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Science After Dark: Elephant Seals, March 21st

Published on February 27, 2017, by

The Central Coast STEM Collaborative (CCSTEM), will continue its ongoing informal, educational lecture series “Science After Dark” at 6:30pm, March 21st, at Luis Wine Bar in San Luis Obispo. The series is scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month through May 2017.

Elephant seals were considered extinct at the end of the 19th century, having been hunted out. Eventually, a small colony was discovered on an island off the coast of Mexico. All northern elephant seals are considered to be descendants of that small colony. They are popular for scientific study because they are hard to watch, spending eight to ten months a year basically under water, and much is still to be learned.

Science After Dark is fortunate to have two highly qualified speakers for this presentation: David L. Bauer and Diana Blake Barnhart. David L. Bauer is a retired chemist/environmental scientist, docent and President of Friends of the Elephant Seal. Diana Blake Barnhart, retired teacher, and docent with Friends of the Elephant Seal, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal Poly in Biological Sciences.

Where: Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera Street, SLO (must be over age 21)
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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 suggested donation

Press Release

 
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Cassinni Essay Contest Deadline Extended

Published on February 24, 2017, by

Due to technical problems with the contest’s online submission form, the U.S. contest deadline has been extended to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Original article with links.

 
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PG&E Opens Annual Better Together STEM Scholarship Program

Published on February 21, 2017, by

PG&E is inviting high school and college students throughout Central and Northern California to apply for a Better Together STEM Scholarship. The program awards a total of $100,000 in scholarships annually to local high school, community college and non-traditional students pursuing higher education in engineering, computer science, cyber security, and environmental sciences. Scholarship winners will receive $5,000 per year renewable for up to four years.

PG&E’s scholarship webpage.

 
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Science After Dark, Feb. 21

Published on February 2, 2017, by

The Central Coast STEM Collaborative (CCSTEM), will continue its ongoing informal, educational lecture series “Science After Dark” at 6:30pm, February 21st, at Luis Wine Bar in San Luis Obispo.

Jamie Foster wowed the crowd with his wit and intellect last February when he presented the “Science and Romance of Diamonds.” Join us this month when he returns for an edutaining talk called “What’s Up with What’s Up,” about the latest discoveries beyond earth. Wow, we detected gravitational waves recently – what’s a gravitational wave?! There’s (maybe) a ninth planet (again) in our Solar System. Is there a briny ocean on Pluto? The universe might just be a complex hologram. Earth has a companion in orbit around the Sun. But wait, there’s more… Press Release.

Where: Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera Street, SLO (must be over age 21)
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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 suggested donation

 
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Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest, Deadline is Feb. 24th 28th

Published on January 31, 2017, by

NASA’s “Cassini Scientist for a Day” essay contest is now under way, and the online entry form is now live. Please review this site before submitting essays: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/educ/Scientist-For-a-Day/2016-17/before-you-submit

The contest deadline in the United States is (now) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (other countries have different contest deadlines). The contest is open to students in grades 5 to 12 (approximately ages 10 to 18).

Scientist for a Day website. The three targets for the 2016-17 edition of the contest are: 1. Enceladus’ plumes, 2. Titan’s lakes, and 3. Saturn’s hexagon. Pictures of these three targets are posted on the website including short videos describing the targets in more detail. You can download and print a flyer with the 2016-17 targets at: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/docs/Cassini-SFAD-flyer-20162.pdf

 
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