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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: OMSI Hosts Events, Films, Science Demos and More to Commemorate Historical Event - 06/25/19

Portland Ore. – On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the national goal of performing a crewed lunar landing and subsequent return to Earth by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, that goal became a reality when the Apollo 11 mission successfully took humans to the moon and back. 

During the month of July, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to commemorate one of the greatest engineering feats in history. Museum guests can learn about the science that took humans to the moon, share where they were when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface and attend events celebrating the mission. 

There’s something for everyone at OMSI in July: movies, events, science demos, laser shows, stomp rockets and much more. 

Daily: Apollo 11: First Steps Edition 
Crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm archive footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings and made exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, puts audiences at the center of NASA’s historic lunar landing. 

Daily: Planetarium shows 
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others the Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. 

July 10: Reel Science: The Right Stuff
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. This month’s lecture is by Karel Schrijver, solar and stellar physicist, and former astrophysicist at Lockheed Martin, and Principal Investigator for NASA's TRACE and SDO/AIA Sun-viewing Missions. She’ll unravel the interesting story about sun-earth connections and how important the sun is for astronomy because of its proximity to our little blue planet.

July 13: Meet a Scientist – Space edition!
Meet a Scientist features local scientists who share their research and knowledge through hands-on activities and conversation. This month we’re meeting with scientists, who are working on projects and research related to space:
•    Compare light from a telescope to a transient database to see from which cosmic object it originated.
•    Explore what satellites can tell us about the ocean and its tides.
•    Viruses can live in extreme places –can they live in outer space?
•    Learn how scientist use satellites in space to learn about our oceans.
•    Explore the oceans from space, and learn about the microscopic creatures that help regulate our climate.
•    Using clues from incomplete data from satellites, become a sea ice scientist and map the Arctic Ocean.

July 16: Rocket Day - The Apollo 11 mission launched its way into history on this day at 6:32 PDT. Come join us for a day full of fun space-themed activities. You can also watch the Apollo 11 mission live as it is re-broadcast via NASA TV. See below for a list of fun events:
•    Rocket Launches: With generous support from Boeing, guests can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch with a historic launch of their own. Make sure to wear stompin' shoes! 
•    Hide and Seek Moon: How far away is the moon? What tools do scientists use to study dark and far away objects? Take a look yourself with this early childhood activity!
•    Observe the Sun: What is the sun? How do scientists safely look at our star? See the tools NASA scientists use to study the center of our solar system.
•    Pocket Solar System: How big is solar system? What types of objects can we find there? Create your own pocket solar system and discover the scale of the solar system!
•    Space Guess Quest: Humans explore a wide variety of objects in space. Use visual clues to identify the different types of objects (including human-made spacecraft)!

July 18: Reel Eats: Spaceballs
Reel Eats taps into the senses using both cinema and cuisine. Each curated bite is tucked away in different numbered boxes matching key moments in the film, enhancing the narrative in electrifying ways. Come join us for this quarterly film series and experience the silver screen like never before.

July 20: Space Day - This is the day Apollo 11 made history when humans first set foot on the Moon. Join OMSI for a day packed full of space science including: constellation alignment, NASA space technology, moon maps, planetarium shows and more.

July 20: Star Party - Lunar Viewing: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a Lunar Viewing Party! On Saturday, July 20, join OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park for a special edition Star Party starting at 9 p.m.

July 24: Space Trivia Night
Take a giant leap and compete for out-of-this-world prizes in a cosmic competition of history, pop culture, and space science knowledge.

July 31: OMSI After Dark: Astronomy
A night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, discover the mind-boggling hugeness of the cosmos and our place in it at the intergalactic OMSI After Dark.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu. 

OMSI TO HOST ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating Animation as a Way to Educate and Inspire - 06/13/19

Portland, Ore. (June 18, 2019) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting the Animation Film Festival, which showcases a selection of intelligent, entertaining and provocative programming from some of the world’s most creative artists. A celebration of animation from independent shorts to feature films, the festival runs from June 20 to 23 at OMSI’s Empirical Theater.  

