The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

From time to time the club receives thankyou notes from people, and the one that accompanied this illustration touched us. Our commitment to science education is unwavering, and your contributions are essential if we are to continue to innovate, explore and invest in science education and literacy. Click here to donate!

SciArt 2018 Winner below. Click the image to see the top 10 entries from this year's contest!

The deadline for submitting photos to the 2019 SciArt competition is mignight on March 8. Click here to learn more!

This year's MS & HS Design-Construct-Compete Contest rules are available here! To get a copy of the entry form for this challenge, click here! The rules for the Elementary School DCC Contest are available here.

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The fifth presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled"The Big Picture: Photographing the Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy," and is presented by Larry Price,, Ph.D., on Tuesday, March 26th.

Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station. NICER detected X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole, called MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short), as it consumed material from a companion star. Waves of X-rays formed “light echoes” that reflected off the swirling gas near the black hole and revealed changes in the environment’s size and shape.

And this is the NICER instrument attached to the International Space Station. “NICER’s observations of J1820 have taught us something new about stellar-mass black holes and about how we might use them as analogs for studying supermassive black holes and their effects on galaxy formation,” said co-author Philip Uttley, an astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam. “We’ve seen four similar events in NICER’s first year, and it’s remarkable. It feels like we’re on the edge of a huge breakthrough in X-ray astronomy.”

SpaceX recently launched the Crew Dragon Demonstration flight to the ISS, and the video below shows the its launch while the video below and to the right show its successful return.

 

Save the Date For Future Belfry Talks!

March 26 Dr. Larry Price The Big Picture: Photographing the Black Hole at the Center of the Universe
April 23 Dr. Daniel Lowd Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence: Science Takes on Fake News
May 7 Dr. Bob Collins The Brain, the Mind, and Society
     

 

 

 

Starting in April 2017, international researchers linked radio telescopes around the world, aiming them simultaneously at Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star), the enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy. The goal? To take a picture of a supposedly invisible object in space, the black hole itself. Data from the combined telescopes are currently being analyzed. What will we learn? What will it all mean?

Success will provide the first opportunity to measure directly the properties of black holes, still-mysterious objects which have only been observed indirectly until now. It will provide an incomparable test of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity at extreme values of the gravitational field. And, perhaps most importantly, it should give us important clues with which to construct the still-elusive quantum theory of gravity.

Dr. Price will explain all of this, without assuming technical knowledge, and provide us all with a good framework for following what should be one of the hot scientific stories of 2019 and beyond.

If you read the following quote from NASA, you will appreciate the difficult job Dr. Price has when trying to make these celestial bodies understandable to ordinary folks.

"Most black holes form from the remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion. (Smaller stars become dense neutron stars, which are not massive enough to trap light.) If the total mass of the star is large enough (about three times the mass of the Sun), it can be proven theoretically that no force can keep the star from collapsing under the influence of gravity. However, as the star collapses, a strange thing occurs. As the surface of the star nears an imaginary surface called the "event horizon," time on the star slows relative to the time kept by observers far away. When the surface reaches the event horizon, time stands still, and the star can collapse no more - it is a frozen collapsing object."

Perhaps that's what happened here ...

 

These two videos demonstrate the near-term possibility of US-launched human space exploration ... and many more scientific missions of all kinds. 

The presentation is bound to be fascinating, and I suspect we will all, once again,come away knowing a lot more than when we entered the Belfry. General Admission: $5.00. Teachers and Students are free. Social hour begins at 6, and the lecture starts at 7. See you there!