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Butterfly Lecture with Radislav Potyrailo, Ph.D.
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Learning from Nature:
Advancing Technologies from Biomimicry to Biomimetics and to Bioinspiration

Learn about sensors that were inspired by the iridescent scales of the Morpho butterfly wings with Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, Principal Scientist at GE Global Research.

Suggested donation $5 - $10

Modern demands for better energy conversion, improved materials toughness, ubiquitous homeland protection, and many other human activities and needs push the limits of existing technologies to the point where we may reach their fundamental performance limits.  Thus, without violating the laws of physics, chemistry, and electronics and without crossing the border into the 21st century science fiction, we need to develop new practical technological concepts and solutions.  This lecture will stimulate your analytical senses by posing fundamental and practical questions on how to learn from nature its best solutions and to adapt them to solve our own technological needs.  We will describe several examples of the successful technological developments originally inspired by plants, insects, mammals, and other species and will provide details on our research results in the area of sensors that were inspired by the iridescent scales of the Morpho butterfly wings.

Radislav Potyrailo is a Principal Scientist at GE Research. He holds Optoelectronics degree from Kiev Polytechnic Institute and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University. His research interests include sensors, microanalytical instrumentation, and functional materials.  He has 85 granted US Patents, 150+ publications, numerous invited lectures and six keynote lectures at National and International Meetings. Recent awards include 2010 Prism Award by SPIE and 2012 Blodgett Award by GE Research. In 2011 Radislav was elected SPIE Fellow for achievements in fundamental breakthroughs in optical sensing and analytical systems. In 2013 Radislav was elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE.



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FREE STEM Education Teacher Workshop
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Join miSci and San Francisco’s Exploratorium for powerful guided, inquiry-based activities where you'll discover one of the most useful concepts in science -- air pressure -- and how it relates to physics, biology, earth science, and chemistry. The discussion will begin with student misconceptions and finish with a fundamental understanding of this principle which is very easy to adapt across all science subject areas.    
* * 3 hours of professional development credit; certificate upon completion * *

The STEM Education Teacher Workshop is open to all educators and is free. Register with the online option below or email elizabeth.hoffman@misci.org or call 518-382-7890 x 256. Space is limited.

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Investigate: Pocket Tech
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Explore the technology of personal electronic devices with interactive models of “software” and “hardware” functions. Discover how pocket-sized computers input, store, display, and communicate information to connect us to the world. Increase your understanding of everyday technology! The Pocket Tech suite of demonstration programs was developed by The Franklin Institute and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State University, in partnership with AT&T and funding from the National Science Foundation.

Free with admission



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Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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Little Wonders of Science: Waiting for Wings
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Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science with an educator reading of Waiting for Wings, a fun hands-on science activity, a book from one of our popular past Little Wonders (while supplies last) and a stop in miSci’s indoor butterfly house. PLEASE NOTE: we are now offering more sessions to accommodate the increasing number of interested families: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30am and 11am. Choose the day and time that is best for you! Space is limited. (Cut off is one day before program date.) Register online with the option below or call 518.382.7890 x 224 to register today!

Free with admission

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 11am - 12pm
Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 11am - 12pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 11am - 12pm
Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 9:30am - 10:30am

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Little Wonders Special Planetarium Show
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Enjoy a special showing of our planetarium show geared especially for young audiences at this first-visit planetarium show for preschool audiences.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 10:30am - 11am
Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 10:30am - 11am

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NanoDays @ miSci
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Celebrate NanoDays, a national week of nanoscale science and engineering, at miSci. Explore nanotechnology, an area of science so small you can’t see it! Discover the technology of building things at the atomic level with educator-led demos and hands-on activities.

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Night of the Lion Planetarium Show Opens
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Celebrate the start of spring and explore Leo, the lion, a constellation visible in the spring night sky, in this fun and informative live exploration of the planets, stars and constellations in the spring night sky.

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Pi Day
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Play with the mathematical term pi (3.14159…) on the 14th day of the 3rd month (3.14)! Discover hands-on fun with math on this special day.

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Science Discovery Demos: Butterflies
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Have an explosive visit with this bonus educational opportunity! After you’ve explored Butterflies, miSci’s new indoor butterfly house open through April 19, learn more about butterflies at this educator-led science demo.

Free with admission



Date(s): 
Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 12:30pm - 1pm

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Science Zone - Science Tools
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Discover hands-on fun with an educator-led exploration of science tools: drops of water, magnifier, measurement, and weight.

Free with admission



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Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

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STEM Education Teacher Workshop: Butterflies
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Join miSci and Dr. Radislav A. Potyrailo, principal scientist at GE Global Research, for an exploration of science and nanotechnology in relation to butterflies and how we learn from nature. Explore miSci’s indoor butterfly house, discover ideas and activities to take back to your students, and hear Dr. Potyrailo’s lecture about advancing technologies from biomimicry to biomimetics and to bioinspiration. Content will be presented at a general level that can be adapted for all grade levels. 

* * 3 hours of professional development credit; certificate upon completion * *

The STEM Education Teacher Workshop is open to all educators and is free. Register with the online option below or email elizabeth.hoffman@misci.org or call 518-382-7890 x 256. Space is limited.

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