The Future of Space Exploration: An Ethical Perspective - featuring Dr. Martin Collins
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Future of Space Exploration: An Ethical Perspective - featuring Dr. Martin Collins

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University

The Space Age made clear the complicated consequences of living in an interdependent world and gave us dramatic, new perspectives on planet Earth. One was to address the centuries-long legacy of colonialism as decolonization. The other was the role of human activity in changing the physical system of the Earth, altering fundamentally our climate.

We are entangled in fraught challenges of our past, present, and future. Dr. Collins invites us to consider how we might make choices as individuals, communities, and nations that resolve the issues before us.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You may register here: https://space_ethics.eventbrite.com.

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Destination Mars: the New Frontier
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Destination Mars: the New Frontier

Friday, October 18, 2019
Showtimes: 5:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Imagine you are part of the global STEM team that is already designing and building the technology that will get us to the Red Planet. What role would you like to play in humanity’s next epic endeavor? Think about it as we fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and explore the rockets and vehicles that will take humans back to the Moon and on to Mars!

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STEM Week at the McAuliffe Center
Oct
21
to Oct 25

STEM Week at the McAuliffe Center

  • Framingham State University - McAuliffe Center (map)
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Oct 21 - Oct 24
Framingham State University - McAuliffe Center

The theme for Massachusetts STEM Week 2019 is “See Yourself in STEM”, and the McAuliffe Center will be hosting many opportunities to do exactly that.

We kick of the week with a public screening of our new full-dome planetarium film, Destination Mars, The New Frontier, on October 18. Visiting out-of-school time groups will learn about storm water runoff with presentations by the Framingham DPW. Programs in the Planetarium will focus on Earth’s climate.

Stay tuned for more STEM Week 2019 events as details become available.

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Destination Mars: the New Frontier
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

Destination Mars: the New Frontier

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Showtimes: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars!

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Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes
Nov
12
8:30 AM08:30

Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes

  • McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University

This speaker and panel discussion session, organized by the MetroWest STEM Education Network and EDC Inc., will introduce attendees to the importance of a strong and early start in science learning and the state of elementary science in Massachusetts; give them a chance to share their perspectives and questions about elementary science learning and teaching; and talk with leaders who play a key role in making sure that our elementary schools give all children the tools to become the science learners the Commonwealth needs.

This event is free but registration is required. Register on Eventbrite at https://elementary-science.eventbrite.com.

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Moonglow: Project Apollo and U.S. Foreign Relations - featuring Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Moonglow: Project Apollo and U.S. Foreign Relations - featuring Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center at Framingham State University

Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony of Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum traces the politics of Project Apollo, from President John F. Kennedy’s call in 1961 to win the battle “between freedom and tyranny” with lunar exploration, to President Richard Nixon’s “Moonglow” diplomatic tour of southeast Asia in 1969, and considers how Apollo-era space diplomacy should inform space policy today.

Admission is free but registration is required. Register on Eventbrite at https://moonglow.eventbrite.com

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Supernova: A Matter of Life and Death - featuring Dr. Rodolfo Montez Jr.
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Supernova: A Matter of Life and Death - featuring Dr. Rodolfo Montez Jr.

Friday, November 15, 2019
Showtimes: 7:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Supernova: a Matter of Life and Death is an original multimedia planetarium production, written and produced by Mary MacDonald of the FSU Planetarium and Kim Kowal Arcand of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The show will be followed by a talk presented by Dr. Rodolfo Montez Jr., Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Global Warming Demystified: The Science, The Consequences, and the Solutions - featuring Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Global Warming Demystified: The Science, The Consequences, and the Solutions - featuring Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Framingham State University

In this presentation, noted educator Dr. Jeffrey Bennett will give you the foundation you need to speak intelligently about the science behind global warming, and show you why the solutions to this important problem are ones that people of all political persuasions can agree on.

The event is free but registration is required.

