The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) in McAllen will hold a S.T.A.R.S. party event Thursday, July 30, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The Stars Party Event is designed to give students and their families the opportunity to learn more about science in a fun, hands-on environment.

Science-focused educational events are needed to increase awareness of scientific discovery and to sustain the need for future scientists. Students who are given the opportunity to have real-life, hands-on experiences in science and are exposed to space science programs, have a higher probability of going on to careers in science that could lead to significant discoveries and exciting scientific exploration.

At this event you will be able to see S.O.S. (Science on a Sphere) Presentations, “Cosmic Collisions,” the front running program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, a presentation on “Starry Night Software” a complete planetarium on a computer and other hands-on activities.

Also, at nightfall, members of the South Texas Astronomy and Research Society (STARS) will be on-hand with telescopes for the “night viewing” portion to see the stars during the evening. The night sky early viewing with give you a glimpse of Mercury, Saturn and the Moon, and later in the evening, Jupiter will rise in the east. There may also be a chance to see some deep sky objects as well.

The Stars Party event will be hosted at IMAS, located at 1900 Nolana, the intersection of Bicentennial and Nolana, in McAllen from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Please note that all indoor activities will close at 8:30 p.m. except for the S.O.S. presentations, which will continue till 10 p.m. The night viewing begins at 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free to members of the museum and general admission to non-members. For more information contact Angela Maxwell, Assistant Director, 956-682-0123.

The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to expand, preserve, and display its permanent art and science collections.

The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue. Monday: closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.