CalDay-logos-2014Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 16th, from 11am-5pm, the one day each year that UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 15 minutes from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to SSL.  Activities include walking tours of UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab, as well as talks on topics such as space weather, teens doing art-science mashups, a career panel on cool jobs in space science, and hands-on activities for all ages!  Below is a listing of last year’s activities and we expect this year to offer very similar experiences.

Last Year’s Activities:

Walking Tours (11:00 am – 4:20 pm) See UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab. Learn about the illustrious 50-year history of NASA missions, visit our 60′ high bay, the cosmochemistry laboratories that analyzed lunar samples, a clean room where a Hubble instrument was built. Tours start at 11 am and leave every 20 minutes to 4:20pm. Each station will have someone to explain what you want to know. Last tour 4:20 p.m.

Presenting Space Sciences Lab Missions – Chris Scholtz
Chris will present a slide presentation of the history of Space Sciences Lab and the missions that were worked on here, with the science, engineering, instrumentation, data analysis aspects to them all. This will take place in the Samuel Silver building lobby.

CalDay_PassportSignAdventures in Space Sciences Passports to Science@Cal

Learn about UV rays, plasma, build a satellite, .launch a bottle rocket, look through a solar telescope. Many activities are specifically for children ages 6-12. Explore the world of science with your Passport to Science@Cal! At each of your destinations, your passport will get a fun stamp or sticker to show where your travels have taken you.

Talks and Panels


 Making STEAM with NOVAS (Leitha Thrall)

NOVAS (NASA Opportunities in Visualization Art and Science) is a 3-year NASA-funded teen program, finishing up this spring, that incorporates NASA science into creative art projects to help enhance STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) learning: hence, inserting Art to make STEAM. All
this takes place in Out-of-School Time workshops for high school students
around the Bay Area.

 Where Earth Weather Meets Space Weather – Dr. Bryan Mendez

Come learn about ICON, a new NASA mission lead by UC Berkeley to study the interface
in the upper atmosphere between Earth weather and space weather.

Cool Careers in Space Science – panel discussion

How do you get a cool job at the Space Sciences Lab? Join us for an informal panel
discussion with scientists, engineers and students to hear the various paths
that led them to the exciting work they do at our laboratory. Don’t miss this
opportunity to talk with people who “walked the walk”!

 Imaging With Neutrons: Can You See a Flower Through a Granite Wall? – Dr. Anton Tremsin

New results in imaging and detection technology, developed at the Space Sciences Laboratory for NASA missions, extend to research in such diverse fields as materials science, energy research, cultural heritage, aerospace engineering and many others! Learn how you can see stresses in metals, water flowing inside metal pipes, and a drop of oil inside an aluminum-block car engine

Many more activities for visitors of all ages like launching water rockets!

  Visit Our Neighbor: Lawrence Hall of Science

See how the Hall is inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and designers. Have your Science@Cal passport stamped as you explore the wonderful world of science. Join free Planetarium presentations, design your own nano creations, and explore real-time datasets on Science On a Sphere. For more information, visit the Hall’s Cal Day page [link to:]