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Family Science & Astronomy Festival

Sat Oct 12, 2013
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a day of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and
physics lectures, demos, workshops, and planetarium shows!

Planetarium shows
2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
A presentation of the night sky by Darryl Stanford

Science Workshops
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?"
(2 & 4 pm)

Who's a geology genius?
(3 & 5 pm)

Physics Raj Misra & Kashi Nath
Got Physics?
Biology Kathy Diamond Exploring life on planet earth: hands-on biology museum!
(drop in)
Anatomy Carlene Tonini & Lakshmikanta Sengupta Whodunit?? CSI at CSM (drop in)
Chemistry Catherine Ciesla Chemistry Creations


Astronomy Workshops:
2-6 pm

Activity Location
Construct Planispheres, Galileoscopes
Space Theatre 36-114
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

Chris McKayKeynote 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
non-biological origin.

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).

8:30-8:50 pm
CSM Theatre Lobby

Jazz Under the Stars
9:30-11 pm, CSM Observatory
Dean Drumheller

Program Coordinator: Mohsen Janatpour

Festival sponsored by CSM Math/Science Division and San Mateo County Astronomical Society.

CSM Science Building 36 & CSM Theatre Building 3
1700 W. Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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Event Contact Info
Mohsen Janatpour
(650) 574-6272