March 22, 2013
Please note, registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in Camp-In: Gross Anatomy. Please check back next year for new dates and times.
Discover the science of really gross things at this overnight adventure. Sometimes it’s stinky. Sometimes it’s crusty. Sometimes it’s slimy. But hey, it’s your body!
For more information and to book your spot, visit the link: Camp-In: Gross Anatomy
Monday, February 18
Visitors are invited to participate in this Engineering Challenge. Teams must build an 18-inch tall tower constructed solely from newspaper and tape that must support the weight of an ordinary baseball.Once completed, the tower must ‘Pass the Test’ – that is, towers will be placed directly in the path of a fan and must remain standing to be considered eligible. All supplies will be provided. Towers constructed off site are eligible for testing as well. The Challenge is for kids 18 years of age and under, although parental (or adult) guidance is always welcomed.
Try This at Home – Design a Newspaper Tower
Points of discussion
- What ideas come to mind when you hear the word engineer?
- Picture an engineer. What do they look like?
- What does an engineer’s job involve?
Activity The engineering design process is an iterative process that helps engineers solve problems. To get your children or students in an engineering mindset, try the activity below. Ask Can you build a tower 18 inches tall with the materials provided that can support a baseball and withstand the wind from a fan? Note: You can only use materials from the list below.
- Electric fan
- Popsicle sticks
Imagine and Plan Have your children or students work in groups. The first task should be to brainstorm different solutions. Encourage them to think creatively. They could work independently first and then bring ideas to the group or the brainstorming can be done entirely as a group. After they have selected their idea, a rough drawing of their structure should be created by each team member. They should also include important notes about the design and a list of materials needed. Create Give them sufficient time to build their structures. Remind them that they need to adhere as closely as possible to their work plan- just as builders would follow the blueprints provided by an engineer. Test and Improve Place the tower one foot away from the fan when you are ready to test. Did the tower support the baseball and not fall over? If not, go back to the drawing board. Engineering is an iterative process and it is fine to try several designs before you are successful. Engineers would construct models like these paper towers before they spent the time and money to create the real thing.
Please note, registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in Spring Break Camp. Please check back next year for new dates and times.
Find out what events are happening now, click here.
Kids are messy! Science can be too. We’ve taken our biggest and messiest experiments and put them together for a week of messy, sticky, gooey science fun!
Super Splatter Science embraces all that’s messy, giving you a full-on experience soaked with chaos and exciting science fun.
Run through pools of oobleck, spew lava from a volcano, shoot elephant’s toothpaste to the ceiling and launch balloons filled with paint. These and so many more cool experiences are waiting for you at Imagination Station’s Super Splatter Science Spring Break Camp!
***WARNING*** Come prepared to get sticky, dirty, wet and messy. After all, it’s called Super Splatter Science for a reason!
For ages 7-12 (currently in 2nd-7th grade)
- Daily instruction, 9am-4:30pm
- Take home activities
- 2 snacks daily
- Simulator theater ride
- Extended care available from 8am-5:30pm at no additional cost
Reservations are required.
Please call 419.244.2674 ext. 250 for more information or to register by phone.
Payment due with registration. Confirmation letter and emergency medical form will be mailed upon registration. Refunds are not possible, however, registrations are transferable. We reserve the right to cancel camps if minimum registration numbers are not met.
Please note that Imagination Station will be closed Tuesday, September 3 – Monday, September 23 for annual cleaning and maintenance. Please visit us again when our normal operating hours resume on Tuesday, September 24.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics taking place this July, Imagination Station is hosting Go for the Au! The Science of the Olympics July 26-29 (weather permitting). (By the way, Au=Gold). Put on your running shoes and be ready to compete. We’ll feature the 30-meter dash, long jump, vertical jump, throwing accuracy test and timed fast pitch! Complete your passport and you’ll receive an Imagination Station Olympic medal.
Gizmo has been training!
History of the Summer Games
The Summer Olympic Games is a multi-sport event held every four years.The games feature a variety of sports including gymnastics, cycling, track and field, fencing, shooting, tennis, weightlifting, diving, swimming, and water polo.
