Museum of Science and Industry

Powerful: African Americans in Energy

January 25, 2012 - April 15, 2012


In addition to the Powerful: African Americans in Energy exhibit, the Black Creativity program features related activities and events during the exhibit's run.


Family Days

February 18 and April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
One of Black Creativity’s most popular programs, Family Days bring families with children of all ages to experience live, interactive activities and demonstrations that take place all day throughout the Museum. Activities include creating and making things that families can take home to remember their day of science and fun. Family Day programs are included in general admission.

Special Tour: Plant Chicago [EVENT FULL]

Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. (arrive at Museum by 9:45 a.m.)
Plant Chicago, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable food production, entrepreneurship and building reuse, is repurposing a retired meatpacking facility into a net-zero energy vertical farm. Part of The Plant will hold aquaponic growing systems, while the other will incubate sustainable food businesses. This will create 125 jobs in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and require no fossil fuel use. This event has reached capacity; reservations are no longer being taken.

Events for Field Trips only

These activities are open only to students on field trips, and advance reservations are required.
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Energy-Themed Learning Labs

Learning Labs provide focused, facilitated, hands-on learning experiences for students visiting on field trips. Learning Labs are 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (see dates below).

  • Charge! Electromagnetism at Work—Discover the connection between electricity and magnetism by creating a temporary magnet with an electrical current and assembling and testing electrical circuits. March 15 and April 11.
  • Simple Machines—Students investigate how simple machines work using large-scale examples, and then test their knowledge to complete a challenge using levers, pulleys, inclined planes and more. April 6.


Earlier Events

Juried Art

January 25 - February 29, West Pavilion
The Juried Art exhibition showcases original works by professional and amateur African-American artists. Each year, a distinguished jury selects winning entries in the categories of ceramics, drawing, mixed medium, painting, photography, sculpture and textile. In 2012, artists under 17 contribute for the first time. This exhibit is included in general admission.

Jr. Science Cafés

Each Wednesday in February from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Leading energy professionals will engage students and their families in an open dialogue about educational and career paths. Included with general admission.

Film Screening: Burning in the Sun

Thursday, February 23 from 5:45 to 8 p.m.
At 26, Daniel Dembélé returns to his homeland in Mali to start a solar panel business. His goal: to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power. The film follows his story from budding idea to viable company, showing the business’ impact on its first customers in the tiny village of Banko. The film explores climate change, poverty, self-sufficiency and what it means to grow up as a man and prosper as a nation. A conversation will follow the film. Admission and parking are free, but advance reservations are required. RSVP to tameka.edwards-chihota(at) or (773) 753-7055.

Career Bowls (Field Trips only)

February 15-17 and 22-23; 9 a.m. to noon.
The objective of this game is to have fun while learning about careers. In a game that combines Jeopardy with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, teams answer questions to earn points—and cash prizes for their schools.

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    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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