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"I attended this event with my kids and can attest to its value for children as a promoter of interest in all things science. I was impressed with the "hands on" approach of the organizers - the kids really got into all the experiments demonstrating everything from chemical reactions to sunlight as the source of life. The astronauts were fantastic as motivators and my son has decided he want to become one and perform experiments in space. The one negative distraction was only one for the adults - seems a local paper published a series of rumors about how con man George Binakis may have selected Las Vegas as a place to hide from authorities. For those who don't know, George defrauded elderly residents of NYC by posing as a contractor promising to renovate their apartments. In one exceptionally egregious case, he conned a woman out of over $65,000 having gained her trust and sympathy with stories of a serious heart condition requiring a pacemaker and constant cardio monitoring. His con was so effective that when he disappeared with her money, her first concern was for George's health, believing he must have suffered a heart attack. She called his brother, a lawyer named Patrick Binakis only to be told he had no contact with his own brother. But when she mentioned the money, Patrick Paraskivas Binakis hung up on her. Others also spoke with Patrick and he gave them different explanations - that he did have limited contact with George, or that "George was getting better." The lies and horrendously rude treatment she received from Patrick finally convinced her that George was a criminal, and Patrick was obviously protecting him. The rumors pick up here, when George flees NYC and needs a place to hide out and a number of locales are mentioned as possibilities. But authorities believe that George himself spread these rumors, so we can probably discount them all and just enjoy the festival. I'd much rather listen to the astronauts than to rumors." John Kennedy

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2015

 We're gearing up for our fifth year, and the 2015 Festival is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever! 

 

April 24 - May 2, 2015

This 9-day festival offers something for everyone - families, adults, school groups, and kids - and IT'S FREE!

9 DAYS OF SCIENCE FUN FOR EVERYONE!

 


 

2014

Southern Nevada is unique, and so is the science that happens here.

The 2014 Festival highlights three core areas happening in our community:

The Science Behind the Scene: Applied Science

In Southern Nevada, we have a long history of applying science theory to real advancements, and that tradition continues today. Take a fascinating look behind the scenes to see how science still solves practical problems every day in our community.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side : Natural Science

We live just minutes away from amazing natural resources and incredible geological and environmental wonders.

Discover the wild side to environmental science and experience firsthand why our region attracts researchers from around the world and right here at home.

To Your Health! : Health Science

Learn more about the leading-edge healthcare and research facilities here in Southern Nevada and our region’s growing health-related research. You’ll see and experience advanced science in action for healthy bodies and healthy minds.

The Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival is produced by the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

 

Events

CSN Science & Technology Expo: Friday, April 24

During the Festival’s new kick-off event, students can check out the cool science and technology happening at CSN.

 

Junior Ranger Day: Saturday, April 25

There’s fun for the whole family at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where kids become Junior Rangers and get close to nature.        

 

Science and Technology Film Event: Saturday, April 25

Journey into space and meet real astronauts aboard the International Space Station during our second annual film event! Short films for younger audiences in the morning will be followed by a feature presentation in the afternoon.

 

Science is Everywhere Day: Sunday, April 26

Behind-the-scenes guided tours offer a unique look at science at work in our community. Plan your own route with places to visit for a great day of discovery. Want to host a Science is Everywhere Day Program? 

 Amazing science and technology is all around us in the Vegas valley! Here’s your chance to check out some cool places where real science happens every day. Head out on the town for an inside look at some super unique places. As an added bonus, you’ll get to meet some really cool science pros along the way. 

Previous years' events have included behind-the-scenes tours at Silverton Casino aquarium and Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, meet-and-greets with scores of scientists at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, a make-your-own neon sign program at the Neon Museum, an inside peek at the control room of the Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision light show, and much, much more!        

Best of all, these events are completely free to attend! So embrace your inner geek and discover that science really IS everywhere in Southern Nevada.  

Science in the Schools: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1

Bringing scientists, hands-on activities, science career information and more to students in grades K-12 and local colleges and universities. You won’t want to miss class this week! Programming also available for homeschoolers. 

