NanoDays at Ann Arbor Hands on Museusm (March 29-30)

Ann Arbor Hands on MuseumLooking for a family-friendly introduction to nanotechnology to prepare for our upcoming Meet-Up discussing Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering? This Saturday and Sunday March 29th and 30th the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, in partnership with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, will be hosting NanoDays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

From the website:

“NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country … NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.”

Activities include exploration of capillary action, non-Newtonian fluids, new nano products and materials and invisibility cloaks.

Meet-Up (04/05) – Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering

jay guoThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, April 5th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Cubs AC. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. L Jay Guo, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Guo’s area of specialty is Optoelectronics; Biophotonics; Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication.  So we will discuss these topics, as well as understand our current state of utilizing cutting-edge technologies in the manufacturing world.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

You can RSVP here or on our Meetup Page

Saturday Morning Physics Winter 2014 Schedule

Beginning on Saturday, February 8th, the University of Michigan Physics department will begin hosting their weekly Saturday Morning Physics lectures.  The lectures will be held Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM in 170 Dennison on central campus. These events are free and refreshments will be served from 10:00 to 10:30 AM prior to the lecture.

Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

You can find out more information by clicking here, including parking suggestions and guidelines (scroll to the bottom).

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Saturday Morning Physics

Beginning on Saturday, October 12th, the University of Michigan Physics department will begin hosting their weekly Saturday Morning Physics lectures.  The lectures will be held Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM in 170 Dennison on central campus. These events are free and refreshments will be served from 10:00 to 10:30 AM prior to the lecture.

Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

You can find out more information by clicking here, including parking suggestions and guidelines (scroll to the bottom).

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Upcoming Events about Energy

event_277386832On Wednesday, September 11th, representatives from the City of Ann Arbor, the Downtown Development Authority, and Clean Energy Coalition will discuss how local efforts are being coordinated to help promote energy efficiency, including electrical vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and more.

The event will take place in the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor public library from 7:00-8:30pm.  Click here for more details.

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And on Saturday, September 14th, the Michigan Skeptics Association will provide a presentation called “”Energy Is Not A Solved Problem,” which will feature three components.

  • why storage is important for the grid
  • why it is hard
  • what the future may hold

You can find out the details and RSVP information by visiting the Michigan Skeptics on Meetup, Facebook or by Google Plus.

 

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2013

Ann Arbor Maker Fair 2013On Saturday June 8th, A2geeks is hosting the 5th annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, a community-scale version of the big Maker Faires in Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City. The mini faire is free to attend and will feature exhibits and demonstrations by local builders, artists, students and Makers.

From the website:

Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

 

  • Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire
  • Saturday June, 8
  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

Get there early and you’ll have plenty of time to head out to our Meet-Up at 4pm.