Biomimicry Art Exhibit and more

As the  S.T.E.A.M adviser to the City of Tempe, AZ I have had the pleasure of working on Biomimicry programming for this summer’s exhibition and the artist is residency program. This project is in partnership with ASU Biomimicry Center. There are activities all summer long. The kick-off is Friday, May 19, 2017, in the gallery at TCA.

 

All workshops are Free and take place in the TCA Gallery

Location: 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281 
Free parking is available for this event at the Tempe Center for the Arts

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

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Local First AZ Fall Festival

This weekend is the annual Local First AZ Fall Festival.   Come join the fun from 10 am to 4 pm at Hance Park downtown Phoenix. I will be there with my family enjoying my amazing AZ community.

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I have been a proud local first member since the inception of this amazing Arizona organization and have donated a piece of art for the auction every year. You can bid now and day of – check it out HERE.

 

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Get outdoors and into water

There are so many ways to play outside – don’t forget about ideas on water.

All outdoor water activities offer a great opportunity to talk with kids about the importance of our water and oceans. Take a look at this infographic from NOAA the National Ocean Service Association.

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Sometimes it’s as simple as a dip in a pool or a day at the beach.

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Other water activities can require a bit more work such as river canoeing or ocean paddle boarding but it is so worth it to get kids connected with all forms of nature.

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National Trails Day

Today, June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®

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Get out to a nearby trail, wherever you are, and get a hike in this weekend. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more. If you are interested in leading or organizing an event, click on the host materials tab to the left for host guides and prep materials.

We are looking at temps of 115 degrees today so that means heading north where is is easily 25 to 30 degrees cooler. No Excuses!

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Local STEAM

I have had the privilege over the last several months to be a STEAM advisor for the City of Tempe to assist on an upcoming family friendly summer series that includes and exhibit and a series of both kid and adult workshops.

 

STEAM

Public Opening Reception: TONIGHT – May 27, 6-9 p.m. | Free

The exhibition runs May 27-Sept 17

STEAM is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education. It seeks  to inspire creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This exhibition features art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make better the lives of everyday people.

Thank you for your support: 

I will be leading a workshop for adult ladies this summer. I list that here first. Then continue to scroll to see all of the kid and adult workshops offered by the City of Tempe around the idea of STEAM.

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July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out
with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Family Workshops

Visit a new Maker Space theme every two weeks! Enjoy these free workshops on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m. in the Gallery.

Bird Sanctuary

Picture3May 28 | Recycled Cardbird Looms
with Madison Creech & Molly Koehn

Cardboard looms can be taken anywhere and made out of any scrap cardboard. Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques.

Picture4June 4 | Birds and Blooms 
with Frank Gonzales

Create a delicate bird and flower drawing with a vibrant splash of you favorite vibrant color.

Insect Lab

Picture5June 11 | Insect Specimen Jars
with Dr. Sangmi Lee

See some live specimens from ASU’s Hasbrouck Insect Collection at the School of Life Sciences and decorate an insect jar of your own.

Picture6June 18 | Frankenstein Moths
with TCA staff

Inspired by the artwork of Alexandra Bowers. Use your mad scientist skills to create and draw a new insect species from different parts.

Body Shop

Picture7June 25 | Hand-Eye Coordination 
with Monica Aissa Martinez

Artists use their eyes, hands, brain and heart. Learn basic anatomy while drawing and making thoughtful connections.

Picture8July 2 | Robotic Hand
with TCA staff

A robotic hand doesn’t need  metal or a computer. Make a moving cardboard hand using bendable straws, string and a lot of imagination.

Maker Cafe

Picture9July 9 | T-Shirt Transfers
with Chandler TechShop

Bring your own t-shirt and create a DIY design that tells everyone how much you love STEAM! (Limited supply of kids and adult tees available for sale.)

Picture1July 16 | 3D Body Scanning & Printing
with ASU PRISM Lab’s Andrew Noble

See a live demonstration of 3D imaging technology and printing.

 

Camera Crazy

Picture10July 23 | Pinhole Camera 
with TCA staff

Did you know that cameras see the world upside down? Learn about optics by creating your own cardboard tube pinhole camera.

Picture11July 30 | Abstract Geo Drawings
with geologist Brad Vance

Rocks aren’t just full of textures and colors on the outside. Be inspired by microscopic images of minerals to create abstract art.

Bridge Challenge

Picture12August 6 | Lego Master Builder

Live demonstration by a master builder from Tempe’s new Legoland Discovery Center. Try your own hand at building a load-bearing bridge.

 

Big Kid Workshops

Why let kids have all the fun at the TCA’s STEAM exhibition? Big Kids like science and art too! Join us for these Friday night events for the 21 and older crowd. Arrive early to grab a cocktail and a snack at  “hello Friday” in the lobby. Then head into the Gallery for an arts and sciences inspired workshop.

Each workshop is Free and takes place in the Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

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June 17 | T-Shirt Transfers
with TCA staff

We’re living in a DIY (do-it-yourself) culture of home remodeling and furniture refurbishing. Why not put your own creative touch on the American classic, the t-shirt!

BYOT (bring-your-own-tee) or purchase one from us. We’ll help you choose a logo on our computer, cut it with a vinyl plotter and iron it on your tee. Walk in with an ordinary shirt and leave looking extraordinary in your new STEAM inspired fashion.

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July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out
with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

 

Game of Clones

I had the privilege of working with Athena Aktipis to design a science communication tool as a way to explain to the public how cancer cheats. It’s called Game of Clones and while cancer is not fun nor funny I believe sharing information on why it is so hard to cure cancer inspires others to join this fight. Or as Athena explains it in her research on cancer shows us it is no longer about fighting cancer – it’s about learning to collaborate with cancer so we can use cancer clones as cooperative team players. If cancer cheats by changing the way business is done, by acting differently in every body it takes up residence in then we have to look at what can we learn from that? Here is a video on how the public game worked, followed by pictures at the public event.

Game of Clones Explanation from Biodesign Institute at ASU on Vimeo.

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Bio Cancer Tent

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If a ten year old had fun at this event and learned about how cancer cheats, they are better equipped. So that at a family event when Great Aunt Marge raises her fists and yells out “why can’t they cure cancer already?” The ten year old can explain it’s because cancer cheat. This is how we win our future . . . .

Las Noches De Las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Garden

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Photo Credit Adam Rodriguez.  Courtesy of the Desert Botanical Garden.

At Laboratory5 we love all things local. When we come across things in our community that we thin sound awesome – we feel we must share them!

During the holiday season, the Desert Botanical Gardens becomes a magical place, illuminating with 8,000 glowing lights at night.  This year, the park will also feature the lighted artwork of Bruce Munro.  Guests will be invited to walk the whimsical paths of the gardens, clutching a warm cup of cider while the sounds of handbells and a mariachi singers fill the air.

What: Las Noches De Las Luminarias

When: November 27th – December 31st, 2015

Where: Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Purchase tickets here.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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