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Program brings STEM experts, free IMAX films to SCI this summer

Program brings STEM experts, free IMAX films to SCI this summer

  • Wednesday May 2, 2018

Conservation topics take the center stage – and hit the giant screen – this summer as part of the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater’s monthly speaker series, Café Scientifique.

The free program features local experts with monthly presentations on a variety of relevant STEM topics. Part of a worldwide movement to engage communities in science conversations, the Science Center of Iowa launched Café Scientifique in 2010 and has since featured more than 85 local and national STEM experts.

This summer’s series includes an additional feature: Free screenings of IMAX films related to the topic presented in giant screen format on SCI’s six-story IMAX dome screen.

2018 Summer Series Events:

  • May 8 – Climate for Change: From Prairies to Pandas
    Presenter: Jessie Lowry, Director of Conservation and Research at Blank Park Zoo
    IMAX film: Pandas
  • June 12 – Iowa’s Ocean Origins
    Presenter: Gregory Barord, conservation biologist and marine biology instructor at Des Moines Public School’s Central Campus
    IMAX film: Oceans: Our Blue Planet
  • July 10 – Conservation in the Chemical Age
    Presenter: Niranjana Krishnan, Ph.D. candidate in toxicology at Iowa State University
    IMAX film: National Parks Adventure

Café Scientifique events take place on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 6:00 pm. For this series, the presentation will take place from 6:00-7:00 pm with the 45-minute IMAX film following at 7:15 pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from 5:30-6:00 pm during the pre-program reception.

Events are free and open to the public. Content is geared for adults and young adults, but all ages are welcome.

Details on these and future Café Scientifique programs can be found at www.sciowa.org/cafesci

About the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. Centrally located in Downtown Des Moines, SCI features dynamic experience platforms, large format theaters and daily interactive science demonstrations. Through daily visitors, a statewide educational outreach program and the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, the Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people annually.