Tuesday, November 4, 2003

November is the Time for Fun Learning at Scitrek

By now you've become familiar with SciTrek, your favorite hands-on science and technology museum dedicated to inspiring and educating young people to become the innovators of the future. In the past we've told you about exciting exhibits like "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats," "ZOOMZone," and "Microbes: Invisible Invader-Amazing Allies." This November SciTrek is offering you several opportunities to learn about science in challenging and exciting ways!

Challenger Space Mission
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an astronaut? Well, now is your chance to find out! Come explore SciTrek's new Challenger Learning Center and participate in a 2-hour space mission simulation program. You will have an opportunity to experience both Mission Control and the Space Station! Missions are geared for children and adults ages 9 and older. You can fly into action on November 8 from 10 AM-12 PM or 1-3 PM. Call 404-522-5500 ext. 253 for more details.

Family Day

Sometimes families just need to spend a little quality time together. And what better way to spend that time than learning together through fun adventures at SciTrek- November 15 will be family day at SciTrek. Admission will be free all day long and participants will have access to all permanent SciTrek exhibits, including:

* Life of the Brain
* Science of Ice Hockey
* RoboMars
* The SciTrek Express
* ZOOMZone
* Electric-Magnetic Junction
* The Color Factory
* Light Reflections
* Perception and Illusions
* Simple Machines: How Things Work
* KidSpace
* Communications Gallery
* STARS - SciTrek Amateur Radio Society
* Georgia Technology Hall of Fame

FIRST Lego League Competition
FIRST Lego League is an international program for children ages 9-14 that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams consist of up to 10 players that focus on such things as team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking. With the help of LEGO® MINDSTORMS- Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions. Come watch this exciting competition at SciTrek from 10 AM-5 PM on November 22! If you are interested in registering for the event, please visit www.usfirst.org/robotics/.