Science

For the past eight years, Menlo Park resident Shosh Cohen has been mentoring the Space Cookies, an all girls robotic team that draws from all over the Bay Area. Her goal for the fall: get more local  girls involved.

“Our founding sponsors are NASA and the Girl Scouts, which is where the name Space Cookies comes from,” Shosh explains. “Our lab is at the NASA Ames Research Center.

“We compete in First Robotics Competitions. The focus is on big robots. It’s a very supportive environment — and just girls!

There will be two informational sessions and workshops aimed at rising Freshman girls to meet current Space Cookies, learn about building robots and how the group works to inspire girls to be leaders in STEM. The first session is August 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and the second session is on August 30, also from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Sign up online.

Shosh emphasized that no experience is necessary. “Everyone gets the same training during the fall,” she says.

Once the robot is built, the Space Cookies do a lot of community outreach. “They enjoy demoing the robot and talking to little girls,” says Shosh. “Of course they like the competition and winning, too!”

Photo of Isabella (on the right) and Ilene with Jo (after Jo March) the robot courtesy of Space Cookies

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SLAC scientists invent low-cost emergency ventilator and share the design for free

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have invented an emergency ventilator that could help save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Using standard parts that cost less than $400, the ventilator could be an affordable option when more sophisticated technology […]

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Mad Science: Movie Special Effects is library offering for kids on Aug. 12

In this high-energy science presentation, children will learn how to create special effects sounds and watch how science can create super heroes! They will roar when they find out what a dinosaur sneeze and polymers have in common, and they’ll be amazed with gravity defying feats and air pressure experiments! The program will take place […]

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SLAC and Berkeley Lab team up for virtual summer program accelerating girls’ engagement in STEM

SAGE-S (Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement in STEM) is a one week summer program for public high school students (age 14-17) which aims to foster innovation, creativity, and collaboration in young women who have limited exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Ninety-eight students, representing 42 northern California public schools and speaking 18 different […]

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SLAC joins the global fight against COVID-19 – Part 2

Editor’s note: The is the second installment updating SLAC’s research related to COVID-19. As part of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park has re-opened some of its facilities for essential research on the atomic structure of the virus and how it interacts […]

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M-A student Audrey Ha is USAID Science Champion

We featured Audrey Ha during the last school year (2018-2019), when she conducted a behavioral science research project on fostering racial tolerance in U.S. high schools and won first place at the California Science and Engineering Fair. This school year (2019-2020) she conducted Phase 2, which was an international study examining how racial biases change […]

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SLAC joins the global fight against COVID-19 – Part 1

As part of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Parkhas re-opened some of its facilities for essential research on the atomic structure of the virus and how it interacts with potential treatments and vaccines. SLAC scientists are also leading the development of global standards […]

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Dr. Kari Nadeau seeks to end food allergies

Pediatric allergist Dr. Kari Nadeau (pictured center above) understands allergies not just from her medical training but from first hand experience. “I grew up on a houseboat in New Jersey and became allergic to molds,” she says. “That led to terrible asthma attacks. At times, my life was terrible.” As a teenager she began to […]

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Next USGS public lecture focused on surface mapping using cloud-based remote sensing

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A day in the life of X-ray laser coach Siqi Li

Taking on a major project as a new hire at a world-renowned national laboratory would be daunting for some, but not for Siqi Li. As an associate staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, she actually prefers to work on several projects at once. “To me, it’s enjoyable […]

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Mad Science Fun Station comes to Menlo Park on Jan. 26

Students in grades 2-6 maye not believe their eyes at the Mad Science “Do You See What ‘Eye’ See” fun station coming to the Belle Haven Branch Library (413 Ivy Dr) on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn how your eyes and brain work together to process images, and take home a […]

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