The Summer Olympics come from ancient Greece, where the games were used as a way to create peace among the people in times of war. The athletes competed in games such as running, jumping, shot put, horse and chariot races, and pankration, a combination of wrestling and boxing. In 1896, the idea of the games was revisited in Athens, relabeled as the Olympiad and only containing nine games to be competed. By 1996, the Olympics had gained momentum and grew to become the most popular international sports competition in history. Today, there are over 26 sports contended and thousands of competitors. The Olympics are held in a different host country every four years, allowing each country to show support for their competitors. The five Olympic rings are used to represent the five major regions of the world- Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana and every national flag includes one of the colors of the rings which include blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
At the Imagination Summer Olympics, visitors will be able to test your abilities through a series of physical endurance tests. While you participate in a number of different sports, an IS team member will record your individual results. Come find out the science behind the Olympians success!
Go for the Au! will feature a selection of Imagination Station “Olympic Sports”. (Click on the topics below to find out interesting facts and an activity to do.)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-3:30pm
Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc. (KT/LCB), the Salvation Army, WTVG 13ABC and the Imagination Station invite Toledo & Lucas County blockwatch groups, scouts, churches, families, community groups, friends, individuals, and businesses to participate in Great American CleanupTM CLOTHES COLLECTION. This is a perfect way to encourage the REUSE & RECYCLE ethic in our community. When used textiles are collected, usable clothes are donated to charities and the fibers from the rest are recycled into roofing material, bond paper, industrial wiping clothes and remanufactured textiles. In our hope to make this year’s CLOTHES COLLECTION the biggest ever, county-wide participation is encouraged!!
Participation is simple, bring old clothes, shoes, fabric, used textiles, etc… from home to the Salvation Army drop-off site.
PLACE: Imagination Station 1 Discovery Way
Toledo, OH 43604 (On the corner of Adams and Summit)
TIMES: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
For questions, please contact:
Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc.
1011 Matzinger Rd. Toledo, OH 43612
Imagination Station is excited to be hosting Healthy Kids Day with the YMCA.
Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow, but sometimes when the school year ends, so does a child’s exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind. Healthy Kids Day will inspire kids and parents to take advantage of summer and give them the tools to grow and achieve.
This event will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being. As part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, Healthy Kids Day will encourage kids and parents to commit to keeping the body and mind active now and throughout the summer.
At Healthy Kids Day, the nation’s largest health day for kids, families will enjoy:
- Eat It Up! Imagination Station’s newest exhibit presented by ProMedica, is a highly interactive exhibition focused on nutrition and exercise that tells the story of how the choices you make today affect your body. Eat Smart. Play Hard. Have Fun. The choice is yours!
- YMCA Demonstrations 12, 1 and 2pm
- 101.5 The River Live Remote with Rick Woodell from 10am-2pm
- Just For Kids gymnastics gym with various stations 12 – 4pm
- A variety of local community organizations featuring summer activities, including: Safe Kids of Greater Toledo, Toledo Fire Department, Dave’s Running Shop, Martial Arts Center at Fallen Timbers, Expresso Cycle, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Partners in Education, Toledo Symphony School of Music, Ohio Chapter of the American Psychological Association, Fallen Timbers Shops, ProMedica Wellness, Toledo Museum of Art, Jon Frankel D.D.S. and The Toledo Zoo.
The Showcase of the Arts, sponsored by the Toledo Symphony League, will be on display at the science center through April 22, 2012. Students from Kindergarten through high school were asked to produce poetry/prose, musical compositions, or mixed medium two-dimensional artwork that they were inspired to create after listening to a series of classical music selections based on this year’s theme – Peter and the Wolf.
What piece of the Pi will you be?
We’ll attempt to turn everyone into Pi. Visitors will be given a number and asked to add it (in order, of course) to Pi. Come out and help us see how far we can get.
We’re also issuing a challenge that’ll test your memory. Pi starts off with 3.14 and goes on forever. How many of the infinite numbers can you remember? You’ve got several weeks to memorize them in order, and then come into the science center on Pi Day, March 14, and recite them from memory. The person that correctly recites the most digits of Pi will win a prize. You guessed it – a pie!!!
