WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to come up with cutting edge exhibits. School science groups, like the high school's Women in Computer Science Club, will get to show com- munity members what they've been working on and hopefully attract some new members. And there will be unprecedented opportunities for students to get their questions answered. One expert panel called "Meet the Scientists," which was specifically requested by the Wellesley High School science instructors, will allow student attendees to meet one-on- one with STEM practitioners to learn about their career paths. The science Expo is free and open to all. There will be more than fifty exhibits designed to appeal to guests of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors can expect a robot zoo, a planetarium, a satellite building workshop, hovercraft rides, wild and wacky plants from the Wellesley College Botanical Gardens, animals from Drumlin Farm, an aug- mented reality sandbox, a seismograph (earthquake monitor) from the Boston College-Weston observatory group, and as many more cool and crazy things as the planning committee can manage to bring in. There will be a rotating series of world-renowned speakers and panel conver- sations on topics like inspiring women in STEM and sustainability. The amount of value that individuals and organizations have donated to this event is staggering and indicative of the importance people place on the Expo's mission. As Ramaswamy happily reports: "I've yet to have someone turn us down for support and encouragement." But when all is said and done, when the hovercraft has landed and the robots have been packed up, one gets the sense that the organizers will ultimately consider the Expo a success if children walk away from the day wondering simply: how did that work? Or, what will happen if I take this apart? After all, it's this curiosity that is at the core of all science and the core of what the Expo organizers are hoping to inspire. For more information, visit http://wellesleyeducationfoundation.org/wste.php 110 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 f Robots and Satellites and Hovercrafts 104-110_WWMa14_science-tech fair_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 12:06 PM Page 110

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