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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following list features all scheduled events open to the public.


Spooky Science
Saturday, October 25, 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Enjoy a dinosaur-themed Halloween event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Come as your favorite dinosaur -- or Mesozoic Era creature -- and listen to a talk by Warren Allmon, director of the Paleontological Institution and its Museum of the Earth. The talk, about dinosaur art, will be at 11 a.m.

The MOST will also have real dinosaur fossils on display and hands-on activities for children to try, including Frankensaurus: Create your own dinosaur from different parts of a handful of dinosaurs. We'll put the finished products on display nearby.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free with exhibit admission



Dreaming with Dinosaurs sleepover
Saturday, October 25, 2014 through Sunday, October 26, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 AM


Spend a night at the museum dreaming amid the dinosaurs! Enjoy an evening of dinosaur activities: hunting for bones, reconstructing a dinosaur, working a dig pit as an amateur paleontologist and much more. Also included are an IMAX movie, evening snack, and planetarium show about the night sky that dinosaurs saw.

Each family will choose a place to set up camp among the dinosaurs, which will be deactivated for the night. We will provide a continental breakfast in the morning, and attendees are invited to tour the full museum before leaving.

Cost is $30 per person for members, $40 per person for nonmembers. Maximum 100 people; reservations required. Contact Betty Jones at (315) 425-9068 x2143 to reserve your place today.

Age Level: All ages


CNY Bridges Build 'Em & Bust 'Em
Saturday, November 08, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Teams of students in grades four through 12 can learn engineering principles while building a truss bridge out of basswood. The bridges will be busted to test their efficiency by seeing how much weight they can hold before breaking.

The MOST offers two bridge-building workshops from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 and 18, at which team members can get guidance on how to build their bridge and team leaders can pick up their wood.

Important announcement: Due to a balsa wood shortage, this year's event will use basswood. Please be sure to use only wood materials distributed by the MOST.

Link to the bridges website for rules, registration, and a rundown of the event. Have a question? Contact the event coordinator.

Age Level: Students in grades 4-12
Cost: Free


Veterans Day holiday
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The MOST will be open all day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day school holiday.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Regular exhibit & IMAX rates apply


Celebrate Dino Day: It's the MOST fun ever!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Celebrate dinosaurs at the MOST all day long with Dinomania 2014!
The day begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with a discussion of how dinosaurs became extinct by Linda Ivany of Syracuse University, part of TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique. Please RSVP with the number of people attending to jrcafe@tacny.org by Nov. 13.

Enjoy a trip to the past in the Orion motion simulator and rescue Space Dock from certain disaster by retrieving an energy crystal from the Capture the Crystal storage facility/laser maze. Then tour Dinomania to see the realistic animatronic animals. Get lost in the sights and sounds of the Mesozoic Era. Sit and watch a video transform the exhibit hall from day to night and back again, complete with a lightening storm that "causes" a fire.

The fun continues with hands-on dinosaur activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out real dinosaur fossils at a handling table. Dig for a "dinosaur egg" -- and take it home! Color dinosaur pages and make a dinosaur hat. Ask a MOST staffer to tell you more about the Cretaceous creatures filling the building.

Be sure to catch a special show about The Changing Universe in the Silverman Planetarium at 3:15 p.m. And don't forget to catch a showing of "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" in the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater. It plays at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

It's fun for the whole family! The talk is free, touring Dinomania and the hands-on activities are free with exhibit admission, and planetarium shows are free for members and $2 a person for nonmembers. Orion motion simulator and Capture the Crystal laser maze attractions cost $2 each, and IMAX tickets cost up to $6.50 for members and up to $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can save up to $6 a person by buying a combo ticket, which includes exhibit admission and one IMAX movie.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Varied


November TACNY Junior Café Scientifique: "What Killed the Dinosaurs?"
Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is what cause the demise of the dinosaurs and features Linda C. Ivany, PhD, a professor of Earth science at Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. The full title of the talk is "What Killed the Dinosaurs and How Do We Know?"

