Los Alamos ScienceFest features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers to engage kids, families, and individuals interested in life-long learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Festival partners (community businesses and organizations) present events throughout the county for one week in September culminating in EXPO DAY at Ashley Pond on the last Saturday of that ScienceFest.
ScienceFest Events at the Bradbury
Saturday, September 6 • 10:00am–4:30pm
TEDxABQ Streaming Party TEDxABQ is coming back to UNM’s Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. Come join us at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos for a live stream of the event and networking time with other members of the communtiy.
Sunday, September 7 • 4:00pm–5:00pm
Heavy Lifting in Space: Building the International Space Station
John Phillips, former LANL staff member and NASA astronaut, will relate the construction and operation of the International Space Station, based on his three trips to the orbital outpost.
Tuesday, September 9 • 5:30pm–7:00pm
Climate Impacts and Feedbacks in The Arctic Ecosystems
Frozen soil is thawing across the Arctic, with consequences for the global carbon budget and energy balance that are difficult to predict. The challenge is to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between climate, frozen soil, hydrology and ecology, and to translate new knowledge into better models. Cathy Wilson, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who specializes in hydrology and geomorphology, is working with a diverse multi-lab team to address this challenge.
Wednesday, September 10 • 12:30pm–3:30pm
Reverse Engineering Pizza Party LIMITED
Fourth through sixth graders can sign up for one of three 45-minute sessions that include a kick-off with pizza and a discussion of the world of mechanics, and then get hands-on to learn by taking things apart! Limit 10 participants per session and advance registration required. Parents are required to be present during the workshop. Please register each child individually. REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, September 10 • 5:30pm–7:00pm
Accelerating Global Forest Mortality
There is evidence for and against the hypothesis that forest mortality is accelerating and will continue to accelerate due to climate warming. Nate McDowell, an ecologist at Los Alamos Laboratory who specializes in forest health research, explores this topic in a public lecture.
Wednesday, September 10 • 6:00pm–7:00pm
The Training Games
Imagine learning while you “play." Technically, you already do – but technology is enabling us to take this concept to a whole new level with “serious” games that leverage immersive, interactive video game-style experiences to take understanding and study to a very different place.
Thursday, September 11 • 5:30pm–7:00pm
LANL’s Forest Management Plan
To prepare for ongoing climate change impacts to our forests, Los Alamos National Laboratory will employ adaptive management strategies to support mission requirements, security, and operational needs while preserving forest habitat.
Thursday, September 11 • 6:00pm–7:00pm
Feel the Thrill: Experience the Oculus Rift
Virtual simulation and computer generated graphics are one thing, but imagine stepping into the virtual environments without moving a muscle. That’s what you’ll experience in the Oculus Rift—one of the "Top 25 New Inventions of 2013." You’ll get to ride a roller coaster from the comfort of your living room chair, feeling the thrill without any of the danger—and go places you’ve only dreamed of – all in virtual reality.
Friday, September 12 • 5:30pm–7:00pm
Overview of Recent Climate Change Science Developments and Actions for Resilience
Chick Keller has been on the forefront of climate change science, education and communications for over 20 years. In the beginning he was a lone voice for what is now certain.‘‘We are 95% confident that most of the warming in the past 50 years is due to humans.’’ Chick Keller will explain how we know this, what science has discovered recently, and what we are doing about it.
Friday, September 12 • 6:00pm–7:00pm
Hidden in Plain Sight: Augmented Reality
Augmented reality used to be “science fiction”, but it’s not fiction anymore. Imagine the ability to look at an object and, with augmented reality, open hidden information with special “eyes” that let you see amazing things. At this event, you’ll experience augmented reality samples that you won’t believe unless you see them with your own eyes.
Saturday, September 13 • 10:30am–12:30pm
NM PBS Science Café - Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise in Earth System Models
Come to the September New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a segment of NOVA and then join in a discussion with Dr. Stephen Price of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Price will review the basic physics of ice sheets and how ice sheet evolution is controlled by the climate system. Admission to the café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston at (505) 277-2396 or online at www.newmexicopbs.org/science-central. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday, September 18, 5:30 PM; @ the Blue Window Bistro
The “On Tap” series happens every Thursday evening starting at 5:30 PM, with science on the third Thursday of every month. Other weeks include topics on nature, art, and history. Join us!
This series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
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