*** A PIECE OF THE PIE ***
Purchase a large pizza from The Oasis between March 12-19 and they’ll donate 5% of the purchase price to Imagination Station. It’s a perfect way to fill your belly and give back to the science center too! Toledo – 419.536.FOOD, Bowling Green – 419.352.FOOD
February 17 & 18, 2012
at the Huntington Center
Feb. 17, 7:30pm
Feb. 18, 7:30pm
Cliffhangers. Sterilizers. Tsunamis. Hart Attacks. These may sounds like accidents waiting to happen, but in reality, they’re some of the most astounding tricks you’ll ever see. In this Freestyle Motocross tour, the name of the game is “anything goes” in this adrenaline-filled contest staged in mid-air. Riders launch their bikes off ramps that propel them towards the rafters, performing mind-bending acrobatic moves as they soar through the arena airspace. The only way to properly experience this spine-tingling sport is from the very edge of your seat, as these daredevils fly high overhead.
Enter to Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets see Freestyle Motocross.
Last chance to enter 5pm is February 15, 2012. Winners will be contacted by email on February 16, 2012.
Sorry, this contest has expired.
Not a member? Join today!
Eat It Up!
Eat Smart. Play Hard. Have Fun. The choice is yours!
Presented by ProMedica.
Get your heart pumping as you take on the Wheel of Fire and the Heart Rate Rally, Smash Your Food to smithereens, and literally Get in the Action. Eat It Up!, a highly interactive exhibition focused on nutrition and exercise, tells the story of how the choices you make today affect your body. Eat Smart. Play Hard. Have Fun. The choice is yours!
Eat It Up!, a permanent 2,000+ square foot exhibition area containing 7 major exhibits, a demonstration area and larger than life graphics include:
The challenge of eating well and staying fit can often feel like a cycle of frustration and repetition without ever seeing visual proof of your hard work. The Wheel of Fire will give you just that – a tangible look at how exercise burns calories.
Functioning similarly to a rotary treadmill, but over 8 feet tall, just step inside and begin walking. A digital read out on the inside of the wheel gives instant feedback that your physical action is making a difference. The faster you walk or run, the higher the flames will grow (up to ten feet!), showing calories virtually burning off.
Have you ever wondered what you’ll look like when you get older? Or how the choices you make today will affect your body as you age?
The Lifestyle Camera will ask you a series of questions about your diet, physical activity and lifestyle choices, and after snapping a quick photo, will display your future images onto monitors so you can see how the choices you make today can impact how you could look in the future.
Sometimes decisions about what to eat are obvious: carrots vs. a hot dog, a cool glass of water vs. a sugary soda. But what happens when your choices aren’t that clear? Do you think you’d make the right choice when choosing between vending machine options or when you are at the ballpark?
Food Feud is a game show that pits food against food and friend against friend, in eating scenarios where the right choice may not be an obvious option. Up to 3 players at a time will be given a choice between food items and asked to choose the better option. Take on your friend and see who scores the highest.
Ever wonder what affect the choices you make today, like whether or not to go to school or what career choices you make, will have on how long you live?
The Social Table is an interactive, multi-touch experience that teaches the impact of personal choices on life expectancy. Video projected floating icons represent various lifestyle choices including: diet and exercise, environmental and psychological influences, and education and career. Use your hands to push or pull icons into or out of your bay, therefore increasing or decreasing your life expectancy. Gain an understanding of how your choices affect your lifespan and quality of life while socially interacting with each other around the table.
Smash Your Food
Have you ever wanted to take a burger, an ice cream sundae or a doughnut and smash it to into an unrecognizable mess? Even though some foods, like hamburgers and french fries may be tasty and convenient, they’re also loaded with sugar, salt and oil.
Smash Your Food asks you to enter some basic information, to give you a benchmark for personal comparison. Choose a food you’d like to see decimated and then guess how much sugar, salt and oil is contained within it. Pull the lever and watch as it’s smashed to smithereens. What you’re left with is the uncomfortable truth about how much sugar, salt and oil is contained in your selection and how it compares with what you originally thought.
Get in the Action
This larger than life screen gets you up and moving with exercises like Hip Hop Dance and Tai Chi. Get in the Action engages your mind and body as you maneuver on-screen animations and enjoy a physical, visual and memorable experience.
Ready, Set, Go! Race against your opponent to keep up with an unpredictable light show that gets your whole body moving. Check your heart rate before and after the competition to see the difference in your resting and active heart rates. The Heart Rate Rally shows that exercise can be fun!
Kids learn by doing. In the kitchen, you’ll get hands-on with a variety of topics focused on your health and well-being. Grab a chair, roll up your sleeves and discover more about the food you eat!
