Night of the Open Door: Hands-On Science Fun for all Ages, Saturday, February 28, 2015, ASU Tempe Campus

Saturday evening, February 28, 2015, from 4 to 9 PM, Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus opens its doors to the public with free events (and parking) featuring the scientific research of ASU’s many departments. Night of the Open Door is a hands-on chance to become acquainted with the many far-ranging and important science being done at ASU.

ASU’s Biodesign Institute, home to some 500 scientists, students and others work on tough societal problems, including studying the cause, diagnosis and treatment of nearly 100 diseases, hands-on activities, games and prizes during Night of the Open Door include:

• “Science trading cards” featuring some of Biodesign’s leading scientists and engage in more than 30 activities, including:

• Donning a space suit, designing an experiment and send it into space.

• Making slime and using a smartphone and seeing how proteins behave in the slime

• Playing a motion-sensitive video game designed by student researchers to role-play saving the planet from pollution

• Watching how plants can make glow-in-the-dark leaves similar to the way they produce disease-fighting proteins for therapies and vaccines, like Biodesign scientists did to make a serum used to fight Ebola

• Observing 3-D printing in action

• Learning how to clean water using bacteria to remove uranium, nitrates and other contaminants

• Measuring fake whale poop to learn what it can tell us about Moby’s stress levels

“Our Biodesign employees truly enjoy this opportunity to show their work,” said Biodesign Executive Director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. “If last year’s event is any indication, we expect to welcome about 2,000 children and their families into our building for the day. My hope is that they become entranced by the magic of science and decide to join the next generation of people who will work to make our world a better place.”

The Biodesign Institute at ASU is located at 727 E. Tyler St., ASU Tempe Campus. Major cross streets are Rural Road and University Drive, southwest of the light rail stop at Rural.

You can also follow the evening’s activities on Twitter and Facebook, using #BiodesignOpenDoor and #OpenDoor.

 

Chandler Science Cafe: Second Annual Science Pub Quiz, December 3, 2014

 

Please join us Wednesday, December 3, 2013, 7 pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, for Chandler Science Cafe at Hack Night, Second Annual Science Pub Quiz. Do you watch Nova? Listen to Science Friday? Our hour-long quiz will be about the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards. Study up on this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes which “honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think” here. 

Take a look at last year’s quiz:

Bring your friends, neighbors and fellow science enthusiasts to compete for prizes in our year-end science trivia contest!

 

Our traditional Science Pub Quiz trophy, a cheap plastic dinosaur, could be yours! Other prizes, too.

Chandler #ScienceCafe Science Pub Quiz trivia contest @gpchandler 12/3 7pm.

Chandler Science Cafe Resumes Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7 PM, Gangplank: Neuroscience–Studying the Edge of Brain & Body

Please join us Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7pm, Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85224, when Chandler Science Café at Hack Night returns from summer hiatus with Neuroscience–Studying the Edge of Brain & Body featuring researchers from Arizona State University’s Neural Control of Movement Lab.

October Chandler Science Cafe guests are Patrick McGurrin and Josh Klein.

Patrick McGurrin

Patrick McGurrin

Patrick McGurrin uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to study brain regions involved in voluntary control of the hand. He is interested in discovering how the brain allows us to perform activities of daily living, such as self-feeding and buttoning-unbuttoning a shirt.

Josh Klein studies sensorimotor control. He is interested in studying proprioception, which is the ability of our body to track where our limbs are even when we can’t see them. His goal is to study proprioception when subjects perform reaching movements to better understand how this system works, and help to identify problems that occur with this system after a person suffers from a brain injury (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury).

Dr. Marco Santello and members of the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory

Dr. Marco Santello and members of the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

Free, open to the public, all welcome.

Chandler Science Cafe, June 4, 2014, Exploring the Planets: A Scientific Journey to the Earth, the Moon & Mars

Please join us Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7pm, Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, for Chandler Science Café at Hack Night for “Exploring the Planets: A Scientific Journey to the Earth, the Moon & Mars,” with Mark Salvatore from ASU’s School of Earth & Space Exploration. Mark Salvatore is a geologist with an emphasis on the evolution of planetary surfaces from a morphological and geochemical perspective. His research has focused primarily on Antarctica and Mars.

