12 Days of Science kick off this Saturday at Adventure Science Center
Visitors will explore the science behind favorite holiday movies
NASHVILLE, Nov. 23, 2015—The ever-popular 12 Days of Science return to Adventure Science Center beginning this Saturday, Nov. 28, with an exploration of the science behind everyone’s favorite holiday movies such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Home Alone.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.adventuresci.org/12days or scroll down. Adventure Science Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will return to normal hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Friday, Nov. 27.
Special activities on the First Day of Science (Nov. 28):
· A Christmas Story – Remember when Flick was dared to stick his tongue to the flag pole? Thermodynamics came into play during that experience, so come discover why things freeze.
· Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – We all know about Rudolph with his “nose so bright,” but how might it be able to glow? Learn about conductivity while enjoying some play-doh exploration.
· The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s style of stop-motion filming seems to have a glow. Craft your own glow-in-the-dark painting!
· Home Alone – Kevin’s booby-trap ridden home was an efficient way to keep the “Wet Bandits” at bay. Explore the science behind these traps that incorporate pendulum physics and oscillations to thwart the burglars’ efforts!
· Special Sci-Bite presentations (1:30 & 2:30 p.m.) – Decking the Halls Griswold Style. Learn about electricity and conductivity while discovering how to be safe with holiday lights. Prepare to see some shocking demonstrations!
All special activities included with general admission.
Among the current exhibits at the Science Center is the annual All Aboard for Trains!, showcasing some of the area’s finest working model railroads. Visitors can control moving elements of the displays as the trains travel through miniature landscapes. And younger children won’t want to miss Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.
Also included with general admission is the Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived temporary exhibit. Dive into the remarkable story of this massive creature and explore the evolution, biology and misconceptions of giant prehistoric sharks. The exhibit showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections.
Returning to the Sudekum Planetarium’s Judith Payne Turner Theatre to ring in the holiday spirit is everyone’s favorite Laser Holidays show! Visitors can watch as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Sugar Plum Fairies come to life in brilliant laser animation among the thousands of stars across the 63-foot fulldome projection screen. Show times available at www.adventuresci.org/schedule. Additional ticket required.
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 Thanksgiving and 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, Nov. 28 – Holiday Movies
Step into the big screen and explore the science behind some of your favorite holiday movies such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Home Alone. Bring your whole family… we triple dog dare you!
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Global Celebrations
Have you ever wondered how countries around the world celebrate the holiday season? Brush up on your geography and join us for a celebration of global proportions. Learn the traditions and customs of other cultures and enjoy performances by local groups with international heritage!
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, hovercrafts 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.