On the menu – how to create a healthy pantry! The Kitchen gives you a chance to explore our cupboards and refrigerator stocked with food choices just like at home, and offers healthy tips on stocking your own cupboards.
Why This Topic Is So Important
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 25 years. For the first time, many children face health issues that used to be reserved for parents and grandparents – diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a science center in the state with the 12th highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation, Imagination Station and ProMedica saw this partnership as an opportunity to directly impact the children in our community by providing accurate nutrition and health information, in a fun, engaging atmosphere.
The topic of nutrition is directly relevant to Imagination Station’s target audience, but it also provided an opportunity to focus on the life sciences and health-related issues, in particular the science of food and the effects of lifestyle on the human body. As with all of Imagination Station’s exhibitions, the exhibits within Eat It Up! will be aligned with the State science academic content standards in both Ohio and Michigan and the National health standards, making the exhibition an extension of the classroom.
“ProMedica is delighted to partner with Imagination Station to create this new exhibition, Eat It Up!. As part of our mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, this partnership is a perfect fit”, said Randy Oostra, President and CEO of ProMedica. “We have worked to share messages with kids and families about the importance of eating well and exercising to stay healthy, and I know this exhibit with its fun, interactive components is a great way to continue sharing that message.”
Eat It Up! Experiment Cards
Eat It Up! Exhibit Guides
February 29, 2012
What are you doing with your extra 24 hours?
Leap Year doesn’t come around often, so make sure to do to it up big by coming in and sharing the day with us. It is a science day after all. It’s basis is in the planetary rotation, which means that inherently it’s a science thing. So what better place to spend it than at Imagination Station.
Happy Birthday Leap Year Babies!
We’re inviting everyone whose birthday is February 29, to visit the science center for FREE that day! Since there aren’t that many of you out there, you’ve got to provide the proof. Drivers license, birth certificate, some other creative way – however you can prove that you are one of the unique 4.8 million Leap Year babies in the world. Seems like a big number, but when you figure that the rest of us born on the other 365 days of the year have more than 19 million people born on our birthday, makes you even more special, right?
It’s a birthday celebration!
Even better – we’ll be making birthday hats and celebrating the uniqueness of your day with liquid nitrogen ice cream. So take the day off of work and enjoy your special day taking in the science and enjoying instant ice cream.
About Leap Year
A leap year consists of 366 days, as opposed to a common year which has 365 days.
During Leap Years, we add a Leap Day, an extra – or intercalary – day on February 29. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.
Why do we need Leap Years?
Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days (a tropical year) to circle once around the Sun.
However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!
How do we calculate Leap Years?
In the Gregorian calendar 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year:
- The year is evenly divisible by 4;
- If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
- The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
This means that 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.
The year 2000 was somewhat special as it was the first instance when the third criterion was used in most parts of the world since the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar.
Who invented Leap Years?
Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman empire over 2000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by 4 would be a leap year. This lead to way too many leap years, but didn’t get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar more than 1500 years later.
Information from www.timeanddate.com
2012 marks the 60th anniversary of National Engineers Week. Help us celebrate as we Think It. Build It. Test It… Do It Again!
Explore the engineering design process and discover that creativity and imagination are essential skills for an engineer. One step inside Engineer It!, our learning world dedicated to the engineer within us all, will inspire you to let your imagination run wild and build big, build tall and build safe!
Activities will include:
Make your own polyhedra take home boxes.
Ever seen a helium filled balloon that doesn’t float or sink? By thoughtfully adding weights, these balloons are made to ‘flink’.
Build a puff mobile out of index cards, straws and mints that can only be moved when you blow on them.
Wear & Tear
Investigate how different fabrics wear when abrasions and force are applied.
Can you build the longest, the strongest, the most durable bridge?
Thinking of a field trip? This is a perfect opportunity for a classroom full of budding engineers! For more information or to book a field trip, call 419.244.2674 ext. 250.
We offer this quarterly Open House for all teachers committed to bringing their students to Imagination Station. This program will empower you with inside knowledge of the exhibits and familiarize you with all our educator resources. Chaperones are welcome!
Be the first to experience this fun and bewildering traveling exhibit for kids of all ages! Enter a puzzling world full of brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Be the first to UNLQ TH3 PU22L3 and become a member of the elite Mindbender Society.
