The First Monday of Each Month
Monday, Dec 7, 2015 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Jan 4, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Feb 1, 2016 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
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.
Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientis to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Beginning in October 2013, lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.
The 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. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.
Date: December 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Noon Theater Show: Mystery of the Nile
Lecture Topic: Finding Balance: A Blend of Research and Outreach on a Foundational Motor Skill
Balance skill lies at the foundation of all movement. We need to control balance for every step of our feet and every reach of our hands. Balance testing can involve qualitative observational assessment, but quantitative measures on a force plate are the most reliable and have been used for assessing fall risk for older adults. Dr. Chukoskie will describe a combination experiment that blends research and outreach that was tested right here at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Dr. Chukoskie collected eyes-closed balance data from individuals aged 4 years and up to create age-based norms for children and adolescents that compare with published norms for adults. Finally, since balance is a motor skill, it is trainable. Dr. Chukoskie will describe studies that train balance and detail how improvements may scaffold other skills across the lifespan.
Date: January 4
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Noon Theater Show: Yellowstone
Lecture Topic: Pathological Physics: Tales from "The Box"
At some point in their careers, all university physics instructors will receive an unsolicited letter or email from a member of the public detailing a novel and revolutionary scientific idea. Most instructors ignore or quickly discard these documents due to their poor scholarship, but since the early 1990s the Cal Poly physics department has maintained an archive ("The Box") of these letters, monographs and books. This talk will display and discuss many of these documents, featuring examples of how pseudoscience could be used for pedagogical exercises to teach students to diagnose flaws in scientific arguments.