Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor Dr. Dianne DeTurris gave a compelling and quite funny talk on how this whole commercial space flight thing is going to get off the ground (I couldn’t resist) at Science Cafe on January 11, 2012. Read more
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Friday, when most everyone had left campus for the long weekend, we held a meeting in the library stairwell. Tennis balls were bounced, connections were tested and code was altered, all in preparation for the next Science Cafe. I’ve been planning the event with two designers I’ve worked with in my L.A. past, Michael Newman and Scott Hutchinson, and I’ve had to stretch my imagination to keep up with their vision. It involves using the grand staircase in Kennedy Library as a giant game board.
UPDATE: Read all about it on Boing Boing.
Yes, we’ll shut down the stairwell for about an hour on February 10 to test the game using tennis balls and circuits. The aim will be something like this: try to hit the switch (a can) with a tennis ball to beat the other team. Scores will be translated and displayed on nearby monitors. The winner gets lots of glory.
Here are photos of Michael and Scott’s pre-event make and test. Both workshop presenters are artists and excited about the idea of working with teams of people from all disciplines.
So, join us for a morning of making, strategizing and playing as we extend computers into the physical space to create a large-scale, interactive game in the library. Arduinos, breadboards, circuits and code all factor into the equation in a hands-on workshop that is open to everyone, regardless of experience. You can read more about the event and Scott and Michael at Kennedy Library Science Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Cal Poly Robotics Club.
Science Cafe is Friday, February 10 from 11am-12:30pm in the cafe area on the 2nd floor of the Kennedy Library. Refreshments will be served and games will be played!
Will you be going to space soon? You can if you want (and have the savings for a ticket), because the technology is there and Richard Branson is selling tickets through Virgin Galactic. If you wonder how it’s possible for us regular folk to fly to the edge of space and back, join us for the next Cal Poly Science Cafe with Dr. Dianne DeTurris.
Professor DeTurris specializes in propulsion and high-speed aerodynamics and her enthusiasm for all things space is readily apparent when you meet her. She will explain the technology that is enabling this newly expanded access to the frontier as well as her recent research. You can digest the new technology along with coffee and pastries on Wednesday, January 11 from 11am – 12:30pm. We’ll be on the second floor of the library in the cafe lounge near Julian’s.
Free. All are welcome.
Update: To listen to the podcast of this event, go to our podcasts page.
For more event info: lib.calpoly.edu/learningcommons/science_cafe/hypersonic/
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