Over 40 brainteasers and interactive challenges lie within the mansion waiting to be solved. Click here for a sneak peek at what’s waiting inside.
Friday, January 13 at 11am – SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 14 at 11am – SOLD OUT
Families with children age 3-8 years old, are invited to participate in a special Sid the Science Kid Family Workshop. This hands-on science investigation is a great way for families to learn together. Watch Sid the Science Kid episodes and do the corresponding activities together as a family.
$5.00 per family
$4.00 per family for Imagination Station members
Registration is required and space is limited for the Sid the Science Kid Family Workshop, so make sure to register now at 419.244.2674 ext. 250! One activity kit per family.
In partnership with:
Imagination Station’s Holiday Hours of Operation
Those different than our normal schedule are in BOLD.
Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
Christmas – Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
Monday, December 26 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
Tuesday, December 27 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
Wednesday, December 28 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
Thursday, December 29 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
Friday, December 30 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
New Years Eve, December 31 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
New Years Day – Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED
Monday, January 2 – OPEN (10am-5pm)
Saturday, December 17
Penta Career Center Culinary students, the talented creators of the giant gingerbread castle and the gingerbread houses, will be on hand helping kids create mini versions of gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers, royal frosting and candy. This holiday favorite is sure to get families inspired for holiday fun!
Members Only Event
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Due to the popular demand of this event it is SOLD OUT. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Come dressed in your pjs for a cozy evening of cookies and cocoa with Santa Claus!
Enjoy storytime with Claus and visit as he roams around the science center saying hello. While you’re here, check out the Gingerbread Village includes nearly 40 individual houses designed and built by Penta Career Center Culinary students. Take a moment and vote on your favorite.
- Be inspired by Dr. Snowflake’s beautiful cut paper artistry with his gallery of intricately designed snowflakes and design and cut your own paper snowflakes.
- Make an ornament for your tree! Science is a beautiful thing, especially when you can take simple household items and create a holiday keepsake – try your hand at creating a chromatography snowflake, using a coffee filter, markers and H2O.
- Ever grow snow? Now you can using a simple super absorber and H2O. Insta-Snow is an incredible polymer, similar to that found in a baby’s diaper. It holds up to 10o times it weight in water, which is why when you add water to the fine powder, you’ll see the snow grow right before your eyes. It’s amazing and best, it’s ‘cool holiday’ science!
- Find the Freezing Point of Water. Ever wonder why you put salt on the ground when it’s icy outside? This activity will explain why and show you what happens to ice when salt is added.
- Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, a favorite treat at Imagination Station, will be sampled throughout the night. Make sure to try some made with peppermint and chocolate chips to throw you right into the festive spirit of the holidays.
While you’re here, make sure to stop in the Science2GO! gift shop to do some holiday shopping. Members receive an additional 10% discount.
Not a member of Imagination Station, become a member now!
The beautiful cut-paper artistry of Dr. Thomas Clark, a.k.a. Dr. Snowflake, will be on display at Imagination Station through January 2, 2012.
Join us in Science Studio throughout the holiday season and try your hand at creating a snowflake of your own. A series of Dr. Snowflake’s books are available for purchase in Science2GO! and feature guidelines for cutting snowflakes, including how to fold the paper and sample flakes. Each book uses snowflakes to tell one of the holidays most cherished stories.
A retired orthopedic surgeon from the University of Michigan, Clark uses sharp tools, detailed precision and an artistic eye to create awe-inspiring paper snowflakes. His talent to convert complex stories or even chemical equations into ornate and decorative paper snowflakes is unique and mesmerizing.
Now – January 2
Culinary students from Penta Career Center have designed and built a gingerbread village, reflecting the quintessential nature of the season while showcasing delicate details and unique craftsmanship. Every time you look at it, you’ll see something new. Featuring over 40 beautiful constructions, true candy connoisseurs will enjoy spotting the delicious treats used to create this holiday favorite. Each house will be numbered, so make sure to vote for your favorite creation.
Take a stroll through our giant gingerbread castle that showcases a fireplace, holiday decorations and Santa himself, on weekends, all cozied up inside. It’s not often you get to walk through a life-size confection.
A Village Under Construction
The construction of the giant gingerbread castle has not only taken hours of detailed work, it’s also taken a lot of product. More than 1000 lbs. of flour, 600 gallons of corn syrup, 300 lbs. of brown sugar and 100 lbs. of margarine have gone into the baking of the gingerbread. Not to mention the massive amount of royal frosting and candy that’ll make its way onto the largest single gingerbread house the culinary
The students began their creations back in October. Here’s a few snapshots of the houses under construction.
