taste of science flashbacks: San Francisco
April 28th, 2018
The final event of our week long celebration of science was ‘The Grand Experiment’. It was a pop-up science event hosted at the wonderful Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park downtown, catering to kids and adults alike.
We hosted various interactive activities highlighting different very fields of science.
YOUR DNA IN A NECKLACE
The Stanford genetics team helps children extract their own DNA from saliva and take it home as a wearable necklace.
Lorraine Ling teaches families how climate change connects to coral bleaching by looking at different types of coral through a microscope. The whole reef ecosystem depends on the symbiosis between corals and microscopic algae.
PROTEIN SPEED DATING USING VIRTUAL REALITY
Rasmus Fonseca, from the Michael Levitt lab uses his virtual reality technology to illustrate how scientists use technology to gain a better spatial understanding of protein structure.
BRAIN AND ILLUSIONS
Elizabeth Seckel demonstrates different ‘out of body’ experiences and touches upon (pun intended) the different neurological conditions and artificial laboratory situations in which this very assumption is called into question. We got to experience live how our body image is profoundly disrupted.
HOW DO PLANTS BREATHE?
Ximena Anleu Gil and Katelyn McKown use microscopes to show visitors how plants breathe using a unique cells called stomata.
NASA scientist Eduardo Bendek tells children about his work on how to image exoplanets and other planetary bodies to further explore our universe.