Pacific Science Center https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:22:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/pacsci-site-icon-320x320-150x150.jpg Pacific Science Center https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org 32 32 Fresh Sheet – February 18, 2017 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/life-sciences-blog/fresh-sheet-2017-02-18/ Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:58 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13712 This week's pupae shipment is an owlapalooza! We have four different butterflies this week that all are commonly referred to as owl butterflies.

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Opsiphanes tamarindi UV

Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)

This week’s pupae shipment is an owlapalooza! We have four different butterflies this week that all are commonly referred to as owl butterflies: Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly), Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl), Opsiphanes quiteria (Scalloped Owl), and Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl). These butterflies don’t hoot, they aren’t nocturnal and we don’t know of them being particularly wise. So why are they all called owl butterflies? It is because of the beautiful giant eye-spots they all have on their front or hind wings. This fantastic example of mimicry likely helps scare away some potential predators that may have wanted to eat a tasty butterfly, but don’t want to mess with an owl. Our owl butterflies this week include representatives from three different genera. Do you think a common ancestor evolved that eye spot? Or are we looking at an example of convergent evolution?

Come see all these wonderful flyers. Owl see you at the Tropical Butterfly House.

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16 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
20 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
14 – Catonephele mexicana (Mexican Catone)
15 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
37 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
8 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
10 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
23 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
21 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
32 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
23 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
5 – Heliconius sapho (Sapho Longwing)
32 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
10 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
10 – Opsiphanes quiteria (Scalloped Owl)
8 – Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
36 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 352

“Fresh Sheet” is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.

These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.

If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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Social Media Intern (Unpaid) https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/social-media-intern-2017-02-16/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:39:46 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13686 The post Social Media Intern (Unpaid) appeared first on Pacific Science Center.

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Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.
Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you. For more information about our volunteer program, call (206) 443-2868 or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus. The Social Media Intern will help the Marketing and Communications department strategize promotions around Pacific Science Center events by using social media to showcase photos and video of the Pacific Science Center.

At the internship’s conclusion, the intern should have gained valuable promotions and marketing skills while strengthening their resume. This is a great opportunity for students who want to positively impact a nonprofit while exploring a career in Promotions and Marketing. Interns may also receive college credit depending on their school’s requirements and guidelines. (This is a perfect capstone project for a student seeking a Masters or Bachelors in Communications, Marketing or Development.)

Reports To: Communications Manager
Position Start Date: March 2017
Position End Date: June 2017
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with occasional Fridays

Job Duties

  • Photograph our Discovery Corps youth and volunteers in action.
  • Take photos of events and activities for Social Media
  • Create content for Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Schedule social media posts
  • Communicate our impact and stories to donors.
  • Create reports on progress to team
  • Participate in monthly Marketing Team meetings on 2nd Tuesdays of each month at 10 am
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • Strengthen communication and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Science Center staff, event volunteers, and the general public
  • Develop administrative and creative skills associated with working in a busy Marketing department
  • Demonstrate promotions planning and leadership skills while working in a team environment
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of a large nonprofit educational institution and museum

Position Requirements

  • Experience in Social Media
  • Skill in Film or Photography
  • Candidates must be current college students
  • Flexible and willing to take on a variety of tasks
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm and initiative
  • Works well independently, as well as part of a team and can react accordingly to the Science Center’s fast-paced nature
  • Strong customer service skills and excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide 3 references
  • Candidates working towards a degree in Museology, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or Development preferred

Benefits

  • Membership during your internship
  • Bus or parking passes on the days you volunteer
  • Opportunity to share your knowledge and skills
  • Add to your resume and explore new careers
  • Elevate your current skill set and showcase your talent
  • Expand your network of contacts and raise your visibility
  • Experience leadership and be part of a great team

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Social Media Intern” in the subject line.


Pacific Science Center

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

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Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Intern (Unpaid) https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/volunteer-coordinator-assistant-intern-2017-02-16/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:33:35 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13683 The post Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Intern (Unpaid) appeared first on Pacific Science Center.

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Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.
Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you. For more information about our volunteer program, call (206) 443-2868 or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a volunteer management career. Pacific Science Center engages 500 regularly active volunteers, almost 1,000 special event volunteers, and an extra 150 teen volunteers for the summer months. Spring is a transition time and involves volunteer planning, recruitment, and onboarding for the upcoming busy summer season.

The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Intern is a member of the Human Resources team and will play an integral role in volunteer recruitment, candidate sourcing, interview facilitation, training support, benefits coordination, and special projects/research. At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable volunteer recruitment, onboarding and administration skills.