 

Science in the Community: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1

Geek out your week with exciting evening programs exploring hot science and technology topics. From the science of magic to an exploration of the night sky, there’s something for every budding scientist to enjoy. 

 Get in touch with your inner geek with a FREE full day of one-of-a-kind science and technology experiences. There's something fun for everyone to do at the Giant Science & Technology Expo, from meeting amazing animals to touching cool technology and checking out fun science-themed entertainment!

 

Giant Science & Technology Expo: Saturday, May 2

The Festival culminates in a FREE all-day Expo at Cashman Center. Exhibitors from science-related organizations and businesses all around the Vegas valley will offer engaging hands-on activities, entertainment, and education. It’s a one-of-a-kind day of learning, cleverly disguised as fun. 

 

 



2012

 

THE LAS VEGAS SCIENCE FESTIVAL IS BACK

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Wait, Rubik’s Cubes are science? Yep.
Photo: Justin Bowen

Hoping to learn about Strip technology? What about that world-is-going-to-end Mayan calendar thing? Do both beginning April 29, when the Las Vegas Science Festival 2012 transforms our community into a Valley-wide laboratory and discussion hall.

From Fremont Street Experience’s Viva Vision Control Room to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, experts will discuss the science of NASCAR speed, the paleontology behind Hollywood’s blockbuster film industry, Big Bang theories and the physics of skateboarding, as well as offer a physics course while roaming Circus Circus’ theme park. Last year’s inaugural festival drew more than 15,000 participants, and that number is expected to grow as crowds turn out to learn about the nation’s largest stem cell cryogenic storage facility, visit a forensic lab, tour the Las Vegas Wash, watch Rubik’s Cube competitions and stroll the floor of the Science Expo at Cashman Center. It might be one of the few opportunities locals have to go behind the scenes at medical labs or find out just what it takes to operate Viva Vision’s 550,000-watt sound system and 12.5 million LED modules.

Las Vegas Science Festival
April 29-May 5
Times and locations vary
Free.

 

 

April 29 - May 5

This week-long festival offers something for everyone - families, adults, school groups, and kids - and IT'S FREE!

7 DAYS OF SCIENCE FUN FOR EVERYONE!

  

 

The 2012 Las Vegas Science Festival is over - 

An astonishing 20,000 people were reached during the seven-day 2012 Las Vegas Science Festival: 
· 1,650 participated in 28 “Science is Everywhere” Day events
· 1,120 participated in 15 “Science in the Community” programs
· 3,600 participated in 11 programs held at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center and at the Clark County Sunrise Library
· 50 speakers gave presentations to 2,500 students at public and private schools throughout the valley
· 10,000 attended nearly 70 booths and presentations at the Science Expo
· 50 volunteers put in more than 200 hundred hours of work

 



2011

Science in Vegas: What are the Odds?

The Inaugural Las Vegas Science Festival, May 1-7, 2011

It’s a celebration of everything and anything science in Southern Nevada! This week-long festival offers something for everyone – adults, school groups, kids and families – with dozens of public events, a multitude of in-school K-12 and university programs, and a grand finale Expo Day. The Las Vegas Science Festival makes science fun, accessible and engaging, and it highlights the great science taking place right here in our own community.

Southern Nevada is unique, and so is the science that happens here.
The 2011 Festival highlights three core areas happening in our community:

 

  • The Science Behind the Scene : Applied Science

 

In Southern Nevada, we have a long history of applying science theory to real advancements, and that tradition continues today. Take a fascinating look behind the scenes to see how science still solves practical problems every day in our community.

 

  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side : Natural Science

We live just minutes away from amazing natural resources

and incredible geological and environmental wonders.

Discover the wild side to environmental science and 
experience firsthand why our region attracts researchers 
from around the world and right here at home.

 

  • To Your Health! : Health Science

Learn more about the leading-edge healthcare and

research facilities here in Southern Nevada and our

region’s growing health-related research. You’ll see and

experience advanced science in action for healthy bodies

and healthy minds.

