SPARQ Digital Planetarium: The Birth of Planet Earth
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: The Birth of Planet Earth

  • Piner High School SPARQ Center (map)
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Narrated by Richard Dormer.

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

*Includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: Mathamagical Tricks!
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: Mathamagical Tricks!

Prepare to be amazed! In this Mathemagic show you will be exposed to a collection of tricks and illusions to impress your friends. These tricks, however, don't rely on sleight of the hand or deceptive property but instead rely only on the symmetry and beauty of mathematics. We will explore together how some of these tricks work, while others will be left for mystery. Please join Mathematics professor Natalie Hobson from Sonoma State University for this fun and informative evening of Mathematics sorcery

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: IMAX - A Beautiful Planet
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: IMAX - A Beautiful Planet

A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion — a direct visualization of our changing world. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. Narrated by Jennifer Lawerence

*Includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: Extreme Astronomy - ALMA
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: Extreme Astronomy - ALMA

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array is the most complex astronomical observatory ever built on Earth. ALMA has opened a new window on the Universe, capturing never-before-seen details about the very first stars and galaxies, probing the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, and directly imaging the formation of planets. Please join Laura Sparks from the Santa Rosa Junior College to hear and see her summer adventures 16,000+ feet up in the Chilean desert experiencing ALMA. Professor Laura Sparks is one of a very few to have first hand experience with this transformative radio telescope that recently took the first picture ever of a BLACK HOLE!

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: IMAX's National Parks Adventure*
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: IMAX's National Parks Adventure*

National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. 

*Includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: The Stories Coral Tell
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: The Stories Coral Tell

Dive into the Deep Sea with Carina Fish and learn how we explore the past through sanctuary corals. Carina will be discussing “The Stories Coral tell of a Changing Sea”. She will show us the sanctuary corals and the history they document.

Corina Fish is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Her research seeks to understand the Marine Biogeochemical history of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sancturary. Based primarily at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, she also gets to conduct her research out on the open seas multiple times per year. Her research also involves the use of ROV’s (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles). Carina’s accomplishments include Marine Biogochemist, SciComm enthusiast, environmental justice advocate, and PADI Divemaster.

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Journey to Space: Next Stop...MARS!*
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Journey to Space: Next Stop...MARS!*

In the past half-century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop…Mars!

*Each show includes a Planetarium show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: The Fastest Eye on the Sky: The Large Synaptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: The Fastest Eye on the Sky: The Large Synaptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

What is the Universe made of?  In modern cosmology only 4% of the universe is deeply understood, while the other 96%, Dark Energy and Dark Matter, remains a mystery.   The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), currently under construction, will observe billions of galaxies, billions of stars in our own galaxy the Milky Way, as well as millions of objects closer to home in the solar system.  Every night over a ten year survey, LSST will observe much of the night sky, so that every portion of the sky will be imaged nearly a thousand times. In this talk I will describe the LSST observatory and this remarkable set of observations, and how we will be able to “see” the dark portion of our universe in unprecedented detail.

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Dynamic Earth*          Full Dome Presentation
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Dynamic Earth* Full Dome Presentation

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

*Each show includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe:  Pulsars - Lighthouses of the Universe
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: Pulsars - Lighthouses of the Universe

The Universe is full of strange wonders, and Pulsars are near the top of every Astronomers “weirdness list”. These bizarre rotating stars are fascinating…and frightening! Join Steve Smith from the Robert Ferguson Observatory, and Piner’s own SPARQ Observatory, to learn about—and listen to— these extreme objects that stretch the laws of physics to the breaking point!

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Galapagos Islands
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Galapagos Islands

Through time, this forbidding archipelago became the haunt of pirates and whalers, but as more people came to Galapagos, they began to see it in a whole new light.

In 1835, Charles Darwin's brush with these islands became the catalyst for a revolution that would transform our understanding of life on Earth.

From flightless cormorants hunting underwater to giant tortoises courting on the rim of an active volcano, a look at the hidden side of Galapagos, revealing why it is such a fascinating showcase for evolution.

*Each show includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: Collecting Evolution
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: Collecting Evolution

Matthew James is a professor of Paleontology and Geology at Sonoma State University. In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science.  Hear this amazing story straight from the author of Collecting Evolution.

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium:  Dream Big!
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Dream Big!

Dream Big is the first giant-screen film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we head into the 21st Century and beyond.  Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world

*Each show includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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STEAM Cafe: Myths of Astronomy
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

STEAM Cafe: Myths of Astronomy

Much of what we think we know about space comes from film and television, but Hollywood's job is more often to entertain than to educate. In this presentation, Prof. Thomas Targett of Sonoma State University will sort fact from fiction, taking a tour through the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and much, much more!  A brief after Cafe activity will follow. This event counts toward your STEM Level 1 Certificate.  Join us this Thursday November 8th at 7pm in the SPARQ Planetarium!

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SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Humback Whales
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

SPARQ Digital Planetarium: Humback Whales

Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.

*Each show includes a Planetarium Show and Documentary Presentation!

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Fire Ecology
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Fire Ecology

1 year after the Santa Rosa Fires

-Hattie Brown, Regional Parks Natural Resources Manager 

Ms. Brown will be discussing Fire Ecology and how our County Parks are recovering from the October 8th, 2017 fires. Learn how our natural resources are recovering from these devastating fires and how fires can actually be good for habitat and natural resources. A brief after Cafe activity will follow. This event counts toward your STEM Level 1 Certificate. Join us Thursday October 11th at 7pm in the SPARQ Planetarium.

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STEM Symposium
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

STEM Symposium

  • 1700 Fulton Road Santa Rosa, CA, 95403 United States (map)
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Speakers: Students and Staff

Where: SPARQ Center at Piner High School

Posters, projects and presentations will fill this evening as students demonstrate their learning in Science Technology Engineering & Math at our 3rd Annual Symposium. Join us for this exciting showcase and awards ceremony.

 

 

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