August 2015 Science at the Market
For another year, the University of Illinois Department of Physics is bringing "Science at the Market" on selected Saturday mornings to Urbana's Market at the Square. Various U of I and other experts will be on hand each week with demonstrations illustrating the science they represent and to answer questions from the public about the researchers' disciplines.
For example, you may learn about:
- how to save billions of gallons of water and how to dispose of medications without spoiling our drinking water from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
- floating superconductors on the Physics days
- solar flares via solar telescopes on the Staerkel Planetarium days
- pants that don't stain on nanotechnology days
- 3-D printers on the Institute for Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) days
- a blue tongued lizard on Graduate Students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) days
- and a lot about bees, bumblebees and pollination in June, on the Pollinators Saturdays
August 2015 Schedule:
- August 1, 2015: The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG)
- August 8, 2015: University of Illinois Extension
- August 15, 2015: The University of Illinois Graduate Students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)
- August 22, 2015: Planetarium /CU Astronomy Club
- August 29, 2015: The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)
Computer Science Curriculum Piloted
MSTE staff have been working with faculty and staff in Computer Science, Education, and the U of I Extension to develop curriculum materials for 4-H clubs.
See the write-up of the latest pilot class at the CS @ Illinois website.
TCIPG World of Power is on the MinecraftEdu World Library
TCIPG Education presents the World of Power, where students explore electricity generation and distribution. Gamers can explore a world with independent lessons and learn about the power grid. The TCIPG World of Power is now available for download for MinecraftEdu users.
For more information about how to download the World of Power for Minecraft or MinecraftEdu, visit the TCIPG Minecraft downloads page.
Girls Explore Technology
The Champaign Park District has enlisted the TCIPG/MSTE team to lead a Girls Explore Technology class for their Girls Explore summer camp. During this week long class taking place from Monday, July 27th through Friday, July 30th, girls from 4th-7th grades are taught how to use copper tape, conductive thread, LEDs, and Adafruit's Gemma to make projects that light up! For more information, visit the Champaign Park District Summer Day Camps webpage.
TCIPG Education featured at this week's Science at the Market!
Brendan McDonnell and Lizzie Diamond will be joining the crowds early this Saturday, August 1st, at the Urbana's Market at the Square for TCIPG Education's week with Science at the Market.
Spend Saturday morning with the TCIPG team playing with LEDs and copper tape, trying out our prototype of an electrical engineering toy, and discussing Minecraft.