Free Making Stuff Science Cafe

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Attractions

Invisibility cloaks, a pill with a built-in camera to take video of your insides, clothes that can tell your mood…  Sounds like it’s straight out of Harry Potter, but this is the stuff of the future, or in some cases, the stuff of the present already!

KNME is hosting a free Making Stuff Science Café  event and discussion on the morning of Saturday November 20, exploring the magical developments in material science.

The Science Café will show the program Making Stuff from NOVA scienceNOW by PBS, and speaker Dr. Neal D. Shinn of will lead the discussion about material science in a cafe style atmosphere.

Dr. Neal D. Shinn is from the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories, and he’ll talk about how discoveries in nanostructures translate into the technology we use in the world around us.

Note: Science Cafes audiences are usually adults (see the comment in the box below from the organizer for more info) and the cafes are open to those aged 12 years and up.

I’m especially interested in this Science Cafe subject, as in my previous life as an editor on fashion and textile magazines, one of my beats was covering high tech “smart” fabrics, integrating nanotechnology and other scientific developments. Those ranged from sportswear fabrics that could tell your heart rate, to fabrics changing color according to body or room temperature, to pantyhose that apparently reduced cellulite by massaging tiny amounts of cellulite-busting potions into your thighs. (Not so sure about that last one – it never worked for me!) I don’t know exactly what new inventions Dr Shinn will talk about, but it’s bound to be interesting!  

The Making Stuff Science Cafe takes off its invisibility cloak:

  • When:  Saturday, November 20, 2010
  • Time:  10 am to noon
  • Where:  National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Recommended for adults with an interest in science research and minimum age 12+
  • Cost:  FREE! Reservations required by November 15. 

RSVP to the Making Stuff Science Cafe fast by contacting Rose Poston, (505) 277-2396 or email for a reservation. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The last Science Cafe filled up well before the event date.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE at Southern Blvd.




2 Responses to “Free Making Stuff Science Cafe”
  1. Tania says:

    Thanks for the extra info and clarification Rose! I’ll update the post to reflect this. Tania

  2. Rose M. Poston says:


    Although there is not an age minimum, our attendance consists of 90-95% adults over the age of 45 with many of them current UNM professors, SNL scientists, teachers, retired educators and others with no science background but just plainly interested in hearing about science research in New Mexico.

    I believe that many of our October and November inquiries, from families, came from your posting because parents are asking what the age minimum is for our event since they are wanting to bring children as young at five or seven years old. Since I do not preview the presentation, I would hate to see someone leave early because the research data charts and models are too technical for them.

    If you need to to list what appropriate ages can attend, I would say that our science cafes are open for ages 12 and up.

    Thank you for your interest in PBS and your assistance in getting the word out on our KNME Science Cafes.