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Party with stormtroopers at CSC 21+ Sci-Fi night


Last updated 4/12/2016 at 6:26am

Carnegie Science Center’s next no-kids night will explore the science behind science fiction with hands-on activities and special shows. 21+ Sci-Fi will be held on Friday, April 15, from 6-10 p.m.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Star Trek. Star Trek fans are invited to attend a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to be held in the Science Stage.

Visitors will also have the chance to snap a selfie with a Stormtrooper or other characters courtesy of Garrison Carida, a chapter of the 501st Legion, and the Rebel Legion Star Wars costuming groups. Sci-fi fans can mingle with members of the Steel City Ghostbusters and take a picture in front of the Pittsburgh Ecto-1, a replica of the ghostbusting hearse, or the Steel City Time Machine.

Other activities include making “ectoplasm” slime to take home and exploring futuristic technology like 3D printing, which would have been considered science fiction just a few decades ago. The origins of science fiction, starting with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, will be presented during the fan favorite show Frankenscience.

For a few dollars more, visitors can watch Special Effects on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh at Rangos Omnimax Theater. This 1996 film from the Science Center’s vault explores special effects techniques used in motion pictures from traditional to modern, computer-generated effects. The film also includes a recreation of several breathtaking shots from the original Star Wars film in IMAX by Industrial Light & Magic and backstage looks at the making of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.

As always, 21+ Night features live music, cash bars, snacks available for purchase, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids! Participants get a discount on Omnimax movies and laser shows that evening.

Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

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