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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Craveology and the North Star Science Store.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series for Adults

Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (except Labor Day) and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. 


SCHEDULE:

Date: February 5, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: Dream Big

Lecture Topic: 

What is chaos? Not related to your personal life, and not “the bad guys” on Get Smart, but rather related to mathematics. It has been said that the three biggest developments in physics/math in the 20th century were relativity, quantum mechanics, and chaos theory. More of a story teller than a lecturer, Peter Volkert will help us examine how these physic concepts play a role in our lives and why we should care about it.

Lecturer Bio:

Peter Volkert is retired from a life of science and engineering. He has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Education. After nine years as a USAF pilot, he spent 32 years in quality and manufacturing management. Peter never stopped learning, and when he wasn’t working, he was reading books about how the universe began and quantum mechanics, and taking video courses about dark matter and chaos theory and anything else that could tell him how things work.

Date: March 5, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: A Beautiful Plant

History Through Science

You may have heard of the history of science, but what about looking at history through science? Join us to learn about some of the important scientific discoveries in the field of chemistry, accidental and on purpose, that changed the course of history.

Lecturer Bio:

Shane Haggard is the assistant professor of analytical chemistry at San Diego City College. He is a self-proclaimed “science geek” and his love of science started at a young age by mixing things together just to see what would happen. Professor Haggard looks at the world through the eyes of a chemist, trying to figure out how everything is interconnected. He enjoys passing on his enthusiasm for chemistry to students and general audiences, so they can see the world through the eyes of a chemist.

Date: April 2, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theatre Show: A Cosmic Voyage

Materials for Space Environments: What will it take to colonize other planets

The idea of living on Mars or other planets has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century. In the event that life on Earth becomes untenable, what would it be like to actually live there? Dr. Olivia A. Graeve will discuss the living conditions and other resources that could make the Red Planet a potential destination for pioneering colonists.

Lecturer Bio:

Olivia A. Graeve received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 2001 and her bachelor’s in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego in 1995. Dr. Graeve has received several prestigious awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2007, the American Ceramic Society’s 2010 Karl Schwartzwalder Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, the 2006 Hispanic Educator of the Year award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2011 “Jaime Oaxaca” Award (the highest honor given by the Society) for her outstanding work towards the recruitment and retention of Hispanics into graduate programs and the professoriate.  Dr. Graeve has gained international recognition in the area of nanomaterials manufacturing.