S³ Science Speaker Series
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is excited to announce S³ (pronounced S cubed), our Science Speaker Series for young scientists.
Children 10 and older and their families are invited to the Children's Museum every THIRD Thursday evening of the month. 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 evenings of learning about topics like plants, sea snails, coral reefs and more!
- Pre-registration requested, but not required (registration links below each description)
- Seating is limited, please arrive early
- Adults must accompany children to this event
- Because seating is limited and the talks are developed specifically for older children, we ask that all attendees are 8 years and older.
- The Museum exhibits are not open during this event
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County thanks the Farley Family Charitable Foundation
for supporting this program with their generous grant.
*Each presentation is free and begins promptly at 6 PM
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!)
"You haven't learned something until you've created with it!" When not learning from his two adventure seeking boys, Russell Scarola teaches art-integration to future teachers in the Hutchins Department of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University. Recent community projects have included designing recycled materials mini-golf course and mentoring student projects for the Sonoma County STEAM SHOWCASE. Russ's passions include volleyball, playing guitar, and creative writing, but his biggest joy is in helping people of all backgrounds enjoy science and encouraging more voices to be involved in how best we can guide our human ingenuity.
Register for this program here!
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
Register for this program here!
If you have trouble with registration, or questions regarding our Science Speaker Series, email email@example.com, 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)
- Jan 2016: Stem Cells And Tardigrades, Julie Mangada