STEAM Fest on the Square's mission is to inspire San Mateo County's diverse youth to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators and inventors. We will be holding hands on booth with some brain illusions and biology through VR!
Family friendly, bring your kids!
For more details, check out https://www.steamfestivalrwc.org/
Grant Writer, Stanford University
A Model, A Mannequin & A Mirror: Simple Methods to Step Outside Yourself
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 can be called into question. We’ll demo some of these methods to disrupt our body image, creating out-of-body experiences easy enough to replicate at home.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
Protein Speed Dating using Virtual Reality
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?
Founder and Executive Director, The Paradox Lab
Philosophy of Mind for Robots
Could robots ever really have thoughts? Could they ever make choices for themselves, feel love, understand words, and have conscious sensory experiences? Why or why not? Would it be good or bad if they did? We will play with a simple robot and explore these questions and more as a demo of The Paradox Lab —a non-profit center bringing philosophical inquiry to kids in the SF Bay Area.