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2010 Expo Performances and Stage Shows

 
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  • Hollywood Movie Physicsby Adam Weiner
    Have you ever watched a Hollywood action or science fiction movie and asked yourself, "could that really happen?" Well that's what this interactive presentation is about. We are going to use some basic physics to analyze and de-construct some of the most famous cinematic action sequences. For example could a bus really jump a 50 foot gap in the freeway as it does in the movie Speed? What would really happen if the Earth's magnetic field disappeared like it does in The Core? Could a nuclear bomb blow apart an asteroid? Is warp drive possible? What are some of the scientific issues relevant to becoming a Superhero? These are the type of questions we will tackle as we present a variety of clips from Hollywood blockbusters and delve into each scene armed with a few fundamental principles of physics. The results should be informative, educational and often quite humorous.
  • Climate Change Threatens to Radically Reshape Human Civilization - ACE has the Facts and Solutionsby Alliance for Climate Education
    Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) delivers in-person, science-based, multimedia presentations on climate change in order to educate, inspire, and empower students to take action. We'll break it down for you in a way you've never seen before! Join us at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo!
  • Hip Hop, Video Games and Mathby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Computer Scientist Juan Gilbert, present his work at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Gilbert will discuss parts of his research, which focuses on understanding how to design, build and evaluate computer systems as they relate to humans - and how these technologies affect the society we live in. His presentation, "Hip Hop, Video Games and Math," will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizesby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Marc Abrahams, Editor of the "Annals of Improbable Research" and Founder of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! He will discuss his work, which honors research that "makes people LAUGH and then THINK." His presentation, "Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes," will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 1:30p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • What Does It Mean to be Humanby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Paleoanthropologist Rick Potts present his work at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Potts will discuss elements of his research, which explores the ways in which humans developed and draws upon field work conducted across the world. His presentation, "What Does It Mean to be Human?," will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • X-ray Vision - Revealing Ancient Secrets With New Technologyby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Physicist Uwe Bergmann present his work on X-ray imaging the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Bergmann will discuss what we can learn about ancient findings - such as documents like the Archimedes Palimpses or fossils - by using this modern-day technology. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage. His presentation, "X-ray Vision - Revealing Ancient Secrets With New Technology," will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 12:30p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
  • What We Know and Don't Know about Climate Changeby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Research Meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Shepherd will discuss his work, which includes researching and teaching courses related to atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems. His presentation, "What We Know and Don't Know about Climate Change," will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • Virtual Earths: Studying Climate Change with Supercomputersby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Climate Modeler Keith Dixon, present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Keith will discuss his work, which focuses on studying the past, present and future of our climate in order to understand the complex ways the ways in which it is changing. His presentation, "Virtual Earths: Studying Climate Change with Supercomputers," will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 2:30p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • Bird Brains and Human Languageby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Neuroscientist Erich Jarvis present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Jarvis will discuss elements of his work, which includes studying animals like songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds to learn more about vocal learning, and better understand how humans use spoken language to communicate. His presentation, "Bird Brains and Human Language," will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • Conserving Endangered Speciesby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Zoologist Jennifer Mickelberg present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Jennifer will discuss elements of her work, which includes helping coordinate a program to reintroduce golden lion tamarins (small orange-yellow monkeys that live in Brazil) born at the National Zoo to their native habitat. Her presentation, "Conserving Endangered Species," will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with her off stage!
  • Searching for New Planetsby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Astronomer Paul Butler present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Butler will discuss elements of his work, which includes observing on telescopes across the world to collect planetary data. His presentation, "Searching for New Planets," will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • The Physics of Superheroesby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Come see Physics Professor James Kakalios present at the AAAS "Meet the Scientists!" stage show! Dr. Kakalios will discuss elements of his work as a researcher in physics, contributor to Hollywood movies like "Watchmen" and author of a book about the science behind superheroes. His presentation, "The Physics of Superheroes," will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Enjoy the engaging presentation, then ask questions and interact with him off stage!
  • Astronomy Cast Liveby Astronomy Cast
    Come take a facts-based journey through the Universe with the cast of Astronomy Cast. During this live stage show, you can get your questions about space answered, and learn what we know and how we know it about all your favourite topics in astronomy, including why Pluto isn't a planet and Dark Energy.
  • Thomas Edison -- Still Relevant Today!by Attwood as Edison
    Come hear and meet the person who gave birth to organized research and helped create the American way of innovation!
  • Say Hello to Benjamin Banneker -- America's First Black Man of Science and A Man of Many Firstsby Benjamin Banneker Memorial/Banneker Institute of Math & Science
    The Washington Interdependence Council, Administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial and the Banneker Institute of Math & Science, invite you to learn more about this great American hero. Join us at our the Meet the Scientist section in Mellon Auditorium lobby and stop by to say hello to Banneker.
  • Science Comedy Centralby Brian Malow
    Laugh and learn with science comedian, Brian Malow. Discover the lighter side of viruses, the speed of light, helium and more!
  • The Secrets of Speed: Faster, Smarter and Saferby Building Speed
    Stock cars and sports cars might seem like souped-up versions of the automobiles sitting in our own garages, but they are highly engineered vehicles that presage the future of passenger cars. At 800 horsepower, it might seem counterintuitive that NASCAR engines are actually more energy efficient than their passenger car counterparts. The American Le Mans Series features an electric hybrid car that reaches 200 mph. This presentation will cover some of the remarkable science and engineering that go into making racecars fast, sleek and above all, safe.
  • Magic Tricks - Science Factsby City University of New York
    Come see: a human being decapitated by mathematics - a knotty problem revealed, the laws of gravity suspended (pun intended), Fig Newtons and Leibniz cookies will not be used or harmed during demonstrations of Newton's Laws of Motion. See quantum tunneling up close and in your face - no tolls for this tunnel - this quantum toolbox is really huge. Relativity explained without your mother-in-law butting in and the secret of the fountain of youth revealed, as demonstrated by siblings.
  • Building ROVs for Underwater & SpaceWater by Conrad Foundation
    The Falcon Robotics Team endeavors to explore the world of robotics on multiple levels. They have been involved with FIRST Robotics, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, for nine years and have excelled in land based robotics. They have demonstrated the inventiveness and tenacity of changing the culture of their school and neighborhood to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They have led robotics education in Arizona and by doing so have earned the highest honor FIRST can bestow, the Chairman's Award. An award given to the teams that best exemplifies what other teams should strive to be like. They are role models! The Falcon Robotics Team of Carl Hayden High School also has delved in the unforgiving world of underwater robotics. They won the National ROV Championships sponsored by MATE in 2004 in a field of college teams that included MIT. Their latest endeavor was to design an EVROV (Extra Vehicular Remotely Operated Vehicle) for the Spirit of Innovation Awards, put on by the Conrad Foundation, utilizing the 3-D vision system they developed for the underwater ROVs. They won 1st place in the Spirit of Innovation Awards competition with their EVROV. They will be showcasing one of their best underwater ROVs as well as the newest project their EVROV with 3-D vision for the pilot.
  • The Magic of Scienceby Dennis Regling
    Join author and educational performer Dennis Regling to discover how magicians use science to fool us. Math, physics, chemistry, electricity, optical illusions and more are introduced as well as the historical background of many of the experiments. A little bit of carnival magic is brought back to life as one of your teachers becomes the Amazing Electric Woman lighting light bulbs with a mere touch of her finger. Students will learn how Nikola Tesla changed the world we live in with his experiments in electricity and won't believe their own eyes as objects change size, liquids change color and snow magically appears from an empty cup.
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