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Summer Schedule

May 3rd Science Sunday at Jimmy’s 11-3pm
May 9th Amazing Challenge at The Bodega 5:30-?
May 10th Science Sundays at Jimmy’s 11-3pm
May 17th Science Sundays at Jimmy’s (adult program) time?
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 in Music-Jewish Community Center, Aspen-Harmonics in Music and Science 6-7pm
July 28th Pitkin County Library. Aspen 1pm
July 29th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics
July 30th Aspen City Day Camp
July 30th Science in Music-Jewish Community Center, Aspen-Evaluating Musical Instruments 6-7pm
August 5th BBQ-Aspen Center for Physics 5-6:30pm
August 5th Aspen Senior Center 2-3:30
August 6th Science in Music-Jewish Community Center, Aspen-Neuroscience of Music 6-7:30pm
August 9th Street Fair Paepcke Park 10am-4pm
August 12th Stargazer and Ice Cream Social-Aspen Center for Physics 7:30pm
August 13th Science in Music-Jewish Community Center, Aspen-Pianos: How they work 6-7pm

October 3 Energetics Ed Day at RFHS time?

Summer Programs

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.

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.

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.

Latest News and Events

Science Sundays @ Jimmy’s Restaurant

Posted on April 14, 2015


The families and kids who participate in the the Aspen Science Center's Science Sundays at Jimmys Restaurant on May 3rd, 9th, 10th, and 17th will carry away a  passion for science and for the pursuit of learning. They will learn how and why things work the way they do through experiments and observations.  They'll see that science isn’t just lab coats, test tubes and owl pellets. Science is like magic, it touches almost everything we do on a daily basis. When someone watches television, puts on makeup, or measures something, there’s science involved.”

Jimmy Yeager says “For me, applied mathematics and related scientific fields are incredibly interesting and when I see how foods are made and the chemical reactions involved in cooking, I see a real marriage of science and art.”


Science Cafe

Posted on March 25, 2015

Topic: Condensed Matter: Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter
Wednesday, March 25th
Wheeler Opera House ~ Aspen

4:30 pm - Physics Café
5:30 pm - Physics Lecture


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 Star Gazer, Ice Cream Social
The Star Gazer Returns to The Aspen Center for Physics

On August 6th  Kids BBQ will be a Star Gazer event at 7:30 pm at the Aspen Center for Physics, 700 West Gillespie Street on the dead-end corner of 6th and Gillespie. The evening starts with an ice cream social with ice cream prepared by physicist and their assistants using liquid nitrogen. Everyone will then be able to sample this culinary delight. This will be followed by stories of the heaven told by “Spellbinder” story tellers. and Astrophysicists. The evening will conclude with an opportunity to view the night sky through  a host of telescopes provided by the Three Rivers Astronomy Club.


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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