The second Friday of the month, September through May, teens 13-18 are invited to the free Open Minds: Teen Science Café at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 East Franklin Street.
You’ll get to meet scientists and listen to them talk about their work, meet other teens interested in science, and enjoy pizza or another treat.
The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with pizza (or another treat), followed by discussions and activities at 6 p.m. The program may end any time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the scheduled activities.
Morehead is partnering with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. These teen science events are funded by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.
Here’s what’s going on December 14th at 5:30 p.m.:
Harry Potter and the Genetics of the Wizarding World
Teaching Biology through Fantasy, Science Fiction and Videogames
Science is more fun and interesting when it fits into the stories you already love.
From high schools to colleges and universities to fan conventions, large and small, to non-profit institutions like the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution, Duke Biology Professor Eric Spana has been giving talks putting the “science” in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
When over a half a BILLION copies of Harry Potter books have been sold, and over one half of young adults have seen movies starring The Avengers, it is safe to say Science Fiction and Fantasy media fills a spot in many people’s lives. These stories are familiar to many, but how science fits into these stories may not have been obvious to everyone. and Dr. Spana is ready to help. He can’t explain how magic use works in the Harry Potter Universe, but he can explain where Muggle-borns and Squibs come from. And if we were to try to make Captain America today, it would be a combination of CRISPR, gene therapy, and optogenetics (which are some amazing modern biotechnology). The genophage in the videogame Mass Effect looks a lot like a Gene Drive, but the genetic memories in Assassin’s Creed don’t work at all.
This is a two-part discussion. This will focus on Harry Potter Universe but join us in the new year for our discussion on Captain America and the Super Soldier Serum.
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