Free Admission

  • Science is Everywhere Day

Sunday, May 1

At museums, educational institutions and science-related venues in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Behind-the-scenes guided tours offer a unique look at science at work in our community. Science is happening everywhere: creating architectural wonders, making us “ooh” and “ahh” at amazing shows, developing innovative conservation methods and much more. Plan your own route with places to visit for a great day of discovery.

 

The Science Behind the Scene - Applied Sciences

Atomic Testing Museum
755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
12 – 4 PM

Ongoing 30-minute programs 
Free admission with program participation

Southern Nevada played a major role ushering in the atomic age. See how radiation is all around us by participating in a guided Geiger counter scavenger hunt.

Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson
9 AM – 4:30 PM

Ongoing programs
No Charge

Did you know that wireless communication has been around over 100 years, a form of texting has been used since the 1930s and home entertainment took off in the 1950s?

Henderson Space & Science Center
Galleria at Sunset, 
1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson
12 – 5 PM

Continuous demonstrations
No charge

Participate in electrifying demonstrations of high voltage, the explosive power of hydrogen and the immediate freezing properties of liquid nitrogen.

Vegas PBS
3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
1 – 4 PM

30-minute programs
No Charge

Interested in a career in television? Come see the technology that creates world class programming at the Nation’s most sustainable broadcast education technology campus.

 

To Your Health! – Health Sciences

Atomic #7
605 Mall Ring Circle No. 110, Henderson
1 – 7 PM
Ongoing demonstrations
Delicious free samples

Can science really help make healthier ice cream treats? It can if you’re using liquid nitrogen. 
Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner
1704 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas
12 – 2 PM 
One 2-hour program ONLY, 
No charge – no children under 12
You’ve seen them on TV, now’s your chance to see what real-life coroners do every day to solve the mysteries of the dead.
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 W. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas
10 AM – 1 PM
30 minute programs
No charge
Cures for Alzheimer’s and other debilitating brain diseases may well be discovered in Las Vegas’ newest landmark. Come learn the progress being made.
Cord Blood America
1857 Helm Drive, Las Vegas
10 AM – 12 PM
40 minute tours limited to 10 visitors per tour
No charge
You’ve heard about the benefits of preserving umbilical cord blood. Now tour the nation’s largest stem cell cryogenic storage facility right here in Las Vegas.
Touro University, Gross Anatomy Lab
874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
10 AM – 12 PM
30-minute tours limited to 15 visitors per tour
No charge
Get up close and personal with real human body parts in a faculty led tour of the gross anatomy lab of a premier local medical school.
Touro University, Nursing Skills Lab
874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
10 AM – 12 PM
30-minute tours limited to 30 visitors per tour
No charge
Experience on-the-job responsibilities of a real nurse with the help of computerized, anatomically correct medical practice models.
UNLV Student Recreation & Wellness Center 
4505 Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, 
Three 20-minute tours: 
1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM
It’s much more than a gym! Tour the new state-of-the-art facilities 

 

Talk a Walk on the Wild Side – Natural Sciences

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
12 – 3 PM
Ongoing program
Free admission with program participation

Ever dream of discovering a new dinosaur, researching bugs or working with dolphins? Hear what it takes from a real paleontologist, entomologist and marine biologist.

Desert Research Institute (DRI)
755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
10 AM – 1 PM
60-minute tours
No charge

50 person limit; to RSVP 
contact Jessica.Cimino@dri.edu

Tour the labs of one of the Valley’s most prestigious research facilities and learn more about the work of scientists studying life on Mars, deep biospheres and extremophiles.
The Planetarium at CSN
3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas
10 AM – 2 PM
40-minute programs
No charge
Stars aren’t just on The Strip! Do a little stargazing and map out the boundary between our own solar system and interstellar space.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
610 Spring Mountain Road, Amargosa Valley
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
One 4-hour tour only starting at 10:00 (bring lunch)
No charge
Did you think endangered species only live in places like Africa and the Arctic? Meet four endangered fish right here in our desert and learn how we can protect them.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Way
Park Headquarters Office in Boulder City
9 -10 AM
One 60-minute tour only
No charge
Caretakers of the largest man-made lake in the Western Hemisphere are working hard to restore its banks to a more native state. Come see how.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Visitor's Center State Highway 159, 
Las Vegas
10 AM – 3 PM
Continuous tours
No charge
Animals and plants that live in a harsh desert environment are super tough! Explore what makes these life forms so well adapted to every possible extreme.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
10 AM & 1 PM
Only two 30-minute tours limited to 15 visitors each; guests must be at least 10 years old 
Free tour with $3 discounted paid admission

Reservations required. 
Call Steven Schenk, 632-4566.

