Field Trips

Area science museums host special programs of interest to budding scientists and their families

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Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

Paleontologist Rodolfo Coria hosts this IMAX film on two of South America’s largest dinosaurs: the plant-eating Argentinosaur and the bipedal carnivore Giganotosaur. Computer-generated cinematography brings both creatures to life in a film that also offers theories about how these enormous creatures became extinct.

Opens Spring 2007, The New Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, 313-577-8400; Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

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For more information go to http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org/theaters/IMAX.htm.


Eighth Annual Science of BIG Machines

Heavy equipment used in the construction industry — backhoes, loaders, cranes and dump trucks — and the simple machines used to operate them are featured indoors and outdoors at COSI Toledo and Festival Park. Operators of the big machines will provide hands-on experience.

June 10-17, COSI Toledo, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, Ohio, 419-244-2674. Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.­–5 p.m., and Sundays noon–5 p.m. Cost: $9 adults (fathers free on Father’s Day); $8 seniors; $7 kids; free for children aged 2 and under.

For more information go to http://www.cositoledo.org/calendar/index.htm.


On the Air!

The history and future of radio and television broadcasting are part of Impression 5 Science Center’s new permanent exhibit. In addition to a timeline of radio technology, the exhibit features a radio booth where visitors can participate in a live broadcast within the museum; perform their own weather report with maps and a green screen; and view high-definition NASA images in the HDTV surround-sound theater.

Impression 5 Museum, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing, 517-485-8116. Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

For more information go to http://www.impression5.org.