ACCHaoS at the Round Rock Public Library Tomorrow!

IMG_3693We’ll be at the Round Rock Public Library tomorrow, Friday, June 13, 2014 from noon until 4:00 pm.  Come on out and visit us.  If you haven’t visited the RRPL, it is one of the most kid-friendly libraries around.  Hope to see you there!

Star Party Time Again!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome party with the stars!  This Friday, February 7th, ACC’s Physical Sciences Dept. will host another Star Party at the Round Rock campus! There will be lots to do – hands-on science from ACCHaoS, planetarium shows from Austin Planetarium, a public talk on Galileo and Kepler in 1609, AND viewing of the night sky from the observing deck high atop building 3000 (weather permitting!) For details, check out go.austincc.edu/starparty. See you there!

Here’s the info on the Star Party:

When:  February 7, 2014, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Where:  Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus – 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665.  Building 2000 lobby (for hands-on science and planetarium shows); Building 3000 for public talk (room 3339) and the observation deck.

 

ACCHaoS – Fall 2013 in Retrospect

We’ve been busy.  I mean, really busy – and this is a very, very good thing!  I was catching up on some record-keeping this morning.  So far this semester (Fall 2013), ACCHaoS has made five school visits to four schools, and attended three public events – two Star Parties, and a Back to School Night that Paul did all by himself!  This translates into about forty-three hours of direct contact, and sharing science with a little over 1, 300 kids and adults.  We’re not done yet – we still have one more school visit before Winter Break.  The fun won’t stop there – we have  full calendar for Spring 2014!  Let the wild science rumpus begin!

Take a look at these photos – you can see why it has been a blast!

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Photos courtesy of Leslie Long and Karl Trappe

Star Party – November 8, 2013

Wow – haven’t posted in a while.  We’ve been busy this semester!

We had a great turnout at last Friday’s Star Party!  Lots of kids and their parents, lots of sharing science going on!  Here are a few really great photos – many thanks to the intrepid Karl Trappe for taking these photos.  If you’d like to see more, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ACCHaoS

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13 Hours of Non-Stop Science!

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Star Party fun with ACCHaoS
Photo by Leslie Long

Tomorrow is a big day for ACCHaoS.  To start the day off, we’re visiting Old Town Elementary 1st graders!  Old Town Texans rock!  Then, from 5:30 until 8:00, we’ll be at the Star Party sharing science with who ever wants to come!  Why this crazy schedule, you ask?  Because science really is that fun!!!

Be sure and come visit us at the Star Party. It will be from 5:30-9:45 on Friday, October 11th at ACC’s Round Rock campus. ACCHaoS will be set up in the lobby of building 2000. Our good friends from the Austin Planetarium will be there with the Discovery Dome, their mobile planetarium. If you haven’t checked out the planetarium shows, they are really awesome.

At 7:00 in room 3339 in building 3000, Jim Heath will conduct another of his popular talks. This one is titled “On the Shoulders of Giants,” a look at the history of science.

Then at 8:00, the observing deck on building 3000 will open, and everyone can have a look at the night sky through the three big ACC telescopes.  What else will we see?  I’m not sure, but there’ll be ACC faculty and staff on hand to guide you and answer questions.

More info on the Star Party party can be found at go.austincc.edu/starparty

More info on ACCHaoS can be found at go.austincc.edu/acchaos

Summer with ACCHaoS – Surfin’ Some Science!

We’ve had a good summer so far – we’ve shared science with the folks at the Willie Mae Kirk branch of the Austin Public Library, the Westbank Community Library, and with Astro Camp!  Not too bad for summer vacation!

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ACCHaoS at Science Rocks!

Science Rocks!  Willie Mae Kirk Branch – Austin Public Library

June 7, 2013

There was an incredible turnout for Science Rocks! at the library.  We lost count of how many kids, parents, and other adults showed up – there were lots and lots of people of all ages! The library did an awesome job putting on a fantastic science day!

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June 26, 2013

What can we say – we love libraries!   We had a good time being part of Westbank Community Library’s summer hands-on series.

Astro Camp

July 26, 2013

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Three exhibits at once!

