Release Date: November 5, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. — As families across Western New York look for engaging activities to do together at home, here’s an idea for the first Saturday in November: Spend the morning watching live science demos by University at Buffalo students, including one that uses a frozen, ripe banana to hammer a nail. Then, at noon, learn about black holes from an engineer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The event — Science and Engineering Exploration Day — will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 7. It’s part of the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Community Schools’ Virtual Saturday Academy series, but kids, teenagers and adults anywhere are welcome to attend.
To register, visit http://bit.ly/novvsaregistration and select the Nov. 7 session. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 6.
The Nov. 7 program kicks off the 45th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, which brings together hundreds of scientists from many countries to discuss the science and technology of long-wavelength radiation. UB is hosting the conference this year from Nov. 8-13.
The schedule for the Nov. 7 Science and Engineering Exploration Day:
10 a.m. to noon: UB students will give live science demos, such as:
As scientists “change the stage” between demonstrations, UB physics, math and engineering students will answer questions about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Noon: Jonathan Weintroub, PhD, an electrical engineer and scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will give a talk on black holes. Weintroub is part of the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration, which in 2019 produced the first-ever image of a black hole.
“The underlying science will be appealing to middle and high school students who are interested in STEM,” says Priya Banerjee, assistant professor of physics in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. “However, a younger audience will enjoy the event as a magic show. My 5-year-old, who is a kindergartener, will be in the audience. He already saw two science demos, and he liked them.”
UB students and faculty planned the Saturday event in partnership with BPS and Say Yes Buffalo. The UB organizers include:
Organizers of the 45th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves include: