Michigan Science Center partners with Shakespeare in Detroit and zoo for Free Community Day – Macomb Daily

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) this Saturday its doors will be open for free to the public.

“It’s something we offer a few times a year just to make the Michigan Science Center more accessible to everyone,” said Andy Zulkiewski, director of guest experience at the Mi-Sci center. “We want to grow audiences.”

Online tickets for the event made possible through the support of Strategic Staffing Solutions are already sold out but walk-up visitors can purchase tickets on a first come, first served basis at the door. However, due to its popularity another free community day event is being planned for the fall.

Science impacts just about every aspect of life — even stage production and animal conservation as members of Shakespeare in Detroit and The Detroit Zoo and will demonstrate through a variety of fun and interesting activities.

“We appreciate the support of Strategic Staffing Solutions and our partners, Shakespeare in Detroit and The Detroit Zoological Society for helping us host a community free day that brings children and families closer to art production and animal conservation,” said Dr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of the Mi-Sci.

Greer said the many activities planned will also show youngsters the incredible variety of career paths that can be pursued when learners embrace STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).”

Free day activities planned

Shakespeare in Detroit’s STEAM program provides artistic and vocational training to kindergarten through 12th graders in the Detroit area and focuses on the science of lighting a production, the technology of sound design, the engineering of a form or costume, the art of classical performance and mathematics involved in building a set.

Check out the demonstrations and activities planned by Shakespear in Detroit:

• Science of Sound: Rain stick, thunder stick and bell

• Technology of Lighting: Light board and flashlights with gel lights

• Engineering of a Form: Sewing machine and fabric for stitching

• Art of Classical Literature: Scenes and monologues from a Shakespeare play to act out

• Mathematics of Set Design: Playdoh and a miniature set

Detroit Zoological Society along with staff from the Belle Isle Nature Center will share exciting activities that inspire guests to connect with the natural world and support skills like inquiry, empathy, critical thinking and informed decision-making. The host stations will be focused on animal welfare, conservation, sustainability and humane education.

Some of the activities will include:

• Exploring animal welfare research through the science and tools of thermal imaging infrared cameras.

• Guests will take on the role of a Conservation Officer, learning about how the Zoo designs studies that inform about wildlife populations locally and globally.

• Guests dig into the STEM in sustainability, exploring how trees and other plants can help us address climate change.

• Guests will get to design and solve problems as a “solutionary,” a person who solves issues affecting animals and the environment, while learning how the DZS is committed to helping all animals, including domestic animals like dogs and cats and wild animals like wolves and tigers.

“Strategic Staffing Solutions is always glad to collaborate with community to create public events that educate and entertain attendees of all ages,” said Cynthia Pasky, founder and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, a woman-owned, global IT consulting and business services corporation . “Our continued support of the Michigan Science Center symbolizes our company’s commitment to supporting local institutions that make a difference in the lives of everyone.”

The Michigan Science Center is at 5020 John R. St., Detroit.

For more information visit, mi-sci.org/

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