Mark Salvatore, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science cafe is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Mark’s current work involves comparative planetology and terrestrial analogs: surface and geochemical evolution of hyper-arid and hypo-thermal environments on Earth (Antarctica) and Mars. Formerly an imagery lead with Desert Research and Technology Studies, NASA Johnson Space Center, Mark has also conducted research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.

Chandler Science Cafe, May 7, 2014, Diamonds From the Sky with Laurence Garvie

Please join us Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7pm, Gangplank, for Chandler Science Café at Hack Night for the return of our guest Laurence Garvie, Center for Meteorite Studies, for a casual conversation about Arizona geology, meteorites and diamonds from space.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science cafe is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Dr. Garvie, Research Professor and Collections Manager, Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, studies the physical and chemical processes that shaped our Solar System.

 

Chandler Science Cafe, Humans to Mars: When? How? Why?, April 2, 2014

Please join us Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7pm at Gangplank, 260 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, for a conversation with Michael Mackowski, Senior Engineer, Orbital Sciences Corporation,” Mars: When? How? Why?”

Mike is President of The National Space Society of Phoenix, dedicated to promoting human spaceflight, space tourism and space settlement.

Science Cafes are casual settings to ask a local scientist, researcher or engineer about their work and field of study.

Chandler Science Cafe is every first Wednesday of the month.

STEM Student Science Cafe: Mars Madness, March 4, 2013, Bookmans Mesa

So what is S3C? STEM Student Science Cafe is open to Middle & High Schools Students 10-16 years old and features a casual conversation with a scientist or engineer about his or her area of research. March 4th we’ll talk with a Mars researcher.

Learn something new, ask questions, and meet other science fans! Part of the Arizona SciTect Festival.

Quarterly every first Tuesday of the month, S3C at Bookmans, 1056 S Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85210,  features:

March 4, 2014: Mars Madness
June 3, 2014: The Brain
September 2, 2014: The Universe
December 2, 2014: Engineers Are Makers

STEM Student Science cafe starts at 6:30 PM.

STEM Student Science cafe starts at 6:30 PM.

Chandler Science Cafe: Memory Lab, March 5, 2014

imagesPlease join us Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7pm at Gangplank, 260 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, for a conversation with Arizona State University Neuroscience of Memory and Aging Lab graduate student researcher Stephanie Koebele.

Stephanie’s research interests include memory acquisition and maintenance,

Science Cafes are casual settings to ask a local scientist, researcher or engineer about their work and field of study. Exercise your brain & ask Stephanie!

Chandler Science Cafe is every first Wednesday of the month.

Geophysics: Science Café at THINKspot, Mesa, Wednesday, December 18, 2014

Interested in the Earth? Join THINKspot, Mesa Public Library- Red Mountain Branch, 635 North Power Road, Mesa, Arizona  85205, for an informal conversation with a Geophysicist, Wednesday 6pm-7pm.

 

What does a Geophysicist do? How do you become a Geophysicist? Bring your questions. All ages welcome.

STEM Student Science Cafe, Engineers Are Makers: Microscope From Disposable Camera Demo, December 3

Please join us Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 6:30 pm, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 1056 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa, for Engineers Are Makers, a demonstration of how to make a microscope from a disposable camera with Electrical Engineer Jasper Nance. Supplies for students will be available (parents may observe).

Electrical Engineer & Heat Sync Labs volunteer returns to STEM Student Science Cafe December 3rd.

Electrical Engineer & Heat Sync Labs volunteer returns to STEM Student Science Cafe December 3rd.

 
So what is S3C? STEM Student Science Cafe is an event that takes place in a casual setting; is open to Middle & High Schools Students 10-16 years old and features an engaging conversation with a scientist or engineer about a particular topic. Learn something new, ask questions, and meet other science fans! In 2014, STEM Student Science Cafe switches from a monthly to a quarterly schedule starting March 4, 2014, with Mars Madness.
Presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival.