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Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, once said, “Science is fun,” and who are we to argue? Schoolkids through senior citizens can “do” science, attend a science fair and listen to science lectures at these free events in and around NELA in April:
During spring break, the Eagle Rock Branch public library will hold workshops for kids in “Weird Science,” a learn-by-doing approach to experiments.
Participants can learn how to build a battery powered artbot, how substances react to form common items like soap and how to build a life-supporting terrarium. Wednesday, April 17, Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 / 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. / Eagle Rock Branch Public Library / 5027 Caspar Ave. / Space is limited. Please sign up at Eagle Rock Library’s Information Desk.
Calling all citizen scientists: The Arroyo Seco Regional Library in Highland Park is sponsoring monthly meetings with GLOBE – the international science program for Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment.
Participants learn how to use apps and other scientific tools to gather data on the environment and report their findings worldwide. The meeting on Monday, April 22 will be on soils; the meeting on Monday, May 20 will be on plant life. Meetings are at 4 p.m./ Arroyo Seco Regional Library / 6145 N. Figueroa St. / Highland Park / Children through adults are welcome / For more information on GLOBE, visit: globe.gov.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will sponsor two free, public lectures this month by top scientists on the theme “The Future Is Cloudy: NASA’s Look at Clouds and Climate.”
The speakers include Dr. Kate Marvel, with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, Dr. Graeme Stephens, the co-director of Center for Climate Sciences and Dr. Brian Kahn, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Cloud Algorithm Lead at JPL. Thursday, Apr. 18 / 7 p.m. / The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL / 4800 Oak Grove Dr. / Pasadena / Friday, Apr. 19 / 7 p.m. / The Ramo Auditorium at Caltech / 1200 E. California Blvd. / Pasadena
Science meets art meets innovation this month at the 4th annual Maker Faire at Glendale Community College (GCC). Put on by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at GCC.
The event brings together scientists, techies, hobbyists, artists, musicians, craftspeople and other makers for a day with interactive workshops, exhibits, lectures-plus-Q&A and the opportunity to network with industry professionals and other makers. To register, go to eventbrite.com. If you would like to showcase your work or volunteer, you can note your interest on the registration form. The first 150 people to register get a free t-shirt; the first 375 get free lunch. Sierra Vista Building at GCC / 1500 N. Verdugo Rd. / Saturday, Apr. 27 / 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Free
Tech-Savvy 2019: Science Day for Girls, held at Pasadena City College, is a free event for girls in 6th grade to 9th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Girls attend two tech-savvy workshops led by women scientists in fields as diverse as epidemiology, electricity, space, design and developmental biology.
The girls also attend presentations by women from the area’s preeminent science institutions, such as Caltech and the Natural History Museum, followed by a panel discussion with the presenters and women college students who are majoring in STEM fields.
Tech-Savvy 2019: Science Day for Girls is sponsored by the Pasadena Branch of the American Association of University Women and Pasadena City College. / Pasadena City College / 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. / Saturday, Apr. 27 / 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. / For more information, visit: Pasadena-ca.aauw.net/tech-savvy / Free
You can explore the L.A. County Natural History Museum after hours on the first Friday of each month. The Friday lineup includes bands, DJs, cocktails and food trucks plus exhibits, discussions, speakers, performances and other ways to geek out on science.
This year’s theme for First Fridays is “Forces of Nature” that shape California: fire, drought, flood and earthquake. Friday, April 5, will focus on drought. If you can’t make that one, mark you calendar for the next First Friday, on May 3. Natural History Museum / 900 W. Exposition Blvd. (near USC) / 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. / First Fridays is free for museum members; memberships start at $69 a year for one adult / $20 museum admission for non-members / To buy tickets, visit: nhm.org