By MICHAEL L. SAMPSON
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery hosts Super Science Saturday on March 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Super Science Saturday is a free admission day opportunity that the Museum offers three times a year. The event is intended to permit anyone who hasn’t had a chance to visit the museum before, or those who haven’t been in a while, to see what all the fuss is about!
This Winters Super Science Saturday program is themed March Mathness and reflects the Museum’s emphasis on STEM learning. It also confirms a commitment to emphasize the impact of science on everyday life. Students and their families, teachers, and peers will be immersed in science demonstrations and experiments, presentations, and exhibits designed to engage and challenge enquiring minds of all ages.
Highlights include live animal encounters, planetarium shows, science labs, and science theater shows.
The emphasis on Math, one of the focal points included in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will be explored in an exciting way. Dawn Kirchner, Vice President of Education at the Boonshoft Museum expressed that “Math can be fun if young minds grasp it fearlessly and view numbers as friends instead of foes. When they actually have a hands-on experience with math, they get excited about the outcomes.”
Special Family Events planned for March Mathness include geometry-related games that encourage fun with math. There will also be math challenges like Popsicle Symmetry, Balanced Math, Square Puzzle, Connect the Dots of Pi and Measure Femur Length.
The Discovery Zoo invites you to celebrate the birthdays of our favorite otters and our most popular possum. Later, the North American river otters, Splasher and Diver, will accept their gifts as they turn a middle-aged seven years old.
Not to be outdone, however, is Odie the Virginia Opossum, who receives his rewards and celebrates his first year, which may represent from a quarter to one-half of his entire lifespan. All Super Science Saturday guests are invited to celebrate their special day with them. Join in the fun as they receive presents and savor “cakes” only-an-animal could love.
The party continues for Odie as he meets visitors for a Keeper Talk followed by an end of the day Otter Talk. Normal programming will proceed as scheduled with roaming animals who will meet and greet guests throughout the day, as well as coloring and craft tables for the artistically-inclined.
All Super Science Saturday events are FREE as part of the day-long science celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Edibles will be available from local food-truck favorite, McNasty’s.