Archive for August, 2010
We are excited to be offering Young Scientists Club again this fall for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. This is the eleventh session of science clubs at Gateway to Science – I can’t believe it has been so many already! Each club meeting is full of new, fun, hands-on science activities. Participants this fall will be learning about structures by building marshmallow bridges, discovering how pinhole cameras work by making their own, designing and testing mini-parachutes, and more. Club meetings run for 10 Mondays, starting on September 20 at 4:00 p.m.
We’ll be skipping September 27 due to a Bismarck Public School break.
Register online now, or stop by our gallery to register in person. Hurry – space is limited!
- Christie, Program Coodinator
DISCOVER WHAT GATEWAY TO SCIENCE HAS TO OFFER!
Young Scientists Club Mondays beginning 9/20/2010 4pm-5pm. Join us for fun hands-on science activities like Marshmallow Bridges, Ocean in a Bottle, Roller Coasters, Pinhole Camera, & much more. Young Scientists Club is for students in Grades 4, 5 & 6. For more information on the Science Clubs you can contact Christie, our Program Coordinator.
Barnes and Noble Bookfair 9/18/2010 11am-3pm. Join us for fun, hands-on experiments in the children’s section at the Barnes and Noble Bismarck’s location. A percentage of your Barnes and Noble purchases will benefit Gateway to Science. For more information, you can contact Beth at 701-258-1975.
Visiting Scientist Series 9/24-9/25/2010. The Visiting Scientists Series (VSS) was established to inspire and educate young people and the public about science. VSS showcases scientists working in a variety of fields with the intent to reach a diverse audience and to inspire local students to consider careers in science. VSS presentations also provide resources for educators, educate members of technical organizations, and inform the community on science and technical issues. The first of this Series will be a presentation by Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Dr. Kerski will present “Isn’t That Spatial? GIS for a Sustainable World”. This public presentation will be Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7 p.m. at BSC in the NECE Auditorium. For more information, you can contact Christie, our Program Coordinator.
“Get Outside with GPS” children’s workshop 9/25/2010 10am-11:30am. Gateway to Science will be hosting this event. This children’s workshop will demonstrate the science of, and opportunities abounding with GPS and provide hands-on experience with data collection, routes, waypoints, tracks, velocities, measuring the Earth’s circumference, and much more. For more information, you can contact Christie, our Program Coordinator.
Smithsonian Museum Day 9/25/2010. Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. For more information go to Museum Day 2010. Gateway to Science will be part of this event!
Chemistry Demo Night 10/19/2010 7pm-8pm. It’s like a magic show with the secrets revealed! Join us in celebrating National Chemistry Week. Exciting chemistry demonstrations will be performed live. For more information, you can contact Christie, our Program Coordinator.
Haunting Arts & Spooktacular Science 10/30/2010 1pm-4pm. Dare to join us for creepy, spooky, ghostly science at this annual Halloween Event! Call 701-258-1975 for more information or go to Haunting Arts & Spooktacular Science at High Prairie.
Einstein on Wine 11/20/2010. A benefit for Gateway to Science. Come for an evening of Arts, Music, and Science. Call Beth at 701-258-1975 for more information.
Winter Wonderland 1/21/2011. Are you in awe of the night sky? Learn about constellations, our solar system, stargazing, and much more. We’ll even have a portable planetarium set up for viewing constellations indoors. For more information, you can contact Christie, our Program Coordinator.
More to Come…
Liliana M. Norby, Communications Specialist
DISCOVERY EDUCATION 3M YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES TOP 10 FINALISTS
– Students Will Compete in New York City for $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”–
–Danny Forster, of Science Channel’s Build it Bigger, to host finalist competition–
(Silver Spring, MD and St. Paul, MN) – Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced 10 students from across the country as the top finalists in the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Each finalist will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to participate in the competition finals, emceed by Danny Forster, host of Science Channel’s Build it Bigger, on October 5, 2010. During this competition, students will demonstrate scientific innovation, creativity and communication skills in a series of individual challenges related to the science of safety and security. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” and a trip to St. Paul, Minn., to work alongside 3M’s top scientists at their world headquarters and visit the 3M Innovation Center.
Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:
• Riya Chandra, Fremont, Calif., Mission San Jose Elementary School
• Sydney Clark, Austin, Texas, Clark Academy of Science and Art (Homeschool)
• Sehee Kim, Cumming, Ga., Piney Grove Middle School
• Kai Klocke, Portland, Ore., Cedar Park Middle School
• Alexander Mataloni, Fairfax Station, Va., South County Secondary School
• Liam McCarty, Elm Grove, Wis., Brookfield Academy
• Liam O’Brien, Unionville, Conn., West Woods Upper Elementary School
• Raj Raina, Novi, Mich., Novi Middle School, Mission San Jose Elementary School
• Christopher Riedman, Bismarck, N.D., Homeschool
• Matthew Shimura, Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou School
“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge emphasizes our company’s 25-year commitment to science education,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. “The finalists exemplify their generation’s potential to advance science and Discovery is proud to partner with 3M in saluting these young minds.”
Robert MacDonald, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Science is at the very heart of 3M, driving the pulse of innovation throughout our company on a global basis. We have a responsibility to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future, and our partnership with Discovery provides the ideal platform for students to demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be.”
Congratulations to Gateway to Science member Chris Riedman! We’re very proud of you!
On Saturday, August 14th, The Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex was crowded with people of all ages and from all parts of the country! People from Los Angeles, Colorado, and Wyoming were part of all the bubbly fun! Comments such as “Cool Bubbles” and “We are coming back next Year” indicate that this Event was a success.
Many different stations were set up to experiment with the beautiful and scientific properties of bubbles. The carbon dioxide bubble, our newest activity was explosive fun!
The economic impact that Gateway to Science brings to our community is pretty clear as those visiting families stay in hotels, eat in local restaurants and shop while they are in Bismarck. We want to thank our community, sponsors, our staff members, and volunteers for being part of the only hands-on science center in North Dakota and all our Family Events!
We are looking forward to Gateway to Science 5th Annual Bubble Bliss 2011!
Liliana M. Norby, Communications Specialist
I am so excited about our newest addition to “Bubble Bliss”: carbon dioxide bubbles! You seriously will be amazed! We’ll be using dry ice to blow some cold, foggy, heavier-than-air bubbles. Come see (and feel) them for yourself! This is just one of the many fun, hands-on activities that you’ll get to try out at our free family event, “Bubble Bliss“, on Saturday, August 14, 1:00 – 4:00.
This event is indoors (because bubbles are sensitive to variances in humidity and temperature), so join us no matter what the weather forecast is.
By the way, the girl in the picture to the right is trying another activity at “Bubble Bliss”: Bubble Colors.
- Christie, Program Coordinator
On Saturday, August 14, from 1:00-4:00 Gateway to Science, the only hands-on Science Center in North Dakota will host their 4th Annual Bubble Bliss Family Event.
Come to the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex, 1810 Schafer Street in Bismarck, and join us for an afternoon of some good, clean, soapy fun! Learn the science of bubbles while getting your hands clean! Step inside a giant bubble! Freeze a bubble using dry ice and more!
Many different stations will be set up to experiment with bubbles’ beautiful and scientific properties. What happens when a bubble freezes? Can you make a bubble bigger than your body? What do things look like from inside a bubble? Make body bubbles, different bubble shapes, bubble windows, and more.
Our 4th annual Bubble Bliss event is fun for all ages! Get ready for some sudsy, slippery science! Giant bubble wands will be on sale $3.00 members/$4.00 nonmembers.
Registration is not required to attend this event. This event is free and open to the public. BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
Liliana M. Norby, Communications Specialist