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Science Center of Iowa announces extension of National Geographic exhibit

National Geographic’s latest traveling exhibition, “Earth Explorers,” will continue its run at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (SCI) through Feb. 23.

The Science Center of Iowa is the first location in the world to host the exhibit, which is produced by Global Experience Specialists (GES) in partnership with National Geographic.

“National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers” allows visitors to let their imaginations run wild as they become explorers and embark on an adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries.

Since opening in Des Moines this past September, nearly 5,000 students from around the state have visited SCI to experience “Earth Explorers.”

“They loved the polar exhibit and the simulated balloon ride,” said Lori Haynes of the Boone Home School Assistance Program. “Overall, it made our students dream about areas of the Earth they may have never visited.”

SCI will host “Earth Explorers” through Feb. 23. The world premiere of the exhibition at SCI is sponsored locally by Iowa State University and Scheels All Sports. Discovery Days are sponsored by Land Rover Des Moines. For more information on the exhibition and admission, visit sciowa.org/earthexplorers or call 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

National Geographic explorer to give talk on Jan. 14

In the spirit of exploration, SCI will host a Café Scientifique presentation with Dr. Jill Pruetz, ISU Biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, on Jan. 14.

A primatologist, Pruetz studies the behavior of non-human primates such as chimpanzees, spider monkeys, howling monkeys, tamarins, patas monkeys and vervets in locations around the world. Her current research project in southeastern Senegal is funded by National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation. In her talk, Pruetz will discuss her research as well as how the observations of today are shedding light on our own past.

“Primitive Patterns: Environment + Evolution” will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m.

“Café Sci” is a worldwide grassroots public science initiative aimed at demystifying scientific research for the general public and empowering non-scientists to become more science literate.

Each month, SCI invites leaders in science and technology to talk about their work and engage the community in discussion around meaningful and relevant topics. Events are free to the general public and designed primarily for adults and young adults. No scientific background is necessary - just an interest in the topic at hand! Learn more at sciowa.org/cafesci.

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