New IMAX films, African-American History Makers and more happening at McWane Science Center this February

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Public programs at McWane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center


Big things are happening this February at McWane Science Center. From black history programs to a new IMAX film series, here’s what’s happening all month long.

History Makers

In honor of Black History month, McWane Science Center is devoting its History Makers programming to Alabama’s many African-American scientists and inventors—past and present. Check out McWane this month to explore their exciting accomplishments and contributions—and let me tell you, they are truly astounding!

A future scientist at work. Photo via McWane Science Center

What’s also cool is that McWane Science Center has combined their love for hands-on activities with History Makers. So, not only will you learn biographical information about each scientist, but you will also learn through play with engaging, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities.

Programs for All

If there’s one thing to know—and love—about McWane Science Center, it’s that even though it is often geared towards kids, adults enjoy it too. In fact, adults often learn just as much as kids during a visit to McWane. The same is true for McWane’s History Makers programs. So kids and adults should come ready to learn and have loads of fun!

All programs are offered twice on Saturdays and twice on Sundays. Activities are included in general admission to McWane Science Center. Click here for weekly programming.

McWane Science Center is fun for the whole family. Photo via McWane Science Center

McWane on the Go

Did you know that Alabama is rich in scientists and scientific discoveries? Now you can learn all about the scientists who have paved the way in science both past and present through “McWane on the Go.”

Students learn all about science during visits to McWane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center.

This public outreach program features programs all about Alabama Scientists. The program is available to 2nd-8th grade students across the state and includes:

  • A presentation on Alabama scientists
  • Information on Alabama’s rich scientific heritage and famous scientists.
  • Student-participation demonstrations covering a variety of topics, such as:
    • Rocket science
    • Metallurgy
    • Medicine
    • Electricity

Science On Screen”

Do you enjoy science and movies? You’re in luck because McWane Science Center has combined the two into an all-new film series entitled “Science On Screen.”

Launching February 28 at 6:30PM, the film series creatively pairs science-related films, like current classics, cult flicks, documentaries, etc. with introductions and discussions from local scientists, researchers and engineers.

The program is supported by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Shauntice Allen is an assistance professor in the UAB School of Public Health and will lead a presentation during “Science On Screen” on the HELA cell line, informed consent and equity in research/medicine.

All movies will be held in McWane’s IMAX theatre and will be free of charge! Register here.

Experience the IMAX Theatre at Mcwane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center

You’ll absolutely love the lineup of movies, too. The first film in the series will feature “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and will include a discussion on bioethics in medicine.

Future films/speakers will include:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (neuroscience and memory)
  • Gattaca (genetic engineering)
  • Contagion (pandemics and infectious disease)

Can’t make it to “Science On Screen” this month? No worries. You can catch the series every month from February-May.

Take Part in the Fun

Now that you’ve learned about all the excitement happening this February at McWane Science Center, it’s time to take part in the fun. Just grab your tickets and pre-register for those special programs then head to McWane Science Center at 200 19th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203.

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