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Bright Night at the Movies event will teach kids about the behind-the-scenes science that makes onscreen magic

Gazette staff July 15th, 2010

"Bright Night at the Movies"
Science Museum Oklahoma
6 p.m. Friday-8:30 a.m. Saturday
2100 N.E. 52nd
$35 for museum members, $45 for nonmembers

In most school science classes, kids learn by dissecting frogs or from building a baking soda volcano.

But at "Bright Night at the Movies," they learn with lightsabers.

Science Museum Oklahoma continues its popular program Friday by taking it to Hollywood. The overnight event teaches kids about the science behind their favorite movies with fun, hands-on experiments involving films like "Harry Potter," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Star Wars."

"Kids will be able to build their own lightsabers," said Alex Mattison, communications coordinator. "We will also have a little Jedi training with their lightsabers where we learn the science behind crystals and what it would take to actually make a lightsaber in real life."

The program starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the musuem, 2100 N.E. 52nd, and lasts until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Mattison said "Bright Nights" is just another way to get kids interested in science.

"It's something unique the kids have never tried before," Mattison said. "It's something I wish was around when I was a kid, and now I have to ask if I am too old to still be doing this, but it's a ton of fun."

Registration is $35 for museum members or $45 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 602-3760 or visit "Adam Kemp
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