This Year’s Theme:
Mars and Robotics in Space Exploration
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:30am until 5:00pm
Stay tuned for updates!
Carl Sagan Day is a celebration of the life and teachings of Carl Sagan, whose many books, television appearances (most notably Cosmos), and NASA projects influenced a generation of thinkers.
Following the remake of his incredible series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey last year, Sagan’s name is once again a household name. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson has brought the importance of science back to the forefront and has inspired a whole new generation of space enthusiasts.
We have confirmed some speakers for our event. This year we are thrilled to have the following presenters:
- Alan Leipzig: Alan Leipzig’s role as an educator is to teach kids to use the scientific method; to learn how to ask questions and test those questions. He teaches his students to look for hard, empirical evidence to prove a theory, giving them a tool that not only reveals reality, but prevents them from being lied to or fooled if applied correctly.Leipzig has taught students at Seminole Middle School astrophysics, engineering, and robotics. He developed a full-year class in engineering and physics called Rockets, Riddles and Robots. Through this program, Seminole’s students earned 1st place in the 2010/2011 SECME Olympiad. After analyzing science data, school officials realized they were lacking in the area of earth/space science. Leipzip then created the Seminole Starfleet Academy, the only full-year astrophysics course in Florida. In addition to teaching the class, Leipzig also raised money to purchase books and resources.In regards to his teaching ability, the proof is on display through several awards in his classroom. However, his most precious award is from his students, “recognizing him for being centuries ahead of anyone else.”
- Bruce Lazarus: New York City composer and pianist Bruce Lazarus characterizes his music as diverse, concise, architectural, contemporary, and in turn meditative, energetic, humorous, moody, and exuberant.” His works, which include music for piano, solo voice, chorus, chamber ensemble, have often been inspired by astronomical imagery, the poems of Lewis Carroll, and personal involvement in the worlds of theater and dance. His major solo piano work, Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae is widely available for CD/download on Composers Concordance Recordings (Comcon0014) with global distribution by Naxos. He studied at Juilliard where he earned his B.M. and M.M. in music composition.To hear dozens of excerpts and find additional information please visit brucelazaruscomposer.com
- Billy Stover (NASA): Safety & Mission Assurance officer for the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program, is part of the team detailing requirements for crew transportation systems in development with industry.Stover’s experiences are considerable: he started at Kennedy Space Center in 1987 when he was hired as a space shuttle systems engineer with Lockheed Space Operations when the company reset the workforce in the wake of the Challenger accident. He then worked up through engineering roles and positions in United Space Alliance, including as an engineering manager specializing in ground equipment and support systems. NASA approached Stover after the Columbia accident to help rebuild the Ground Projects branch at Kennedy.As part of the center’s Safety and Mission Assurance directorate, Stover has been specializing in the Commercial Crew Program since its inception. Much of his work has gone into understanding and recommending requirements for industry partners to follow to ensure spacecraft and rockets being built to take astronauts to the International Space Station are safe and reliable while at the same time being cost-effective.
- James “The Amazing” Randi: Randi is a world renowned master magician and tireless investigator and demystifier of pseudoscientific and paranormal claims. He is also the subject of the new documentary film: An Honest Liar. Randi was a personal friend of Dr. Sagan and will share stories of their times together. His presentation will give you an incredibly unique perspective on Sagan that you just can not find anywhere else.
In addition to our speakers, we will have several activities for attendees of all ages including:
• Telescopes courtesy of the South Florida Amateur Astronomy Association (SFAAA)
• Face painting
• A human orrery
• Rocket building contest
• Create and wear your favorite planet
• Robotics demonstrations
• Used book sale
• …and much more!
Click here to take a look at some images from Carl Sagan Day 2014.
We are getting closer to November 14th and hope to see you at the Omni Auditorium at Broward College North Campus (building 60) from 10:30am – 5:00pm.