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People and Technology: How Human-Machine Interfaces Benefit Society

St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to Register!

Featured Speaker: Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, & Technology, Saint Louis University

Mechanical engineer, Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D., talks about the human-technology frontier and how engineering can be, and is being, used to design numerous applications of the next generation of technologies, including education, medicine, and consumer tech, that serve people of all abilities.

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How Did Life Originate on Earth?

St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to register!

Featured Speaker: Paul J. Bracher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Louis University

Chemistry professor and Bracher Lab group leader, Dr. Paul Bracher, talks about what we know regarding the early Earth and explores research that tests ideas for the chemistry that might have jump-started the conversion of a mixture of non-living chemicals into living systems capable of evolving into life as we know it. Included is a look at Bracher's NSF-funded research on what life might look like here on Earth and on other planets, if it began in oil.

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Building Your Own Spaceship!

St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Click "Find Out More" to register!

Featured Speaker: Brian Stofiel, Propulsion Engineer; CEO, Stofiel Aerospace LLC

Want to learn how to quickly prototype and design experiments to produce results in an efficient and affordable way? Then this fascinating talk includes information on cubesats, hobby rockets, and large scale rocketry. And demos!

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Astronomy with a Microscope: Studying Stardust in the Laboratory

St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Click “Find Out More” to register.

Almost every element on earth was formed from the heart of a star. Join Washington University Research Professor, Dr. Christine Floss, for an up close look at the stuff of which we are made-- stardust.

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Photosynthesis – It’s Not Just About Plants!

St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Featured Speaker: Chris Kirmaier, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

Almost all living things on earth ultimately depend on photosynthesis for their food and energy resources. Zooming down into a leaf, we’ll find the solar energy engine that powers this abundance of life. And we’ll look at the variety of photosynthetic life that flourishes around us – small to big to weird and just plain amazing.

Join Dr. Chris Kirmaier for an in-depth look at light harvesting in photosynthetic organisms, the primary reactions of photosynthesis, and the electronic structure and photophysical properties of chlorophylls and chlorophyll-like compounds.

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