Reports To: Volunteer Engagement Manager
Position Start Date: March 2017
Position End Date: August 2017
Time Commitment: 15 hours a week (may involve some evening and weekend hours)

Job Duties

  • Assist with volunteer recruitment planning
  • Research volunteer recruitment sources and post volunteer positions
  • Manage applicants
  • Track screening process
  • Co-facilitate group interviews
  • Assist with background checks and references for new volunteers
  • Co-facilitate trainings and assist with onboarding new volunteers
  • Develop the employer brand of Pacific Science Center including development of social media posts, exposure to marketing strategy and acting as an ambassador for the Science Center at recruitment fairs (as available)
  • Assist with administrative of volunteer benefits
  • Help to plan and execute volunteer recognition events
  • Provide general administrative support to the HR department
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • Develop high-level administrative skills associated with recruiting and onboarding large volumes of volunteers while utilizing Volgistics volunteer management software program
  • Strengthen communication skills through interactions with applicants, Human Resources and other Pacific Science Center staff and hiring managers
  • Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment
  • Learn project management and balance collaborative with self-led work
  • Cultivate public speaking skills through co-facilitation of staff interviews and trainings
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of a busy Volunteer Program and Human Resources Department with a demanding work load

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate student working towards a degree with an interest in volunteer managment
  • Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
  • Must have very strong attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills and service orientation
  • Track record of working well within a team environment
  • Courteous professional manner
  • Independent, self-led learner
  • Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Intern.”


Pacific Science Center

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

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Human Resources Intern (Unpaid) https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/human-resources-intern-2017-02-16/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:24:58 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13676 The post Human Resources Intern (Unpaid) appeared first on Pacific Science Center.

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Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.
Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you. For more information about our volunteer program, call (206) 443-2868 or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources Department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a Human Resources career. Pacific Science Center employs over 400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff. Typically we post over 100 positions a year. Spring is a transition time and involves staff planning, recruitment, and onboarding for the upcoming busy summer season.

The Human Resources Intern will play an integral role in staff recruitment, candidate sourcing, interview facilitation, training support, employer branding projects, payroll and benefits, and more! At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR recruitment, onboarding and administration skills.

Reports To: Human Resources Recruiting Manager
Position Start Date: March 2017
Position End Date: August 2017
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours a week (may involve some evening and weekend hours)

Job Duties

  • Assist with staff recruitment planning
  • Utilize Taleo recruitment software to post and manage applicants
  • Co-facilitate group interviews
  • Assist with background checks and references for new staff
  • Co-facilitate trainings and assist with onboarding new staff
  • Develop the employer brand of Pacific Science Center including development of social media posts, exposure to marketing strategy and acting as an ambassador for the Science Center at recruitment fairs (as available)
  • Assist with administrative tasks related to of payroll and benefits
  • Provide general administrative support to the HR department and Human Resources Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Learning Opportunities

  • Develop high-level administrative skills associated with recruiting and onboarding large volumes of temporary seasonal staff while utilizing Taleo and Ascentis software programs
  • Strengthen communication skills through interactions with applicants, Human Resources and other Pacific Science Center staff and hiring managers
  • Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment
  • Learn project management and balance collaborative with self-led work
  • Cultivate public speaking skills through co-facilitation of staff interviews and trainings
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of a busy Human Resources Department with a demanding work-load

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate student working towards a degree with an interest in Human Resources
  • Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
  • Must have very strong attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills and service orientation
  • Track record of working well within a team environment
  • Courteous professional manner
  • Independent, self-led learner
  • Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Human Resources Recruitment Intern.”


Pacific Science Center

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

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PacSci-Doku: “Martian Life On Earth” https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-doku/martian-life-on-earth/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:05:02 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13664 Can you solve the "Martian Life On Earth" edition of PacSci-Doku?

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Bringing science to life.

PacSci-Doku: “Martian Life On Earth”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

Where are scientists looking to find hints about possible life on Mars?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

E  O  I  _  D  M  L  N  G

PacSci-Doku: Martian Life On Earth

The Puzzle

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

The Answer
PacSci-Doku: Martian Life On Earth

The Answer

The question in this edition is:

Where are scientists looking to find hints about possible life on Mars?

The answer: Gold Mine

Nematode worms that are smaller than the head of a pin may see pretty insignificant. But they become very important when they are found 2.5 miles deep in three gold mines near Johannesburg, South Africa. At that depth, they tolerate temperatures as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and appear to survive off the limited water and bacteria that live that deep underground. Until these recent discoveries, only single-celled organisms were thought to live this deep in cracks in the underground rocks. While these nematodes reveal much about the nature of life on Earth, they also hint at the possibilities of life on other worlds, especially Mars. Scientists now wonder what life might be found if we dig deep underground on Mars. Read more about the discovery of the nematodes and the scientist associated with the discovery.

