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Citizen Astronomy: From the Sierras to the Sky! Science After Dark, 5/13

Published on April 29, 2015, by

Science After Dark
May 13, 2015 at 6:30pm
Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera Street, SLO (must be over age 21)
$5 cover

Cal Poly physics professor, John Keller, PhD, will share research being conducted to measure Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO’s), something relatively new in planetary science. KBO’s are large, icy bodies that orbit the sun in the outer space region beyond the orbit of Neptune. Thousands of these celestial bodies formed about 4.5 billion years ago, about the same time as the solar system. Keller and his research team received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund telescopes and training in 40 communities along the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range, as well as along the Colorado River to cover the entire west coast of the United States.

The collaborative effort will assist researchers by measuring the size of KBO’s, as well as provide learning opportunities for students in the participating communities. Cal Poly student assistants are included, but the majority of research participants will be high school students. Per Keller, “This project is an innovative and exciting opportunity for students and community members from across the Western U.S. to directly contribute to our understanding of the Kuiper Belt.”

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Super STEM Saturday, May 2nd

Published on April 1, 2015, by

NGSS in Action!

Where: Cal Poly SLO – Baker Center, Building 180
When: May 2, 2015, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Who: Current & Future K-12 Teachers & Administrators

4/21/15 Update: SOLD OUT

The Day:
– Welcome, coffee, and orientation.
– Morning and afternoon breakout session.
– Implementing NGSS for different grade spans.
– Engineering and Technology classroom applications.
– Keynote panel on Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom.
– Free Lunch! (Who said there was no such thing?)
– $50 Honorarium for K-12 Teachers



Science Adventure Workshop
Saturday, June 20th

Published on March 25, 2015, by

Supercharged Science Adventure Workshop
June 20, 2015 from 9am-3pm
Pacheco School, San Luis Obispo, CA
Kids ages 7-12 years
$69 plus a $20 materials fee

Join this workshop for a full-day lab filled with real science your kids will never forget! It’s jam-packed with loads of totally fun activities that are also educational. Your kids will be having a great time, while at the same time keeping their science learning going even during the summer. Kids build 22 hands-on science projects they get to discover, explore, and take home!



April at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History

Published on March 23, 2015, by

Spring Fling
April 6-11, 2015
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Saturday Scientists
April 25, 2015
1pm – 3pm
Miniature Snails of the Marine Environment
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March 11th Science After Dark: “Marine Ecology from the Bottom Up”

Published on March 7, 2015, by

Here in SLO the ocean is on our doorstep, yet we often miss the beasts and processes that make it tick. What are the animals between your toes at Avila Beach? What processes shape our shoreline habitats, and what on earth might they have to do with Napolean’s invasion of Egypt in 1798? Join Marine Zoologist and Community Ecologist Brian Paavo for an evening of looking at the often missed animals of the seafloor. And, since this science is happening ‘After Dark’ we’ll spend a bit of our time exploring the salacious sex lives of seafloor animals.

Brian Paavo, PhD, has recently returned to the left coast after spending 12 years studying coastal community ecology in New Zealand. His work centered on seafloor animals and how people can use small seafloor animals to learn about our ocean environment, human impacts, and just how much is happening that we normally miss. Prior to his Southern Hemisphere adventures, Brian spent several years on Catalina Island with the Catalina Island Marine Institute helping thousands of California children experience the ocean through lab and snorkeling adventures.

Where: Hosted by Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera Street, SLO (must be over age 21)
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: Discussion starts at 6:30pm, come early to get settled and order your beverage. Light appetizers available for purchase, or you may bring your own food. All beverages must be purchased at Luis Wine Bar. Selections include wine, beer, organic sodas, coffee, and tea.
Cost: $5.00 cover charge

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