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SCIENCE AND STORYTIME: Science Books Come to Life

Sunday, June 3, 2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

How are space and sea similar? Is it possible to build a faster paper airplane? Who is Katherine Johnson, and how did she save Apollo 13? What does the vastness of space look like from the confines of a tiny rocket? What makes a beehive–and can you turn the pages of a book into one? This wide range of questions, and more still, will be answered by children’s book authors Lynn Brunelle, Helaine Becker, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Jennifer Swanson, Ken Blackburn, and Mike Vago, who will read from and sign their books while also helping you build your own beehives, rockets, and super-fast paper airplanes.

Science and Storytime is FREE and open to the public. RSVP not required, but encouraged. RSVP HERE!

Program Schedule:

Mike Vago | 11:00AM—12:00PM | Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages
In Rocket, the story of a spacecraft moving through space, the reader pilots a three-dimensional plastic rocket that stays within the pages of the book, moving on an internal track from front to back.

“Science Bob” Pflugfelder | 12:00PM—12:30PM | Nick and Tesla Series
Join “Science Bob” as he introduces you to Nick and Tesla, bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble.

Jennifer Swanson | 1:00PM—2:00PM | Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact
Both deep-sea and space explorers, explains Swanson, have to worry about pressure, temperature, climate, and, most importantly, how to survive in a remote and hostile environment.

Ken Blackburn | 2:00PM—3:00PM | Pocket Flyers Paper Airplane Book
Guinness Record Holder and Air Force aerospace engineer Ken Blackburn takes complicated aeronautical engineering and brings it to the simplest of pastimes, creating a paper airplane.

Helaine Becker | 3:00PM—4:00PM | Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this groundbreaking American woman not only calculated the course of moon landings but also saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Lynn Brunelle | 4:00PM—5:00PM | Turn this Book into a Beehive
Learn all about bees, their struggles, and their importance to the ecosystem, then learn how you can help out by creating a new home.


Jana GrcevichAuthor, Astronomer

Jana Grcevich is co-author of The Vacation Guide to the Solar System, a travel guide to the planets. She holds a PhD in Astronomy from Columbia University, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a data scientist living in New York.

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Olivia KoskiAuthor

Olivia Koski is head of operations for Guerilla Science, an organization that brings scientific discussion to unusual places. She began her career as an engineer researching high power laser systems for Lockheed Martin before moving to New York City to pursue a science journalism master’s at New York University.

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Helaine BeckerAuthor

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of 80+ books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic,” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. Becker’s award-winning STEM-related nonfiction includes Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, Monster Science and Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs.

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Ken BlackburnAuthor, Guinness Record Holder

Ken Blackburn is an aeronautical engineer for the Air Force conducting research in Florida. Blackburn has set the Guinness Record for time aloft for a paper airplane four times, the last being in 1998 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with a flight time of 27.6 seconds.

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Lynn BrunelleAuthor

A four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, Lynn Brunelle has over 25 years experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Brunelle has created, developed and written projects for National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, The Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, World Almanac, Cranium, and PBS.

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“Science Bob” PflugfelderTeacher, Television Personality

“Science Bob ” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, maker, author, and presenter who loves sharing his passion for all things science. He regularly appears on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live With Kelly & Michael, and The Dr. Oz Show.

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Jennifer SwansonAuthor

Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 35 nonfiction books for children. Swanson’s passion for science resonates in all her books. She is the creator of the STEM Tuesday blog and the President and Founder of KidLiteracy, Inc., a literacy nonprofit.

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Mike VagoAuthor

Mike Vago is the creator of several unusual-format books, including The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf and the Journey Through the Pages series. He is also a regular contributor to The A.V. Club.

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