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January AMSE Calendar of Events

AMSE-blue-websiteJanuary 1, 2013AMSE Closed for New Year’s Day.

January 2 – 6  “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Crustaceous”  traveling exhibition to discover the science of dinosaurs and their ecosystems as you walk in their footsteps, hunt, eat, hide and survive by using computer simulation and interactive exhibits.  AMSE Second Level.

January 2 – 13  “General Leslie R. Groves and the Manhattan Project” is a temporary exhibition about General Groves and includes insight into his family, West Point graduation, leadership style, personality and achievements in overseeing the Manhattan Project through eye-catching graphics and a 10-minute documentary film.  AMSE Lobby.

January 2 – 20  “DOOMTOWN,” a traveling exhibition of the atomic art of Doug Waterfield with paintings of an exploration of atomic testing phenomena and subsequent 1950’s atomic culture.  AMSE Lobby.

January 2 – March 1  “Registration Open for East Tennessee Model Bridge Building Contest” for students in Middle School (Grades 7-9) and High School (Grades 9-12).  Model Bridge Building Contest Rules and Specifications at  Sponsors of the Model Bridge Building Contest include the American Museum of Science and Energy, the American Association of Civil Engineers, the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and the AMSE Foundation.  The East Tennessee Model Bridge Contest is scheduled for March 9 at AMSE.

January 11  “Homeschool Friday Program” is “Forces and Motion” 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.  Activities in this class will make Newton’s three laws come alive!  Students will learn about speed, velocity, acceleration; action/reaction; linear and angular momentum; types of energy; the law of conservation of energy and more. For more info and registration form go to or come pick-up flyer at AMSE.  Registration deadline for this class is January 4.

January 18  “MEDIC Blood Drive” from 9 am – 4 pm.  There is no museum admission charge for those individuals donating blood.  AMSE Lecture Room.

January 19 – May 12  “Zoom Into Nano” traveling exhibition offers a hands-on, interactive experience on how scientists see 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.  Exhibit activities include a magnification station, particle progression, shrink a pattern, atom transporter, shaking solids, infinity crystal, carbon nanotubes, stretch a molecule dissolve a crystal and more.  AMSE second level

January 25  “Homeschool Friday Program” is “Simple Machines” 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 p.m. for two hours with cost of $12 non-members and $9 AMSE members.  The presentation includes a discussion of energy and the types of energy and provides hands-on experimentation with inclined planes, levers, wheels, springs, and compound machines.   For more info and registration form go to or pick-up flyer at AMSE.  Registration deadline for this class is January 18.

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 1 – 5 pm.  AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3, Children (5 and under) no charge.  AMSE members are free.  Group rates are available for 20 or more 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 get unlimited AMSE visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program.  AMSE members receive discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, workshops, programs and birthday parties.  For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, click on  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
December 27, 2012



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