Science with Dr. Tom

                                  Science with Dr. Tom 

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This programScience_Explosion is FREE but registration is required

 

Get up close and personal with science each month and
help the creatures and systems that rely on Puget Sound
through a handful of hands-on family activities at ESC.

 

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Select Sundays   10:30-noon  Nov – April  

 

Water Testing  – 11/6/2016 10:30 AM to noon             SEE OUR COLIFORM TEST RESULTS

Take a walk on the wet and wild side! Seahurst Park has plenty of wildness to explore and we will begin our water investigations at the top parking lot. Meet Dr. Tom there (he’ll be in the bright, red Jacques-Cousteau hat). Our eyes, hands and noses will help us identify how water interacts with the environment and travels into the Puget Sound.  We will take water samples along the way and talk about how we can keep water that flows into the Sound clean. After our short walk to the Environmental Science Center, we will perform tests on our samples. Nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen and coliform tests are a few of what we will perform and most of them involve fun color changes. For a bonus test, you can bring water from the environment near your house to see if it passes or fails. We hope to see you there for a wet and wild time!

 

Marine Animal Ornaments – 12/11/16 10:30 am
Create your own marine animal decorations with wood cutouts and other art supplies. Base your designs on existing animals or create your own new species! We will discuss the marine life in the Puget Sound to give that unique melding of art and science in your project. Come learn if crabs have gills, whether sea anemones can clone themselves and other fun facts that will help your create your cool creature feature for any season!

 

Alternate Energy – Solar – 01/22/17 10:30 am *
This is a new improved solar energy class with more solar cells and solar panels. Come learn about solar cells; how they work, their limitations and how to connect them to make solar panels with higher voltages or greater currents. We will connect these solar cells together to power LED’s and small motors. You will also learn how to use a basic voltmeter. BP (British Petroleum), the 6th largest oil and gas company in the world, estimates that we have another 53 years of oil left that is easy to obtain from the ground. It seems reasonable that we should learn about, and start seriously thinking about, using alternate energy sources, so join us!

*We have only 10 sets of equipment, so when you register for the class, please let us know if your group can share equipment. If not, let us know how many sets your group will use. We will close the class after all 10 sets of equipment are reserved.

 

Wacky Chemistry – 02/19/17 10:30 am Class is full and registration is closed
There are so many wacky things you can do with chemistry that this class is different each and every time. We will play with water density to answer the question “What happens to rainwater falling on the Puget Sound”? This class will also emphasize (but not be limited to) color in our environment.  Why is water blue? Can plants only grow under green light? We will use Graham Crackers and colored frosting to mix new colors. Measure, mix, dip, pour and make a big mess with us as we perform various wacky chemistry experiments!

 

Water Testing  – 03/19/2017 10:30 am Class is full and registration is closed
Take a walk on the wet and wild side! Seahurst Park has plenty of wildness to explore and we will begin our water investigations at the top parking lot. Meet Dr. Tom there (he’ll be in the bright, red Jacques-Cousteau hat). Our eyes, hands and noses will help us identify how water interacts with the environment and travels into the Puget Sound.  We will take water samples along the way and talk about how we can keep water that flows into the Sound clean. After our short walk to the Environmental Science Center, we will perform tests on our samples. Nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen and coliform tests are a few of what we will perform and most of them involve fun color changes. For a bonus test, you can bring water from the environment near your house to see if it passes or fails. We hope to see you there for a wet and wild time!

 

Guided Squid Dissection – 04/23/17 10:30 am Class is full and registration is closed
RELEASE THE KRAKEN! OK, we don’t actually have any kraken but we do have some market squid that we can dissect to learn about animals that might be the cause of the kraken myth.  Join in this guided dissection to find out if squid have teeth, a brain, or gills like fish, how they swim and other interesting things about them and their relatives.

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 Other programs offered include:

~Wacky Chemistry     ~Color     ~Orca Anatomy     ~Squid Dissection     ~ Water Quality     ~ OpenROV Pilot Training     ~Water Wonders

 

About Thomas Mickel, Ph.D.

Dr. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Biology, an M.A. in Biology, and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also earned an M.S. in Scientific Instrument Design from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics.

Early in his career, Tom was involved in numerous scientific research expeditions. He joined Dr. Bob Ballard (discoverer of the Titanic) on the team that completed the first biological expedition that studied the Galapagos Hydrothermal Vents. Tom has published numerous research papers on mid-water and hydrothermal vent animals.

Tom has taught all levels of students from pre-school through adult. He founded The Science Store, Inc. and developed over 125 hands-on science classes that he brought to schools, libraries and other organizations. Tom is currently developing educational products for children’s museums as well as working with several non-profit organizations to help teach the importance of protecting the marine environment.

 

 

 

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