Monday, October 8, 2012

Mad About Science - Clark Planetarium

Mad About Science Gala - Thursday, October 11, Clark Planetarium.

Mad About Science Gala

Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:30- 10:00 pm
Clark Planetarium at The Gateway
110 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Join us for an evening of delicious food, exciting auctions and intergalactic entertainment. Come as your favorite Mad Scientist and enter our costume contest for exciting prizes. We’ll be celebrating many of the great scientific inventions being developed in Utah today.
6:30 pm     Cocktails, Silent Auction and Science Demonstrations
7:00 pm     Dinner sponsored by some of Salt Lake’s best restaurants & caterers
8:00 pm     Live Auction in Hansen Dome Theatre
9:00 pm     Led Zeppelin Laser Show in Hansen Dome Theatre Sci-Fi favorites in the ATK IMAX Theatre
Mad Scientist Costumes Encouraged
Buy a chance or bid to win exciting packages including Sundance Film Festival VIP credentials, travel getaways, sporting event tickets, Broadway touring shows, and a one-of-a-kind astrophotography experience.
Proceeds support Clark Planetarium’s leading edge space science education program serving over 83,000 school children each year.
  • Individual Gala tickets: $50 in advance
  • Opportunity Boxes: $20 each or 6 for $100 (Buy a chance to win theatre tickets or other exciting prizes).
  • Black Hole Sponsor at $1,500 (4 VIP gala tickets with sponsor reception, 40 theatre tickets, and yearlong recognition).
  • Red Giant Sponsor at $2,500: (4 VIP gala tickets with sponsor reception, 60 theatre tickets, backstage tour and yearlong recognition).
  • Consider a donation if you are unable to attend.
Buy Tickets here
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For more information about this event, please call Cynthia Lyman at 385-468-1222 or email at
Special thanks to RIESTER for design sponsorship of this event.

Tinkertoy exhibit

Tinkertoy exhibit -
Build Your Imagination at Discovery Gateway!
Tinkertoy® exhibit photos
Discovery Gateway would like to thank its local sponsors for their support of TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination:

GE Capital Bank
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
GE Capital Americas
Reaveley Engineers + Associates, Inc.
Hamilton Partners, Inc.
Ron & Carolyn Reaveley
Maria Stillman Farrington 
FFKR Architects
GSBS Architects
Steel Encounters, Inc. 
Get Involved with TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination
For more information about upcoming events and sponsor benefits, please contact Maria Farrington via email or at 801-456-5437 ext. 106.

Tinkertoy® traveling exhibit at Discovery Gateway
Now open September 22nd through January 6th.
Included with Admission!

Discovery Gateway's new English/Spanish bilingual traveling exhibit is a larger-than-life throwback to the clasic toy so many of us grew up with. Put those fine mortor skills to use and gather the whole family for good, old-fashioned fun!

Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY® construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Bring the whole family to the exhibit and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination and collaboration:

Invent – Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from, and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry – nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.

Collaborate – Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create TINKERTOY designs.

Energize – Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered TINKERTOY creations.

Change – A Rube Goldberg-like contraption illustrates the power of creative thinking and how simple mechanisms work. The activity lets children select and position words to build silly – but thought-provoking! – sentences that serve as the springboard for innovation.

Process/Connect – TINKERTOY-inspired equipment lets children explore the concept of filtration, while a companion activity invites them to build ball tracks that illustrate how GE technologies help address the challenge of providing clean water. Finding the correct path through a graphic maze answers children’s curiosity about “Where does the water go?”

Develop – Visitors will enjoy filling a life-size human form with TINKERTOY hubs, providing a great photo opportunity and revealing the elements of a healthy lifestyle – and emptying the piece is fun, too! A special rotating TINKERTOY hub array inspires children to consider the impact of their personal choices, highlighting one of our most important responsibilities: taking care of ourselves so that we can do anything!

Create – This open play area reserved for children age 3 and older features a spectacular assortment of TINKERTOY pieces – the perfect place to build their imagination. Pictures of remarkable TINKERTOY creations and special tips provide guidance and inspiration.

The Tinker Tank – A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”