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A celebration of all things science

The Maine Science Festival set to mark its third year

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:30

February vacation week at Maine Discovery Museum

BANGOR - Maine Discovery Museum (MDM) has been gearing up for another wild and crazy February vacation week here in downtown Bangor. 

February Vacation Camp runs from Monday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 22, and on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Main Street Gallery opening of 'CHINA: A Traveling Exhibit, 1903-1904,' sponsored by the Oriental Jade Restaurant, kicks off the 'Year of the Snake' at MDM. And, as a proud partner with the National Engineers Week Foundation, MDM has many 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering' activities planned throughout the month.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:08

Experience Nano at Maine Discovery Museum

BANGOR Nano is a new engaging exhibition for family audiences about nanoscale science, technology and engineering (nano). Join us to imagine and discover the nanoscale world a world so tiny it's too small to see! This 400-square foot exhibition includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.

At the Small, Smaller, Nano exhibit, you can play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube exhibit you can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. There are plenty of examples of nano in nature, technology and your own home. Where Can You Find Nano? lets you listen, look, and touch to discover nano all around you. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks represent the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world. Can you balance all the blocks on the tippy table? Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide information on tiny solutions for big problems, exciting technologies inspired by nature, and different perspectives on nanotechnology. The Nano exhibition includes a seating area with comfortable furniture and additional reading material about this important topic.

Published in Happenings
Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:12

This year's 2012 Grand Marshals

Maine Discovery Museum celebrates their first decade

Independence Day is a day of remembering our heritage, and part of the Greater Bangor Region's history has much to do with the businesses that helped sustain it.

The 4th of July Corporation, organizers of the annual parade and fireworks celebration, selected the Maine Discovery Museum as this year's grand marshal in recognition of the museum's successful decade since first opening to the public.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, MDM has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts an average of 60,000 visitors a year.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:17

The next 10

A decade after its opening, Maine Discovery Museum looks to sustain its future

BANGOR A little more than a decade after opening its doors, the Maine Discovery Museum has been a staple of downtown Bangor's landscape. Its familiar marquee of a toad sitting atop a clock with a paint brush, globe and violin tucked underneath has greeted visitors to the Main Street corridor where, if you stick around long enough, you'll hear its ubiquitous 'ribbit' chime on the hour.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, the museum has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Built in the lower three floors of the former Freese's Department Store at an original cost of $4.5 million, the museum has treated nearly three quarters of a million visitors in both children and adults alike over the years who have walked through its doors to a variety of exhibits dedicated to learning, discovery and enjoyment. According to Niles Parker, MDM's executive director, the last decade has been a successful one but the next represents a unique set of challenges that has led to the launch of a major campaign to raise funds to reset the museum's operations, and achieve long-term sustainability.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:33

A little fun with Piggy & Moola

Maine Discovery Museum Junior Achievement team to offer campers financial based curriculum

BANGOR - Children who attend camp at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor this summer will be learning some money saving skills, thanks to a newly-formed partnership between the museum and Junior Achievement of Maine (JA). Junior Achievement, a non-profit economic educational organization, will be providing the museum with curriculum that will focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

"Incorporating Junior Achievement's curriculum with our summer camps just seemed like a natural fit,' said Niles Parker, executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum in a press release.

The museum will run programs like Piggy Bankers and Camp Moola during the summer camp months in an effort to teach children in grades 1-6 a bit about money management, business and even economics.

Published in Livin'

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