I’ve signed up the Cosmos Research Center to be a participant in the MoonKam project, which allows students to take pictures of the moon from the NASA Grail Satellites, Ebb and Flow, that are orbiting the moon to measure its gravity. Scientist Abby chose the spot and typed in the coordinates for this image.
It is an image of the south pole, of the Schrodinger Crater. It is on the far side of the moon, so it is not visible from the earth. I’m going to try to print this in glow-in-the-dark ink so she can put it on her bedroom ceiling.
I had a great time at the San Diego Science Festival today at Petco Park. This is my fourth year participating with them. It is a great opportunity for kids to get out and experience science in a festive environment, and for the San Diego Science community to support the younger generation.
This year, I teamed up with the San Diego Quantified Self Meetup Group. Our booth featured a Scream Machine… a booth that kids could go in to scream into an iPad, which would measure the volume of their scream. This is what I call “Drive By Science” – with a steady stream of kids going by, with only a short attention span, how do we give kids a valuable science experience they can remember? Having adults ask kids to go into a booth to scream is certainly a unique experience for a kid, and having a scientific instrument to measure it and show how science can make observations, I think fills the bill. We had 750 screamers come through the booth. I only needed a little Advil to make it through the day
Here is a video I made of the San Diego Science Festival at Petco Park March 27, 2010. It had about 120 exciting hands-on science booths, with about 50,000 people attending. (I am a member of the festival advisory board). Note that you can see the film in HD by clicking on the link that says 360p on the bottom of the image and selecting the 720P option.
And here is my film from the 2009 festival at Balboa Park.
Faces of My Better World Friends
Here are some faces from my many, many conversations about making the world a better place. Plus some nature shots.