4 ways to electrify your learning this fall in Birmingham


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Oh, the things he will learn. Photo via McWane Science Center

The pandemic has thrown a lot of curve balls at students and parents in Birmingham and beyond. To level up your kiddo’s learning, McWane Science Center is offering programs and more to ensure they shine their brightest. Read on to learn what they’re offering this September.

1. Homeschool Labs

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Homeschool Labs are a great way to engage students. Photo via McWane Science Center

Are you a parent of a homeschooler? Then this one’s perfect for you and your student. McWane’s Homeschool Labs are a fun and engaging way to get students eager to learn.

Available for each grade level, the program is designed to supplement what kids are learning at home. Students who sign up can visit McWane on select days for access to science equipment, to participate in experiments and more. Pretty cool, right?

*To attend Homeschool S.T.E.M. Labs, students must be six years old by September 1, 2021.

When: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30AM, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021 | Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30AM, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022
Price: McWane Members – $60 per semester | Non-Members – $80 per semester

2. Pollution Prevention Week

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Learn about Pollution Prevention Week this September. Photo via McWane Science Center

2021 marks 30 years of Pollution Prevention Week, and McWane is taking part in the action. I can’t think of a better way for students to learn about the Earth and how to care for it.

From September 22-25, you and your student can visit McWane for all sorts of special programs and even discover the many ways you can minimize your pollution impact.

Bonus: World Water Monitoring Day coincides with Pollution Prevention Week on Saturday, September 18, so be sure to check out what McWane has planned to build visitors’ awareness and commitment to water conservation.

When: Pollution Prevention Week – Wednesday-Saturday, September 22-25, Wednesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM | World Water Monitoring Day – Saturday, September 18, 10AM-5PM
Price: General Admission

3. Playing at McWane’s IMAX Dome Theater

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Don’t forget McWane’s IMAX Dome Theater is the ultimate spot for a movie-going experience. Make time for learning and entertainment with these educational and action-packed feature films this September.

Feature Film

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in IMAX

  • What: Lead character, Shang-Chi, must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
  • When: Friday-Thursday, September 3-16 | Showtimes
  • Where: McWane Science Center’s IMAX Dome Theater, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Price: Adult – $13 | Child – $12 | Senior – $12
  • Tickets

Educational Films

Ancient Caves in IMAX

  • About: Follow paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves.
  • Showtimes
  • Where: McWane Science Center’s IMAX Dome Theater, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Price: Adult – $9 | Child – $8 | Senior – $8
  • Tickets

Antarctica in IMAX

  • About: View never-before seen footage of the farthest reaches of the wild of the majestic continent, Antarctica.
  • Showtimes
  • Where: McWane Science Center’s IMAX Dome Theater, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Price: Adult – $9 | Child – $8 | Senior – $8
  • Tickets

4. Don’t forget McWane’s newest exhibit!

McWane Science Center, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle exhibit. Photo via Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

After all that learning during McWane’s educational programs, students deserve a brain break. My suggestion is to visit McWane’s newest exhibit—Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of Sewer.

Here’s a peek at some things making this exhibit a don’t-miss:

  1. You can join the team and train alongside the Turtles and Master Splinter in their Underground Lair.
  2. You can try your hand at creative problem-solving in Donatello’s Workshop and Lab.
  3. You can put your skills and training to the test on the Streets of New York City with a Back Alley Rope Maze and Pizza Shooter.

Check it out now through January 2022.

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