S³ Science Speaker Series
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is excited to host S³ (Science Speaker Series) for young scientists. Join us the third Saturday of the month at 2 PM!
*Please note our new format for S³
Children 6 and older, and their families, are invited to the Children's Museum every THIRD Saturday of the month at 2 PM. Community groups and scientists working in many exciting fields will be on hand to talk about their work and answer questions. Every month brings a new topic. Join us for fun afternoons of learning about topics like animal rescue and conservation, sea life, pollinators, and more!
- Seating is limited, please arrive early!
- No pre-registration required - sign-up at the door
- Our S³ program is included in the admission cost, or membership, to the Museum
- Because seating is limited and the talks are developed specifically for older children, we ask that all attendees are 6 years and older.
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County thanks the Farley Family Charitable Foundation
for supporting this program with their generous grant.
Saturday, Jan 20: Pacific Coast Air Museum
Join our guest, The Pacific Coast Air Museum, and explore aerodynamics and make balsa wood airplanes!
The Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a family-friendly, easily accessible open-air museum. We display over 35 historic aircraft and have indoor exhibits as well. PCAM is located on a five acre parcel at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and is open five days a week year-round.
PCAM's mission is to Educate and Inspire both young and old about our aviation heritage and space technology, to Preserve historic aircraft and artifacts, and to Honor veterans.
Saturday, Feb 17: Erin Dekleva, Ruminants
"Why Can't I Eat Grass?" - Join us to learn why certain animals like farm animals can subsist entirely on plant matter, while other animals thrive on a diet of meat and plants. We'll explore how all digestive systems are different and how they help the animal obtain nutrients from different types of food.
Mark your calendars for upcoming S3 dates. Speakers will be updated as they are scheduled:
Saturday, Mar 17: Erika Woolsey, Coral Reef
Saturday, Apr 21: Safari West
Saturday, May 19: Aquarium by the Bay, San Francisco
*S³ runs September - November and January - May. There are NO presentations in December, June, July or August.
If you have questions regarding our Science Speaker Series, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (707) 546-4069
Sep 2015: The Garden Menagerie, Frederique Lavoipierre
Explore the world of garden insects with Frederique Lavoipierre in this fantastic presentation – fun for all ages! Following the lecture, we will have an opportunity to view insects up-close through the lens high-quality stereoscopes, and meet a few of Lavoipierre’s 6-legged friends. Leave with a sense of wonder and a desire to further explore your own backyard insect menagerie!
Oct 2015: The Wonderful World of Worm Composting, Jack Chambers
Red Wigglers...Eisenia fetida
Nov 2015: A Weird, Wonderful World, Casey Peters
Casey Peter's presentation will focus on HOW we learn about the world around us through scientific exploration and experimentation. He will use examples from many different areas of study, with a larger focus on ecology and natural history. The universe is big, complex, weird and wonderful, and science has helped us learn many exciting--- and unexpected--- things. The audience will take away a deeper understanding and appreciation of the process of exploring the world through scientific discovery. As well as, the tools and excitement to practice on their own. From simple ideas, like plant identification, to larger concepts, like finding new planets-- scientific discovery is everywhere!
- Jan 2016: Stem Cells And Tardigrades, Julie Mangada
What if I told you that there was a life form that can endure temperatures ranging from 303º down to -328º Fahrenheit? A creature that can endure one-thousand times more radiation than humans can and survive for over 120 years in a state of suspended animation? A critter that is invisible to the naked eye, yet lives almost everywhere? Meet the tardigrade, an extremophile (an organism that thrives in extreme conditions) poised to provide valuable insights into aging while also becoming a celebrity in our Learning Center. Tardigrades, more commonly known as water bears, feature a snout, two eyes, and eight legs with claws. Looking like a cross between a bear and a caterpillar, these microscopic animals are masters at dealing with stress. We can learn by studying these creatures, and Julie's talk will focus on her research of stem cells and water bears.
- Feb 2016: Life on the Coral Reef, Erika Woolsey
Often referred to as “rainforests of the ocean”, coral reefs are diverse ecosystems that exist in nutrient-poor environments, yet are teeming with marine life. Using gorgeous imagery, marine biologist Erika Woolsey will talk about her research on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and her adventures Down Under and underwater. Erika hopes that audiences will take away a new appreciation for the beauty and importance of coral reef ecosystems, and learn something about the weird and wonderful animals that build them.
- Mar 2016: Green Choices for Children and their Families, Shelley Flint
The average household uses over 60 different chemical products. This toxic mix we bring to our homes hurts our health, our families and our Planet. Learn how to decipher what’s in the products we use every day and the effects they have on your health and our Planet. Many of these products can be easily replaced with greener alternatives or ones you can make yourself with simple ingredients you have at home. This class is hands-on, so you’ll also be making a few of those recipes to take home with you!
- Apr 2016: How to Think of an Invention, Michael McGinnis
Ever wonder how to come up with ideas, or how to make something that you use work better? I would like to show you how to figure that out. It is OK to make lots of mistakes as long as you keep trying!
- May 2016: Illustration, Steve Purcell
Steve Purcell has drawn since he was a toddler, and grew up creating characters and hand made story books. Through the years he has worked professionally as an illustrator, comic book creator, game designer and concept/story artist. He worked with LucasArts Entertainment Company, Industrial Light and Magic and most recently with Pixar Animation Studios as a writer/director on the Academy award winning Brave as well as Toy Story That Time Forgot. Steve will talk about his journey from childhood artist to movie director and lead an interactive drawing lesson in how to create a Disney character. Bring your drawing pencils and sketchbook or just sit back and enjoy this fun and engaging presentation.
- Sep 2016: Cheryl Veretto, Planting for Pollinators in All Four Seasons
Cheryl Veretto activist for pollinators - Sonoma County Master Gardener and President of Sonoma County Beekeepers Association. While living in rural SW Sebastopol she propagates, plants and shares bee forage plants while educating about planting for pollinators, the importance of pesticide free gardening -Integrated Pest Management and the wonderful honey bee.
- Oct 2016: Guillermo Melantoni, Changing the World One 3D Print at a Time
Guillermo Melantoni works at Autodesk as Product Line Manager for Tinkercad and 123D. Originally from Uruguay, he has a degree in Architecture and worked as consultant and professor at different schools of architecture in Uruguay. In 2008 he became Product Manager for AutoCAD, based in San Francisco and in 2012 he started leading Personal Design and Fabrication on the Consumer Products team. His goal has been to create the most powerful yet intuitive tools that can be used by anybody from 5 to 99 years old that wants to unleash their creativity. He has over twenty years of experience in 3D design and has been working for almost a decade on 3D printing.
- Nov 2016: Casey Shea and Anna VanDordrecht (SCOE): Completely Cool Creative Chemistry
What does a chemist do all day? How does chemistry relate to art, spying, and what we eat? Come find out just how cool chemistry can be and participate in hands-on experiences.
- Jan 2017: Dr. "Addie" Adrienne Larocque, Geochemistry
Adrienne Larocque is an award-winning scientist with a PhD. She currently teaches Earth Science at Maria Carrillo High School where she is known as Dr. Addie. She also is an adjunct professor at Santa Rosa Junior College.
- Feb 2017: Sean Marshall & Sonoma Country Day School Students: Circuit Bench
Sonoma Country Day School elementary students, led by Network Administrator and Maker Extraordinaire Sean Marshall, built a musical/light up bench as part of their science curriculum and donated the finished product to the CMOSC. Join them on this special evening to hear more about the inspiration that lit up students and adults alike, and the process of bringing the bench, and plenty of learning, to life.
- Mar 2017: Aquarium by the Bay
It’s Ptough to Be a Pteropod!: Students will measure and observe changing chemistry in an ocean-like environment, explore the complex food web, and discuss potential solutions to slow that change. Animal Ambassador: Tidepool Invertebrates (with touch tank)
- Apr 2017: Russ Scarola: Natural Selection of Round Things
What lies at the intersections of Art and Science? Learning to think of ourselves as designers! Come join us as we build larger than life fall-down-machines turned treacherous ecosystems! Help model natural systems (and human intervention) as we take on the challenge of weeding out the "invasive" round species with recycled materials tricks, traps, and flippers. Can you save the bouncing fish balls? (Likely bonus light painting activity!)
- May 18: Jennifer Alvarez : Creative Writing for Kids
Local author of the Guardians of the Herd book series
Where do authors get their ideas? How do questions become stories? In this fun interactive workshop, children will learn how to turn their own questions and ideas into exciting tales. Elements of the writers' craft will be explored, including plot, narrative tension, and world building. Come prepared to write!
Jennifer Lynn Alvarez received a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. She is an active horsewoman, a volunteer for U.S. Pony Club, and a proud mother of three children.When writing her Guardian Herd series, Jennifer draws on her lifelong love of horses and animals. The series includes her first four books: Starfire, Stormbound, Landfall, and Windborn. She lives on a small ranch with her husband, children, and more than her fair share of pets. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferDiaries or on Instagram @jennifer_lynn_alvarez. And to learn more about the Guardian Herd series and find games, quizzes, fan forums, and more, please visit theguardianherd.com
- Sep 2017: Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue strives to give over 1,500 animals a year the best, most current, and most innovative care possible. They also offer educational experiences both on and off-site. They'll be at the Children's Museum to help us learn about our local wildlife and how we can help protect and care for them and their natural habitats.
- Oct 2017: Safari West *CANCELED*
The mission of Safari West is to actively promote conservation, environmental education, and share knowledge that will help each individual make personal choices in regards to the environment and conservation efforts. They'll be joining us for a presentation and hands-on exploration of environmental education and conservation.
- Nov 2017: The Bird Rescue Center
The Bird Rescue Center is a rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s wild native birds. Our mission is to assist in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance. They will join us at the Children's Museum with two of their Raptor Ambassadors!
- Jan 2016: Stem Cells And Tardigrades, Julie Mangada