What does is take to keep thousands of exotic marine animals alive in the desert? See first hand during special back-of-house tours of Las Vegas’ only accredited aquarium.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
10 AM & 3 PM
Only two 60-minute tours limited to 15 visitors each
Free tour with $3 discounted paid admission
White lions, white tigers, and dolphins – oh my! Many magnificent creatures call the Vegas Strip home. See what it takes to keep these special visitors healthy and happy.
Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas
8 – 10 AM
One 2-hour tour beginning at 8AM
No charge
Life in Southern Nevada is only possible because of access to water and our ability to control the flow. Take a VIP private tour through the original spring.

UNLV Geosciences Department
4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas

Meet at Marjorie Barrick Museum 
12 – 4 PM
1-hour presentation and tours
No charge

What causes a volcano to erupt, the Earth to move, a tsunami to destroy or gold to form? Meet a real geologist, tour labs and get answers to your pressing questions.

UNLV Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies

4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas

Meet at Marjorie Barrick Museum

12 – 4 PM
1-hour tours

No charge

Take a tour of two labs. In ornithology, view a significant collection of bird specimens and the laboratory where DNA sequences tell researchers about genetic relationships. At the algal biofuels lab, discover what it takes to create fuel from sewage using algae.

UNLV Life Sciences

4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas

Meet at Marjorie Barrick Museum 
Presentation at 11 AM

No charge

Quagga mussels in Lake Mead? What does this mean for you? From drinking water to recreation, this issue affects us all.

UNLV Public Lands Institute
4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas

Meet at Marjorie Barrick Museum
9 AM, 12 PM and 3 PM
Three 2-hour programs limited to 30 visitors each
No charge

More and more we rely on GPS to get us there. See how it works by taking a geocaching adventure around UNLV.

UNLV Public Lands Institute Forever Earth Program

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED**
Callville Bay Marina, Lake Mead Recreation Area
10 AM – 2 PM
Continuous programs. Reservations required. 
Email Project Manager Amy Page at amy.page@unlv.edu
No charge

Discover Lake Mead from the deck of a floating laboratory and conduct your own water-based experiments during your visit.

UNLV Urban Sustainability Initiative 
4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas 
Walking tours (total 1 mile) at 
10 AM and 1 PM, limit 20 people

Meet at Marjorie Barrick Museum

No charge

Take a walk to learn all the ways UNLV is working on sustainability.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

16001 Corn Creek Rd., Las Vegas 
2 PM – 4 PM, one 2-hour tour ONLY

If possible, drive high clearance 4WD vehicles to visit a nearby monitoring station.

Carpooling may be available.

Corn Creek Field Station

Climate change research is happening right here. Join researchers Dr. Thomas Piechota & Brian Bird from UNLV and David Charlet from CSN on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge to see methods and tools that follow changes in the Mojave Desert.

  • Science Week : Science in the Schools

May 2-6

Throughout the Las Vegas Valley

Bringing scientists, hands-on activities, science career information and more to students in grades K-12 and local colleges and universities. You won’t want to miss class this week! Programming also available for homeschoolers and senior centers.

  • Science Week : Great Debates

May 2-6, three evening programs

Select locations

Featuring special guest speakers who represent divergent viewpoints on thought-provoking current topics. It’s a way to improve your personal science literacy and hear about the many sides of important issues.

MONDAY 

The Planetarium at College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus 
Recital Hall Room 1430 in the CSN Performing Arts Center (Labeled Building "A") 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue

7:00 – 9:30 PM

The ethics of scientific research: the stem cell debate

Explore how our society addresses complex ethics and policy issues, using public communication about stem cell research as a critical example. The panel considers what "best practices" might help the public develop a more complete understanding about bioethical controversies such as stem cell research.

