Holiday Science Lecture
This Year's Holiday Science Lecture: Faster than the blink of an eye!
December 14, 2013
Seeing is believing – or is it? Every day we observe the world around us, but a lot of objects move either too slow or too fast for us to understand what is happening with just our eyes. Scientists and engineers have invented many tools that help us either slow down or speed up the action so that we can make more accurate observations. In this interactive presentation, we will learn about some different techniques for capturing images, and apply them to understanding how sounds are made, how things break, and the secret life of small organisms. Featuring Princeton Prof. Howard Stone and special guest Prof. Bonnie Bassler. Audience participation is a big part of this interactive show, and every kid gets a science related t-shirt!
Ages 7 & up
Free and Open to the Public
REGISTRATION begins Monday, November 25. Seating is limited, and program will book on a first-come, first-served basis until full. To register, contact Erin Metro, Office of Community and Regional Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-5144.
Princeton Science & Engineering: Light and Color
About Last Year's Holiday Science Lecture, December 15, 2012
PRISM/PCCM's 4th annual Holiday Science Lecture with Prof. Howard Stone and special guest Prof. Bonnie Bassler on Saturday, December 17, 2011 was a spectable of light and color. Lights and color make the holidays bright! 2012's lecture featuring Princeton Professor Howard Stone and special guest Professor Bonnie Bassler, allowed the audience to explore the science of light and color and its importance in our lives and in nature.
Professor Jim Sturm’s (PRISM, PCCM, Electrical Engineering) group created a colorful light sculpture for Quark Park, a park of sculptures inspired by Princeton University science & engineering research.
Professor Lynn Loo (PRISM, PCCM, Chemical & Biological Engineering) is working on flexible electronics, including plastics that change color with electrical current or presence of specific chemicals.
Proffessors Benziger, Calaprice, and Galbiati detects neutrinos with the Borexino detector using phototubes to detect light.
Professor Paul Prucnal uses light for optical communication.
Holiday Science Lecture, December 17, 2011
PRISM/PCCM's 3rd annual Holiday Science Lecture with Prof. Howard Stone and special guest Prof. Bonnie Bassler was a huge success on Saturday, December 17, 2011. 2011's theme was energy, and there was quite a bit to go around at the event. Children and their families joined our faculty to learn.
In addition to some awesome explosions and Prof. Bassler peddling on a bike to light up lights, nearly 600 people in the audience made their own lemon batteries to light a holiday-red LED during the show. Each family was given a kit with 3 lemons and limes, some wires, zinc, copper and an LED (light emitting diode). With instruction from PCCM's education director Dan Steinberg, nearly everyone was able to light their little red light, something never attempted on this campus before on such a scale.
Balloons went flying at this event. Prof. Stone also explained potential and kinetic energy. Every member of the audience was given a balloon and instructed to blow it up, giving it potential energy, and then release it, with wild kinetic results.