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free


November Sensory Friendly Time
Saturday, November 15, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Staff turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, and shuts off the air compressors so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. The museum also offers quiet areas where participants can sit, relax, and regroup.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers


Thanksgiving Day holiday
Thursday, November 27, 2014


The MOST will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.



Polar Express Pajama Party
Saturday, November 29, 2014
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Start -- or continue -- a holiday tradition with the MOST's Polar Express Pajama Party. For the ninth consecutive holiday season, the MOST is bringing back "The Polar Express" on our six-story IMAX® domed theater.

Bring your children in their pajamas to partake in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa. Then enter the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater for a showing of "The Polar Express."

Polar Express Pajama Parties cost $4 per person in addition to the cost of the IMAX ticket. For MOST members, IMAX tickets are $6.50 per adult and $5.50 per child under 12 and senior age 65-plus. For nonmembers, IMAX tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per child and senior.

To make a reservation, call 425-9068, ext. 2132, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. But hurry! The parties are limited to 200 people, and they sell out quickly.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Up to $12.50 for members, $14 for nonmembers


Polar Express Pajama Party
Saturday, December 06, 2014
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Start -- or continue -- a holiday tradition with the MOST's Polar Express Pajama Party. For the ninth consecutive holiday season, the MOST is bringing back "The Polar Express" on our six-story IMAX® domed theater.

Bring your children in their pajamas to partake in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa. Then enter the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater for a showing of "The Polar Express."

Polar Express Pajama Parties cost $4 per person in addition to the cost of the IMAX ticket. For MOST members, IMAX tickets are $6.50 per adult and $5.50 per child under 12 and senior age 65-plus. For nonmembers, IMAX tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per child and senior.

To make a reservation, call 425-9068, ext. 2132, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. But hurry! The parties are limited to 200 people, and they sell out quickly.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Up to $12.50 for members, $14 for nonmembers


Sensory Friendly Polar Express Pajama Party
Saturday, December 13, 2014
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Start -- or continue -- a holiday tradition with the MOST's Polar Express Pajama Party. For the ninth consecutive holiday season, the MOST is bringing back "The Polar Express" on our six-story IMAX® domed theater.

Bring your children in their pajamas to partake in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa. Then enter the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater for a showing of "The Polar Express."

This day's party is reserved for people with sensory processing challenges. During the Sensory Friendly Polar Express Pajama Party, the IMAX sound system is turned down, the doors are left open for visitors who need to take a break from the stimulation, and the audience understands that there are children who may not be perfectly quiet.

Polar Express Pajama Parties cost $4 per person in addition to the cost of the IMAX ticket. For MOST members, IMAX tickets are $6.50 per adult and $5.50 per child under 12 and senior age 65-plus. For nonmembers, IMAX tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per child and senior.

To make a reservation, call 425-9068, ext. 2132, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. But hurry! The parties are limited to 200 people, and they sell out quickly.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Up to $12.50 for members, $14 for nonmembers


December TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique - "Totally Hip: The Science and Engineering of Joint Replacements"
Saturday, December 20, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is the science and engineering of joint replacements and features Julie M. Hasenwinkel, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University. She is also a member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


Polar Express Pajama Party
Saturday, December 20, 2014
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Start -- or continue -- a holiday tradition with the MOST's Polar Express Pajama Party. For the ninth consecutive holiday season, the MOST is bringing back "The Polar Express" on our six-story IMAX® domed theater.

Bring your children in their pajamas to partake in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa. Then enter the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater for a showing of "The Polar Express."

Polar Express Pajama Parties cost $4 per person in addition to the cost of the IMAX ticket. For MOST members, IMAX tickets are $6.50 per adult and $5.50 per child under 12 and senior age 65-plus. For nonmembers, IMAX tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per child and senior.

