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Science Museum Brings Back Science After Dark Events for Earth Month

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — The Science Museum of Virginia is bringing back its Friday night Science After Dark events next month after taking a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus.

The last Science After Dark event open to the public was in February 2020. The museum held three members-only events earlier this year before making them available to the rest of the community.

The first museum event explores all about this planet we call home in “Science After Dark: Down to Earth” in honor of Earth Month. Museum visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to explore everything from space to the ground through a variety of hands-on learning activities such as:

  • Make seed spheres for planting wildflowers.
  • Watch the worms work to learn more about composting.
  • Turn bottles into planters in The Forge.
  • Explore RVAir discoveries. A community science project studying air quality in Richmond neighborhoods.
  • Creation of recycled bird feeders (for guests aged 5 and under).
  • Watch a presentation on Science on a Sphere®, a room-sized global display system that drops from the ceiling.
The last Science After Dark event took place in February 2020.(Virginia Science Museum)

The event will also host STEMP professionals from the American Chemical Society to talk about chemistry, nature and all things “buggy” with additional hands-on experiment stations.

There will also be live astronomy shows in The Dome for the first 250 guests.

“It’s no joke that we missed being able to hold these events in the evenings and we’re thrilled to see community members continue to feel comfortable coming back to the Science Museum,” said Rich Conti. , director of the museum and head of wonders. “Kicking off Earth Month with a packed schedule of environmentally focused programs is the perfect way to inspire our community to learn more about the science around them.”

Science After Dark returns Friday, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia at 2500 W. Broad St. Admission tickets can be purchased online or at the museum. Children under 2, museum members, educators, and students with valid ID enter for free.

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