Super Science Saturday attracts family-fun-loving crowd

Weather balloon, pingpong ball launch, 3D animations dazzle

November 9, 2016 | About 1,000 people – including the usual throngs of excited children – attended Super Science Saturday at the Mesa Lab last weekend.

"It was a great crowd, but not overly crowded," said Eileen Carpenter of the UCAR Center for Science Education, of the free, annual event.

The NCAR Wizards shows were popular, as were the NCAR 3D visualization laboratory's demonstrations. "The Vaisala weather balloon launch also was a big favorite, and the pingpong bounce was spectacular," Carpenter added.

She also cited the contribution by NCAR's High Altitude Observatory, which had a solar telescope and provided information about the 2017 solar eclipse. "HAO really goes all out and puts a lot of effort into its outreach."

This year’s theme coincided with the major new multimedia climate exhibit at the Mesa Lab. Climate-related activities included a presentation on ozone's effect on plants, a tree-ring activity demonstrating the living record of climate, and a "flubber" glacier display by Boulder-based UNAVCO.

Other activities included modular robotics, the CBS Denver Channel 4 mobile weather lab, Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics, a wind tunnel, solar-sensitive bead making, face painting, and story telling by astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett.

In addition to the Mesa Lab's science exhibits, a new tactile art exhibit was on display in the cafeteria. A public art reception celebrating the tactile exhibit will be held Saturday at Mesa Lab from 1-3 p.m. You may preview the artists' work on the website of the NCAR Community Art Program.

Below are a collection of photos taken at Super Science Saturday by Carlye Calvin:

Balloon launchChemical reactionOzone on plants pingball launchClimate exhibitDropsondesTree ringHAOLightning exhibit

Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer