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DAY 5: What’s On Tap on Sunday? (WSF 2016)

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Five fascinating days of full science celebration culminate on Sunday with a variety of fun events tailored for the next generation of scientists. Street Science turns the Kimmel Center into a larger-than-life laboratory full of experiments and demonstrations primed for hands-on learning. (Due to the wet weather forecast, Street Science will now take place indoors.)

Cool Jobs will showcase just how fun a day job can be when you get to wake up every morning and think about how to build 3D homes on Mars. Then, Alan Alda will reveal the winners of the annual Flame Challenge, which tasks accomplished experts with answering a question in terms an 11-year old can understand. This year contestants wrestled with this question: What is sound?

The fun continues inside Grand Hall where a group of accomplished writers and directors take the stage for a conversation about creating engaging entertainment featuring fascinating scientific discoveries.

Here are four programs you won’t want to miss:

1. Street Science

Free and open to all ages, Washington Square Park and the Kimmel Center at NYU play host to dozens of science experiments including mini-helicopters, an insect petting zoo, air cannons, skateboards, and human-scale string art. Wet weather is in the forecast so don’t forget your umbrella. This event will take place rain or shine.

2. Cool Jobs

A NASA scientist prints 3D homes on Mars. An anthropologist solves mummy mysteries. An engineer tests new toys every day. What do these people have in common? A science job!

3. Flame Challenge: What is Sound?

Alan Alda has issued this year’s challenge to the world’s top scientists: What is sound? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a team of communication experts invite the audience to explore what we hear, how we hear, and what that means for different species.

4. Epic Stories of Genius: Science on Stage and Screen

Join Alan Alda, Matt Brown, Alan Lightman, Peter Parnell, and Anna Ziegler for an exploration of how writers artistically and faithfully capture the stories of science and the scientists who’ve made the stories.

Image: Greg Kessler


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