Family Science & Astronomy Festival
2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm
A presentation of the night sky by Darryl Stanford
Hands on drop-in workshops in Science and Astronomy
|Department||Conducted by:||Activity’s Title||Room|
|Geology||John Galloway||Build your own paper model of a volcano or sand dune||36-119|
|Physics||Violeta Grigorescu & David Locke||Strings and Things||36-109|
|Biology||Kathy Diamond||Exploring life on planet earth: hands-on biology museum!||36-200|
|Anatomy||Carlene Tonini & Lakshmikanta Sengupta||Bone to Be Wild||36-217|
|Chemistry||Catherine Ciesla & Carmen Velez||Chemistry Creations|
|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. Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
"The Search for Life Nearby, and Beyond"
8 pm, CSM Theatre Building 3
Mars is everyone’s favorite inhabited planet. Consequently, there was considerable disappointment thirty-five years ago when NASA landers failed to find either green-complected aliens or even simple Martian microbes on the Red Planet.
Nonetheless, Mars may yet reveal that it has, or once had, life. And there are a half-dozen other moons and planets in our solar system that might also be home to fauna or flora. Looking for life in such places is all part of a three-way horse race that might present us with evidence of biology beyond Earth within twenty years.
That race includes the search for intelligent extraterrestrials - SETI. Finding other sentient beings in the cosmos would be dramatic news, and change our attitudes forever.
In this talk, we’ll speak of the efforts to find life, discuss what such a discovery would mean, and even speculate on the nature of aliens.
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.