Experience hands-on experiments and lively demonstrations from local scientists. Science Saturdays programs are designed for you and your family to experience all the fun and excitement of science together. Science Saturdays programs are free with regular Museum admission. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942. Programs take place in the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Science Saturdays are sponsored by Time Warner Cable.
Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29: 12-4pm
Learn about how polarized light is used in sunglasses, computers and electronic display, while students explain polarized light effects and show demos about how polarized light works.
Presented by University of Rochester SPIE Student Chapter
Science of Light
Saturday, April 4: 12-4pm
See demonstrations on how to create and manipulate light and get a chance to hold optics that are able to produce images of never before seen landscapes in outer space!
Presented by Optimax
HOT or NOT: "See" the Invisible with Imaging Science
Saturday, April 11: 12-4pm
Experience how scientists use imaging systems to visualize things the human eye can't see! Learn how imaging scientists use these technologies to track forest fires, locate illness and infection, discover distant galaxies, keep our nation secure, and even save lives. See what you look like in a thermal camera, and take home your own thermal infrared self-portrait!
Presented by Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT
Visual Illusions Reveal Mysteries of the Brain
Saturday, April 18: 12-4pm
Calling all fans of optical illusions! Come and prepare for your brain to be fooled. Dr. Tadin will show you objects that disappear before your eyes, things which are not actually there, and colors that appear out of nowhere. Best of all, you will learn the scientific secrets behind this visual trickery.
Seeing the Invisible: Schlieren (Streak) Imaging
Saturday, April 25: 12-4pm
Learn about refraction while watching heat come from your hand with a schlieren imaging system!
Presented by Rochester Institute of Technology