Family Science & Astronomy Festival
Join us for a day of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and
physics lectures, demos, workshops, and planetarium shows!
2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
A presentation of the night sky by Darryl Stanford
Hands on workshops in Science and Astronomy
2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm
|Department||Conducted by:||Activity’s Title||Room|
|Geology||Linda Hand || |
"What's on your tectonic plate?"
Who's a geology genius?
|Physics||Raj Misra & Kashi Nath ||Got Physics? ||36-109|
|Biology||Kathy Diamond||Exploring life on planet earth: hands-on biology museum! |
|Anatomy||Carlene Tonini & Lakshmikanta Sengupta||Whodunit?? CSI at CSM (drop in) ||36-217|
|Chemistry||Catherine Ciesla||Chemistry Creations|
|Construct Planispheres, Galileoscopes ||36-112|
|1) How a Telescope Works |
2) Finding Planets around Other Stars
3) Solar System Model,
4) Gravity and Black Holes
|36 - First floor hallway|
|1) Meteors and Comets |
2) The Sun - Including Solar Observing
3) Making Craters
Keynote Speaker Dr. Chris McKay
The search for organics & evidence of life on Mars;
Update from the Mars Curiosity Rover
7-8:30 pm, CSM Theatre Building 3
Mars Curiosity Rover has been operating on Mars for over one year. The speaker will present the current status on the search for organics in the soil and the prospects for determining the habitability of the site. If organics are found on Mars, the next challenge will be to determine if they are of biological or
About Dr. Chris McKay
Dr. Chris McKay is a research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human exploration.
Chris been involved in research in Mars-like environments on Earth, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys, Siberia, the Canadian Arctic, and the Atacama, Namib, & Sahara deserts to study life in these Mars-like environments. He was a co-investigator on the Huygens probe to Saturn's moon Titan in 2005, the Mars Phoenix lander mission in 2008, and the current Mars Science Laboratory mission (2012).
CSM Theatre Lobby
Jazz Under the Stars
9:30-11 pm, CSM Observatory
Program Coordinator: Mohsen Janatpour
Festival sponsored by CSM Math/Science Division and San Mateo County Astronomical Society.