Cape Cod Science Cafe

where scientists and the local community meet

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The following text for this blog post is taken from the web page of our organizing partner, the Cape & Islands Boy Scout Council of America.

STEM Journey-Space Lab to Zero G
Date: Saturday March 29, 2014

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Science
Technology
Engineering
Mathematics
 STEM Journey: Space Lab to Zero G!
Astronauts Dr. Byron Lichtenberg and Capt. Daniel Burbank will be the featured presenters as Cape Cod & Islands Council presents: “STEM Journey: Space Lab to Zero G!”, on Saturday, March 29, at Cape Cod Community College.
Middle and high school age students will have a unique forum to explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
The program will begin at 10:00 AM for Boy Scouts who wish to work on either Space Exploration or Chemistry merit badge.  Pre-registration is required!
The public is invited to participate in the science café and keynote presentations beginning at 12 noon and continuing until 4:00 PM.
The science café will feature interactive exhibits and demonstration by Cambridge Science on the Street, Suffolk University, iRobot, the American Chemical Society, Cape Light Compact and others.  A special feature will be an edutarium (indoor planetarium) provided by Sky Connection and sponsored by Cape Cod Community College.    
Other sponsors of this event include PID Analyzers and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

The following text for this blog post is taken from the web page of our organizing partner, the Cape & Islands Boy Scout Council of America.

STEM Journey-Space Lab to Zero G

Date: Saturday March 29, 2014

Details

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

 STEM Journey: Space Lab to Zero G!

Astronauts Dr. Byron Lichtenberg and Capt. Daniel Burbank will be the featured presenters as Cape Cod & Islands Council presents: “STEM Journey: Space Lab to Zero G!”, on Saturday, March 29, at Cape Cod Community College.

Middle and high school age students will have a unique forum to explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The program will begin at 10:00 AM for Boy Scouts who wish to work on either Space Exploration or Chemistry merit badge.  Pre-registration is required!

The public is invited to participate in the science café and keynote presentations beginning at 12 noon and continuing until 4:00 PM.

The science café will feature interactive exhibits and demonstration by Cambridge Science on the Street, Suffolk University, iRobot, the American Chemical Society, Cape Light Compact and others.  A special feature will be an edutarium (indoor planetarium) provided by Sky Connection and sponsored by Cape Cod Community College.    

Other sponsors of this event include PID Analyzers and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

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National Chemistry Week is coming to Cape Cod

National Chemistry Week is coming to Cape Cod 

Join the Cape Cod Science Café at the

Wicked Cool Autumn Welcome

Saturday October 26, 2013

1pm-5pm

Camp Greenough, 227 Pine Street, Yarmouthport, MA

For National Chemistry Week on Cape Cod:

Including hands-on activities (Grades K-6) related to the 2013 National Chemistry Week theme:

Energy Now & Forever

And

Scientific Career Pathways talks by local area  scientists (appropriate for grades 7-12 as well as adults)

This Cape Cod Science Café is a cooperative effort between the cape & islands council Boy Scouts of america, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society and the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society

Contact Cape Cod Science Café Organizers:

Jennifer Maclachlan or Jack driscoll for additional information

 

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The mission of the Cape Cod Science Cafe is to create a social and educational forum where chemists and the general public can meet in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink and offer an educational presentation that engages the public and teaches them about critical issues involving the chemistry, science and technology that impact the local community. Organizers are local Cape Cod business owners: Jack Driscoll who is the PR Chair of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and Jennifer Maclachlan, NESACS PR Committee Member. The Cape Cod Science Cafe is made possible by funding from NESACS and PID Analyzers, LLC as well as local Cape Cod organizations and businesses. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society with over 164,000 members. NESACS is one of the largest local sections with over 7,000 members located in Southeastern MA, Boston, the North Shore & NH.

