March 9 - East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest for students in Middle School (Grades 7-9) and High School (Grades 9-12). Rules, specifications entry form for the bridge building are at www.amse.org Send pre-registration form by March 1. The Contest Schedule on March 9 is Registration 8:30 – 11:00 am; Aesthetics Judging 10 am; Bridge Testing Begins 11 am; Testing Continues followed by Award Presentations 12 noon – 2:00 pm. The East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest is sponsored by the American Museum of Science and Energy, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers and AMSE Foundation.
March 1 – May 12 ZOOM INTO NANO traveling exhibition offers a hands-on, interactive experience on how scientists study and make things that are too small to see. Nanoscale science and engineering is the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices. AMSE Second Level.
March 1 – July 29 JAPAN 1945: IMAGES BY U.S. MARINE PHOTOGRAPHER JOE O’DONNELL is a traveling exhibition organized by the Tennessee State Museum that showcases 22 of the most compelling images to document the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids on the Japanese cities struck by the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Artifacts and explanatory panels complete the exhibition. Books are available about this exhibition in the museums’s Discovery Shop. AMSE Lobby.
March 8 Homeschool Friday Program is “Our Microscopic World” for Grades K-2 at 10:30 am for one hour with cost of $7 non-members and $5 AMSE members. Grades 3 – 6 at 12:30 pm for two hours with cost of $12 non-members and $9 AMSE members. This program is an introduction to the importance of microorganisms. Students will use a projection microscope, a stereoscope and student microscopes. For registration info www.amse.org
March 19 “Meet The Author” Denise Kiernan, and attend the book signing for The Girls of Atomic City at 6:00 pm in the AMSE lobby followed by Kiernan’s program based on her book featuring the “Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” at 7:00 pm in the AMSE Auditorium. The 16th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association. The public is cordially invited and the event is free of charge. The museum’s Discovery Shop will open at 5:30 pm for purchases of the book The Girls of Atomic City. This book can also be purchased in the Discovery Shop on Monday through Saturday from 9 am – 4:45 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4:45 pm.
March 22 Homeschool Friday Program is “Create A Critter” for Grades K-2 at 10:30 am for one hour with cost of $7 non-members and $5 AMSE members. Grades 3 – 6 at 12:30 pm for two hours with cost of $12 non-members and $9 AMSE members. Given a scenario of an animal, students will design a “critter” with materials provided making allowances for what it eats, where it lives, how it protects itself and will explain how each critter has adapted to its environment. For registration info www.amse.org
March 30 “NANO DAY at AMSE” will offer special hands-on nano science experiments and make & take nano science souvenirs for all ages from 10 am – 2 pm at various activity stations throughout the museum. Come explore the amazing properties of memory metal, liquid crystals, magnetic fluid and more.
Please 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 from 1 – 5 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) no charge. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members receive unlimited AMSE visits and free admission to museums that participate in the Association of Science Technology (ASTC) Passport Program, AMSE members also get discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, programs, camps and birthday parties. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and special events, go to www.amse.org To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.
Contact: Lissa Clarke
Public Information Officer
American Museum of Science and Energy
Tel. (865) 576-3218
February 22, 2013