Stop by the Science Dome this weekend for the 2nd Annual Lakewood MakerFest. MakerFest is a collaboration between Pierce County Library System, City of Lakewood, Lakewood Computer Clubhouse and Pierce College.
MakerFest, Aug. 9th
@ Pierce College Science Dome and Rainier Building
MakerFest is a free all-ages event. Meet the local makers, be inspired by their projects, creations and inventions, and catch the making bug.
Celebrate all things made by you during the second annual Lakewood MakerFest from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Pierce College.
MakerFest is a free all-ages event. Register as a maker to display your project, or attend this year’s event as a visitor. Meet the makers, be inspired by their projects, creations and inventions, and catch the making bug.
Suggested categories include alternative energy, art, data collection, electronics & technology, gaming, mechanical things, photo, practical ideas, robotics, sewing, sculpture and video. Don’t see your category on the list? That’s okay! If you can make it, you can bring it.
Free screening of Space Junk (reserve seats in advance) @ 12 pm, 12:50 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:20 pm
Space Junk: Have you ever wondered what happens to all of that stuff that we sent up into space when we don’t want it or it doesn’t work any more? Space Junk takes a look at how crowded our inner space has become and what dangers it poses to current satellites and future human space flight.
If you have attended one of our children’s shows recently you’ve probably notice that they are quite crowded! So, we are offering a second show time for our children’s shows. You can now catch one at either 12:30 pm or 2 pm on Saturdays.
In addition to a new time, we have also finished our newest children’s show: Magnificent Moons. Like all of our children’s shows this one is designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-8 and will include lots of demos and hands-on fun. The best part? Adults get in free!
Magnificent Moons: Is Earth the only planet with a moon? Are all moons simple rocks like ours? Make sure you’re buckled up because we’ll be visiting some of the solar system’s strangest and most unique locations as we explore its many magnificent moons!
Join us for a new interactive Children’s show, designed by our science dome staff for our youngest visitors aged 3-8 years.
What makes comets, asteroids, and meteors different from each other? Are they just rocks that float around in space? Make sure you’re buckled in as we zoom through our solar system to figure it out! Feel the ice cold of comets and the warm heat from the sun. Learn how space affects comets, asteroids, and meteors.
The show starts Saturday January 4th at 2 pm and will run every Saturday for the next couple of months.
Cost: $3 per child, Adults get in free!
Seats can be purchased online through the 3rd party eventbrite for an additional fee, or purchased for cash only at the door.
Science Dome presentations (seats can be reserved in advance)
Hands-on Science Activities
Comet ISON is a giant ball of ice and rock that was discovered last fall, and is currently hurtling toward the sun from the outer solar system. As it passes the sun on Thanksgiving day its fate is unpredictable. The warmth from the sun may break it up into disappearing pieces or cause it to shine bright enough to be seen during the day! Join us on December 6th to learn about comets and so much more! Check out the full schedule on our Events page. Seats for the planetarium shows can be reserved online for free through Eventbrite
The festivities will be followed by the FREE premiere of Back to the Moon For Good at 8 pm! The Science Dome is one of the first planetariums to get this new show worldwide!
The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.
Back To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon.
The stunning visuals and compelling narrative of the show explain the importance of the Google Lunar XPRIZE in encouraging today’s space entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate toward building a new space economy while inspiring the next generation to “shoot for the moon.”
The show was executive produced by Robert K. Weiss and Alexandra Hall, produced by NSC Creative, an award-winning computer animation studio, and written by Ryan Wyatt.
This interactive show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-8. You can expect to get up out of your seat and get moving!
Join us on a trip to the outer solar system to visit the frigid Pluto and its companions. Experience a changing of seasons on the mysterious Pluto and learn why it only sometimes has an atmosphere. Learn why Pluto “the dwarf planet” is no longer Pluto “the planet” and discover other dwarf planets along the way!
Pluto, The Forgotten Planet starts this Saturday August 31st at 2 pm and will run for several weeks.
Kids (3-8) $3, Adults get in free.
Cash only at the door or reserve seats online for a small fee (clicking on the link below will take you to a 3rd party website).