The mission of the Cape Cod Science Cafe is to create a social and educational forum where chemists and the general public can meet in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink and offer an educational presentation that engages the public and teaches them about critical issues involving the chemistry, science and technology that impact the local community. Organizers are local Cape Cod business owners: Jack Driscoll who is the PR Chair of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and Jennifer Maclachlan, NESACS PR Committee Member. The Cape Cod Science Cafe is made possible by funding from NESACS and PID Analyzers, LLC as well as local Cape Cod organizations and businesses. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society with over 164,000 members. NESACS is one of the largest local sections with over 7,000 members located in Southeastern MA, Boston, the North Shore & NH.

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Science on the Street on Cape Cod or how my six year old and I bonded

Science on the Street on the Cape or how my six year old and I bonded 

This blog post originally appeared on Jennifer Maclachlan’s blog: The Analyzer Source.

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I spent Saturday afternoon at theCape Cod Museum of Natural History participating in theCambridge Science Festival, Science on the Street STEM outreach event. This was an event I had planned to attend with my family but instead we ended up as exhibitors, representing the American Chemical Society. My eight year old daughter enjoys the VIP experience ofworking at a science festivals for several reasons: getting there before the public is allowed to enter, as the kid of a volunteer she gets to check out and try all the cool activities before everyone else since the other exhibitors are eager to practice on a real kid before the rush and the best is of course having a place to come and rest between doing fun activities. 
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imageSince both of my girls had planned to assist me at the ACS table, I told each of their teachers about it. The second grade teacher suggested I make a flyer that she would send home with the students in the class plugging the event with a call-out box stating that their classmate would be at the Chemistry Table and we hoped to see them there. As a result of the flyer, my six year old had one classmate attend and my eight year old had two classmates attend. My friend’s mother who is a Naturalist and had business at the Museum in the morning stuck around to see us setup since her daughter saw on Facebook that we’d be there. She also noted with a wink that she already knew because she saw it on Twitter. Other friends of ours stopped by because they saw my Facebook posts about it. There was something really special to me and to my girls about seeing so many friends at this event in our community. Oftentimes when we are assisting at Local Section outreach events they are in Boston or Cambridge and have a sort of anonymity to them. 
 
imageA retired chemist ACS member appeared at my table. He was delighted to see ACS at the event and wondered if we were down the Cape or had come from Boston? I gave him all my contact information and told him about our NESACS Cape Cod Science Cafe events. I would have liked to have spoken to him longer but I had a table full of pint-sized chemists demanding my attention. 
 
First they were asked if they wanted to do some chemistry and then if they answered yes were instructed to wear goggles to protect their eyes since we were working with liquids. Then if they didn’t know how to use an eyedropper (many didn’t since most kids were between ages 3-7) they got to practice with it before squeezing drops onto the pH paper, matching the color change portion of the strip with the pH color number chart and then using a meter to compare the results. I was able to have five kids at a time conduct their experiments at my table with the help of my six year old who cleaned up between experiments, assisted children who needed it (even kids older than herself) and kept restocking the Kids Discover Chemistry Magazines
 
Of course I was met during the one brief lull with a concerned citizen who was inquiring as to whether or not it was *safe* to expose children to toxic chemicals. She gestured towards my red flask which was full of salt water from Barnstable Harbor. And then to the purple flask full of cabbage juice then to the green one with vinegar, well you get the picture. She wandered away from the table looking relieved. 
 
imageBefore my six year old went to sleep that night she told me that today’s festival was the best one we have ever done. It was her favorite. I told her it was my favorite too. Some serious mother-daughter bonding took place while working the chemistry table together. I’m glad we decided to volunteer instead of just attend. Sometimes it really pays to be a VIP. 
 
