Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center is a must-go-to place for a fun, educational experience for the entire family. The 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center features over 290 science, math and space exhibits, open-access, interactive, laser Space Dome Planetarium, daily changing programs, an IMAX Dome Theatre, gift shop and cafe. Sci-Port is located on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront.
The Museum is easily accessible from other areas of the state and the Ark-La-Tex via interstates I-20 and I-49. There is more than enough for all ages to see and do to for an entire day. School classes and other groups are welcome. An annual pass is available which allows free admission to Sci-Port as well as more than 300 other science centers nationwide. It is a place where visitors can go several times a year and not be bored by the same experience. Exhibits are constantly changing and new activities are created frequently. For unique learning experiences, the Science Center provides birthday parties, day camps and camp-ins. There is also the occasional star party on the rooftop; you can use Sci-Port telescopes or bring your own!
Space buffs in the northwest Louisiana region have reason to get excited about the current Sci-Port offerings. The Hubble Space Telescope is the featured topic of exhibitions, activities and IMAX®.Visitors will enjoy a traveling exhibit that contains videos and still images recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope. For those who are fascinated by black holes, galaxies, other planets and all things space-related, this exhibit should be a treat.
Sci-Port enhances special exhibits by providing hands-on activities geared to elementary-middle school students. (Adults have been spotted enjoying these events as well!) Activities centered around the space theme include: using an infrared camera to study light wavelengths, ordering star clusters by age, calculating galaxy distances by using stars and estimating the number of galaxies in the universe.
In addition to the intriguing exhibits and activities, an IMAX® film will allow the viewers to “blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience virtual star travel via breath-taking, never-before-seen flights through Hubble imagery.” Twenty years of Hubble activity will be featured in the 43-minute movie. It is rated G and will be showing from January -September. A schedule of show times can be found on the IMAX Dome web page http://www.sciport.org/index.php?src=gendocs&link=IMAXDomeTheatreFilms&category=Main.