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Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action
Dec
6
8:30 AM08:30

Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action

  • McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University (map)
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Friday, December 6, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University

At the end of the Moon Landing in Context’s 18-month exploration of the historical, social, cultural, political, and policy contexts of the Apollo era, this one-day symposium brings together a multidisciplinary group of renowned scholars to illustrate the urgency to focus on space sustainability that is the secure, sustainable, and peaceful use of space for the benefit of planet Earth and all its peoples.

Register here : https://space_sustainability.eventbrite.com

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Holiday Skies
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Skies

Friday, December 13, 2019
Showtimes: 5:30 PM , 6:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Come celebrate the season of feasts, family, and goodwill with the Framingham State University Planetarium family! In this live, astronomical "variety show," you'll learn why the December solstice has inspired so many wonderful cultural traditions, with origins in all corners of the globe and throughout most of human history.

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Habitat Earth - featuring Dr. Megan Lehnerd
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Habitat Earth - featuring Dr. Megan Lehnerd

Friday, February 21, 2020
Showtimes: 7:00 PM
Framingham State University

Habitat Earth will take you on journey through some of Earth's diverse and complex ecosystems, from the deepest oceans to the forest floor. This visually stunning fulldome film will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the life forms that populate these ecosystems, and the dynamic relationships between them. Following the film, Dr. Megan Lehnerd, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, will share her thoughts about current food issues.

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Destination Mars: the New Frontier
Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Destination Mars: the New Frontier

Friday, March 20, 2020
Showtimes: 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars!

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Earth Week – in collaboration with Framingham Earth Day Festival
Apr
18
to Apr 25

Earth Week – in collaboration with Framingham Earth Day Festival

  • Framingham State University and Framingham Town Commons (map)
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Sat, Apr 18, 2020 through Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Framingham State University and Framingham Town Commons

The McAuliffe Center is planning a whole week of fun and learning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Our annual Science on State Street will open the celebration on April 18, 2020. This year’s edition will be dedicated to planet earth; a special Earth Day 50th Anniversary event is in the planning stages for April 22, 2020 in FSU’s Dwight Performing Arts Center; and the fun moves to Framingham Town Commons for the Framingham Earth Day Festival on April 25, 2020.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Phantom of the Universe -  featuring Dr. James Battat
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Phantom of the Universe - featuring Dr. James Battat

Friday, May 15, 2020
Showtimes: 7:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Join us for an introduction to one of the most exciting areas in current physics research: dark matter. Phantom of the Universe will introduce the astronomers whose discoveries first hinted at the existence of this mysterious substance decades ago. From there,you will journey to Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles as they collide in visually stunning explosions, and learn how scientists around the world are collaborating to find answers to the many questions surrounding dark matter.

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More than “Just Uhura”: Understanding Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, Civil Rights, and Space History - featuring Dr. Margaret Weitekamp
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

More than “Just Uhura”: Understanding Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, Civil Rights, and Space History - featuring Dr. Margaret Weitekamp

  • McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
McCarthy Center at Framingham State University

Introduced in Gene Roddenberry's original television program in 1966, Lt. Uhura is arguably the most historically significant character of the Star Trek franchise. As a woman of color depicted in popular culture, in a period of tremendous change for African Americans and women in the United States, she both evoked and played against the contemporary historical context.

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How do we nourish creativity through meaningful learning experiences?
Sep
25
8:00 AM08:00

How do we nourish creativity through meaningful learning experiences?

  • McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University

This session, organized by the MetroWest STEM Education Network and presented by Jane Reynolds, President of FableVision Learning, will delve into creativity and what it means in practice, especially in the world of STEM or STEAM. This subject is critical. We are in a world of flux, amidst the 4th Industrial Revolution. Up-to-date research highlights the decline of creativity, against the backdrop of global change that actually requires MORE creativity, not less.

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Dynamic Earth - featuring Dr. Vandana Singh
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Dynamic Earth - featuring Dr. Vandana Singh

Friday, September 20, 2019
Showtimes: 7:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium

Our monthly public planetarium series begins with a screening of Dynamic Earth, the newest addition to our lineup of fulldome films. Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.

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