Monday, April 5, 2010

Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch: Science Behind All the Trash Talk

Cal Poly Science Café presents...
"The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch: Science Behind All the Trash Talk"

Featuring: Scripps Institute of Oceanography SEAPLEX cruise members...
Lara Dickens (Science Teacher, Cal Poly SLO alumna - Engineering)
Jesse Powell( Scripps Institute Graduate Student)

We have partnered within our community to offer four age-specific events on this topic!

=> When: Thursday, April 15th, 5 to 7 p.m. hands-on, presentation at 6 p.m. (designed for pre-K to 8th grade)
Where: SLO Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo, SLO

=> When: Thursday, April 15th, 8 to 9 p.m. (all ages)
Where: Downtown Brew Upstairs Lounge, 1119 Garden, SLO

=> Friday, April 16th, 1:30 to 3 p.m. (all ages)
Where: Kennedy Library, 2nd floor Café Lounge, Cal Poly *Special Friday Edition - OPEN HOUSE*

=> Saturday, April 17th, 11 a.m. to Noon (designed for K to 8th grade)
Where: Exploration Station, 867 Ramona, Grover Beach

Science Café is an informal presentation by experts on a subject, which sparks conversations across disciplines. This Café features two scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography research cruise (SEAPLEX) that visited the much-publicized floating garbage heap in late summer of 2009. Jesse Powell is a graduate student at Scripps and Lara Dickens is a high school science teacher and alumna of Cal Poly (Engineering). Their presentations will explain more about the Garbage Patch, the Pacific Ocean Gyre, their expeditions, and how they quantitatively and methodically sampled for plastics and made associated scientific observations. The Café is FREE, open to all ages, accessible, and refreshments will be served! Science Café is a program of the Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, and part of the international movement, Café Scientifique.

Cal Poly Science Café is a program of the Kennedy Library in San Luis Obispo. Special thanks to our co-sponsors for this topic: Cal Poly Biological Sciences; Downtown Brew of SLO; Exploration Station of Grover Beach; Ocean Informatics,Scripps Institute of Oceanography; and SLO Children's Museum.

Please mark your calendars for upcoming Science Cafés:
April 28th, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. "Risk-taking" Featuring Dr. Eduardo Zambrano, Economics department, Orfalea School of Business, Cal Poly

May 12th, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. "The Ethics of Human Enhancement" Featuring Dr. Patrick Lin, Philosophy Department, Cal Poly