   

TUESDAY

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Can science and religion harmoniously co-exist?

This discussion will explore the issue around science and religion – that is, potential or perceived contradictions between these two disciplines. Both seek to explain the world around us, yet can do so according to very different rules. This panel discussion thoughtfully addresses the topic of science and religion, how we respond to different worldviews and ways of knowing.

   

WEDNESDAY

Springs Preserve
Origen Gallery Theater

333 South Valley View Boulevard
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Our changing environment: the local impacts of global warming
Climate change has significant implications for Nevada and the Mojave ecoregion. Hear experts discuss their views on past, present, and future climate change; implications for responses of plants, animals, and water availability; and consequences for human futures in and around Las Vegas.

   
THURSDAY
UNLV Student Union Theatre
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
7:00 – 8:30 PM
What does the future hold for science & technology in Nevada?
Can Nevada be the first energy independent state? What would it take for the state to become a leading research center, building on momentum from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, Desert Research Institute and others? Find out what leading researchers predict for the future of science and technology in the state. 
   

FRIDAY

City of Las Vegas Tent
First Friday Entrance 
on S. Casino Center Blvd
6:00 – 10:00 PM

Science + Art: make the connection at First Friday

Try your hand at gyotaku, a traditional form of Japanese art, to create a print of a fish. It was first used in the mid-1800s to record catches. Learn how it’s still used today by fish biologists to record information about specimens -- and create your very own work of art.

 

FRIDAY
US Fish & Wildlife Service and 
Las Vegas Astronomical Society 
Corn Creek Field Station 
Desert National Wildlife Refuge 
7:30 - 9:30 PM 
To RSVP, call Ida Castillo, 
702-879-6110 

A two-hour star gazing event

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas and see some of the brightest lights in the universe. Join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for a tour of the night sky.

 

 
  • Expo Day

Saturday, May 7

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10 AM - 7 PM Cashman Center

Get your hands dirty, scientifically speaking,

as the Festival culminates in an all-day Expo.

We’re expecting 100 or more exhibitors from our most prominent science-related organizations and businesses, offering engaging hands-on activities, entertainment and education.  It’s a one-of-a-kind day of learning –  cleverly disguised as fun.


Science is Everywhere Day made possible in part by Cox Communication

SCIENCE EXPO MAIN FLOOR

  • See robotics demonstrations
  • Check out dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures
  • Touch real preserved human body parts
  • Star gaze using special telescopes and filters
  • Play in a pre-kindergarten science discovery zone
  • Let amazing insects bug you!
  • See what it takes to build incredible things
  • Touch giant ice age fossils
  • Watch planetarium shows that map the night sky
  • Do physics demonstrations – blow something up!
  • Use the latest and greatest technology devices
  • Figure out what makes our desert geology so unique
  • Make slime!
  • Meet live animals and plants adapted to desert living
  • See what it takes to engineer the next big technological wonder
  • Learn about properties of natural gas
  • Learn super fun ways to improve math skills
  • See what the future holds for Southern Nevada
  • And much, much more!

BIG BANG! Stage:

  • 10 - 10:45 AM - Lied Discovery Children's Museum "Cold Hard Facts"
  • 11 - 11:30 AM - 20-Second Fitness Demonstration
  • 11:30AM - 12:30 PM - Inventing the Future – Robert Weiss, President of the X Prize Foundation
  • 1 – 2 PM - You Can Do The Rubik's Cube Competition
  • 2 PM - Cox Communication's Stars of Science Awards Presentation
  • 3 PM - You Can Do The Rubik's Cube Awards Presentation
  • 4 - 4:45 PM - Lied Discovery Children's Museum "Discover Chemistry –Everything Changes"
  • 5 PM - Las Vegas Natural History Museum "Air Cannon Demonstration 
    INNOVATION Stage:
  • 10 - 11:15 AM - Atomic #7 "Science Behind Ice Cream"
  • 12:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM - Guitar Physicist Doctor Lewney – Rock Guitar Science!

 

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