like! Today, we’re introducing Dr. Jillian Ramos, who recently received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Rochester. She’ll be sharing a bunch of fun science activities for kids and teens on our YouTube channel. To kick things off, she’s showing you how to extract DNA from Strawberries with just a few simple ingredients. Check it out: youtu.be/IMffSjQnEl8

It’s pretty unusual to see the #InternationalSpaceStation from Western New York on so many consecutive nights-- and ther...
05/30/2020

It’s pretty unusual to see the #InternationalSpaceStation from Western New York on so many consecutive nights-- and there are still more to come! We’ll be able to see the #ISS every night through June 3! Tonight, look northwest at 9:49pm to see the #ISS pass through the sky.

05/30/2020
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Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester is answering your questions now during Science On The ROCs! This is your chance to get all of your alien-related questions answered 🤩😁

The #InternationalSpaceStation is making yet another appearance in our sky tonight! If you haven’t played #SpotTheStatio...
05/29/2020

The #InternationalSpaceStation is making yet another appearance in our sky tonight! If you haven’t played #SpotTheStation yet, there’s still more time. Face northwest at 10:37 PM to see the #ISS pass overhead.

Photo: Joe Ricci, Technical Specialist at RMSC

We hope you cleared your schedule for the night, because you won’t want to miss Science On The ROCs 🎉 We may not discuss...
05/29/2020

We hope you cleared your schedule for the night, because you won’t want to miss Science On The ROCs 🎉 We may not discuss your favorite #SciFi alien, but we WILL learn more about what’s current in the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) with Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester! We’ll be going Live on the RMSC page TONIGHT at 8pm, and we hope to see you there 😋

We asked the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester for some ideas of what artwork Murray the Mastodon coul...
05/29/2020

We asked the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester for some ideas of what artwork Murray the Mastodon could recreate to help stave off boredom. Murray was delighted when they suggested he try to recreate his own suit of armor after one the gallery has in their collection! How do you think he did? Does he seem intimidating? 😂

Eggs can be kind of mysterious if you think about it 🧐😂 What exactly do they look like on the inside? Today, we’re showi...
05/29/2020

Eggs can be kind of mysterious if you think about it 🧐😂 What exactly do they look like on the inside? Today, we’re showing you an experiment that can help you unveil all of the mysteries that lie behind an eggs shell. Check it out: youtu.be/_nX7J65jw60

You still have time to #SpotTheStation in our night sky this week! Look northwest at 9:48pm to see the #ISS pass through...
05/28/2020

You still have time to #SpotTheStation in our night sky this week! Look northwest at 9:48pm to see the #ISS pass through the northern sky. You’ll get another chance to view the space station at 11:25pm during its next orbit.

Photo: Joe Ricci, Technical Specialist at RMSC

“...underserved and marginal communities want to be heard and want to trust those who reach out to them. They simply wan...
05/28/2020
Celebrating "Authentic" Community Engagement in Practice: The Case of UROC at the University of Minnesota & Beyond - Irma McClaurin, PhD

“...underserved and marginal communities want to be heard and want to trust those who reach out to them. They simply want to be included,” - Dr. Irma McClaurin

Cultivating authentic community engagement is at the heart of the planning process for our upcoming exhibit, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed The World. Check out this article by Dr. McClaurin, one of the Diversity and Inclusion Consultants working on the exhibit, to learn more about the impact of actively engaging and including the community members we serve: irmamcclaurin.com/community-engagement-in-practice/

(Used with author’s permission)

I have been actively engaged in community engagement as an anthropologist and also as an administrator for decades. The opportunity to put into real pr...

Curious about what the search for extraterrestrial intelligence looks like? Join us on Facebook Live TOMORROW at 8pm for...
05/28/2020

Curious about what the search for extraterrestrial intelligence looks like? Join us on Facebook Live TOMORROW at 8pm for Science On The ROCs to get your questions answered by Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics at University of Rochester 😁 For those interested in having a drink, we’ll also share a recipe for how to make a Space Smash cocktail! We hope to see you there 🎉

It’s time for your weekly star exploration with our Planetarium Director, Steve. 🤩 Check out the latest installment of T...
05/28/2020

It’s time for your weekly star exploration with our Planetarium Director, Steve. 🤩 Check out the latest installment of The Sky This Week on our YouTube channel to see what you should watch for while stargazing: youtu.be/__Ld2oeHUYg

Have you seen the #InternationalSpaceStation pass through our sky? There’s another chance to #SpotTheStation tonight at ...
05/27/2020

Have you seen the #InternationalSpaceStation pass through our sky? There’s another chance to #SpotTheStation tonight at 10:36pm! Face northwest and look for a slowly moving bright star heading west to east to see it for yourself. 🤩
Photo: Joe Ricci, Technical Specialist at RMSC

**EDIT**As you may have heard, today's launch attempt was canceled because the weather was unfavorable. The next attempt...
05/27/2020

**EDIT**
As you may have heard, today's launch attempt was canceled because the weather was unfavorable. The next attempt will be made on Saturday afternoon, launching at 3:22pm. Check out this thread to learn how you can follow along with the launch progress on Saturday!
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Last week, we shared a Virtual Planetarium Show about Space X’s Falcon 9-Dragon launch, and today is the day it’s all happening! The first launch attempt is scheduled for this afternoon at 4:33pm, though the launch time may be impacted by strict weather requirements.