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@pidgirl’s #IYC2011 month by month best in blog & media coverage

@pidgirl’s #IYC2011 month by month best in blog & media coverage. Originally appeared on pidgirl's blog: The Analyzer Source

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@pidgirl’s #IYC2011 month by month best in blog and media coverage 

Blog post: #ACSBoston IYC Preparation and Inspiration 

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January 2011-Media Coverage  News of the Week Kick-off of #IYC2011 including science cafe’s on Cape Cod and my blog post Cape Cod Science Cafe
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February 2011-Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) Local Section Monthly Meeting where I got to meet Nancy Jackson, 2011 President of the American Chemical Society.

imageHer dinner talk on technology was inspiring and the spirit of her speech was certainly echoed by Jack at all of the #IYC2011 Cape Cod Science Cafes during his introductions of the mission of IYC and the vision of the sustainability of the chemical enterprise.





Not an Official IYC event but we sure discussed #IYC2011 at our February National Committee Meeting: Committee on Public Relations and Communications(CPRC)-first visit to the American Chemical Society Headquarters in DC (pictured below).


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image#pittcon Booth Duty: What kind of analyzers are those? Click to read all about it.
March 2011-#pittcon Leveraging Social Media








image Dancing Chemists at #ACSAnaheim (yes, I’m in the video: back row, long red skirt) 
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imageApril 2011-Cape Cod Science Cafe


image I was an invited  speaker at Sparkle Training of the Local Section PR Chairs, ACS HQ, Washington, D.C.
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May 2011-The Chemistry of Industrial Hygiene Reception
This was a particularly neat event: bringing together the fields of chemistry and industrial hygiene (like we do at PID Analyzers) by organizing an #IYC2011 event sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. I contacted governance from the local section: Portland American Chemical Society. Read more about it.
imageHewitt, Brabham-Chair Portland LS, Maclachlan, Driscoll, Terrell-Chair-Elect Portland LS
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June 2011-Hanover Day 


NESACS  reserved a table as a civic organization in order to introduce the denizens of the South Shore to the International Year of Chemistry. 













July 2011-Told all my friends to watch "chemistry" Jeopardy!


Blogged about the IUPAC Congress Meeting

August 2011-Greater Boston Mass Spec Discussion Group Family Picnic
imageGeorge totally hooked us up with the tye-dye lab coatsimageChemistry Ambassadors at the family picnic. Attendees with kids were amazed and delighted that we provide hands on chemistry experiments for the kids. As if the bouncy house wasn’t awesome enough…then add in some cool science, and yes, we had LN2!! Read more.

Here’s what the press had to say about it.
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I talked this symposium up on Twitter creating this Twitter event that earned lots o’ re-tweets:
  Communicating Chemistry to the Public symposium
For sure we could have used a much bigger room for this event. The house was packed and there were constantly folks standing along the walls. Important also to note that this was a continuos session without a break and extremely well attended.
More info including speaker line-up etc about this awesome symposium here.

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September 2011 CEN Blog: Twitter Takes Hold at #ACSDenver,
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Here’s my Facebook status after I spotted the Twitter Takes Hold at #ACSDenver:


http://cenblog.org/newscripts/2011/09/twitter-takes-hold-at-acsdenver/

I have arrived: I’ve been blogged about in Chemical & Engineering News!!

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The Twitterati were out in full force at this year’s ACS fall national meeting it seems. So much so that yesterday, ACS Web specialist Chris McCarthy (@CMcC_ACS) tweeted: I did a little analysis. #ACSDenver was tweeted >3x as much as the hashtags for Anaheim and Boston were and the meeting isn’t eve…

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My #ACSDenver Tweetup blog post


October 2011-CAPE COD TIMES COLUMN on my Cape Cod Science CafeNESACS celebrates National Chemistry Week


I was an invited speaker at #SERMACS2011. I presented two separate presentations in the Social Media in Science Symposium. Here is the full speaker and topic line-up. 
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#SERMACS2011 Social Media in Science Symposium presenters meet and greet luncheon. L to R: Kevin Majors, Ken Podraza, Thomas Devore, Laura Provan,Jennifer Maclachlan, A. Martin, F. Luna-Vera, Ashton T. Griffin, Barbara Reisner and Nathalie Herring
  November 2011-I spent November planning for the IYC Q4 Cape Cod Science Cafe, getting presentations accepted for #ACSSanDiego and promoting the upcoming #pittcon Conferee Networking Discussion Sessions.

