10/15/19 TUESDAY

David Corlew, aerialist - Escaping Gravity: Science in the Circus at Patterson Park Community Center

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro

COST: Free. 

What allows circus artists to flip, release, and catch twenty feet in the air? Come investigate how riggers and trapeze artists assess the forces exerted on their bodies and equipment during performance to stay safe. Join aerialists David Corlew and Megan Mallouk for a duo trapeze performance, chat about science in aerial work, and try out the trapeze for yourself!

Murfreesboro Parks & Rec - Fossils – Dinosaurs of the Americas (Ages 10+)

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30-6:30 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Wilderness Station, Murfreesboro

COST: Free

Join us at the wilderness station for a program about dinosaurs that once called the Americas home. If you are into dinosaurs and prehistoric animals that used to rome our country than this is the program for you. We will cover what paleontologists know about the range and life histories of a few dinosaurs that once called north, central and south America home.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring - Scout Night

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro

COST:  $10 per scout, $5 per parent, $5 per sibling over 2. Click here to register

WHAT:  Join us as we map out the solar system, build rovers, and take a tour of space in our inflatable planetarium. This night is designed to help scouts earn Space related badges.

Badge Requirements Covered:

  • Girl Scouts: Space Science Investigator badge

  • Cub Scouts: Astronomy Belt Loop

  • Cub Scouts: Bear Space Electives


Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC) - Making STEM Learning Meaningful and Authentic for All Students: A Teacher Event

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 4:00 - 5:15 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: MTSU Tom Jackson Building, Murfreesboro

COST: Free

All students have the right to learn about science, technology, mathematics, and engineering in ways that are consequential and compelling to them. As research has increasingly shown that learning is centrally shaped by the interests and concerns of learners and their communities, relating STEM concepts and practices to the realities of students’ lives, generationally and culturally, is crucial. This panel will discuss why this shift in STEM learning is important from the perspective of students, communities, and society at large. Additionally, the panel will discuss what authenticity and meaningfulness looks like in STEM classrooms and other STEM learning environments enacting this ambitious vision, and how that might be different from traditional classrooms.

Bartlett Public Library - Stomp Rockets

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

REGION:  West Tennessee

WHERE: Bartlett Public Library

COST: Admission is free but registration is required via the memphislibrary.org event calendar due to limited space. For Ages 9-12.

WHAT:  Learn about rockets and make your own. Then test your design to see who can send their rocket soaring the furthest. Launching the designs is dependent on cooperative weather.


Discovery Park of America - Earth Observation Day

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 10 AM - 5 PM

REGION:  West Tennessee

WHERE: Discovery Park of America, Union City

COST: Free with Discovery Park Admission

Adults (13-64): $14.95

Child (4-12): $11.95

Senior (65+): $12.95

Full pricing information here.


Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool. (Activities at DPA).


Murfreesboro Parks & Rec - Fossils – What’s Up Fall Hikes at the Barfield (All Ages)

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:00 AM; Friday, October 18, 7:00 PM

REGION:  Middle Tennessee

WHERE: Wilderness Station, Murfreesboro

COST: $3 per person; $10 per family, Contact: Wilderness Station 615-217-3017 to book.

Late summer nights are great for spotting Owls, bats, frogs, insects and discovering glowing eyes and finding other fascinating critters that are active at night. Join us for discovery under the night sky. Reservations are required.

Memphis Botanic Garden - CSI (Citizen Science Investigation)

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

REGION:  West Tennessee

WHERE: Memphis Botanic Garden

COST: Free with Garden admission; $5 - Adults, $8 - Senior, $5 - Ages 2-18

WHAT:  You can contribute to scientific research even without a science background. Just take photos of the amazing things you see outdoors. Photos will be uploaded to iNaturalist.