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Livermore Innovation Fair 2018

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Livermore Innovation Fair is a project targeted to bring STEM + Arts excitement in the community. It is a FREE, family-friendly showcase of discovery and imagination that is equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community carnival.

Inspired by the maker movement, hundreds of young STEM enthusiasts will have the chance to build things, get involved in experiments and demonstrations, and take various gadgets for a test drive. Attendees will have a first-person experience in a range of STEAM-related fields, including rocketry, robotics, 3D printing and production, virtual reality, speakers series and others. There will also be food and giveaways. This is an inclusive event for children of all ages and abilities.

We encourage you to RSVP on our Facebook event page to receive updates and Tickets are required for entrance and you will automatically entered for fun gifts throughout the day!

The event will take place rain or shine. If necessary, exhibitions will be covered or moved indoors. Kid Friendly.

Read more about the 2017 press release coverage in the  East Bay TimesThe Independent, and San Jose Mercury News.

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Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging with X-ray lasers

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Presenters: Matthias Frank, Megan Shelby
with Erin McKay, Tracy HS

Proteins are nature’s machines, performing tasks from transforming sunlight into useable energy to binding oxygen for transport through the body. These functions depend on the structural arrangement of atoms within the protein, which was, until recently, only possible to measure statically, in easily crystallized samples via conventional X-ray diffraction. Many physiologically important proteins, especially proteins imbedded in the cell membrane, are notoriously difficult to grow into the large, uniform protein crystals required by this method. In the past decade, X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs), a new type of X-ray source, have begun to come online. Using ultra-bright, ultrafast X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, this technology allows us to measure not only static pictures of protein structure but to record “molecular movies” of proteins in action, even for proteins that only produce small crystals. Once a reaction is triggered, X-ray pulses record “frames” as the protein’s structure evolves.

Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 am and 11:15 am

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information