If you want to see live coverage of the launch and learn more about the NASA-SpaceX Crew Demo-2 mission, go to: spaceflightnow.com. You can also watch directly on NASA’s YouTube channel, or at SpaceX.com.

You can also check out our Virtual Planetarium Show about the launch from last week to learn more: youtu.be/hISKeQoPdic

Photo credit: NASA

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo
05/27/2020

Rochester Museum & Science Center's cover photo

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look at the universe from a different perspective? For today’s Virtual Planetar...
05/27/2020

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look at the universe from a different perspective? For today’s Virtual Planetarium Show, we’re going to compare and contrast what we’re able to see from Earth’s Orbit, from the Moon, and even from a ship traveling to Mars! Watch now: youtu.be/4JhLGnadvmw

There's still time to #SpotTheStation! Look northwest at 9:47pm to see the #InternationalSpaceStation pass through the s...
05/26/2020

There's still time to #SpotTheStation! Look northwest at 9:47pm to see the #InternationalSpaceStation pass through the sky. Look for a slowly moving bright star heading west to east. 😁 You'll have a second chance to see the #ISS in the northwest sky at 11:24pm.

🎶Low bridge, everybody down!🎶 For our Science Storytime this week, we're reading "The Erie Canal" by Peter Spier, a visu...
05/26/2020

🎶Low bridge, everybody down!🎶 For our Science Storytime this week, we're reading "The Erie Canal" by Peter Spier, a visual adaptation of the popular "Erie Canal" song. Read along with us and stick around after the story to learn about buoyancy by making your own aluminum foil boat. Watch now: youtu.be/PmiMh5xpxcY

It may be hard to believe, but you can still see the #InternationalSpaceStation from your backyard tonight! Face northwe...
05/25/2020

It may be hard to believe, but you can still see the #InternationalSpaceStation from your backyard tonight! Face northwest at 10:35pm to see the ISS pass through the northern sky. Don’t be late, you’ll only get one chance to #SpotTheStation tonight.

Hello RMSC friends! Rochester Kids Out And About is kicking off their annual Top Places to Take Kids in Greater Rocheste...
05/25/2020
2020 Rochester Top 20 Survey

Hello RMSC friends! Rochester Kids Out And About is kicking off their annual Top Places to Take Kids in Greater Rochester survey. Daily (open or closed) we strive to offer you and your kids an educational and fun science and cultural experience at RMSC. Whether you're exploring the museum, catching a show at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, or hitting the trails at the Cumming Nature Center, we're here for your family outing. Take the survey and consider voting for us! 🙏🙏

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#HappyMemorialDay! We found these photos of Rochester memorial parades past. Imagine parading like this! While we may no...
05/25/2020

#HappyMemorialDay! We found these photos of Rochester memorial parades past. Imagine parading like this! While we may not be able to gather for a parade, there’s still tons of ways we can celebrate. How will you be spending your day?

The staff at RMSC will be taking a break by getting outside and spending time with family. We’ll resume our regularly scheduled science videos tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Have you played #SpotTheStation yet? If not, there’s still time to head outside and see the #InternationalSpaceStation. ...
05/24/2020

Have you played #SpotTheStation yet? If not, there’s still time to head outside and see the #InternationalSpaceStation. Tonight, look northwest at 9:45pm to see the ISS, and again at 11:23pm to see the station during its next orbit.

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Through 200 hands-on exhibits, spectacular shows, and authentic collections, you’ll uncover the wonders of our region, our world, and beyond in the RMSC Science Museum. Make family memories through themed programs that spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Climb a wall, build robots, zap lasers, launch a catapult, and zoom through space — there’s so much to experience for all ages.

At the Strasenburgh Planetarium

Journey across the universe at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. Through giant-screen films, star shows, and laser shows, you’ll travel to far-away places and discover fascinating news from deep space. Lose yourself in an exciting virtual environment to places where time, space, and size have new meanings. Under our four-story dome, explore the starry night sky and immerse yourself in the latest scientific explorations.

At the Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, is a dynamic environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Our 900-acre preserve is as beautiful as it is vast. You can meander through more than six miles of trails complete with wetlands, climbing forest roads and hiking through the past. And you can investigate the curious intricacies of nature with our educational programs.


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Jan 24th...anyone else? it should be fun
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Rochester underground railroad exhibit
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Please explain why your history of Music omitted Latin influence and skipped right to "Jazz."