Our mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.
532 West 22nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Studio Telephone: 213-746-4453
Engineers as Teachers: Luz Rivas
Family Science: Citlali Vasquez-Romas
Parent Leaders: Jose Medina
Curiosity Machine: Benjamin Robles
What We’ll Be Doing: We will be working together to build a model based on this challenge. Students will be working to create three components for a Rube Goldberg space machine: a launch mechanism, and orbit transfer mechanism, and a gravity well that simulates
the orbit. If your child is above 13, we will upload his or her design to the Curiosity Machine for a chance to attend the Gravity Movie premier with Sandra Bullock.
Meet Scientist Dr. Andrea Hodge
Dr. Andrea Maria Hodge is a professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Southern California. Growing up in Medellin, Colombia, she was always fascinated with space travel. During her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering she became aware of the fact that many of the materials needed for space exploration did not exist. This realization led her to pursue a degree in the field of Material Science for which she received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2002. An internship at NASA in 2001 encouraged her to focus her research on the development of new materials under extreme environments such as space. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Professor Hodge attributes her success to the support of her mentors. She is an active member of several engineering societies and an advocate for K-12 STEM education.
Eric Blood received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Since graduation, he has been a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At JPL, Eric has formulated a lunar sample return mission, and tested and operated the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, which landed on Mars August 5, 2012. He is currently working on an Entry, Descent, and Landing technology, Low Density Supersonic Decelerators, which will enable further exploration of Mars.
Meet engineer Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber
Why don’t buildings interact with their occupants? Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Southern California, always wanted to design, build and live in buildings that know who she is, understand her preferences, and act accordingly. Educated both as an architect and civil engineer, Professor Becerik-Gerber uses engineering and computer science to change the way we interact with the buildings that we live, work, study and plan in. She believes that the new generation of smart buildings that are built by the ideas that challenge the norm will change the built environment we live in
Date: Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2013
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Who: Children 3rd-12th grade, parents, siblings, friends, mentors –everyone is invited.
Email: Benjamin@IridescentLearning.org to register