Koshland Science Museum Announces 2012 Winter Programs

Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
202-334-1201; e-mail Amy Shaw

Lorin Hancock , National Academy of Sciences
202-334-2183; email Lorin Hancockh

December 27, 2011—WASHINGTON—The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues through its winter programs.

The series begins Jan. 26 with a game scenario where players work in teams to contain the outbreak of an infectious disease affecting global health. In March, the Koshland Science Museum and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences present a lively science café about the science of sleep.

In addition to evening programs, the Koshland Science Museum offers hands-on weekend activities. Bounce around the carbon cycle during the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend. Then, visit the museum over the Presidents’ Day holiday to test recall ability using memory boxes. This activity acts as a preview to the Life Lab, opening March 3.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended for evening programs. All programs are held at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W.

Evening Programs
Pandemic! Game Night
Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
In this game scenario, play the role of a public health specialist during the outbreak of a global pandemic. Develop a cure and a means to deliver it to the world population before the outbreak turns into an international health crisis. Admission: $10/$7 students.

Science Cafe: The Science of Sleep
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Discover the role sleep plays in helping us lead healthy, productive lives. If we need it so badly, why don't we prioritize it or talk about it with our physicians or in a public health context? This interactive discussion is co-sponsored by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as part of the "Science Buzz" series. Admission: $10/$7 students.

Hands-On Science
Bouncing Around the Carbon Cycle
Saturday, Jan. 14 - Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All life forms are carbon-based, but few of us think about carbon's movements around the world. Using ping pong balls and poster board, see how carbon moves through the Earth's system and how humans are affecting this cycle. Admission: included with ticket purchase.

Memory Boxes
Saturday, Feb. 18 - Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Test your ability to recall common objects collected in small boxes. Then, develop strategies to improve your memory. Admission: included with ticket purchase.


About the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on their own or with friends, visitors have the opportunity to use science to solve problems and to engage in stimulating conversations. The Koshland Science Museum is located at 525 E St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-334-1201.