Boulder Science Festival 2013

Boulder, Colorado
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Boulder Science Festival

October 12-13, 2013



Registration is now closed. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us celebrate science in Boulder.

We've added another fun event! Boulder Science Festival attendees are invited to a special free viewing night on October 12 at the University of Colorado's Sommers-Bausch Observatory to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night!




Welcome to the Boulder Science Festival - a celebration of the scientific side of a free spirited town. Boulder, Colorado is known for many things - craft beer, rock climbing, and Mork & Mindy, to name a few. What a lot of people don't know is that it's also overflowing with world class scientists and cutting edge research. We've gathered a group of outstanding scientists and exhibitors who will surprise and inspire you. If you love science (and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, great beer, fantastic food and the happiest people you'll ever meet) this is the festival for you.

The Boulder Science Festival 2013 will be a combination of conference and outdoor science carnival that will expand your mind and spark an interest in science you may not have known you even had! Our host and Master of Ceremonies will be local astronomer and author Dr. Phil Plait, creator of the Bad Astronomy blog on slate.com.


We’ll have fun and interesting lectures by top-notch scientists from many fields, including astronomy, paleontology, biochemistry, sustainable energy, and geology. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini Spacecraft Imaging Team. Carolyn is a very popular TED speaker and she will take us on a visual tour of the fantastic rings and moons of Saturn. We’ll also learn about the science of craft beer brewing from a local master. 


The grounds of the hotel will be transformed into a science carnival at lunch time on Saturday. There will be exhibits, hands-on activities, discovery walks along the creek and lots of other events to delight the minds of kids and adults. An astronomer from CosmoQuest will show you how to make your own comet with dry ice. The University of Colorado Natural History Museum will have fossil displays and let you build your own fossil. The B612 Foundation and Ball Aerospace will show you how their Sentinel mission is working to divert asteroids from impacting the Earth, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory will bring samples of real space rocks for you to hold in your hand. Boulder's own Fairview High School Robotics Team will also be on hand to show off their latest creations. We're adding exhibitors and activities all the time to make sure the carnival stimulates all your senses.

At the outdoor science carnival, you'll also enjoy live music by special guest Danielle Anderson, aka Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and her band. The Denver Post says about her, "Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people."

This festival will combine the best of what Boulder has to offer to science fans - world class scientists, outdoor fun and learning, and the surprising culture of a unique Western town. If you live near Boulder, this will be a great "staycation", and if you don't, it'll be a great Colorado vacation. If you're already in town for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver October 10-12, you could tack on an extra day to attend the Boulder Science Festival, making the week a feast for your tastebuds and your brain!

Phil Plait and Carolyn Porco take a break while hiking Eldorado Canyon.

The regular registration fee for the entire weekend, including all scientist talks on Saturday and Sunday and the Science Carnival featuring Danielle Ate The Sandwich is $65. The student registration fee (for all full time students with ID) is $25. (This price does not include lunch. Food may be purchased at the hotel restaurant or at the many restaurants close to the hotel).
 

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