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STEM Education Internship (Unpaid) https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/stem-education-internship-20170214/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:23:00 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13595 We are looking for STEM education volunteer interns to support our STEM-OST (Out-of-School Time) program.

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Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.
Apply online and indicate the open position that interests you. For more information about our volunteer program, call (206) 443-2868 or email volunteers@pacsci.org.

Pacific Science Center is committed to driving science education forward in Washington State, and inspiring today’s youth to further their education and go into careers in science, technology, engineering and math. We offer a wide variety of programs, including standards-based formal and informal science education programs and an award-winning environmental education center.

We are looking for STEM education volunteer interns to support our STEM-OST (Out-of-School Time) program. The focus of this internship is to deliver hands-on lessons and activities in physics, engineering, astronomy, mathematics and remote sensing to elementary and middle school children in out-of-school time programs in underserved communities in the Seattle area. The program employs a tiered mentoring approach; each STEM-OST team, comprised of one outreach education teacher, one STEM education volunteer intern and one teen intern, visit participating community organizations with existing out-of-school time programs for a Summer Series consisting of one hour sessions per day for five days (typically over a 5-week period).

Candidates who are enrolled or seeking enrollment in an education certificate program or with a background in education are well suited to this position.

TO APPLY: Email volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “STEM Education Volunteer Internship” in the subject line and attach your resume and cover letter.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

Reports To: Outreach Education Manager
Position Start Date: Mid-June
Time Commitment: A program series typically runs 1 day/week at each site for 5 weeks (a few will run daily at a site for one week). At least a 5 week commitment to at least 1 program series is preferred (about 4 hr/week for 5 weeks), to ensure consistency throughout the delivery of a program series. We highly recommend committing to more than one program series to allow for a more in-depth volunteer experience.

Schedule: Variable; dependent upon number of program series. Programs run mid-June through end of August.

Job Duties:

  • Support STEM-OST programs at community-based youth organizations and other sites.
  • Assist with the evaluation of programs and activities.
  • Assist with mentoring teen interns.
  • Support curriculum/training development.
  • Assist with collection and reporting of statistics and reports.
  • Assist with research, development and revision of program materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Enrolled or seeking enrollment in an education certificate program or STEM program.
  • Experience working with elementary and middle school-aged children.
  • Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check.

Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

  • Great attention to detail.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Track record of working well within a team environment.
  • Desire to inspire children through innovative and engaging science curricula.
  • Enthusiasm for science and science education.
  • Courteous professional manner.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation.

Pacific Science Center

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

 

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Fresh Sheet – February 11, 2017 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/life-sciences-blog/fresh-sheet-2017-02-11/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:00:11 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13529 Our pupae shipment this week includes two of the chrysalises most often confused with earrings.

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Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Our pupae shipment this week includes two of the chrysalises most often confused with earrings. Both the Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing) and the Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) make a chrysalis that is a shiny metallic gold. They look like they would be completely at home in your jewelry box. Surprisingly, the butterflies that come out of these pupae are mostly black and orange with hardly any hints of how they looked when younger.

When a butterfly is about to emerge from its chrysalis, the exoskeleton starts to dissolve a little, allowing you to see the colors of the butterfly through it. This is especially dramatic with these little beauties!

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

70 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
68 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
60 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
10 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
6 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
6 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
80 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 300

“Fresh Sheet” is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.

These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.

If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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Engineer Your Future: An Interview With Dr. Menzer Pehlivan https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news/an-interview-with-dr-menzer-pehlivan/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:14:19 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13484 Meet Dr. Menzer Pehlivan, a specialist in geotechnical engineering at CH2M in Bellevue who works to develop earthquake-safe buildings and one of the engineers featured in the upcoming IMAX documentary, Dream Big 3D.

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Meet Dr. Menzer Pehlivan, a specialist in geotechnical engineering at CH2M in Bellevue who works to develop earthquake-safe buildings and one of the engineers featured in the upcoming IMAX documentary, Dream Big 3D.

Dr. Pehlivan was inspired to pursue a career in engineering after the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake in her home country of Turkey. She acquired her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and went on to obtain her PhD from University of Texas at Austin. This past year she became a “2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering Professional” through the American Society of Civil Engineers. Soon after, she was contacted by MacGillivery Films to participate in Dream Big 3D, a film documentary that inspires children to pursue careers in engineering.

Dr. Pehlivan’s role in Dream Big features the earthquake-safe structures she worked on and her ambition to build resilient cities and communities. In the movie, she discusses some innovative engineering designs in challenging earthquake prone regions and the importance of advancing the earthquake engineering profession through use of technology. She also touches on her work in Nepal following the Gorkha earthquake and other projects in North and Central America.