Imagination Station Lip Dub
In celebration of two fantastic years of science, the team at Imagination Station has made their musical debut. Originally devised as a team-building project, the ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ LipDub by Imagination Station turned into a full-blown music video accompanied by over 150 dancers from the Toledo School for the Arts. No science center lip dub would be complete with explosions and fire, so we’ve jam packed it with some of our very best demonstrations.
The release of our LipDub directly coincides with our 2nd anniversary. Since opening on October 10, 2009, we’ve welcomed over 425,000 visitors through our doors, 5 traveling Exhibitions, including our current world-renowned Exhibition, BODIES REVEALED, opened 2 new learning worlds and added several new exhibits. The last 2 years have been great and we thank the members of this community and the voters of Lucas County for giving the science center an opportunity to inspire in children the wonder of science.
A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip-synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. In our case, a group of individuals lip-synching to a song was filmed in one consecutive take. In post editing, the actual musical track was laid over the video creating a seamless video sung by multiple people. Our song selection was an obvious choice, “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby.
The lip dub was released on October 10, 2011 on Imagination Station’s youtube page (ImaginationStationOH), our website (imaginationstationtoledo.org), facebook (ImaginationStationToledo) and twitter (ISToledo) as well as Toledo School for the Arts social media pages.
Camp-In is an overnight program designed to inspire boys and girls in grades 2nd-7th and their accompanying adults to discover science in an entertaining, educational and interactive overnight adventure. Imagination Station invites you to enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers.
Thursday, September 29
Come to the Educator’s Open House and see first-hand why Imagination Station, filled with over 250 interactive experiences, is a useful tool to help teach much needed science concepts and 21st century skills.
- Explore BODIES REVEALED. Free for teachers at the Open House!*
- Find out how Imagination Station can bring exciting, engaging and educational science into your school
- Experience hands-on Science Festival activities
- Discover STARLAB, our portable planetarium
BODIES REVEALED, extended through November 6th, offers teachers a unique opportunity to utilize real human specimens as a learning tool for their students. Tour the Exhibition at the Open House and see how you can use our BODIES Educator Guide to create lesson plans that incorporate the uniqueness of this world-class Exhibition. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Directions and parking.
RSVP below or call 419.244.2674 ext. 250 to reserve your space today.
* Educator ID required.
September 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BODIES REVEALED, Extended at Imagination Station
Exhibition extended to November 6, 2011
Toledo, Ohio – BODIES REVEALED, the blockbuster Exhibition featuring real human specimens, is extending its stay in Toledo. With thousands passing through its doors since opening at Imagination Station, BODIES will continue to give the public an educational, captivating and fascinating experience through November 6, 2011.
Over 35 schools/universities, from as far away as Detroit and Akron, have visited the Exhibition since it opened. But now with the school year just beginning more educators will now have the unique opportunity to utilize BODIES REVEALED as an extension of their classroom. Grade appropriate exhibit guides have been developed to aid teachers in preparing their classrooms for a field trip to see this world-class Exhibition. Educators are invited to attend a special Teacher Open House on Thursday, September 29 from 3:30-5:00pm to tour the Exhibition and the science center.
“The Exhibition has enabled the science center to draw a broader audience than our normal demographics,” said Lori Hauser, executive director for Imagination Station. “Families have been experiencing the Exhibition together, but more so, it has proven to be an educational opportunity for the entire region, drawing adults, seniors and visitors from throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.”
Diversified audiences of adults, teens, children and seniors have experienced the Exhibition. Educators have hailed BODIES as an unprecedented tool to learn about the human body in a direct way that makes anatomy, biology, general science and health real, often for the first time.
“We are thrilled to offer the public an extended chance to learn about their health like never before,” said Dr. Roy Glover, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Michigan and Chief Medical Director for the Exhibition, a medical educator with more than 30 years of experience. “This is an exciting opportunity for those who have not yet seen the Exhibition and for those who want to come back to BODIES to continue the journey of a lifetime.”
