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2012 Performances

2012 Expo Performances and Stage Shows

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  • 3M Visiting Wizards: Science IS Fun! by 3M Bell Stage Sunday 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    The goal of the 3M Visiting Wizards program is to encourage young people to become interested in science and technology by providing interesting educational demonstrations and hands-on experiments on a variety of science topics. Three members of the 3M Visiting Wizards program will present a variety of science demonstrations typically used in classrooms across the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) metro area.  Come see demonstrations related to chemistry, air pressure, sound and music, and the science of the ultracold.  Unlike magicians, 3M Visiting Wizards explain the science behind the demonstrations in a light and entertaining manner.  You will find out that “Science IS Fun”! 

  • Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman Curie Stage Saturday 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    In their quest to test the validity of some of the world’s most daunting myths and rumors, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman – hosts of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series MythBusters – bravely take viewers into uncharted realms of the unexplained. These journeys have included investigating “The Mummy,” viral videos, the physics of shock waves in water, and whether it is really possible to jump out of the way of a bullet.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover how Adam and Jamie use elements of the scientific method in the show to test the validity of rumors in the world of science, technology, movies, the Internet, history, news stories and other topics!

  • The Physics of Hollywood Moviesby Adam Weiner Curie Stage Sunday 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    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.

  • NAO Robot : Advance Your Students into the Future!by Aldebaran-Robotics Curie Stage Saturday 10:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Bell Stage Sunday 10:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Aldebaran Robotics is very proud to demonstrate NAO at the Science and Engineering Festival.  NAO is a fully interactive, versatile, fun and permanently evolving humanoid robot able to host educational and entertaining  applications. He has the ability to see, hear, speak, feel and communicate.Using the latest and most innovative technology, NAO is a unique combination of hardware and software designed, developed and built by Aldebaran Robotics

  • Allen Kurzweil - Potato Chip Scienceby Allen Kurzweil
    Family/Hands On Science Stage Sunday 01:00 PM-02:00 PM 45 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 6 Sunday 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Potato Chip Science was cooked up by award-winning author Allen Kurzweil and his chip-loving son, Max, who was the principal beta-taster for the experiments found in this book. Allen is the author of Leon and the Champion Chip—the second in a series of young-reader novels—in which he first explored the idea of a science curriculum based on the potato chip. He has also written two award-winning novels for adults, A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication. Currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University, Allen lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

  • Meet the Scientists/Engineers - Advancing Science, Serving Society by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Career Pavilion Sunday 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    New scientific discoveries are made every day! What is the future of science? How can you become a part of it? Come meet scientists from many different fields at AAAS Meet the Scientists, and talk to researchers about what they are working on right now. Ask your questions, and find out what it is like to be a scientist.

  • "Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective"by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Saturday 11:00 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Waleed Abdalati, Chief Scientist, NASA

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "How Babies Make Sense of Sound" with Rochelle Newman, Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Marylandby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Saturday 12:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Rochelle Newman, Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "Why Something Stinks for You, But Not for Me" with Charles J. Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist, Monell Chemical Senses Centerby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Saturday 01:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Charles J. Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist, Monell Chemical Senses Center

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "The Coffee Gripper: Engineering a New Robot Hand Using Granular Materials" with Hod Lipson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell Universityby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Saturday 03:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Hod Lipson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "Noses, Tongues, and Intestines: Making Sense of the Food We Eat" with Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicineby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Sunday 11:00 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "Touching Reality: Using the Sense of Touch in Robotics and Rehabilitation" with Karlin Bark, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvaniaby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Sunday 12:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Karlin Bark, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "Why We Hold Hands" with James Coan, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginiaby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Sunday 01:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet James Coan, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "Our Gut Sense for Numbers" with Justin Halberda, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins Universityby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Sunday 02:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet Justin Halberda, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • "A Glimpse of the World Through the Ears of a Bat" with Cynthia Moss, Professor of Psychology, University of Marylandby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) AAAS stage Sunday 03:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet with Cynthia Moss, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland

    This presentation is part of the AAAS Meet the Scientist Program. Visit the AAAS booth for further details.

  • Who Wants to Be a Mathematicianby American Mathematical Society Bell Stage Saturday 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Here’s your chance to see the world’s most exciting and fun math contest, cheer on the contestants, and test your wits at the same time. Eight of the area’s sharpest math students will compete in this event sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and one of them could win $3000.

  • Meet the Scientest / Engineer - From Chaos to Comics: Learn What Physicists Really Doby American Physical Society, American Association for Physics Teachers, Acoustical Society of America, Optical Society of America, Society of Physics Students, American Institute of Physics, and University of Maryland MRSEC Career Pavilion Sunday 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet interesting physicists from all different career paths.  People with physics training can do anything from research to law to policy to Hollywood.  During the hour you will see the excitement that all these physicists have for their chosen careers and learn about how you too can follow in their footsteps.

  • Meet the Scientest / Engineer - Meet the Microbiologistsby American Society For Microbiology Career Pavilion Saturday 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Come meet scientists from the American Society for Microbiology. Our volunteers will be on hand to talk about their work, their careers, and the studies that brought them there. This is a great chance for young people to interact with students, professors and laboratory researchers from a growing field!

  • Meet Private Space Travel Pioneer Anousheh Ansari! (Sneak Peek Friday only)by Anousheh Ansari

    She made world headlines in 2006 as the first female private space explorer, and in doing so earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

    Don’t miss the chance to meet Anousheh Ansari and learn what it was like as a history-making crew member aboard the Expedition 14 mission during its journey to the International Space Station! Anousheh, an engineer by training, is a role model to young people, women and young girls over the world, and especially enjoys inspiring others about the wonders of space travel. She currently serves as  co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that is focusing on unleashing the power of the Internet to consumers worldwide.

  • Mathemagicianby Art Benjamin, the Mathemagician Curie Stage Saturday 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday 10:30 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Join us for a truly amazing presentation of mental mathematical gymnastics that will seemingly turn math into magic. Watch as mathemagician and math whiz Arthur Benjamin “out-calculates” an electronic calculator and figures out the weekday of any date in history with lightning-fast speed. Discover the fun side of math that’s sometimes easy to forget when doing your homework.

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