Kids and adults can participate in a Summer Science 45-minute program on magic, insects, and plants, provided on a particular subject on July 16, 17 and 22 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

Returning to AMSE by popular demand on July 16 at 2:00 pm is Mr. Bond, The Science Guy presenting "The Science of Magic," a 45-minute live demonstration on optical illusions, magnetism and electricity experiments to mystify the audience. Kids and adults participate on stage in the magic, which is science with secrets, in the AMSE auditorium one-time only program.

Kids and adults can become insect detectives on July 17 at 1:00 pm as "Tracks and Signs of Insects and Other Invertebrates" is presented by Noah Charney, a naturalist, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Curious about mysterious objects and distinctive patterns found in nature, such as egg cases, cocoons, gallls, leaf mines, burrows and nests. Charney will show images of exquisite objects, discuss peculiar natural history and share amusing anecdotes as the tracks and signs are revealed in the AMSE auditorium one-time only program.

Get an update on the new discoveries of the biodiversity of life found in the past 10 years in the Great Smoky Mountains on July 22 at 11:00 am as "All Taxa Biological Inventory of the Great Smoky Mountains" is presented by Todd Witcher, executive director of Discover Life in America. With over 900 species new to science and over 6,500 new species in the Park, the project has become an international phenomenon. Kids and adults will be able to learn more about the natural world around them in the most visited park in the U.S. in this one-time only program in the AMSE auditorium.

Share science with family and friends in AMSE's special summer exhibitions including "Nikon Small World," "Discover Life in America; All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory," and "Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure." Get fun down to a science at AMSE this summer and see how science and art combine in "Nikon Small World" to showcase the beauty and complexity of life through a light microscope until August 8. See the 20 captivating illustrations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's ecosystems in "Discover Life In America: All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory" through September 26. The family can discover the link between dinosaurs and birds as Charlie's curiosity leads to his understanding of the evolution of the kiwi bird through a story theater, computer games, puzzles and discovery boxes in "Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure" through September 19.

The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 1 - 5 pm. Admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6-17) $3 and Children (5 and under) free. AMSE members free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from date of purchase, are Family $35, Grandparent, $30, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. For more information on AMSE memberships, programs, exhibits and events, click on To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.