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Science of Chocolate: Cocoa-ology

When: February 19, 2015 7:00 pm

The Maryland Science Center’s science of adult beverage series focuses on chocolate in February with a presentation in Cocoa-ology. The presentation will feature chocolate pairings with wines and liqueurs as well as a mild dose of history and science facts. Advance ticket purchase required.

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Structures

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: January 27 - February 1 How Much? Free with paid admission

Learn and use engineering and architectural skills to build different structures in The Shed. Assemble different types of materials together to make constructions.

Friday Night Stargazing

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: The Observatory When: Every Friday Night, 5:30-9:00pm How Much? Free to the public

Venture out to our urban rooftop Observatory to view the night sky as our staff help you find planets and constellations. The Observatory is open every Friday night, weather permitting. Stargazing is free and open to the public, admission to the Science Center is not required. Please phone 410.545.2999 before your visit to check on viewing conditions.

DIY Workshop: Block Printing

Who: Ages 10+ (under 16 must be participating with an adult) Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: January 31, 2015 10:30 am - 12:30 pm How Much? $15 per person

This workshop is sold out. Join the Maryland Science Center in The Shed for Introduction to Block Printing. This workshop is a basic course and will cover the carving and printing process. Participants will learn about different block printing tools, carve a block, and print their own images.

Sungazing Saturdays

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: The Observatory When: Every Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Safely look at the Sun and its features–such as sunspots and prominences–through a special set of filters on our telescope. The Observatory is open to museum visitors every Saturday, weather permitting, and admission is included in general Science Center admission. Please phone 410.545.2999 before your visit to check on viewing conditions.

Flying Contraptions

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 3 - 8 How Much? Free with paid admission

Make it fly! Come join us as we build aerodynamic objects such as kites and airplanes and test out different materials in our wind tubes.

Itsy Bitsy Infants

Who: Families & Kids Where: Kids Room When: February 4 & 18 at 11:00am How Much? Free with paid admission

Join the Kids Room staff in the Room to Grow for a program designed for our smallest scientists, 0 to 24 months with their adult caregivers. Stimulate those young minds and help develop their earliest skills by enjoying music, rhymes, finger plays and more.

First Fridays

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: Every month on the first Friday until March 6, 2015 How Much? $9.00 admission

Every First Friday of the month from October – March the Maryland Science Center celebrates with discounted admission from 5:00-8:00pm.

Simple Machines

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 10 - 13 How Much? Free with paid admission

Levers, ramps, pulleys, screws, wheels, and wedges – simple machines are used all around us! Come learn all about them and use everyday materials to create a chain reaction around The Shed.

Animal Antics

Who: Families & Kids Where: Kids Room When: February 10 & 24 at 11:00am How Much? Free with paid admission

Join the Kids Room staff in the Learning Lab for an animal story and a visit from one of the Science Center’s resident creatures. Learn about how they move, eat, and adapt to thrive in their diverse environments. From tarantulas to opossums, each encounter will feature a different guest star.

Meet NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 11, 2015 11:30 am - 1:30 pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Meet Baltimore native and NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman at the Maryland Science Center. Reid has recently returned home after spending six months aboard the International Space Station. You’ll have the chance to ask a real astronaut all of your questions about space, and even see videos from his space missions!

Simply Scientists

Who: Families & Kids Where: Kids Room When: February 12 & 26 at 11:00am How Much? Free with paid admission

Join the Kids Room staff in the Learning Lab to try your hand at an easy experiment. Young scientists can explore a different concept each month through hands-on science fun. This month’s concept is Ice and Cold.

Shed Press

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 14 - 16 How Much? Free with paid admission

Be your own writer and publisher today at The Shed! Learn how to bind a book and come make a zine, a homemade publication, about your favorite skills.

Open on President’s Day

Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 16, 2015

Although typically closed on Mondays in the winter, the entire Maryland Science Center will be open on Monday, February 16 from 10am – 5pm.

Downhill Challenge

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 17 - 20 How Much? Free with paid admission

Design and build a bobsled that can race down our tracks! We will be exploring concepts of aerodynamics and friction as we engineer our racers.

Science of Chocolate: Cocoa-ology

Who: 21+ only, Adults Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 19, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm How Much? $45 ($40 for Members)

The Maryland Science Center’s science of adult beverage series focuses on chocolate in February with a presentation in Cocoa-ology. The presentation will feature chocolate pairings with wines and liqueurs as well as a mild dose of history and science facts. Advance ticket purchase required.

Woodworking

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 21 and 22 How Much? Free with paid admission

Join us in this hands-on workshop and learn how to use different woodworking tools such as saws, hammers and drills. We will have wood available for you to practice on and build your own project.

DIY Workshop: Woodworking

Who: Ages 10+ (under 16 must be participating with an adult) Where: The Shed When: February 21, 2015 10:30 am - 12:30 pm How Much? $15 per project, maximum two participants per project

This workshop is sold out. Join the Maryland Science Center in The Shed and learn the basics of Woodworking. Participants will learn how to plan out a project and use different tools, such as hammers, saws, and clamps, to create a custom box that can be used as a toolbox or planter for the upcoming season to take home.

Cardboard Architecture

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 24 - 27 How Much? Free with paid admission

What do you want to build? This week we will be creating different cardboard structures to form a model city.

Cryptography

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: February 28 - March 1 How Much? Free with paid admission

Worried about secure communications? Try out some cryptographic activities that show how messages can be scrambled and de-coded!

Bridge Building Challenge

Who: Families & Kids Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 28, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm How Much? Free to participate and museum admission free for up to 4 team members

Get ready to put your engineering skills to the test in our Bridge Building Challenge. Teams of up to four people will pick up their kits when they arrive and bridge construction will take place beginning at 11:00am at the Maryland Science Center. Advance registration required.

Gadgets & Gears Day

Who: Adults, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 28, 2015 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Maryland Science Center with robots, drones, radio controlled cars, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and more. The day will be full of challenges and discovery related to the design process, the role of the engineer, and the future of different technologies in the field.

Papercraft

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: March 3 - 6 How Much? Free with paid admission

Draw on it, fold it, tear it, cut it up – there are so many possibilities when working with paper! Try out the different activities for papercraft that involve science, engineering and design.

Simply Scientists

Who: Families & Kids Where: Kids Room When: March 5 & 19 at 11:00am How Much? Free with paid admission

Join the Kids Room staff in the Learning Lab to try your hand at an easy experiment. Young scientists can explore a different concept each month through hands-on science fun. This month’s concept is Plants.

Woodworking

Who: Recommended for Grades 2+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: March 7 & 8 How Much? Free with paid admission

Join us in this hands-on workshop and learn how to use different woodworking tools such as saws, hammers and drills.

Scope Out the Night Sky

Who: Families & Kids Where: Robinson Nature Center When: March 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm How Much? $24 per family (up to five members)

Join MSC staff at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD for a telescope themed evening that includes a planetarium program, a make-and-take Galileoscope (one per family) and the chance to hold a real meteorite and “tour” the night sky.