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Gazette Premium Content Science on Tap coming to Colorado Springs

By Carol McGraw Published: September 17, 2013

If you like your science education with a beer or two, there's a program called Science on Tap that will be held during the nine-day Colorado Springs Science Festival.

Two Lewis-Palmer High Schools students, who are winners of the regional and state science fairs, are going to be hanging out a bit at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse 6:30 p.m., Oct. 7.

Rebecca Bloomfield, freshman, who was a first-place grand state winner, will discuss: "A Slippery Slope: The Effects of Remediation Treatments on Post-Fire Sedimentation," and Jenna Hartley, a senior, will discuss her regional winning research project on Cystic Fibrosis.

The festival flows from the Colorado Springs Science Center Project.

The non-profit project group is working to create a regional science center downtown.

The festival will be held Oct. 5 through Oct. 13. Programs will be held at venues all over Colorado Springs, and as far away as Pueblo and Woodland Park.

More than 10,000 are expected to attend.

This is the fifth year of the festival, which now has a paid director.

"It's a big step," said John Poss, who holds that post.

Colorado Springs is a perfect place for a science center, Poss said, being a military and commercial hub to many "big science players." The science center could bring in millions of dollars to the community in tourist and exhibition dollars, he said. The organization hopes to have a center downtown in the next several years.

The festival is an example of how popular science is here, he noted.

The kickoff event Oct. 5 is the Cool Science Carnival Day at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 80 booths, including interactive programs and guest presenters including astronaut Leroy Chiao, who will discuss photography and his experiences in space; Jim Paradise, a NASA solar system ambassador who will give the latest on discoveries in space; and Bruce Black, who will show kids some neat science tricks, and a show by U.S. Air Force Academy professors called "Physics is Phun."

There's something for everyone, from Rubik's cube competitions, to classes on distillation of whisky, wine-making and beer brewing, to programs on snakes, bears, bison and mountain men, as well as rocket launches, radio-controlled airplanes and stargazing sessions.

Unique this year at the festival will be several programs on Antarctica, delving into geology, geography and history. There will be a showing of the documentary "A Year on Ice," by photographer Anthony Powell, who spent 10 years researching the continent. His program is at 3 p.m., Oct.6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Reservations are suggested for that event and for others that fill up quickly.

Some of the support for the festival comes from Colorado Springs Science Center Project,, Cool Science, The Center for STEM Education at UCCS, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, National Space Sciences and Technology Institute, Agilent Technologies, The Lane Family Foundation, and Alfred H. Sloan Foundation.

A list of all the festival events can be viewed by visiting cssciencefestival.org or csscp.org.

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