March 1 – April 20 “Atomic Energy: A Life Magazine exhibition prepared in consultation with the United States Atomic Energy Commission” is a 1948 panel exhibition prepared by Life magazine for distribution, and was announced in National Committee on Atomic Energy newsletter 66 years ago. The vintage photographic panel exhibit portrays the constructive uses of atomic energy, and the need for international control. Artifacts included are the panel display shipping crate, an exhibition pamphlet stamped American Museum of Atomic Energy, and at least one book mentioned in the pamphlet will be displayed. This exhibit was donated to AMSE in 2013 by the Samuel P. Hayes Research Library at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. AMSE Lobby.
March 2 “Penny4Arts Performances for Knox Co Students and Their Families.” The first Sunday of each month, AMSE admission specifically for Knox County students (ages 5 – 15) is one penny, when accompanied by a paying adult (18 and older) admission. Limit is 3 children per paying adult. Must have proof of Knox County residency (driver’s license) required for each adult accompanying children ages 5 – 15. On Sunday AMSE is open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Some restrictions apply. For more information, go to www.penny4arts.com
March 7 Homeschool Friday Program “Geology Rocks” for grades K-2 and grades 3-6. Students will learn about the layers of the earth, their composition, depth, temperatures, and their relation to minerals. Activities include testing 9 kinds of minerals and observing 15 kinds of rocks. Cost for the one-hour program at 10:30 am for K-2 is $7.00 non-member and $5.00 for AMSE member, while cost for two-hour program at 12:30 pm for grades 3-6 is $12.00 for non-members and $9.00 for AMSE member. Registration forms are at www.amse.org or get at AMSE.
March 8 “East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest” for students in grades 7-12. All bridges must be registered and entered between 8:00 am and 10:00 am EST. Testing begins when bridge is qualified. Award ceremony follows testing. The objective of the contest is to build a model bridge, according to prescribed size and weight specifications, that is capable of supporting the greatest load per unit of mass. Rules and specifications for the model bridge are at www.amse.org Contest is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, American Museum of Science and Energy, AMSE Foundation and Z11 Communications. There are trophies and cash awards for the Senior High Division (grades 9 – 12) for the top three bridges in the amounts of $150, $100, and $50 respectively and trophies for the Junior High Division (grades 7-9) for the top three bridges. Students in ninth grade can decide if they want to participate in the Junior High or Senior High Division. Senior High Division winners will also have like amounts of their cash awards presented to their schools. AMSE Lobby and Auditorium.
March 15 – 23 “Spring Break at AMSE: Every AMSE visitor Saves $1.00 Off Regular AMSE Admission.” Visitors to AMSE can explore the WWII Manhattan Project history creating the 1940’s secret city of Oak Ridge and the science that evolved. Do experiments and discover more about basic science and energy sources. Enjoy the live demonstrations with audience participation. Extend history and science with the purchase of an educational souvenir from the Discovery Shop. Family fun. AMSE located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. For more info www.amse.org
March 28 “Homeschool Friday Program “Our Microscopic World” for grades K-2 and grades 3-6. Students are introduced to the importance of micro-organisms. A projection microscope and a stereoscope are used along with student microscopes to provide students with a close-up view of various microscopic organisms. Cost for the one-hour program at 10:30 for K-2 is $7.00 for non-member and $5.00 for AMSE member, while cost for two-hour program at 12:30 pm for grades 3-6 is $12.00 for non-members and $9.00 for AMSE member. Registration forms are at www.amse.org or get at AMSE.
NOTE: The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) no charge and AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. Annual memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members receive free admission to 250 museums that participate in the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program. AMSE members also receive discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, programs, camps and birthday parties. AMSE is a Smithsonian Affiliate. For more information on AMSE membership, exhibits, programs, and events, visit www.amse.org To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.