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We are a local chapter of a national network of Science Cafes created by WGBH Boston, the producers of the NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW programs for public television. We meet monthly for fun, casual discussion of various topics of real science. We invite a guest scientist to lead the Q&A portion of the meeting--you get to ask your questions, and the expert provides the answers! Children age 5-12 are welcome to attend with their parents; our Kid's Cafe meets in an adjacent room where we provide a science lesson (related to the adult disucssion) and fun, hands-on activities to help make learning science fun! Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided while they last.

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Let's Meetup and Talk About Mars InSight

Bearden Branch Library

NASA's InSight is the eighth spacecraft in history to successfully land on the Red Planet. After a journey of only 204 days from blastoff on Earth to touchdown on Mars on November 25, 2018, it began its mission with two goals to accomplish. First, it will study the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets by investigating the interior structure and processes of Mars. Second, it will determine the present level of tectonic activity and meteorite impact rate on Mars. In March, InSight began drilling into the surface of Mars and transmitting its data back to Earth. In May, the STFK Science Cafe is excited to welcome planetary geologist Bradley James Thomson from the University of Tennessee to discuss the spacecraft, the mission, and the story of Mars unfolding before us! Dr. Thomson is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. This STFK Science Cafe meeting will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at the Bearden Branch Library located at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Papermill Drive. The library's street address is 100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902. The meeting is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome! Seating is limited, so please RSVP today! Children age 5 to 12 are welcome to attend with their parents, and we will have a science lesson and some fun activities planned for them in the children's section of the library. This is called Kid's Cafe, and it is also FREE to attend. We want to encourage young people to get interested in studying science, so if you know of a parent who would be interested in bringing their children, please share this invitation with them! It is helpful to our Children's Director to know how many children are coming and their ages, so please provide this information by e-mail when you RSVP. The address is [masked].

Let's Meetup about Summertime Cicadas and Tips for Science Authors

Six species of summertime cicadas will be buzzing away in the trees in July. Stephen Lyn Bales wrote about them in his first book, and he will be coming to talk about both the insects and about non-fiction writing on science topics. We expect this meeting to be very popular, so we are providing you with two opportunities to participate! The first is Thursday evening, July 11 at Bearden Branch Public Library. The second is Tuesday evening, July 23 at Zoo Knoxville. The time of both meetings is 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. The STFK Science Café is FREE to attend, and complimentary refreshments are provided.

Let's Meetup about Summertime Cicadas and Tips for Science Authors

The Knoxville Zoo - Lee Congleton Conference Center (LCCC)

Six species of summertime cicadas will be buzzing away in the trees in July. Stephen Lyn Bales wrote about them in his first book, and he will be coming to talk about both the insects and about non-fiction writing on science topics. We expect this meeting to be very popular, so we are providing you with two opportunities to participate! The first is Thursday evening, July 11 at Bearden Branch Public Library. The second is Tuesday evening, July 23 at Zoo Knoxville. The time of both meetings is 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. The STFK Science Café is FREE to attend, and complimentary refreshments are provided.

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