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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceJuly 2015
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Asteroid Day
Purple Rose Theatre
Acheson Planetarium
Bat Walk
Cranbrook Space Odyssey
Science Fans
Summer Camp 2015
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� 2013 Colton Graub

Summer is here and the Institute of Science is open every day until Labor Day. New this month, we're offering a free-with-admission activity each weekday. And, coming this fall, a new continuing education program is in the works. See details within this newsletter and share your ideas with us.


Go Science! 

Asteroid Day is a Blast!

Cranbrook joins in the international celebration of Asteroid Day on Saturday, July 11 from noon until 4pm. A global movement, Asteroid Day (actual date, June 30) was established to heighten awareness of the potential threat asteroids pose to life on earth. The Institute of Science is hosting a series of activities, displays, and lectures in observance of the event, including the recently revised Rocks from Space exhibit, the chance to inspect and handle genuine meteorites and asteroid impact glass; and lessons in how to distinguish meteorites from "meteor wrongs." Join us to learn more about the asteroid threat, or to see the extent of an impact on Cranbrook!

The Purple Rose Theatre at the Institute of Science

The Purple Rose Theatre Company makes a stop at the Institute of Science as part of its 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour on Sunday, July 19 at 7pm. This five-stop, FREE live concert reading tour will tickle your funny-bone, warm your heart and take you on a thrill ride with snippets from next season's lineup. Seating is limited. Tickets must be pre booked by calling The Purple Rose Theater at 734 433.7782.
Summer in the Acheson Planetarium
In addition to the regular weekend schedule, the Acheson Planetarium is offering programs on the hour from 11:30am until 3:30pm each weekday until Labor Day. Just in time for NASA's New Horizons mission scheduled to arrive at Pluto on July 14, 2015, Ice Worlds explores the delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life, a topic of exploration and discovery in science for generations. An update on the New Horizons mission is included in this program. Save the drive to the amusement park and hop aboard SpacePark360 to experience nine different "rides" through space set to popular music in an immersive experience unlike any other. And, of course, our sky shows include a free sky guide to take with you. The Observatory is open every Friday and Saturday night, and the first Sunday of the month for summer sky viewing. Explore the experience.

Take an Evening Bat Walk

Experts from the Organization for Bat Conservation invite guests of join them every Friday and Saturday night until August 29 as they venture across Cranbrook's campus in the search for bats. Watch bats dip and dive over ponds, listen to their echolocation with bat detectors, and learn how bats impact our local environment and even economy. Bring comfortable shoes and bug spray. Bat Shows are now available every week day at 12:30 and 2:30pm until Labor Day as well. Tickets for shows and walk are $5 per person with museum admission. Walk times vary based on sunset.

Enter a Black Hole and Join the Hubble Space Mission in Cranbrook Space Odyssey

Make the Institute your gateway to the universe this summer during Cranbrook Space Odyssey through August 31. Search the cosmos for one of the most unique objects known to science in Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists, and explore the Hubble Space Telescope New Views of the Universe. Interactive exhibits, objects and artifacts on loan and from the Institute's own collections, and the Institute's astronomical resources, launch the visitor into an intergalactic experience! Stop by before July 12 to see an actual suit from Apollo before it goes back to NASA. Cranbrook Space Odyssey is free with admission.

Science Fans Get Ready to Learn!

Starting this fall the Institute of Science will offer a new series of educational experiences designed for anyone looking to expand their horizons. We'll explore various scientific topics including geology, paleontology, Michigan history, computer programming, emergent technology, and more. Single and multiple-session programs will be offered for adults, young adults, and family audiences. Check our website for more information, or call 248 645.3117, and watch for details in future E-newsletters.

Explore Science! During Summer Camp 2015

Chemistry concoctions, rocket launches, exploration of rivers, ponds, and woods, and a visit to the bat Zone are all part of the summer camp experience at Cranbrook Institute of Science. We have a limited number of openings for curious campers in grades K through 2 for this summer. Campers are invited to register now to utilize Cranbrook's 319-acre "outdoor laboratory" and the resources of a museum to explore the wonder of science. Week-long camps run through August 10. To review camp selections visit our website or call 248 645.3210 for a 2015 Explore Science! Summer Camp Guide.