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The Scientist just published an article about Sisters Science Club ... and it outlines a spectacular opportunity for new members to "pay it forward." Click here to learn more.
SciArt Contest Opens Again
What kind of diversity does the Sisters Science Club support? Well, the image above is one of the finalists in last year's SciArt contest ... something that rewards students' ability to find and capture science in the art of photography. There are prizes, but the real rewards are found in the doing, and many students discover both new perspectives and new talents. Entries are juried by a panel which includes scientists, engineers and artists, and it's fun for all. Click the image to learn how to enter.
Sisters Science Club's annual Science Fair is in the planning stages again, and this year it looks like it will be better than ever. Click here to see pictures from last year's fair. Plan to attend on February 21 ... even it's snowing like global warming is a complete hoax. Full of science an fun for the whole family!
The Sisters Science Club is a community organization that supports science and math in the schools and community. You can read more about our club in this article in The Scientist; see the list of this year's talks at the Belfry; and discover upcoming events of interest.
Science is everywhere, as is the beauty we can find in it. Oregon has seasons too, and just like the beautiful annual Fall color shows of the Northeastern United States, this time of year brings beautiful scenes to Northwestern eyes as well.
If you'd like to find out how this change occurrs, click here for an interesting, and highly accessible description of both the change and the physics and chemistry that are responsible for it.
And the Flight Science class at SHS has offered several Young Eagles Flights this school year, bringing together volunteer pilots and 18 aspiring new students. Everybody learns & has fun! Click here for more pictures. Click here to learn more about the program.
We are still collecting science-related videos for use in our K-12 Math & Science Advocacy Initiative, and if you come across something that you think might be useful, please use the button below to submit your suggestion. Here's a recent suggestion ... well worth your time!
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Antoine Lavoisier (shown here with his wife and partner Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze) was a pioneering scientist working during a tumultous period in world history. The rapid expansion of "thought beyond belief" during this time caused dramatic changes throughout human society, both technological and aspirational. The period has come to be known as The Enlightenment, and our own democracy is one of the byproducts of new way of thinking.
Lavoisier is frequently cited as the "Father of Chemistry," but his contributions go to the general nature of science as well, moving it from qualitative to quantitative. His work was based primarily on careful measurement of observable facts, and the construction of theoretical explanations of the observations that matched the measurements, regardless of former beliefs. His ideas about conservation of mass, often restated in English as, "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed," though revolutionary at the time, have proven to be correct.
When the French Revolution was at its bloodiest, its leaders rejected science and its practitioners, saying of Lavoisier, "The Republic needs neither scientists nor chemists ..." and he was summarily beheaded. Supression of science can be seen in other times as well.
The scene above shows how science has invaded our school's outdoor school, where students can now examine flora and fauna in great detail using modern tools and techniques. This coming year, they will be able to use a state-of-the-art digital microscope/imager & computer system provided by the Science Club. Watch for pictures!