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Physics Cafés

Join us on selected Wednesdays for informal discussion and Q&A with working scientists! Topics last year included graphene, particle physics, microorganisms and ecology, black hole physics, quantum matter, and dark matter. We bring the coffee and cookies, you bring your curiosity!

Café dates for this year are as follows

  • January 6 and 13

  • February 10 and 17

  • March 9, 23 and 30

  • All cafés at 4:30 pm at the Wheeler Opera House

Special thanks to Carol and Bill Barnhart for sponsoring the cookies and coffee!

Aspen Science Center wants YOU to volunteer!

The Aspen Science Center is looking for volunteers with an interest in having fun with science and sharing their passion with kids!

The ASC STEAM Room (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is opening at the old Crystal Palace in mid-February. The center will be open a few weekdays after school and on the weekends for youth and families to come in and explore different aspects of STEAM.

Activities and experiments in areas such as geometric building toys, car and boat building, art, gravity, Legos, simple machines, robotics, optics, biology, circuitry and many more will be available for all ages to explore. Above all, we need people who want to engage the public with fun science and who believe in our mission of making the many aspects of science understandable, interesting and accessible within our community.

Who would make a good volunteer?  Anyone with a few hours of free time and enthusiasm for STEAM! Volunteers do not need a science background, but should have an interest in learning (we will train you!) and conveying knowledge to STEAM ROOM visitors, from preschoolers to adults.  Seniors, young professionals, college and high school students, and parents can all help! Pair up with a friend or meet new science enthusiasts while helping the Aspen Science Center. We are building a list of volunteers for events throughout the year, so even if this winter doesn’t work for you, let us know if you are interested in helping out!

For more information, please contact us at 970-236-2360 or

The Aspen Science Center is grateful to Mark Hunt for making the Crystal Palace available to us free of charge for the winter season. We look forward to seeing you there soon!

David Houggy
President, Aspen Science Center


STEAM Room @Crystal Palace

The ASC STEAM Room @Crystal Palace will be closing on Saturday, April 9th!  Join us from Noon to 4:00 pm for the GRAND FINALE! Catering by Jimmy's, Aspen Brewing Company and Benzinger Winery. Thank you to Mark Hunt for making our stay in the Crystal Palace possible!


If you would like to volunteer to help at the Crystal Palace, please contact us at

Latest News and Events

The Science of Music - NEW Lecture Series

Posted on June 18, 2015

The Science of Music - NEW Lecture Series

In the summer of 2015, the Aspen Science Center (ASC) and the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) collaborated 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, led this project for AMFS, and ASC board member Bill Frazer, Provost emeritus of the University of California, led the ASC contribution. All programs were at the "enthusiastic novice" level, with no previous knowledge of physics or music theory assumed. The venue was the Aspen Jewish Community Center, located at 4th and Main. AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher hosted.




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 2015

Posted on July 20, 2014

On August 9, 2015 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 30 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.


Physics-is-for-kids BBQs 2015

Posted on June 22, 2014

You're Invited to the "Physics is for Kids" Family BBQs! This unique Wednesday night family Barbeque features a  outdoor picnic for families including a fascinating short talk by a noted physicist aimed at kids and their parents. Learn about science while eating your hamburger and chips! The Aspen Science Center's Physics-is-for-Kids BBQs is co-hosted with and is at the Aspen Center for Physics, 700 W. Gillespie Street, Aspen, CO 81611. Here is the schedule of speakers/experimenters. Wednesday Picnics begin -- 5:00-6:00 food and experiments, followed by a science talks


Cool Jobs & Family BBQ

Posted on June 21, 2014

Cool JObs

Cool Jobs gives kids the opportunity to hear first hand from people who are working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will hear about the wonders of science that these people experience everyday on the job. This year's presentation features a meteorologist, theoretical physicist, physical trainer, geophysicist, and more!

WednesdayJuly 8, 2014  5:00 – 7:00 pm. BBQ starts at 5:00 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm


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