December 2011-CAPE COD TIMES COLUMN about Cape Cod Science Cafe celebrates Healthy Kids and Jack and I. 


SANDWICH ENTERPRISE Feature Story: Making Science Palatable for Kids


2011 was an amazing year to celebrate the achievements of chemistry via chemistry outreach and increasing the public perception of chemistry. Where do we go from here? We continue  the celebration of chemistry into 2012! 
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My Best in Blog: How @pidgirl celebrated #IYC2011 on Cape Cod

My Best in Blog: How @pidgirl celebrated #IYC2011 on Cape Cod. Originally appeared on The Analyzer Source blog.


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imageMarshland Restaurants made this yummy homemade cake for the 4th quarter IYC Celebration

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International Year of Chemistry Cape Cod Science Cafes organized by Jennifer Maclachlan, a.k.a. @pidgirl:


imageimageCape Cod Science Cafe Quarter 1
IYC theme: Environment
IYC Official Event Link 

Science Cafe theme:
Protecting the Cape Cod Water Supply
Related blog posts by @pidgirl 
When: March 1, 2011

Speakers: L to R: Gongmin Lei and Sue Rask of the Barnstable County and Dr. Krista Longnecker of WHOI
Special thanks to our sponsors: Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, The Town of Barnstable,  The Cape Cod Commission and PID Analyzers, LLCand our gracious host: The Hyannis Golf Club.


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NESACS, Jennifer Maclachlan, Dan Nocera, Keynote Speaker
and Mort Hoffman, IYC Chair, NESACSCape Cod Science Cafe Quarter 2
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IYC Official Event Link
Science Cafe theme: Alternative Energy & Sustainability
When: Friday April 29, 2011


Local Press release

Special thanks to our sponsors: Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society and PID Analyzers, LLC and our gracious host: 
The Hyannis Golf Club.

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Theme: Materials
Science Cafe Theme: Sustainability, Chemistry and the Art of Craft Beer
IYC Official Event Link
Local Press: Cape Cod Times Column
Special thanks to Cape Cod Beer for hosting and to Todd Marcus for speaking at the event. The chemists in the audience loved the chemistry slides!
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Theme: Health
Science Cafe theme: Healthy Kids 
Local Press: Sandwich Enterprise
                      Cape Cod Times
Special thanks to our host, the Sandwich Public Library, 
Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, 
NESACS member volunteers: The Reibach Family and
Sonja Strah-Pleynet. Thanks especially to NCW Chair 
Christine Jaworek-Lopes for her chemistry supplies.  
A huge thank you to the Mid-Hudson section for their
participation during the event performing an experiment
from the Global Water Experiment as well as food chemistry
experiments.

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Guest blog post by @pidguy: Cape Cod Science Cafe Healthy Kids was a real success

Guest blog post by @pidguy: Cape Cod Science Cafe Healthy Kids was a real success


Guest blog post by @pidguy a.k.a. Dr. Jack Driscoll, PR Chair, NESACS
The Cape Cod Science Café was a real success. It was held at the Sandwich Public Library from 1-3PM on Sunday 12/11/11. We had flyers printed up and distributed  through the Sandwich & Barnstable Schools and articles in the Sandwich Enterprise (http://bit.ly/uSoQ68 )and the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/uTk5HX) . The response was tremendous. There were about 150 people who attended . The Library phone was very busy Sunday morning. Everyone was excited as students and parents waited in lines 3-4 deep to watch the experiments. The event was focused on Sandwich and Barnstable, yet we had children from Weymouth and Hingham in attendance. A grade school principal from Plymouth who thought  that her students might be interested in this event visited us also. At least three parents said that their daughters insisted that their parents take them because they were interested in science. The children were very excited and I found that even a 3.5 year old girl was able to determine the pH of solutions by matching the colors on the pH paper.  


