Science

Longway Planetarium's Traveling Sky Dome

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 we are inviting you to cast your eyes upward. Flint's Longway Planetarium's traveling program is bringing an inflatable dome of state-of-the-art video technology to our library, immersing the viewer in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Participants will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over Michigan. With the aid of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

There will be one show, repeated three times according to the schedule below. Each show is approximately 30-40 minutes. Please sign up for only one of the time slots. Registration is required for ALL participants. The program is appropriate for patrons aged 5 and up.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 7 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Community Room Registration required.
Monday, August 7 - 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM Community Room Registration required.
Monday, August 7 - 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Registration required.

So what happens when you tell leaders that they can definitely--right now - reduce the number of children who have asthma attacks, save thousands of Americans from dying of respiratory disease, cut energy bills, increase the security of our energy supply, make it easier for everyone to get around town, increase the number of jobs in their community--all while increasing the long-term stability of the global climate?  In these times, when it's less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet.

Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, August 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room Sound Frequencies of a DJ Registration required.

World Lizard Day

lizard

Leapin' lizards, it's World Lizard Day, and we're going to celebrate with a visit from some scaly friends from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  Experience seeing live lizards up close and expand your knowledge about these interesting reptiles.  No registration is required.  This program is for ages 6 and up.

Lizard by Sergy G (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 14 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room

STEM Saturday

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • Saturday, July 29 - Taste - Put your taste buds to the test! Learn about how your sense of taste works by consuming a sweet treat. Registration is required.
  • Saturday, August 12 - Graphs and Charts - Pi charts, bar graphs, Venn diagrams, and more. Plot a course for comprehension of these visual aids. Registration is required.

 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, July 29 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Taste Registration required.
Saturday, August 12 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Graphs and Charts Registration required.

The month of February is Black History Month in the United States. Check out a biography about a famous black inventor or scientist and learn how their contributions have changed the way we live.

Simple text and illustrations explore the life of African Canadian inventor Elijah McCoy.

Presents the life of the astrophysicist, including his childhood in the Bronx, his academic career, and his status as a scientific expert.

STEM Saturday: Bridges

Mackinaw Bridge at Night

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. This month, learn about bridges, how their structural supports function, and then work to design the strongest bridge out of household supplies. Registration is required.

Image of Mackinaw bridge at night by J Dykstra is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Richard Feynman once quipped: "Time is what happens when nothing else does." But Julian Barbour disagrees: if nothing happened, if nothing changed, time would stop. For time is nothing but change. It is change that we perceive occurring all around us, not time. In fact, time doesn't exist. In this highly provocative volume, Barbour presents the basic evidence for the nonexistence of time, explaining what a timeless universe is like and showing how the world will nonetheless be experienced as intensely temporal.

What do snowflakes, mirrors, and the universe as a whole have in common? Physicist Dave Goldberg takes readers on a warp-speed road trip guided by the notion that while randomness may seem to rule our lives, it never seems to erase an essential orderliness. Space, time, and everything in between in our elegant universe - from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies - are shaped by hidden symmetries

pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. 

"The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics -- relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational -- have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe.

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