Please join us for an out-of-this-world evening to support the next
Join the fun...
Become a Science
Please join us for an out-of-this-world
evening to support the next generation
of innovators in Lane County
Please share your
family's moments of
discovery with us!
Thursday, April 23
5:30 - 9 pm
Your experience includes:
choice of dinner entree
complimentary wine and beer
silent & live auctions
space-themed photo booth
entertainment by The Old Lost Neuron Ramblers
musical number by the 2014-15 SLUG Queen
Bulbus Slimebledore and his planetary guests!
Learn More or Reserve Now!
Proceeds benefit children's programs at
Science Factory, Nearby Nature & Thinkersmith
We are thankful for our Scientifically Speaking sponsors
and supporters: Cafe Yumm!, Broadway Apothecary,
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC, K Ridley Technology,
University of Oregon, Banner Bank, Eugene Active 20-30
Club, Sid Voorhees and team, King Estate Winery and
This Month in the Planetarium
Weekend Schedule: Each Saturday & Sunday
Playing through April 26
Guest Speakers Under the Stars
April 4: All About Higgs Boson
Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize for predicting the existence of the Higgs
boson particle. But what exactly is the Higgs boson and why should you care? This entry-level
particle physics talk unlocks the mysteries of this monumental discovery.
April 11: Faint Starlight and Secrets of the Universe
Veteran outreach presenter Rick Kang takes us through an interactive program that describes
starlight and how it is used by scientists. First, invent and investigate technologies to gather and
measure the starlight. Then learn how brightness, color, and position of incoming light is
translated to describe the velocity, temperature, size, composition, and other features about very
April 25: Photographing
Join John Flinn to see spectacular
photographs of one of the most beautiful
natural phenomenons, aurora borealis,
also known as the northern lights. Learn
his process and take in his stunning
Thanks to Eugene Astronomical Society
for co-sponsoring these presentations.
Girls' Science Adventures
April 11, May 9, June 13
We still have some room in the last three GSA sessions. Girls in grades 4 - 6 get to see
University laboratories and get a behind-the-scenes peek at research happening in our own
community! Find out more.
Summer Science Adventures
June 21 - August 22
We think stimulating + scientific summers are
the way to go. Science Factory has 9 funfilled weeks of Summer Science Adventures
planned for your kiddos, ages 3 - 14,
beginning June 22! Check out our full
schedule online and get a jump start on
planning the warm months
ahead. Scholarships are available for those
with financial need.
Tot Discovery Day: Balloon Bonanza
April 3, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon
$10 parent/child combo. $2 each extra child. FREE for Science Factory members.
Balloons! They're not just for parties! Sponsored by SELCO.
April 4, Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm
Activities included in Exhibit Hall admission.
What do cancer-fighting drugs, advanced computer chips, and
stain-proof pants have in common? Nanotechnology!
Earth Day Open House
April 19, Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Free admission for all!
We combine our love for planet Earth with our love of
community. Everyone receives FREE ADMISSION
to our Exhibit Hall and planetarium during this bi-annual open
house - a great way to introduce family and friends to the
5th Annual Scientifically Speaking Gala
April 23, Thursday, 5:30 - 9 pm
Our annual Gala presents Tariq Malik, Managing Editor at
space.com. Guests are invited to help us celebrate space
exploration and science learning opportunities for children in
Lane County, and beyond!
Eugene Mini Maker Faire
June 13, Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
CALL for MAKERS: We're on the hunt for hackers, tinkerers, hobbyists, builders, artists,
crafters, and do-it-yourself-ers of ALL types to participate in the 2015 Eugene Mini Maker Faire
in June. Fill out your application online to let us know your showing off your project!
Football is a beloved pastime in Eugene and you don't have to miss out on
the action. Purchase a premium parking spot for the 2015 Ducks Football
season at the Science Factory!
Family-friendly tailgate environment
Easy walking access to Autzen Stadium
Guaranteed spot, regardless of arrival time
Discounts for UO Alumni
Tasty food truck options on site
Membership to the Science Factory & ASTC
Early purchase discount ends May 3
OUR DONORS ROCK
Big thanks to the following individuals for their support last month: Julie Baker, Julie
Foster, Susan & Steven Gordon, Nadav Lester, Teresa Maitlen, Jay Moseley
and Jack O'Donnell.
