‘Gifts, Gadgets & Games’ featured this Saturday at Adventure Science Center’s 12 Days of Science
Plus, special shows offered in the Sudekum Planetarium during ‘Second Saturday’
NASHVILLE, Dec. 8, 2015—Adventure Science Center’s 12 Days of Science celebration continues this Saturday, Dec. 12, with “Gifts, Gadgets & Games,” a do-it-yourself toy extravaganza! Visitors can make their own toys to take home, while discovering the technology that makes them work.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.adventuresci.org/12days or scroll down.
Special activities on the Third Day of Science (Dec. 12), included with general admission:
· Toy Maker’s Workshop: Step into the role of a toy maker as you craft your own toys to take home, including catapults, paper airplanes and more! Plus, learn how gravity and momentum make the famous slinky toy do its tricks.
· Entering 3-Dimensions: Watch a race car printed in front of your eyes as we demonstrate the power of 3D printing.
· Science of Spin: Learn about rotational forces and more during this fun yo-yo-based activity!
Second Saturday in the Sudekum Planetarium
The schedule includes:
· Dome Club Nashville presents The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale, 6 p.m.: On a cold, dark, winter’s night, a young girl must embark on a quest to save her family. Along the way she discovers a dragon’s nest, a way to help her village, the meaning of courage and generosity, and the importance of renewal.
· Skies Over Nashville, 7:30 p.m.: Sit back, relax, and take an interactive tour of the night sky. From constellations to planets and more, visitors will have the chance to explore what they can observe in the sky above their own backyards. Ask questions and make requests; such as seeing the stars and constellations from the southern hemisphere or a coronal mass ejection.
· Laser Holidays, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m.: Get in the holiday spirit with a fun, family laser show in the Sudekum Planetarium. Laser Holidays features brilliant laser animation and thousands of stars performing to the music of Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Randy Travis and others in this fanciful celebration of the winter season.
· She Blinded Me with Lasers (80s Classics), 10:30 p.m.: Relive the 1980s with the aid of 21st century technology. Brilliant lasers, fulldome effects, and millions of stars perform to the pounding sounds of the Police, Duran Duran, the Eurythmics, Red Rider, Thomas Dolby, INXS and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Adventure Science Center provides an interactive environment where both young and old can engage in fun, educational activities: climb to the top of the 75-foot Adventure Tower and view the Nashville skyline; pilot a full-motion flight simulator; explore the complex systems inside the human body; or travel across the solar system in the massive Space Chase exhibition.
Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard in Nashville, the Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day). Admission is $14 for adults; $11 for children ages 2 to 12, $13 for seniors 65+; and free for members and certified Tennessee teachers (with valid school ID). The 12 Days of Science activities are included with general admission, except where noted. Planetarium, flight simulator and lab tickets may be purchased for an additional charge.
For more information about Adventure Science Center, visit www.adventuresci.org or call (615) 862-5160.
12 Days of Science schedule:
All activities occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 – Gifts, Gadgets & Games
We’re having a do-it-yourself toy extravaganza! Come make your own toys to take home, including catapults and paper airplanes, while discovering the technology that makes them work.
Saturday, Dec. 19 – Northern Lights & Holiday Brights
The Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that inspires storytellers, artists and scientists alike. Come learn about the “how” and “why” of these brilliant colors shining across the night sky and discover how humans have captured the aurora in our twinkling holiday lights.
Sunday, Dec. 20 – Winter Wookieeland
The Force is strong with this one… the electromagnetic force, that is! In this out-of-this-world day, use electromagnetism to move objects, watch droids scurry around, build your own hover vehicle, harness the power of the Dark Side to unleash electricity from your fingers, and more!
Monday, Dec. 21 – Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Exploring Travel
Traveling and holidays go hand-in-hand. In fact, it’s estimated that 98.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday season. Learn about the machines that make holiday travel possible with car-building challenges, aerodynamic experiments and an exploration into progressive ways to travel.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Reindeer Games
Gather the family and get ready for a day filled with games! Test your skills on the high seas in a giant game of battleship, help construct a real-world Minecraft city, play detective in Clue, and try not to make the tower fall in a large-scale game of Jenga!
Wednesday, Dec. 23 – The Do, Re, Mis of the Holidays
From the ‘Do Re Mis’ to the ‘Fa La Las,’ make plans to experience the science of sound during this musical day! Enjoy performances from local choirs and bands, hear the difference between acoustic, analog and synthetic sounds, learn about vinyl cutting and more.
Monday, Dec. 28 – Surviving Wild Winters
Some animals are built to survive extremely cold winters, but humans are not! Enjoy a day exploring how to survive in the tundra. Learn how different species deal with the cold, observe endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions, and try your hand at some winter survival skills.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 – Dream a Little Dream
Visions of sugar plum fairies are dancing around the Science Center! Discover what happens to your brain while you sleep, craft your very own dream catcher, learn about hibernation and more!
Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Food Chemis-tree
Does your holiday celebration typically involve stretchy pants for maximum food-potential? Well, we’ve got a fun day in store for you! Discover the chemistry in your food with protein testing, iron detection, energy production and more!
Thursday, Dec. 31 – Happy NOON Year!
What 12 Days of Science celebration would be complete without a countdown to the NOON year?! Join us for a day filled with party blowers, resolutions and – of course – everyone’s favorite streamer celebration to kick off the “new” year!
The 12 Days of Science is sponsored by UL. Programs subject to change.
About Adventure Science Center
For 70 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. It is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.