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Cranbrook Institute of ScienceMay 2016
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Saving the Kirtland's Warbler
Transit of Mercury
Stories from the Bones
Astronomy Day
Hack this Camp
BATS: Superheroes of the Night
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Saving the Kirtland's Warbler

The Institute's popular lecture series in partnership with the Nature Conservancy presents "Saving the Kirtland's Warbler," a lecture by Dr. Dave Ewert, Senior Scientist with The Nature Conservancy on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30pm. Hear the inspiring story of bringing North America's rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it's being protected now, what makes the Kirtland's Warbler unique, and why Michigan is home to almost the entire population. Lecture begins with a Meet and Greet the Scientist and cash bar at 6:30pm, followed by a 7pm lecture and Q & A ending by 8pm. Tickets are $12 per person for the general public, and $10 for Institute and Nature Conservancy Members. Register online or by calling 248 645.3210. View past lectures online at
Cranbrook Institute of Science Opens for Transit of Mercury
The Institute opens its Observatory for special hours on Monday, May 9 from 10am until 3pm when the planet Mercury passes directly in front of the Sun during a rare astronomical event known as a transit. A transit is the passage of a smaller celestial body or its shadow across the disk of a larger celestial body. This Transit of Mercury will be visible-weather permitting-for at least several hours in most of the world, including the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and most of Asia. As observed from Earth, Mercury and Venus are the only planets of the solar system that make transits of the Sun, because they are the only planets with orbits that lie between Earth and the Sun. Special admission pricing is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 2-14 and Seniors 65+. Children 2 and under and Members are free. 

Stories from the Bones-Mammoths of the Great Lakes Region

Join paleontologist Dr. Eileen Johnson and learn about her fascinating detective work on Mammoths from Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm. Jonson will explore the stories these fossil bones tell us about natural deaths, carnivores and the survival strategies of early people in the Great Lakes Region 14,500 years ago. Mammoth and Mastodon teeth and bones from the collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science will also be available for direct examination by visitors before and after the lecture. Dr. Eileen Johnson is Director of Academic and Curatorial Programs; Chair, Museum Science; and Horn Professor of Museum Science, Museum of Texas Tech University. Admission to this lecture is free.

Astronomy Day is a Blast!

Cranbrook Observatory Telescope

The Institute of Science celebrates International Astronomy Day with free activities and events on Saturday, May 14 from 1-4pm. Guests will learn how to use a telescope, build a star chart, or safely view the sun live and in real time from the Observatory. Members of the Warren Astronomical Society and Cranbrook astronomers will be on hand to guide space explorers through their astronomical journey as we celebrate this year's theme; "Bringing Astronomy to the People." Please note, during Astronomy Day 2016 we will ONLY have 15 minute, live sky planetarium programs at 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15 and 3:45pm. Astronomy Day events are free with admission to the museum.

Tear It Up, Take It Apart, Make It Work; Hack this Camp!

Do you know a 6th, 7th, or 8th Grader who likes to take things apart, figure out how they work, tinker, or create their own machines? The Institute's Hackers Camp will help them channel their curiosity and creativity, flex their creative and problem-solving muscles, and experiment with kits, electronic components, and soldering irons to bring their ideas to life. Campers will discover how things work while building robots that respond to their environment, using Arduino for computer programming, building a one-string guitar, and constructing a model trebuchet. Explore camp options and Hack This Camp July 25 - 29.

BATS: Superheroes of the Night

The Superheroes of the Night exhibition is a 5000-square-foot bat immersion unlike any offered at the Institute of Science ever before. In addition to seeing Malayan Flying Foxes, the largest species of bat in the world, weighing around 2 pounds and boasting 5-6 foot wingspans, hands on activities include the chance to meet a robot bat, study a model of a bat skeleton as big as a human, and get a close up look at specimens of bats from around the world. Discover the Superheroes!