Skepchick Space Lab 2014

One year there were some fancy drinks that glowed under black light. Then the next year there was the amazing Skepchick Cure-All, complete with a demo and history lesson, and party hats. This year… who knows? But there will be MORE OF IT.

Anne Sauer with four etched bottles in the Skepchick party room for CONvergence 2013. Photo by Jamie Bernstein.

If you love nerdy, geeky people, costumes, science, booze, and think that they are all great tastes that taste great together, you belong at SkepchickCon with us. I hope to see you there!
–  Skepchick resident mixologist Anne Sauer

Science activities and demos all day long! All ages welcome!*a skeleton wearing a multicolored lei and a folded paper hat with the Mad Art Lab logo on it. Photo by Jamie Bernstein.

There will be awesome experiments, skeptical salons, interesting discussions and, inevitably, spontaneous dancing. (Spontaneity will be unscheduled.) Seriously, there will be good stuff happening from noon until we fall asleep on the floor on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come on in!

*Evening activities may be more appropriate for an older subset of “all ages.” Alcohol will be served on the balcony. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

PLEASE JOIN US IN ROOM 227!

THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

THURSDAY, JULY 3

Activities
12:00 – 3:45 pm Invisible Ink
12:00 – 2:00 pm Incredible Balancing Acts
2:00 – 3:45 pm Dry Ice Comets
 2:00 – 3:45 pm Citizen Science Astronomy
Salons
Seating is available for 10 to 15 people. First come, first served. 
4:00 – 5:00 pm The Science of Giving
with Ben Blanchard
Everyone wants to save the world, and we know charity is a good way to do that, but how? This salon will discuss how charitable giving affects the world, the donor, and how to do it smartly.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Hookers & Purls
Always wanted to knit or crochet, but didn’t know how to get started? Do you knit or crochet already and are just looking for a space to get crafty for an hour? Come to Hookers & Purls! Knitters and crocheters will be on-hand to help beginners get started. Beginners: we’ll have limited supplies on-hand, so please bring inexpensive knitting needles (straight or circular) or a crochet hook, plus yarn. Aficionados: bring your latest project! Other needle crafters are welcome to join in.
Demos
7:30 pm
8:30 pm
9:30 pm
Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: The Wondrous & Delicious Science of Bubbles!
with Anne Sauer

 

THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

FRIDAY, JULY 4

Activities
12:00 – 3:45 pm Self-Inflating Balloons
12:00 – 3:45 pm CO2 Fire Extinguisher
2:00 – 3:45 pm Bioluminescent Bacteria Art
Salons
Seating is available for 10 to 15 people. First come, first served. 
4:00 – 5:00 pm Women in STEM
with Kristin Ellis and Skatje Myers
Still have questions after the morning’s Women in STEM panel? Are you a woman in STEM who wants to talk with others about what it’s like? Or are you a woman interested in getting into a STEM field and want to find out more? Join us for an informal discussion.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Secular Woman Meetup
with Elsa Roberts
Drop in and discuss a topic that is often on the minds of women, secular and otherwise—online harassment. We’ll open the floor and invite everyone to talk about their experiences, how we all deal, how we can support each other, and strategies for eliminating harassment.
6:00 – 7:00 pm Queer Identities
with Will Robertson and Benny S
What does LGBTQ mean? Why do they keep adding letters? How and why do queer identities change over time? Join Will and Benny from Queereka for a discussion about queer identity labels and the politics of categorizing oneself.
Demos
7:30 pm
8:30 pm
9:30 pm
11:15 pm
Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: The Wondrous & Delicious Science of Bubbles!
with Anne Sauer

 

THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

SATURDAY, JULY 5

Activities
12:00 – 1:00 pm Citizen Science
12:00 – 2:00 pm Incredible Balancing Acts
12:00 – 2:00 pm Polymer Bouncing Balls
2:00 – 3:00 pm Peeeps in Spaaaace!
2:00 – 3:45 pm Lasers, Spectra, and UV-Detecting Jewelry
2:00 – 3:45 pm Bioluminescent Bacteria Art
Salons
Seating is available for 10 to 15 people. First come, first served. 
4:00 – 5:00 pm The Intersection of Science and the Humanities
with Will RobertsonBen Blanchard, and Jamie Bernstein
Are “hard” sciences better or more accurate than “soft” sciences and the humanities? We’ll discuss misconceptions that artificially divide the sciences from the humanities and how science, art, philosophy, etc., overlap and inform each other.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Debunking Ghosthunters
with Matt Lowry, Jason Thibeault, and Nicole Gugliucci
What does an EMF meter really detect? Is Electronic Voice Phenomena evidence of paranormal entities? We’ll discuss the tech and toys used by ghosthunters online and off, as well as the more plausible explanations for the seemingly unexplainable.
6:00 – 7:00 pm Betrayal of the Multicellular Compact: The World of Cancer Biology
with PZ Myers, Kristin Ellis, and Dan Berliner
Let’s look at what’s really going on inside cancer: we’ll explore how cellular damage leads to the abandonment of constraints and wild proliferation, and the reactivation processes that lead to the nasty invasive properties of cancer.
Demos
7:30 pm
8:30 pm
9:30 pm
Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: The Wondrous & Delicious Science of Bubbles!
with Anne Sauer