Paul Doherty dropping a baseball that falls at Martian acceleration, on stage at a Cafe Scientifique in San Jose Costa Rica.
I was invited by Alejandra Leon of Cientec to present a Cafe Scientifique about recent discoveries on Mars.
At the Cafe Scientifique I discussed Mars with patrons in Meridiano al Este, a night club. It was a relaxed and fun way to do science. I began on a stage by showing movies and images from scientific missions to Mars.
Here are the images I used in my presentation. Mars
On stage I was joined by Dr. Pedro Leon a well known Costa Rican geneticist, we had a fun discussion about the possibility of finding life on Mars and also about life in the universe.
After the stage presentation, I dropped down to a table among the audience where I let them experience Mars, the smell and taste of carbon dioxide plus other experiments.
The hands-on explorations led to questions and discussions.
Sometimes small groups had their own discussions of to the side.
Here's the Cafe Scientifique team.
The Cafe was a wonderful experience for me. I loved the interactions it inspired with people who are interested in science. I hope I can create a Cafe Scientifique at the Exploratorium in the near future.
Thanks to Jacks for sponsoring this event and to Cientec for inviting me to participate.
Scientific Explorations with Paul Doherty
2 Sep 2004