Wednesday, December 18th
4:30 to 7:00 pm
Aspen Middle School
Cost $10 pre-register
$12 at the Door
The Aspen Science Center is announcing its interest in leasing the building that is currently the Aspen Art Museum for an Aspen Science Center and Museum.
The Aspen Science Center would use the facility
• As a center for informal education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
• As a center to gather collaborating non-profit science and educational organizations in the Aspen Valley for joint projects and events.
• As a center to hold a variety of educational events for the public, especially children.
• As a Museum of Science with hands-on displays for children of all ages.
The Aspen Science Center has formed a Science Council to help support the Center’s activities and support its effort to establish an Aspen Science Center in the old Art Museum building. The mission of the Aspen Science Center is to promote excellence in science based education and a public understanding of science. If you would like to join us and help support these important activities contact Jackie Francis (below). Membership in the Science Council is $1500 and we will have a number of events during the year with special presentations. Current members:
Judith Barnard & Michael Fain
Jane & Bill Frazer
David Heil & Sally Greer
John & Laurie McBride
Steve & Alene Pinsky
Mike & Margaret Simmons
George & Patti Stranahan
The Aspen Science Festival is a summer long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) comprised of programs for kids up and down the valley in cooperation with various Valley institutions. The programs are deeply rooted in the Aspen Science Center’s mission to improve the public understanding of STEAM subjects and centered around our belief that STEAM education follows most effectively when kids have had the opportunity to experience the wonder of science first hand.
Currently our program is comprised of a Science Street Fair, a Stargazer Ice Cream Social, the Physics BBQ, Cool Jobs and the Down Valley Science BBQ.
The Aspen Science Festival begins with The World's Most Awesome Star Gazing Event The evening starts with ice cream made with liquid Nitrogen followed by stories of the stars and ending with star gazing of the Colorado night sky. June 28 on top of Aspen Mountain in colaboration with the Aspen Institute.
The Science Street Fair a daylong event that will be held this year on August 11, 2013 in Paepcke Park. It will include hands on exhibits from the top universities and science establishments, local organizations and local educators and students.
Physics BBQs are held on the campus of the Aspen Center for Physics and start with a yummy BBQ followed by hands on experiments and a talk about science.
Cool Jobs give kids the opportunity to hear first hand from people who are working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will hear about the wonders of science that these people experience everyday on the job. July 10
The Down Valley Science BBQ is similar to the Physics BBQs but will be held down valley on a variety of STEAM subjects and will be multilingual in nature. July 24 at CRMS
Posted on August 11, 2013
Once again nature blessed us with a beautiful day for our, all-day Science Festival & Street Fair. The Festival featured a non-stop program of stage presentations, interactive exhibits, experiments, and games for kids of all ages, designed to inform, entertain, and inspire.
Many of the presenters from 2012 return again including CalTech, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Solar Energy International. In 2013 the street fair grew by 50% and more than 1500 people attended.
Posted on July 4, 2013
Cool Jobs gives kids the opportunity to hear first hand from people who are working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will hear about the wonders of science that these people experience everyday on the job. July 10
AT THE ASPEN CENTER FOR PHYSICS 6TH & GILLASPIE STREET IN ASPEN
WednesdayJuly 10, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 pm. BBQ starts at 5:00 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm
Ian Miller - Paleontologist
Chris Lane – Environmental Engineer
Stephania Timothy - Surgeon
Michael Turner – Theoretical Cosmologist
Blair Art – Counterterrorism Engineer
Posted on June 17, 2013
You're Invited to the "Physics is for Kids" Family BBQs! This unique Wednesday night family Barbeque features a FREE outdoor picnic for families including a fascinating short talk by a noted physicist aimed at kids and their parents. Learn about science while eating your hamburger and chips! The Aspen Science Center's Physics-is-for-Kids BBQs is co-hosted with and is at the Aspen Center for Physics, 700 W. Gillespie Street, Aspen, CO 81611. Here is the schedule of speakers/experimenters. Wednesday Picnics begin -- 5:00-6:00 food and experiments, followed by a science talks
July 3 Jose Lorenzana Superconductivity and "perpetual motion"
July 17 Karen Hallberg
July 24 Ronen Plesser at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Why is the Sky Blue?
July 31 Assa Auerbach Maxwell's Demon.
Aug 7 Daniel Sheehy
Posted on April 24, 2013
NREL Model Car Competitions
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts car competitions that race solar- and battery-powered model vehicles. Middle School teams from all around Colorado participate in this fun, educational, and exciting event every May. Teams work together building cars with guidance from a parent, teacher, or coach to compete in race and design categories. A "Spirit Award" is also presented to one team recognizing good sportsmanship.
Solar Roller RC cars bring out the eco-techno-maker-learner kid in all of us - and especially so for high schoolers. These custom-built creations are based on parts from 1/10 scale radio-controlled cars but use hand-soldered solar arrays to generate power. The result is a flat, wide, mercilessly efficient craft that can keep going nonstop until the sun sets. Envision your oven door traveling faster than you can sprint - throughout an hourlong race. Check it out.
Posted on April 13, 2013
Every winter, elite teams of the most accomplished physicists in the world head to the Winter Conferences of the Aspen Center for Physics to wrestle with the most cutting-edge questions in their fields. This always means something special for students, teachers, and science enthusiasts! Why? Because the world's pre-eminent physicists share their insights with the public at the Science Cafes and Winter Lectures.
Posted on January 20, 2013
The Cal Tech LIGO experiment was one of the most popular exhibits at the 2012 Aspen Science Festival - Science Street Fair and they are the first to confirm that they will exhibit again at the 2013 Science Street Fair on August 11, 2013. Since then a number of other institutions have confrimed that they will present again including The University of Colorado, Colorado State University and others. The 2013 Science Street Fair is expected to have more exhibits and cover a wider variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM ) subjects.