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Science Museum of Virginia’s perennial favorite Science After Dark: GLOW returns for its sixth year on Friday, Oct. 18.

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The Science Museum of Virginia’s October Science After Dark always gets glowing reviews. Not only is it packed with fun hands-on science activities, but everything in the building is also illuminated, shining and radiating.

The Museum’s perennial favorite Science After Dark: GLOW returns for its sixth year on Friday, Oct. 18. The entire Dewey Gottwald Center will be filled with 10 different activity stations, including glow-in-the dark art, face painting, fluorescent satellite making, UV fog bubbles and straw rocket building. Guests can also make a LED item in The Forge, sample a glowing concoction from the Boost! kitchen and watch GLOW dancers and fire spinners perform throughout the evening. Plus, Museum educators will en-LIGHT-en guests about the science of glow with demos in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

In addition to the activities, there will be two live planetarium shows in the Dome at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Museum astronomers will take guests on an adventure through the cosmos to learn more about glowing celestial objects. At 8 p.m., the Museum will show “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on the Dome’s 76-foot screen.

The Museum’s three floors of exhibits and labs will be open during the event, including the new touring exhibition “Bionic Me,” an interactive experience showcasing ingenious medical, industrial and technological breakthroughs that have helped humans overcome challenges and enhance their lives.

Weather permitting, the Richmond Astronomical Society will be on the front lawn with telescopes letting guests stargaze after the sun goes down.

When:
Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Who:
Guests of all ages are invited to attend. The feature film at 8 p.m. is rated PG.

How:
Science After Dark admission is $10 online prior to the day of the event. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.50 for adults; $13.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older) and $10 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Science After Dark admission is free for Museum members, children under 2, educators, military and college students with a valid ID.

Admission includes exhibits and event programming. Guests can add the feature film in the Dome for $5; members may use a Dome pass if they wish. Dome feature film tickets are available for purchase only at Guest Services the night of the event.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Food and drinks, including craft beer, are available for purchase during Science After Dark in The Periodic Table café.

 

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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New Virtual Series “Science Shorts” at Science Museum of Virginia

Encouraged by the popularity of the astronomy shows broadcast on Facebook and Zoom-based Lunch Break Science presentations, educators are producing another virtual weekly series dubbed Science Shorts as another way to keep supporters connected to the Museum.

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Due to the hands-on interactive nature of the Science Museum of Virginia, they made the tough decision not to open their doors as the commonwealth enters Phase 3. That doesn’t mean the learning is going to stop. On June 30th they launched Science Shorts so that everyone can virtually experience STEM demonstrations in the labs and exhibits.

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What:
While guests cannot currently visit the Science Museum of Virginia to experience STEM demonstrations in the labs and exhibits, the Museum wants to make sure the public does not forget that there is science all around them, and that they can explore engaging science principals from home in fun and creative ways.

Encouraged by the popularity of the astronomy shows broadcast on Facebook and Zoom-based Lunch Break Science presentations, educators are producing another virtual weekly series dubbed Science Shorts as another way to keep supporters connected to the Museum.

Starting June 30, education team members will offer a less than five minute video explaining a science topic through a demonstration or activity. The Museum will then post follow-up resources that build on the topic in the video on its website for social followers to continue exploring from home.

When:
The Science Short shows will air weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. beginning June 30.

Who:
Curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to watch the videos and try out the activities at home. There is no registration or fee required.

Where:
The programs will be posted on the Museum’s social media channels: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. The corresponding activity guide will accessible on the Museum’s website.

Why:
Social followers have responded positively to the STEM at Home activities the Museum has posted since the public closure in mid-March, but also have expressed missing the educator-led interactions for which the Museum is known. Staff believe the Science Shorts will offer the demo experience guests enjoyed while at the Museum, the directions for conducting science at home and the reminder that quarantining and summer break does not mean forgetting about science.

The Museum is also using these digital videos to highlight the importance of science in our everyday lives and offer a dose of inspiration no matter where the audience is located.

How:
The new virtual series is made possible thanks to the generous support of WestRock.

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