To make a reservation, call 425-9068, ext. 2132, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. But hurry! The parties are limited to 200 people, and they sell out quickly.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Up to $12.50 for members, $14 for nonmembers


New Year's Day
Thursday, January 01, 2015
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Start the New Year right with a focus on education: Visit the MOST! We'll be open on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Up to $10 a person for nonmembers


January TACNY Junior Café Scientifique: "The Snowball Earth"
Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is how our planet nearly froze solid twice in its history and features Christopher K. Junium, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University.

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


February TACNY Junior Café Scientifique - "The Onondaga Lake Remediation"
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is the cleanup of Onondaga Lake and features David Smith, dredge and cap operations manager, and Tom Drachenberg, P.E., quality program manager of the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project. The complete title of the talk is "The Onondaga Lake Remediation: A History-Making Environmental Cleanup Right Out Our Front Door."

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


March TACNY Junior Café Scientifique - "Bringing a Volcano to Syracuse"
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is lava experiments at Syracuse University and features Dr. Jeffrey A. Karson, professor of geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. The complete title of the talk is "Bringing a Volcano to Syracuse: Lava Experiments at Syracuse University."

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


Central New York Science & Engineering Fair
Sunday, March 22, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


There's no better way to learn about science than by actually conducting an experiment. Students in grades four through 12 can get hands-on experience running an experiment and reporting their results at the 36th annual Central New York Science & Engineering Fair, set for March 22, 2015, at SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus.

CNYSEF accepts science fair projects from students in grades 4-12 at public and private schools and homeschooled students located in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga, and Cortland counties.

Students interested in participating in the CNYSEF are not required to have had previous science fair experience. Everyone is invited to submit a project and qualify to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including full college scholarships.

Link to the CNYSEF website for rules, registration, and a rundown of the day's events. Have a question? Ask the event coordinator.

Age Level: Students in grades 4-12
Cost: Free


April TACNY Junior Café Scientifique -
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is cryptography and features Sarah Muccio, PhD, a mathematician with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate, director of the Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) Cyber Security Boot Camp, and adjunct faculty at Syracuse University.

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


May TACNY Junior Café Scientifique - "Drive Clean: How to Drop Gasoline, Fix Climate Change and Still Keep Our Cars"
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is fuel cell electric cars and features Paul F. Mutolo, PhD, director of external partnerships for the New York State Center for Future Energy Systems at Cornell University and co-founder and president of Standard Hydrogen Corp.

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


Central New York Rocket Team Challenge
Saturday, June 06, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Students in grades four through 12 learn about rocket science -- and physics -- by launching rockets as part of the Central New York Rocket Team Challenge, set for June 6, 2015, at Syracuse University's Skytop field. It's a sight to see as the rockets zoom into the sky, separate, and fall back to earth, sometimes in the open and other times in a tree.

Teams of between four and eight students build rockets from kits and decorate them. The rockets are loaded with an altimeter, camera, rocket motor and an egg astronaut for launch. College faculty and professional engineers judge the students on the quality of their construction, knowledge of the subject, how well they estimated their trajectory, and whether their "eggstronaut" survived the ride.

Due to high demand and increasing costs, we are limiting registration to two teams per grade level, per school up to a maximum of six teams per school. All registered teams must have a minimum of four students and all team members are expected to attend the June 6, 2015, launch.

Funding is available for 100 teams, after which we will create a waiting list. Priority will be given to wait listed teams who have no other teams from their school or organization registered. Schools can reuse a rocket from a previous Rocket Team Challenge or buy their own kit to add teams beyond the six permitted.

List to the event website for rules, registration, and a rundown of the day. Got a question? Contact the event coordinator.

Age Level: Students in grades 4-12
Cost: Free


June TACNY Junior Café Scientifique: "The Science of Scuba Diving"
Saturday, June 20, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the event, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free.

This month's topic is the science of scuba diving and features Timothy M. Corcoran, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer #187566.

Sponsored by the Technology Alliance of Central New York, the talks are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., in Syracuse's Armory Square. A light breakfast is served before the event. Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org so TACNY knows how many people will be attending.

Age Level: All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: jrcafe@tacny.org


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