With the Exhibition extending its stay, visitors can enjoy more opportunities to travel through the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, and circulatory systems of the human body. Upon entering the Exhibition, visitors find whole-body specimens, organs and partial body specimens that present the opportunity to see one’s own body in a mesmerizing way. In addition to providing an up-close look inside, the Exhibition encourages healthy lifestyle choices by serving as a wake-up call that demonstrates how our own choices directly affect our health.
Among the 10 full body specimens and over 150 individual organs, the Exhibition features a specimen whose nervous system has been delicately prepared to expose the detailed intricacy of the human body and the meticulous care with which the bodies have been preserved. The Exhibition also features a healthy lung and a black lung ravaged by smoking side by side in a vivid comparison that is undeniable – and more powerful than any textbook image.
The human body specimens in the Exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. The full-body specimens can take over a year to prepare and after undergoing the polymer preservation process, they become impervious to decomposition.
BODIES REVEALED opened at Imagination Station on May 21 and will be closing on November 6. Tickets are on sale now at imaginationstationtoledo.org and at the door. Tickets to see the Exhibition are timed, so advance purchase is recommended and available online. Because of the sensitive nature of the Exhibition, BODIES REVEALED is in a private exhibition space.
The Exhibition, presented by Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is receiving worldwide acclaim, attracting nearly 15 million visitors from cities around the world. BODIES REVEALED is sponsored by Mercy and Mercy College.
Imagination Station, located on the downtown Toledo riverfront, is a science center dedicated to delivering science and technology based programming to youth and their families throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
WHAT: BODIES REVEALED Exhibition extended through November 6
WHEN: Exhibit Hours are:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-5pm
COST: Admission to BODIES REVEALED requires paid admission to
the science center. The prices below include both.
Adult (13-64) – $18.00
Senior (65+) – $16.00
Children (3-12) – $14.00
Imagination Station Members – $6.00
Children (2 and under) – FREE
Group Rate (15 or more pp): $11.00 (Includes Imagination Station & BODIES REVEALED)
Group Rate (15 or more pp): $6.00 (Imagination Station Only)
WHERE: Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
Toledo, OH 43604
For more information or to schedule a media tour of the Exhibition, please call Anna Kolin at 419.244.2674 ext. 133 or Theresa Nelson, Public Relations Manager,
Premier Exhibitions, Inc. at (404) 842-7747.
Imagination Station has commissioned the talented students at Toledo School for the Arts to design and create several rain barrels to be used within the science center. We have an old building that sometimes leaks, so when the rain barrels are all finished, they’ll be thoughtfully placed within the science center on rainy days catching rain drops that may fall. We’ve given them some ideas, but we’re trusting their artistic vision to design something amazing.
How you can help!
We’re also giving our visitors a chance to get their hands dirty – literally! You’ll be able to add your artistic touch to a rain barrel that will be on display at the science center. Come down and be part of making a difference, one rain barrel at a time! It’s an artistic way to do your part!
The Rain Barrel Project at TSA
Rain barrels are placed at the outlet of a roof gutter to catch rooftop runoff – “storm-water” before it runs across the landscape and dumps accumulated pollutants into our waterways. The storm-water collected in a rain barrel can be used to water lawns and gardens, thereby conserving water and protecting water quality.
January 10-15, 2012
Attention Parents and Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers!
Mark your calendars for Little Scientists Week! This special “Sid the Science Kid” themed week is dedicated to our littlest scientists, kindergarten age and younger! Watch your students come to life as they journal their way into discovering the scientist inside with special hands-on inquiry-based activities. PBS’s own ‘Sid the Science Kid’ will be making a personal appearance on Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15th.
Activities throughout the week include:
Make & Decorate a Sid the Science Kid Journal
Sid and his friends use journals to keep their findings as they discover and explore. Kids start their Little Scientists Week adventure by creating their own journal to record what they learn.
Kids will learn all about how simple machines make work easier. They’ll experiment with a lever and water filled milk jugs.
Making Healthy Choices
Using real foods, kids will sort a variety of food items into meat, grain, fruits, vegetable, dairy and ‘sometimes’ food categories. In their journals, they’ll create their own lunch.
Sort It Out
Kids will sort recyclables from trash and then sort recyclables into the appropriate categories- paper, plastic, glass, etc.
Give kids a magnifying glass and you’ll capture their attention! At this station, kids will be able to investigate dirt, roots and plants with magnifying glasses.