We appreciate Thermo Fisher Scientific for sponsoring the 2015 Summer Science
Thanks to Moss Adams employees for their Blue Jeans Friday contribution in March.
We are thankful for supporting members Marta & Peter Powers.
Kudos to University of Oregon, Melva & Shawn Boles, Monica Careaga Houck,
Joan Gold Cypress, Judith Eisen, K Ridley Technology Corporation, Catherine &
David Rainwater, Matt Sayre and James & Sarah Weston for supporting the 5th
Annual Scientifically Speaking Gala.
Round of applause for the following in-kind support for the Scientifically Speaking
Gala: Don & Linda Brown, Monica Careaga Houck, Noelle Dass, Dutch Bros.,
Cenya Eichengreen, Sherry Gerstein/PaperGirl, Heritage Dry Goods, Houston
Museum of Natural Sciences, Alden & Marian Jayes, Jerry's Home Improvement
Center, K Ridley Technology Corporation, Tish Larsen, Richard Loescher/AKA
Ricardo the Remarkable, John Lyngdal, Deb & John Murray, OMSI,
Passionflower Design, Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Surftides Resort, Sweet Life
Patisserie, The Dancing Weasel Toy Store, The Shedd Institute, The Washburne
Cafe, Three Rivers Casino & Hotel, Vernier Software & Technology, and Willow
CHEERS FOR VOLUNTEERS
Thanks to Exhibit Guides who enhanced the visitor experience last month: Adriana
Austin, Michelle Chan, Kaleah Holmes, Laura Kaiser, Ethan McOmie, Kyle
Nielsen, Aaron Phillips, and Dylan Troyer.
We appreciate Kaleah Holmes, Laura Kaiser, Steve Scarborough, Dan Rockwell,
Ryan Hass, Melissa Scarborough and Alessandra Weiss for assisting with special
events in March.
Round of applause for Justin Edwards, Ryan Haidar, Maia Kosek, Delainy Myers,
Joe Rodini and Hannah Vaughan for supporting workshops during spring break.
Big thanks to planetarium support from Rick Nelson, Jim Schmidt and Mike Smith.
We are thankful for LeeAnn Hansen for lending a helping hand behind-the-scenes at
the Science Factory each month.
We are grateful to Team Duckling for participating in March's Tot Discovery Day and
leading the activities for Living Lab Day.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
it's a brand new year of science fun with:
Ken & Lisa Braun, Ryan Brockey, Sarah Callegari &
John Seabourne, Jacob Ewing, Brandon & Jessica Ferguson, Jose &
YadiraFlores, Amanda & Bob Forester, Cara & Grant Gilchrist, Ben
Ginsberg, Brandy Gordon, Amy Grainger & Josh Chadwick, Annie &
Brian Greig, Crista & Jason Harter, Jaime & Andy Hock, Samantha
Hopkins & Edward Davis, General Chad Stewart Howard & Kristen
Howard, Adam & Kirsten Hughes, Moochoel Jeong & Dongjin Lee,
Jesse & Katherine Kennedy, Elizabeth & Justin Killam, Amy Lakey,
David Van Datta, Melissa Lanham & Anthony Willey, Samuel Lau &
Heather Dennis, Heather & Robert Leever, Robyn & Kyle Loader,
Todd Longgood, Lance & Nordica MacCarty, John & Barbara
McConnell, Sara & Nolan Melendrez, McRey & Joellen Moyer,
Tammy Nezol & Peter Verrey, Maleesa & Loren Nussbaum, Michael
& Cora Parker, Elise Peltier & Ian Baines, Katie & David Pitt,
Shannon & Raymond Price, Mark & Honeylene Ramirez, Sam & Terri
Ramos, Alisa Riel, Brent Roberts & Lori Hazel, Brandy Rodtsbrooks,
Chris Roethle & Jenn Kepka, Terese Rowe & Erin Flefel, Todd & Kim
Singleton, Sarah & John Sparks, Vicki & Jeremy Spear, Anna & Seth
Sponcey, Kari Stoddard & Jason Jasper, Anongnadda
Tangmongkolsuk, Jake & Linsay VanderVeen, Melissa & Justin
Vaughan, Laura & Ronald Vearrier, Evan & Alishia Wicks, Danae &
Tim Winder, Vince Woods
We hope you've enjoyed this issue of the Science Factory eNews. If you have thoughts,
feedback, questions or just want to say hello, please email us at
We hope to see you soon!
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