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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.

Important Announcement

Jackie Francis has resigned as Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center. This was a decision she made after much reflection to enable her to pursue other interests.

Jackie has contributed much to the success of the ASC. She conceived and brought to light such programs as Science Sundays, Teen Night, the Master of the Edible Molecule, the Particle Fever movie with David Kaplan last summer, our High School Intern program, etc. Most recently, it was due to her initiative that ASC was granted the Crystal Palace space to use for the winter. ASC is saddened to lose her energy, excitement and enthusiasm. She has made meaningful and lasting contributions to the ASC, and came in at a time when her talents, skills, and community connections were particularly important.

Jackie will stay on in an advisory capacity through November 30, during which time she will be largely focused on documenting everything she knows about our current programs and operations. We are very grateful to her for her willingness to help ensure a smooth transition.

ASC is currently reviewing our staffing requirements, and will make appropriate hires in the near future to ensure our program continuity.


Summer Programs

Fall & Winter Programming Schedule coming soon!

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!



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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