Polymer beads that change color when sun screen is needed. (Joan Driscoll)

Water cleanup & starch indicators (George Ruger from the Mid Hudson NY section)


Making hand sanitizer but ran out after about 85 samples given out (Jennifer Maclachlan, NESACS, Public Relations Committee Member)

pH testing of water samples, juices using pH paper  Students like the hands-on testing  approach (Jack Driscoll, Chair Public Relations, NESACS)

Using chemicals to teach students about blood types. (Paul  Reibach, NESACS member) 
A summary of this new experiment on blood typing drew a great deal of interest from the students (http://bit.ly/tKadQJ  )
The article in the Cape Cod Times drew a 55 year  member of the ACS from Sandwich to our meeting.  Up to now has he not been connected to our local section. He saw the article in the Enterprise Newspapers! We are delighted to welcome him to NESACS and he plans to volunteer at our next K-12 outreach event NCW & CCED Page - Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Soci
Photos above courtesy of Randy Weintraub 


We had many chemistry Ambassador helpers at our event.
Go chemistry ambassadors!

Healthy food and of course an International year of chemistry Cake (the food and cake were prepared by Marshland) was available

Photos above courtesy of Jennifer Maclachlan)
This event was organized by Jennifer Maclachlan and Jack Driscoll
The event was sponsored by the Sandwich Public Library with grants from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) & PID Analyzers, LLC 
To contact us: pidgirl or pidguy

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Discussion about Sustainability, Chemistry and the Art of Craft Beer

Q3 Cape Cod Science Cafe: Discussion about Sustainability, Chemistry and the Art of Craft Beer

Location: Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis, MA
When: Friday evening October 21, 2011 
Time: 6pm-8pm
As an official #IYC2011 event we properly 
labelled the door with the IYC poster 
from the American Chemical Society


Special thanks to Cape Cod Beer for both hosting AND sponsoring this excellent event! Especially to Beth Marcus for coordinating with me and to Todd Marcus for putting on the show!

Additional sponsors included: Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society and 
PID Analyzers, LLC.

6 minutes into the event attendees were 
enjoying chowder and beer. 
On Cape Cod
 (and other parts of New England 
we pronounce it *chowda
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Folks enjoyed the social hour; 
locals interested
in the topic and local chemists
 mingling 
over delicious craft beer
and clam chowder and salad.

Jack Driscoll, PR Chair of the 
NortheasternSection of the American Chemical
Society, kicks off the Q3 #IYC2011 event
with short talk about the
 importance
of the International Year of Chemistry,
an overview of Cape Cod Science Cafes 
Q1 and Q2
and announced the Q4 Healthy Kids Cape
Cod Science Cafe.

Projector and my Sci-Mix poster 
from Denver are ready to go!
Even Buster the dog is excited about 
the Cape Cod Science Cafe 
at Cape Cod Beer!

Jack Driscoll speaks about how critical the STEM program (Science Technology
Engineering & Mathematics) is for encouraging impressionable students to pursue these disciplines and his experiences with chemistry outreach with K-12 students during the International Year of Chemistry.


Todd Marcus turned out the lights, took the mic and engaged the crowd with his
presentation. He even made special chemistry slides specific to this audience!

We had 55 attendees at this event to learn about sustainability, making, sampling of craft beers. You could tell that we had number of chemists from NESACS in the audience from the chemistry questions asked during and after the talk. 


That’s right folks, I asked the Brewmaster to sash-up: go chemistry ambassadors!

My friend, Nancy McCormick-Pickett commented (see below) on my Facebook post (see above)

Nancy McCormick-Pickett That’s terrific! Another Chemistry Ambassador.
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