Science on Saturday
Science on Saturday is a partnership between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the State Theater. One Saturday a month for the next few months, the scientist are bringing interesting topics to the children in our community. After the talk there is a question and answer session. Finally, before the children go home, they get to view a movie. (Science on Saturday is on the logo, however it was referred to as Science on Screen repeatedly.)
Science on Saturday is a free event for the local children. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides swag. There were free earbuds and cell phone card holders. They also gave prizes like t-shirts and 3-D printed items to students who attended. The school with the most attendees over the 4 months will win $500 towards classroom science equipment. Some of the schools offered extra credit to students if they attended, got a sheet stamped, and answered a few questions about the event.
The State Theater was also featured in our Frozen Sing Along Post. They had the concessions stand open. I had a sprite and a peanut butter cookie. Unlike the Frozen show, they did not have cookies featuring the movie characters.
The scientist explained the different industrial revolutions and how it impacted the lives of people.
Next they discussed the processes involved in 3-D printing.
Naturally, the next person spoke about the materials they use for 3-D printing. There is a lot of thought involved. It is not just ink or filment. They use dust, liquids, plastics, metal, resin, etc. It just depends on what they want the end product to be able to do.
I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of how it is done. While speaking, they used the Maker Bot to make a unicorn. The 3-D printer prints one layer at a time. After each layer, the shelf moves down. The next layer is then added. It was really neat to see in action.
The process is so exact. Because of the way they create the objects, there is very minimal waste.
There was a demonstration of how certain materials get thinner when you stretch them.
It was followed by a clip of a new material that actually gets wider when you stretch it.
Another new breakthrough they shared in 3-D printing is Holographic Printing. Solid Freeform Fabrication. How exciting is that?
At the end of the show, there was a small question and answer session. It was interesting to hear some of the questions the children had. This was followed by allow children to come up and talk to the scientist one on one.
I really enjoyed the movie they selected to end the session. Big Hero 6. I had not seen it before. I felt it was a good fit not only because there are scenes involving 3-D printing but also because it takes place in San Francisco. We are only about 90 miles from San Francisco, so there are a lot of landmarks in the movie that the children could identify and relate to their personal experiences.
The next 3 sessions are:
Reconstruction a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte with the movie Contagion
Forensic Science in Crisis: How Proteins Can Help with the movie Gattaca
Behold Livermorium: The Quest for new Elements with the movie Iron Man 2