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The Grand Experiment

  • Arts Ventures Gallery 888 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Are you fascinated by the idea of mad scientists doing crazy experiments in a laboratory? This will be your opportunity to find your hidden scientist.

You can extract your own DNA and take it home in a DNA necklace, see and learn how plants breathe, see DNA, experience how illusions can trick your brain (for a good cause), enter inside a 3D protein structure through virtual reality, artificial intelligence for prosthetics and lot more. Plus, your favorite science rapper will be there for you again!


 The  Art Ventures  Gallery

The Art Ventures Gallery

Light drinks will be served

Bring your kids, a lot of activities are waiting for them.

Free for kids under 6 years old. Please register them as a separate group, using the promo code: CHILD.


Discover our scientists

 Stomata: cells that allow a plant to breath

Stomata: cells that allow a plant to breath

Ximena Anleu Gil

Lab Technician at Stanford, Biological Sciences Department

Come learn about stomata, the cells that allow plants to breath. We will be using the magic of microscopes to zoom in and look at these cells in real plants!

 
 Artificial Intelligence for prosthetics

Artificial Intelligence for prosthetics

Dr. Łukasz Kidziński

Postdoc at Stanford

In order to predict how a patient walks after a surgery, we would need to estimate how their brain will adapt to a new environment. While testing multiple surgical scenarios is unfeasible in the real-life, we can do that in a virtual world as long as we manage to approximate the function of a brain using artificial intelligence. In this talk, I will present our early successes.

 
 Genes in a Bottle

Genes in a Bottle

Abbey Thompson

Director of Outreach Activities at Stanford

You will be able to extract your own DNA and take it home in a DNA necklace!!

 
 A Model, A Mannequin & A Mirror: Simple Methods to Step Outside Your Corporeal Self

A Model, A Mannequin & A Mirror: Simple Methods to Step Outside Your Corporeal Self

Elizabeth Seckel

Researcher at Stanford

We often take our sense of self for granted. We do not doubt that our body is our own, or attribute our sensations to other people. Yet there are many neurological conditions and artificially contrived laboratory situations in which this very assumption is called into question and our body image is profoundly disrupted. We’ll demo some methods to step outside yourself, and create out-of-body experiences easy enough to replicate at home.

 
 Protein Speed Dating using Virtual Reality

Protein Speed Dating using Virtual Reality

Rasmus Fonseca

Researcher at Stanford

Physical interactions between proteins are what keeps our cells functioning. Understanding the 3D structure of protein interactions is a step towards understanding ourselves, as well as to the development of better medicine. Computers can help predict these structures but humans can do better, even without scientific training. To this end, we develop tools using VR technology that exploit our innate spatial reasoning to create 3D models of protein interactions. Can you do better than a computer?

 
 Climate change on coral reefs

Climate change on coral reefs

Dr. Lorraine Ling

Postdoc at Stanford, Genetics department

Coral reefs are considered the rainforests of the ocean. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are under many threats, including climate change, which often leads to bleached coral and degraded reefs. In this demo, learn how climate change connects to coral bleaching and the how the whole reef ecosystem depends on the symbiosis between corals and microscopic algae.

 
 Prospects of exoplanet imaging

Prospects of exoplanet imaging

Eduardo Bendek

Research Scientist at BAERI / NASA Ames Research Center

We will discuss the techniques to image exoplanets, or planets around other stars, with special emphasis on how they could be used around nearby stars, in particular, Alpha Centauri.

 

 
 Science Rap

Science Rap

Tom McFadden

8th Grade Science Teacher & Founder of "Science With Tom"

Tom is an 8th grade science teacher by day and a science rapper by night. Come see him spin today's biggest hits into songs about the biggest topics in science.

 

For any questions or comments please contact us at: 

peninsula@tasteofscience.org

 
Earlier Event: April 27
Machining our genes