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January 13, 2021
January 13, 2021 –
Vail Public Library
Join us! for this month's Virtual Book Club via Zoom which will discuss this year's NEA Big Read - One Book One Valley selected title "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren.
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January 20, 2021
January 20, 2021 –
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
When Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-author with Charles Darwin on the theory of evolution, came to Colorado in 1887, he wanted an expert to guide him to alpine plant locations. Alice Eastwood (1859-1953), the self-taught high school teacher in Denver, was the best there was. She wrote a guide to the flora of the Denver area in 1890, and, afterward, began extending her field observations to other parts of Colorado and then onward to California. Eastwood became the herbarium curator for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco in 1891 where she remained until she voluntarily retired at the age of 90. Alice is most famous for her daring act of rescuing the type specimens of California plants - those that are the defining ones for a species - from the wreckage and fire of the 1906 earthquake.
Steve Ruskin is an award-winning historian of astronomy, with a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame.
He is the author of numerous non-fiction books, articles, chapters, and reviews, including the #1 Amazon Bestseller, 'America's First Great Eclipse.'. He was a visiting researcher at Cambridge University, England, on a grant from the National Science Foundation, and is an alumnus of the LaunchPad Astronomy Workshop. He currently serves as the moderator of HASTRO-L, the long-running history of astronomy listserv, and is on the Board of Advisors for the National Space Science & Technology Institute. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, he occasionally writes science fiction and has also been a mountain bike guide on Pikes Peak, and a number of things in between.
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February 6, 2021
February 6, 2021 –
Walking Mountains Science Center
Does your child like to build and design things? In partnership with One Book One Valley, Walking Mountains has a CHALLENGE for you - if you choose to accept it!
Join us as you and your child BUILD your own protective egg sled together - can it survive the CRASH?! This event will challenge you and a child to put your heads together and use critical thinking, engineering creativity, and hands-on construction skills. Join us for a family-friendly, STEM-filled Saturday afternoon! During the workshop you will construct an egg sled out of a given set of materials. This egg sled should protect the egg as it slides down a hillside with structure and comfort! After construction, we will test out our sleds outside on a hillside on campus. Will it survive the ride?!
This event is hosted by Walking Mountains’ Girls in Science Coordinator, Christy Belardo, and STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator, Chelsea Brisson. In Walking Mountains’ afterschool programs Christy and Chelsea challenge their students to apply their critical thinking, problem-solving, and STEM knowledge. This free program offers parents and their children to take on a challenge together.
STEM Family Fun is being offered as part of Eagle Valley’s One Book One Valley community event. This year One Book One Valley has received a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant and has selected the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Since Lab Girl is about a woman scientist this community event gives kids and their adults a chance to practice their hands-on STEM skills and consider potential career opportunities.
This program requires pre-registration and is limited to 8 families. The activity is designed to challenge the minds of 4th-8th graders and bring out the curious child in you!