Among the highlights of the festival are a selection of Portland-area premieres, including: 
•    This Magnificent Cake, an internationally acclaimed film set in colonial Africa that has been dubbed "one of the most innovative and groundbreaking films" of the year. 
•    The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) Kid Flicks Tour featuring two anthologies, one designed for youth ages three to seven and the second curated for families with youth ages eight and up.
•    SIGGRAPH's 2018 Computer Animation Festival showcasing a selection of innovative animated short films and visual effects reels submitted by digital film creators from around the globe. The SIGGRAPH Festival will include an introductory presentation by Larry Bafia, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Producer.

Rounding out the festival lineup are nine additional films – among them, Masaaki Yuasa's 2004 cult classic Mind Game, the emotionally powerful Liyana, and the latest LAIKA production Missing Link –  that underscore the diversity of animation as an artistic medium and its unique ability to educate, entertain and inspire audiences.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, June 20
5 p.m.: My Life as a Zucchini   
6:15 p.m.: Modest Heroes
7:15 p.m.: Mirai
9 p.m.: Mind Game       

Friday, June 21
5:15 p.m.: This Magnificent Cake
6:30 p.m.: SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival with guests Jamaal Bradley, Senior Animator at Valve Software and Larry Bafia, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Producer
9:45 p.m.: Perfect Blue

Saturday, June 22
12 p.m.: NYICFF Kid Flicks Tour 
1 p.m.: Modest Heroes             
2 p.m.: The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
3:30 p.m.: NYICFF Family Flicks Tour          
5 p.m.: Liyana 
6:30 p.m.: This Magnificent Cake
7:30 p.m.: Mirai  
9:30 p.m.: Mind Game

Sunday, June 23
12 p.m.: NYICFF Kid Flicks Tour 
1p.m.: NYICFF Family Flicks Tour          
2:30 p.m.: Song of the Sea             
4:15 p.m.: Missing Link    
6 p.m.: Liyana
7:30 p.m.: Perfect Blue 
   
Festival Passes & Tickets
Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy a Festival pass and save! Pass holders receive access to all festival screenings and special events on a space available basis. Passes are not transferable. Festival passes are priced at: $19 Adult, $16 Senior (63+) and Youth (3-13). OMSI members receive $3 off.

Tickets are available for individual shows at: $7 Adult, $6 Senior (63+) and Youth (3-13). OMSI members receive $1 off. Passes and tickets may be purchased online at omsi.edu, at the OMSI front desk, or by phone at 503-797-4000.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

 

OMSI Paves the Way into STEAM with Girls-only Education: Creating Opportunities for Learning, Collaboration and Fun - 06/10/19

Portland, Ore. (June 10, 2019) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) offers girls-only educational programming to encourage young girls to participate in, understand and enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). 

Women have been historically underrepresented in STEAM professions and OMSI is actively working to change that narrative. A 2018 PEW Research study found this disproportionate representation is especially notable in engineering, computer and physical science occupations. 

Launched five years ago, enrollment in OMSI’s girls-only programs continues to increase, necessitating more classes and instructors to accommodate the growing demand. 

“We continue to grow our girls-only tech classes,” said Ashley Lorentzen, classes and traveling programs manager at OMSI. She added that despite the initial low enrollment, more and more girls are coming to OMSI each summer. It started with two classes and a handful of girls in 2014 and has expanded to seven classes with over 100 girls (and growing) learning how to design video games, build and program their own LEGO robots and program and code computers. 

Lorentzen said these classes are an opportunity for girls to engage with STEAM in a way that empowers them with the necessary skills, support and resources to succeed. Regardless of the students’ prior experience with STEAM, OMSI’s classes offer a collaborative and enjoyable experience, where they can encounter science and technology in an engaging way. 

Like OMSI, there are many organizations that care deeply about enabling and empowering girls in STEAM activities and education. Wells Fargo recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the museum to support girls’ education programming, which will provide support for educators and resources covering all-girl programs. 

“At Wells Fargo, we believe that investing in our young people is the most important investment we can make. We also believe in providing equal access to education across our diverse communities,” said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo Northern Oregon region bank president. “That’s why we are so committed to supporting OMSI’s girls programming to inspire the next generation of women engineers, scientists and community leaders.”

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.