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!

STEM Certificate Level 1 Certified!

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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:  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!

STEM Certificate Level 1 Certified!

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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: 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!

STEM Certificate Level 1 Certified!

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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!

STEM Certificate Level 1 Certified!

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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.

STEM Certificate Level 1 Certified!

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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