In partnership with:
Oobleck is a suspension of cornstarch and water that can behave like a solid or a liquid depending on how much pressure you apply. Try to grab some in your hand and it will form a solid ball in your palm just until you release the pressure, then it will flow out between your fingers. Materials that behave this way are classified as non-Newtonian liquids because their flow properties are not described by a constant viscosity. Read more
Think It. Build It. Test It … Do It Again!
ENGINEER IT! is an educational and entertaining interactive learning world that presents science as an open-ended discovery process. Visitors of all ages can explore the fun and creative sides of engineering by designing boats, windmills, airplanes, buildings and bridges. Then test their performance in wind tunnels, earthquake simulators and water tanks. Read more
Valentine’s Day, February 14 too!
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Imagination Station is sinking our collective teeth into the delicious world of sugar.
Check out these great activities:
Are you a SuperTaster?
Some people have a heightening sense of taste. Try this simple test and see if you are one of them.
The fun sugar coated marshmallow candy that we all know and love will be supersized with the help of a bell jar and a vacuum. Watch them puff up huge and then see what happens when the jar is lifted.
This activity explores natural acids that add tanginess and bitterness to your candy.
Building is always fun, but building with candy is delicious too! This activity explores how to build using mini marshmallows as key structural components.
Join us throughout the weekend and taste for yourself, just how sweet it is!
Imagination Station is celebrating Grandparents on Sunday, September 11th , 2011. We will be open from 12pm-5pm and when grandkids come with you, Grandparents receive $10 off a grandparent’s membership.*
*valid September 11, 2011 only. Must be redeemed on site. No other discounts apply. New memberships only.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Demonstrations Times in the Extreme Science Theater
11:30am & 2:30pm
Jake Maloney, a.k.a. YoJake, professional yo-yo player, performer and teacher is one of the highest ranked yo-yo performers in Michigan. At 21 years old, he has consistently been one of the top players in the world since 2002. YoJake regularly competes all over the country, but Monday, January 2, he’ll be performing and sharing secrets of his talent at Imagination Station. Jake will spend the day in Science Studio dazzling visitors with his impressive feats.
KIDSPACE Science Studio
Don’t miss our weekly activity in the Little KIDSPACE Science Studio. A trained team member will read an exciting, interactive story to your child and then everyone gets a chance to complete a fun activity to take home and display proudly! This is a great new addition to your child’s Imagination Station experience.
Science Story Time Schedule
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00am
May 21-May 26 • Colorful Chameleons
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Explore colors by making a chameleon full of colors and texture.
May 27-June 2 • Chromatography Butterflies
Angelina and the Butterfly by Katharine Holabird
Use coffee filters and pipe cleaners to make a beautiful chromatography butterfly.
June 4 – June 9 • Discovering Weather
How’s the Weather? by Rozanne Williams
Create your own weather dial to identify the weather outside.
June 11 – June 16 • Father’s Day
Blue Ribbon Dad by Beth Raisner Glass
Color a beautiful blue ribbon for your #1 dad!
June 18 – June 23 • Chromatography
Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain
Learn about metamorphosis and create a colorful butterfly
June 25 – June 30 • Making Noise
The Ear Book by Al Perkins
Explore sound and make your own noisemaker.
July 2 – July 7 • Noise Makers
What’s That Noise, Little Mouse? by Stephanie Stansbie
Build a noisy tambourine and make some music!
July 9 – July 14 • Food Art
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Read about a clever hare and make your own fruit and vegetable creation.
July 16 – July 21 • Windy Days
Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch
Make your own newspaper kite to fly high in the sky.
July 23 – July 28 • Bugs & Insects
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Learn about bugs and insects then make your own paper plate ladybug
July 30 – August 4 • Party Hats
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff
Celebrate in style by making your own fancy party hat!
August 6 – August 11 • Making Observations
Look! Look! Look! by Tana Hoban
Study a small portion of a picture to solve a puzzle
August 13 – August 18 • Lunch Sack Cats
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Elhert
Create a hungry paper bag cat with a mischievously placed feather
August 20 – August 25 • School Days
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen
Draw a ‘shoe’ceratops and share a story about your dino
August 27 – September 2 • Color Mixing
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
Use a mixture of primary colors to create a brown bear.
September 3 –September 22 • CLOSED
September 24 – September 29 • Fancy Fish
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Decorate a colorful with one very special scale.