Comet Discovery Day at the Museum

Comet_ISON_(C-2012_S1)_by_TRAPPIST_on_2013-11-15Comet Discovery Day will have an emphasis on . . . comets!

The newly discovered comet ISON may have at least partially survived its close approach to the Sun.  If so, we might yet get a glimpse of it–pleasing the millions who had hoped to see a “comet of the century.” Regardless, there is much we can learn from it, and there will be more comets in the future.
Activities will include making craters and comets, and learning about telescopes (solar viewing, weather permitting), light, and waves. There will be comet talks at 11 am and 1 pm, and the Planetarium will show Impact Earth on the half-hour from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The show is about objects that have, can, and do hit the Earth.  It also includes a short live talk about the current night sky. (Planetarium tickets are $5 per person; all other activities are free.)

Maker Faire Detroit July 27-28

Detroit Maker Faire 2013 This Saturday and Sunday July 27 & 28th, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, in collaboration with Maker Media will be hosting the 4th annual Detroit Maker Faire from 9:30am-6pm each day. Over 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds.

From the website:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

Tickets are available either through The Henry Ford or at the door and include admission to the museum. I highly recommend getting there early as there is much to see (and parking quickly becomes difficult). Be sure to catch the Coke Zero & Mentos Spectacular, Life Size Mouse Trap and local FIRST robot entries!

  • Maker Faire Detroit
  • Saturday & Sunday July 27-28
  • 9:30 am – 6 pm
  • The Henry Ford

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2013

Ann Arbor Maker Fair 2013On Saturday June 8th, A2geeks is hosting the 5th annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, a community-scale version of the big Maker Faires in Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City. The mini faire is free to attend and will feature exhibits and demonstrations by local builders, artists, students and Makers.

From the website:

Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

 

  • Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire
  • Saturday June, 8
  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

Get there early and you’ll have plenty of time to head out to our Meet-Up at 4pm.

 

CFI-Michigan’s Summer Secular Retreat (July 12 – 14)

4682927396_af373b65c5_oRegistration is now open for the Center for Inquiry’s Summer Secular Retreat at the Long Lake Outdoor Center, near Hastings, MI.

You can “explore the historic campground with fellow CFI Michigan members, friends and family and enjoy the beauty of the Michigan summer.”

Click here for more information.

From the website:

Long Lake Outdoor Center (Inside Yankee Springs Recreation Area) 10370 Gun Lake Rd, Middleville, MI  View Map

This beautiful campground located inside the Yankee Springs Recreation Area offers a variety of cabins, a large dining hall/lodge with giant fireplaces, a craft house and sports fields, amongst acres of beautiful forest along Long Lake with access to the Yankee Springs trails.

Activities include: group activities & games, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. Swimming and motorized boating are available at Gun Lake.

The registration includes lodging, meals, and all activities.

Can’t come for the whole retreat? Join us for the day on Saturday: Adults $20 and Children/Students $10. (Include meals & facility rental fee)

Financial assistance is available on an as needed basis: Apply here for financial assistance. Please email michigan@centerforinquiry.net with questions.

Saturday, May 25th “Scientists Fair II”

A2 S&S Logo - for BlogLocated in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors and researchers from the University of Michigan and other institutions with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions. Some of the topics will include particle physics, human cloning, climate change, the Big Bang, and more.

You can watch a short video about the Scientists Fair here (video).

The purpose of this event is to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained. We want people to ask these experts how theories are supported with experimentation, what hypotheses were tested and confirmed or falsified, and to what extent is there consensus amongst their colleagues about a given theory.

Pic3 Participants talking with physicists Dr. Sean Tulin and Dr. Brian Nord

Museum of Natural History: Butterfly Festival (Saturday, May 18th)

butterflyfrom the website: Explore the beautiful and fascinating world of butterflies and life cycles! Watch live Monarchs in our butterfly sanctuary and take an up close and personal look at how they travel through each stage of their life cycle. Use our microscopes to see what butterfly and moth wings are really made of, and metamorphose into a butterfly when you make wings of your own! Take a look at the life cycles of other animals, too. Plus, get your hands dirty! Help us plant new perennials in our butterfly garden (weather permitting!).

  • Date: 05/18/2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Museum of Natural History