NanoDays at Ann Arbor Hands on Museusm (March 29-30)

Ann Arbor Hands on MuseumLooking for a family-friendly introduction to nanotechnology to prepare for our upcoming Meet-Up discussing Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering? This Saturday and Sunday March 29th and 30th the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, in partnership with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, will be hosting NanoDays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

From the website:

“NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country … NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.”

Activities include exploration of capillary action, non-Newtonian fluids, new nano products and materials and invisibility cloaks.

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.

Great Lakes Zoological Society – Sponsor of the Ann Arbor Science and Skeptics

Great Lakes Zoological SocietyThe Great Lakes Zoological Society’s Conservation & Rescue Center (A World of Discovery) is an indoor zoo experience that features exotic animals, such as reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and more.

Located on 6885 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, the center is open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  The admission is $7 per person, $5 for children under 11 and seniors, and no charge for toddlers.

From the website: The Center’s primary objectives are education and conservation. We also participate in the rehabilitation and re-release of endangered native animals and the rescue and placement of displaced pets.

Members of the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics will receive $1 off of admission with the following coupon (redeem at the entrance).

Coupon

Summer Camp at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

BugeyeRegistration is open for the Museum’s summer camp program! Camp Explorations is celebrating its 16th year of summer science fun for ages 6-12.

All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling and plenty of fun!  We offer 8 sessions and each session is a new experience. Session topics include Archaeology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Forensic Science and much more!  Mix and match any of our programs with other University of Michigan programs from our friends at KidSport and Outdoor Adventures. We also offer aftercare for a nominal fee.

A complete listing of camp sessions, along with more details, is available online (Camp Explorations information is on page 6). Email Brittany Chunn (brchunn@umich.edu) or call 734.647.6421 for more information.

Register early — several camp sessions filled up last year!  UM-Museum