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October 2010
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Chemistry Day
World of Dinosaurs
Halloween Science 2010
Michigan Mineralogical Society
Second Saturday Science
The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs
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Chemistry Day Takes Visitors to Hollywood
Discover some of the secrets behind the special effects Chemistry Dayused in movies and TV when the American Chemical Society  presents Chemistry Day: Behind the Scenes on Sunday, October 17 from Noon to 4 p.m.  Through hands-on activities, visitors will explore the chemistry  used to create the "magic" that is shown in the media. that behind to appreciate that common chemical concepts explain the mystery behind. Volunteers from Kids & Chemistry of the American Chemical Society will assist children with the experiments.  Free with admission.

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World of Dinosaurs
WODTravel back 250 million years to the Mesozoic Era and wander among one of Michigan's largest-ever exhibitions of dinosaur fossils and fossil-casts in World of Dinosaurs; Land, Sea and Air.
Encompassing almost 6,000 square feet with more than 60 full-scale dinosaur mounts representing 40 species; World of Dinosaurs brings visitors within inches of the remarkable dinosaurs, reptiles and birds of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Dinosaurs."

On land, the terrifying 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex "Stan," one of the largest T. rex ever discovered, rules the landscape.  Under the sea, giant reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs give a glimpse of life in the deep sea.  Overhead, the flying reptiles including a flock of Tapejera Pterosaurs hover as if searching for their next meal.  Throughout World of Dinosaurs, graphics provide information and renditions of what many of the specimens may have looked like in life and possible reasons for their demise. 

World of Dinosaurs: Land Sea and Air runs through January 2, 2011 and is free with admission.

Since October means Halloween, and science is the stuff of which Halloween is made, one could argue it is the most scientific of months. Dinosaurs, space, magic  (which is NOT a science, but can be debunked by science) and all the other cool, "gross," scientific aspects of Halloween make for a fun, just-scary-enough good time. It's also a great opportunity for the Institute to leverage kids' interest in these subjects to make Halloween a learning experience.  Halloween Science, one of our most popular annul events, offers families the opportunity to better understand some of the science behind the spooky-physics, zoology, chemistry and paleontology. Or, in Halloween-speak-- pumpkin tossing, cockroach racing and sheep eye dissection, liquid nitro and dry ice demos, and a ghost-like virtual guide named Meg!  We've redesigned Halloween Science  this year to give visitors two time options for better planning. Every ticket includes a chance to visit the museum's World of Dinosaurs exhibition and the opportunity to see a special planetarium program. Early registration is strongly urged.
Don't miss the chance to play paleontologist during the Second Saturday Science Series' Dino Lab on October 9. Institute scientists will guide visitors and help them use the tools used for removing the bones from the matrix in which they were discovered.
John Zawiskie will take the audience behind the scenes into the field of dinosaur research during a lecture on the 15th of the month. He'll also give a brief overview of the newly named Utahceratops, a skull cast of which is displayed as part of the World of Dinosaurs exhibition. This lecture is free to Members.
Finally when planning your visits to the museum this month, please note: the museum will be closed on October 23 until the first Halloween Science event at 3 p.m.
Go Science! 
Halloween Science 2010
Halloween Science Monster myths, cockroach races, medieval-style warfare, and ScreamPark360, a haunted roller coaster in space, are all part of the Institute's 2010 Halloween Science event on Saturday, October 23. The creepiest educational experience the Institute offers, this year's event features science demo stations, Make and Take activities, a special virtual roller coaster ride program in the planetarium, trick or treating and much more!  Outside, the Institute's three-ton trebuchet, a modern version of a medieval siege weapon, will hurl pumpkins and medicine balls into the air!  We will even show you how to breathe like a dragon!
For better flexibility in planning their Halloween Science experience, visitors select from one of two sessions of two hours each from either 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Tickets for preregistered attendees are $10 per child and $2 per adult for Members, and $13 per child and $5 per adult for non Members.  A limited number of walk up spaces will be available at $13 per child and $5 per adult for Members, and $16 per child and $8 per adult for non Members. To register, call 248 645.3210 or click here. Preregistration closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 21. The Institute will be closed to public all day prior to Halloween Science.  Planetarium tickets will distributed on a first come, first served basis at the event.

Visit the Institute at the Michigan Mineralogical Society's Annual Show
CrystalsDetroit Rocks to a different kind of Rock Show when the Michigan Mineralogical Society presents its Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show October 8, 9 and 10 at the Macomb Community College South Campus Expo Center.  Cranbrook Institute of Science is a sponsor this year and the Institute will display mounted dinosaur skeletons and several mineral cases, highlighted by a special diamond display in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Michigan Mineralogical Society.  Hours are Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Adults $8, Seniors (62 up) $5, Children (5 - 17) $4, Scouts in uniform $3, and a three day pass is $12.  Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a free pass to the Institute of Science. Macomb Community College South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road (at Hayes).  More information at
Second Saturday Science Series Presents: Dino Lab
Dino Lab
Visitors can test their skills as a paleontologist on Saturday, October 9 from 1-4pm as part of the Second Saturday Science Series' Dino Lab event.  Using the actual tools scientists use in bone removal, visitors of all ages will help reveal the ancient creature buried within the rock. Dino Lab takes place in the World of Dinosaurs exhibit and is free with admission.

Institute Lecture Series Presents: The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs
HeptaEnter the realm of the science researcher on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. when Institute Geologist John Zawiskie takes the audience from the Triassic rocks in the Antarctic to central Wyoming as he discusses the role he and a team of geologists from Wayne State University played in researching the early history of dinosaurs.  John also will give a brief overview of the newly-named Utahceratops (cousin of the familiar Triceratops) which was described in the September 22 issue of the online scientific journal  A cast of a Utahceratops skull is on display in the lobby. Lecture tickets are free for Members and $4 per person for non-Members. Call 248 645.3210 or click here to register.

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