We visited Astro Camp last year, and we were excited to visit there again this year.   The folk from Austin Planetarium and Starry Skies Austin put on fabulous  one week camps for kids each summer, complete with lots of science activities and of course, their mobile planetarium, the Discovery Dome.  The campers were definitely scientists in the making – they asked lots of good questions, and made some great observations.

Summer is winding down, but ACCHaoS is gearing up for another year of science fun!  Our schedule is really filling up, so if you would like for us to visit your school this year, drop us a quick email at ACChandsonscience@gmail.com or visit our online request form at http://www.austincc.edu/physics/acchaos/request.html

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and stay cool!

Blasting Off to Astro Camp this Friday!

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Astro Camp 2012

After a short break, ACCHaoS is headed out to Astro Camp this Friday.   We’re looking forward to our visit – we had a great time there last summer!  Astro Camp is a joint  project of the Austin Planetarium and Starry Sky Austin.

ACCHaoS Visits Westbank Community Library Today!

We’re getting ready to head out to the Westbank Community Library this afternoon for some hands-on science fun.  It’s a short visit – 3pm-4pm – but come out and see us!  Should be fun!

The library is sponsoring hands-on activities every Wednesday during the summer.  Check out their summer schedule at http://www.westbanklibrary.com/event/hands-westbank. Westbank Community Library is located at 1309 Westbank Dr. Austin TX 78746.

 

Science Rocks! at the Austin Public Library

Here’s the info on our upcoming Austin Public Library visit.  Sounds like it’s going to be a really fun time!  Come out and see us!

Science Rocks: Hands-on STEM Fun!

Presented by Discovery Lab @ APL

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Blast off for a day of hands-on math and science activities at the Austin Public Library Science Rocks! on Friday, June 7 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs DR. Kids will learn about exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that will help nurture their curiosity of the world around them. Science Rocks! is free and open to kids of all ages and the public in general. For more information please call 512-974-9920 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

Get blown away by the Trailblazer, a 40-foot traveling science venue! Discover The Power of Weather, Space Matters, The Miracle of Medicine, Energy for Tomorrow, Gyroscope, Magical Moments and The Need for Speed all interactive experiments that cultivate a love of science. The Trailblazer is suitable for all ages, but targets 3rd-8th graders. Volunteers stationed throughout the trailer provide explanations and demonstrations. Come, explore and experience this exciting learning experience!

Inside the Library, Austin Community College Hands-on Science (ACCHaoS) will present over 50 interactive science exhibits. ACCHaoS, a free outreach program of the Physical Sciences department at Austin Community College, offers simple and uncomplicated projects with the goal of encouraging participants to think, “Hey, I can make that myself.” Explore, touch and do science yourself! Youth 10 to 17 years old will also have the opportunity to explore science and technology in the Discovery Lab.

Science Rocks! is a Discovery Lab program funded by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation (APLFF) through a Dell Powering the Possible Youth Connect grant. The Science Rocks Trailblazer is sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME).

A statewide non-profit organization, TAME provides K-12 programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Special thanks to Austin Community College Hands- on Science (ACCHaoS) for providing interactive activities. ACCHaoS is a hands-on traveling science program that teaches children that there is science involved in everything we do.

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Dell Powering the Possible Learning Grant

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Dell’s Powering the Possible program focuses on four areas of giving including learning, pediatric cancer research, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship. All four programs are designed to give to others through the power to do more, through a combination of Dell technology and solutions as well as Dell resources and know-how. The Dell initiative at the Austin Public Library falls into the Dell Powering the Possible Learning category of Dell funding and is providing youth at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch a jumpstart on learning for life.

Discovery Lab @ Willie Mae Kirk Branch

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The Discovery Lab helps young people develop the skills needed to fully participate in this globalized technological society. The Austin Public Library works with Dell to offer experiences that will help break the cycle of poverty and inequality and remove barriers to education and literacy through providing access to computers, cameras, tablets and software that encourages creative abilities.

Make a Simple Lava Lamp

When we were visiting Old Town Elementary yesterday (more about that later!), one of the students asked if we knew how to make a lava lamp.  That was a good question, so I found some directions today for how to make one using simple materials.  What color food coloring will you use in your lava lamp?

How to Make a Lava Lamp

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