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Physics BBQs

Every Wednesday, the Aspen Science Center hosts an outdoor BBQ at the Aspen Center for Physics. These events offer hands-on science learning activities for kids, and an exciting guest lecture that will entertain and engage all ages. Join us this summer starting June 24th at 5pm for food, fun, and physics.

Cool Jobs

Cool Jobs is a presentation featuring people from around the state who will be showing off their crazy careers. We will be exploring their road to scientific success, and looking deeper into their not-so-normal nine to fives. This presentation will be fun and exciting for all ages. This event is happening on Wednesday, July 8 after our usual BBQ.

Summer Programs

June 17th Aspen Senior Center 2-3:30
June 27th Lemonade Day in conjunction with The Buddy Program ,all day at the firehouse.
June 23rd Basalt Library 5:30 pm
June 24th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm
June 30th Pitkin County Library 1pm

July 1st BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm
July 1st Aspen Senior Center 2-3:30
July 2nd Aspen City Day Camp
July 8th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm/Cool Jobs
July 9th Aspen City Day Camp
July 15th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm
July 15th Aspen Senior Center 2-3:30
July 16th Aspen City Day Camp
July 22nd CRMS BBQ-CRMS campus in Carbondale 5-6:30pm
July 23rd Aspen City Day Camp
July 23rd Science of Music-Aspen Jewish Community Center, Harmonics in Music and Science 4-5pm Get Tickets: HERE
July 28th Pitkin County Library. Aspen 1pm
July 29th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics
July 30th Aspen City Day Camp
July 30th Science of Music-Aspen Jewish Community Center, Evaluating Musical Instruments 6-7pm   Get Tickets:  HERE

August 5th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm
August 5th Aspen Senior Center 2-3:30
August 6th Science of Music-Aspen Jewish Community Center, Neuroscience of Music 6-7:30pm   Get Tickets: HERE
August 9th Street Fair Paepcke Park 10am-4pm
August 12th Stargazer and Ice Cream Social-Aspen Center for Physics 7:30pm
August 13th Science of Music-Aspen Jewish Community Center, Pianos: How they work 6-7pm   Get Tickets:HERE

October 3 Energetics Ed Day at RFHS

The Aspen Science Festival is a summer-long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  (STEM) comprised of programs for kids up and down the Valley in cooperation with various Valley institutions. The programs are deeply rooted in the Aspen Science Center’s mission to improve the public understanding of STEM subjects and centered around our belief that STEM education follows most effectively when kids have had the opportunity to experience the wonder of science first hand.
The Festival consists of a Science Street Fair, a Stargazer Ice Cream Social, the Physics BBQs, Cool Jobs, and the Down Valley Science BBQs.
The Festival concludes with the Science Street Fair, a daylong event 10AM to 4PM, August 10, 2014 in Paepcke Park. The Fair features continuous on-stage performances by professional science entertainers and dozens of hands-on exhibits from top universities and science establishments, local organizations, and local educators and students.  

Physics BBQs are held on the campus of the Aspen Center for Physics and start with a yummy BBQ, followed by hands-on experiments and a talk about science.  5:00 - 6:30PM, June 25, July 9, July 30, 2014.

Cool Jobs. Following our usual BBQ, kids have the opportunity to hear first hand from people who are excited about having jobs based on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. They will hear about the wonders of science that these people experience everyday on the job. Aspen Center for Physics, 5:00 - 6:30PM, July 16, 2014

The Down Valley Science BBQs are similar to the Physics BBQs but are held on the campus of Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. The usual yummy BBQ is followed by hands on experiments and a talk about science. 5:00 - 6:30PM,  July 2 and July 23, 2014. 

The Star Gazing Event begins with ice cream made with liquid Nitrogen followed by stories of the stars and ends with star gazing at the Colorado night sky using a variety of telescopes. 7:30 PM, August 6, 2014 (during the Perseid meteor shower) on the Aspen Center for Physics campus.

Latest News and Events

The Science of Music - NEW Lecture Series

Posted on June 17, 2015

The Science of Music - NEW Lecture Series

This summer, the Aspen Science Center (ASC) and the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) are collaborating on a series of lectures and demonstrations on the Science of Music. Alan Fletcher, who is President and CEO of the AMFS and a board member of the ASC, is leading this project for AMFS, and ASC board member Bill Frazer, Provost emeritus of the University of California, is leading the ASC contribution. All programs will be at the "enthusiastic novice" level, with no previous knowledge of physics or music theory assumed. The venue for all lectures is the Aspen Jewish Community Center, located at 4th and Main.

AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher will host. Tickets are $10 per lecture. Bring your curiosity!



Lemonade Day!

Posted on May 3, 2015

Lemonade day in conjunction with the Buddy Program

Come support young entrepreneurs as they learn bussiness skills and management! Kids from all over the valley will set up lemonade stands around the downtown Aspen area to try and serve the best lemonade. The Science Center will be supporting the Liquid Nitrogen Lemonade stand in front of the Aspen Thrift Store. Not only will these kids learn entrepreneurship skills, they will also learn and about the science of thermodynamics, chemistry, and states of matter. 


What is Happening In Aspen?

Posted on February 3, 2015

Aspen Sports Summit

March 27 & 28 2015 at The Aspen Institute

The first annual conference represents a unique concept in bringing together individuals in the fields of health, fitness, the medical industry and sports training. Attendees will obtain a better understanding of some of the critical issues in the world of sports such as concussions, injuries and rehabilitation, cutting-edge improvements in performance training and nutrition.


Star Gazer Event

Posted on July 24, 2014

A Stargazer, Ice Cream Social

On August 12th our eyes will turn to the skys when the Stargazer Ice Cream Social wiil return to the Aspen Science Center. Our usual Physics BBQ will be a star gazing event at 7:00 pm at the Aspen Center for Physics, 700 West Gillespie Street on the dead-end corner of 6th and Gillespie.


Aspen Science Festival - Science Street Fair 2014

Posted on July 20, 2014

On August 10, 2014 the  Aspen Science Festival - Science Street Fair will be held in Paepcke Park. It will be a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows designed to entertain and inspire. On Stage Dr. Kaboom will return again this year and The Dancing Scientist  will explore and amaze with his special brand of science. There will 24 exhibits that cover all areas of science. In previous years you could watch your brain waves or pull DNA strands from strawberry. Others powered electrical device by riding a bike or explored the erosion cased by water as it ran down mountain slopes. Some participants had the opportunity to explore the law of mechanics and electricity and some participants made lava lamp. There was even the opportunity to learn about relativity and gravity waves. This year's exhibitors will bring back the best of the best of the past along with many brand new exhibits.


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