Menzer Pehlivan

Dream Big delves into the inspirational story of Civil Engineer Menzer Pehlivan, who as a young girl experienced a devastating earthquake in Turkey. Here, Menzer uses everyday items to demonstrate to children how engineers design and build earthquake-proof structures. Photo from Dream Big, photo credit: Gensler

Though a successful civil engineer with global experience, Dr. Pehlivan acknowledges many challenges still face young women in her field. “There is still a lot of work to be done to attract women to field.” She stresses that civil engineering is perceived as a “man’s field.” That’s part of the reason she got involved in the Dream Big movie. “We need to impress on girls and boys that they can be whatever they want to be. They all have a place—they just need someone to believe in them.”

What is Dr. Pehlivan’s advice for aspiring young scientists?

“Believe in yourself. Civil engineering is one of the most amazing ways to change the world: you can build a bridge, so kids can get safely to school, or you can build a skyscraper that might change the skyline of New York City.”

And her advice for parents:

“Believe in your kids and make sure they know that. There are so many successful women who are civil engineers and running companies that change lives.”

See Dr. Pehlivan on the biggest screen in Washington state when Dream Big opens in the Boeing IMAX® Theater February 17, 2017.

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Who Are The Terracotta Warriors? https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news/who-are-the-terracotta-warriors/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:24:01 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13476 On April 8, 2017, Pacific Science Center welcomes a selection of the Terracotta Army to Seattle. But who were the Terracotta Warriors?

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On April 8, 2017, Pacific Science Center welcomes a selection of the Terracotta Army to Seattle. But who were the Terracotta Warriors? Many know they were Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s army for the afterlife, buried in Xi’an China in the third century BCE. The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit, however, will feature a number of the 7,000 sculptures, and focus on the stories of several individual warriors—and their historical significance as a whole.

According to many visitors, the Terracotta Warriors in their home UNESCO World Heritage Site are something to behold. Not one of them is the same. Each statue is a different soldier, with unique facial features and expressions. Many even vary by height. The warriors were crafted by at least 87 different workers, some of whom signed the statues that they worked on. It makes a viewer wonder—who were these warriors? What was each statue based on? The answer is complex.

The Terracotta Warriors are separated by rank in four “pits,” like an army at that time would be. Many of the sculptures hold genuine, functional weapons, including over 35,000 real arrowheads, axes, spears and more. The warriors’ ranks, weapons and clothing indicate how an actual Chinese army at the time may have operated; the expansive tomb gives historians and archeologists indicates how powerful the Chinese military was. The huge number of statues, weapons and the size of the mausoleum itself also indicates a sophisticated manufacturing system—requiring the work of a huge number of workers, much like the pyramids of Egypt.

The Warriors are the ultimate army for the Empower Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. A powerful ruler thought he needed the best army to protect him. This exhibit will celebrate the warriors’ themselves. They are individuals, and pieces of the exhibit will celebrate them. Patrons will have the opportunity to explore the story of each warrior individually.

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Pacific Science Center Continues Accessibility Efforts To Accommodate Autism Spectrum https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news-media/pacific-science-center-continues-accessibility-efforts-accommodate-autism-spectrum-20170201/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:41:20 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13345 With generous support from Safeco Insurance, Pacific Science Center is proud to continue Exploration for All: Autism Early Open for a third year.

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Exploration For All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance invites early access to our exhibits for families on the autism spectrum

SEATTLE, WA (January 31, 2017) – With generous support from Safeco Insurance, Pacific Science Center is proud to continue Exploration for All: Autism Early Open for a third year.

Exploration for All invites families with children on the autism spectrum to explore Pacific Science Center before doors open to the public on the second Saturday of each month through December 2017.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. This is an increase of 33% over the past two years. For many of these children, a typical day at the Science Center can be overwhelming. Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the Science Center at their own pace without heavy crowds. We soften general lighting and decrease noise levels and visual stimulation on our interactive exhibits in order to create a space that allows children with different sensitivities to ignite their curiosity within our exhibit halls.

“One of our top priorities is to make our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities. Autism Early Open is a great example of our work in this area. The support we receive from Safeco Insurance is a great example of collaboration with other community leaders. We are excited to continue this program in 2017,” said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center.

Contributions from Safeco Insurance also support Pacific Science Center’s overall accessibility and inclusion efforts. For example, the grant enables specialized training for Pacific Science Center staff in serving people with special needs, as well as improvements to the historic campus that increase safety for low- and no-vision guests

For more information on Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance, please visit pacsci.org/exploration-for-all/

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.

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Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728
kdelbuco@pacsci.org

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