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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers

The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.

Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).

Royal Rumble of Rube
11:30AM-2PM
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.

The Path to Innovation
2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!

I am a Robot!
11AM-1:30PM

Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.

Get Your Build On
11AM-4PM

Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!

Swim With the Fishes
11AM-4PM 

Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.

Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
S.T.E.A.M. Machines
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.

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October 25th, 2014 by Cherry

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The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debuts Oct 25-26!

We are thrilled to announce that STEAM Carnival launches this Fall at CRAFTED at The Port of LA. 
Here’s all the details:

Dates: STEAM Gala: Wednesday, 10/22/14
Student Preview Day: Friday, 10/24/14 (not open to the public)
STEAM Carnival: Saturday & Sunday, 10/25/14 – 10/26/14
Location: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
Warehouse No 10
112 E. 22nd St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
http://craftedportla.com/about-crafted/
Tickets: Early Bird STEAM Carnival tickets are on sale now at http://2bc.io/tickets and are sure to sell out, so get yours today! Ticket updates will be available on the STEAM Carnival Twitter and Facebook pages.

We are so grateful that STEAM Carnival has received so much support from numerous organizations and communities all over the nation. Here in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Knabe, and The Port of LA have also made STEAM a priority with our youth in education and job development. We have received support from these leaders for our inaugural STEAM Carnival event, as seen in the press release found HERE.Please take a moment to read and share with your community!

Get Involved! Want to be a larger part of the planning and event? Become a STEAM Carnival volunteer or mentor! Fill out our Get Involved form and we’ll be in touch with how you can help.

APS Grant News – Two Bit Circus is excited to announce that work has begun on a high-tech mini-golf experience to teach physics to kids of all ages. This project came to us straight from the nation’s capital by way of physicist and mini-golf aficionado Alex Boxer. Alex was awarded a 2014 Public Outreach grant from the American Physical Society (APS) to pursue this physics mini-golf dream in partnership with 2BC. It’s technology meets education meets awesomeness!

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July 23rd, 2014 by Cherry

No not a star but will get to live out my voice actor fantasy thanks to the Nickelodeon booth i get to test out the interactive voice-record room with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Donatello and Michelangelo. Well the voice-record room lets you do a VO for select scenes from beloved Nick TV Shows from the beginning like Rugrats and Spongebobs to their newest TMNT, the Legend of korra, Avatar and more! I’m hoping for Invader Zim and the Ren & Stimpy show but I LOVED the humor and voices from them. Really if I have time I’m going to do them ALL! bwa ha ha (had a Zim moment)!!! Did I mention that you might have the opportunity to pitch an original animated project for their first ever open call???? Nick’s animation development team be at the booth from Thursday to Saturday (July 24 – 26) looking for new shows to greenlight for it’s Global Animated Shorts program! I’m so excited to check out the booth so that I can try the Gif, take photos, pitch a show idea (not sure where i’ll find the time and/or idea but what the heck) and just see how the exhibit booth will look this year! I’m going on a limb and going to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be HUGE but they have such a great roster of shows that everyone will find a beloved show from childhood … well I watch them still (but I’m a kid at heart) that they’ll want to keep as a momento!

So make sure you head over to the Nick booth and get ready to live out your cartoon geek dreams! Who knows maybe you’ll see .. wait HEAR my toon voice and see my idea on Nick!
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June 20th, 2014 by Cherry

If your in SoCal indulge yourself in your favorite chain burrito to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation to bring skate parks to underprivileged neighborhoods.   All kids love to have fun and need an outlet to have guidance and the opportunity for a safe play area!

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October 29th, 2013 by Cherry

OH MY GOB I LOVE the Dixie Chicks and can’t wait for them to come to USA so I can see them again!  If you’re like me counting down the days till they release new music and of course in America you can take comfort from their raising funds for Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives.  It’s a San Antonio, TX foundation chosen by Emily and signed by all three members.  The Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children in crisis and the auction ends on November 12th.

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DIXIE CHICKS


DIXIE CHICKS AUCTION FOR CHARITY

The Dixie Chicks are currently touring across Canada for the band’s Long Time Gone tour and are giving fans a chance to own a guitar played on stage each night of the tour! The Dixie Chicks are auctioning off a guitar Emily Robison is playing each night of their 2013 Canadian tour that will also be signed by all three Chicks. The proceeds benefit Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, an incredible foundation in San Antonio, TX chosen by Emily herself. Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children in crisis. Learn more at www.rmya.org.

Bid now on this signed guitar! The auction ends on November 12.

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October 6th, 2013 by Cherry

Free Fridays: Scavenger Hunt by Yvonne Montgomery and All the Apples are All Gone app

by NOOKBlogEditor yesterday
Categories: Free Fridays

 

Today’s Free Fridays book selection is Scavenger Hunt by Yvonne Montgomery – a heart-pounding novel about an amateur sleuth, and the first book in the Finny Aletter mystery series.

 

Finny Aletter is tired of working as a stockbroker, especially under her brooding and contentious boss – and ex-lover – Elliot Fulton. But when her superior turns up murdered, Finny finds herself off the stock exchange and on the case – alongside the world-weary priivate eye Chris Barelli. Whether the two can work together to solve Elliot’s brutal murder is the next layer of mystery in this thrilling detective tale.

 

 


Today’s Free Fridays App selection is All the Apples Are All Gone – Book A by EvolutionRed, a top-rated education app for young learners that’s part of the Kids Dinosaur Reading Series.

 

The first book in the series, All the Apples Are All Gone follows a young dino on the hunt for some delicious fruit, accompanied by beautiful animation and a Read To Me or I Can Read interactive option. Teaching kids morals, coexistence and other important life qualities, All the Apples Are All Gone includes Discussion Topics to bring up at the end of the story, as well as a Read Assist feature for those tricky words and phrases.

 

For more great story apps in the Kids Dinosaur Reading Series, click here.

 


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Yvonne recommends:

 

I’m always looking for a good mystery with memorable characters, and Alice Duncan’s cozy, Strong Spirits, fits the bill. In it we are introduced to Daisy Gumm Majesty, a self-described faux spiritualist who helps her wealthy Pasadena clients by way of seances and tarot readings. Her husband Billy is a wounded WWI vet who doesn’t approve of Daisy’s work as a medium, but she has to support her family while solving the shady doings at the house of one of her best clients.

 

Strong Spirits has the period feel of life in 1920’s California, and we see it with a thoroughly enjoyable Daisy as our guide.

Read more…

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September 28th, 2013 by Cherry
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When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Where: Culver Studios, Culver City, CA 90232 Buy Tickets

Decadent and delicious, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, now in its fourth year, brings superstar chefs and mixologists from around the globe to Los Angeles to lend their support to ALSF and the fight against childhood cancer. View Chefs Participating in the 2013 Event!

General admission tickets: $175/each Meet and greet tickets: $1,200 each (includes ticket to chefs dinner on Sept. 27, access to a Top Sponsors reception prior to the event, and early admission including a behind the scenes tour of the event to watch the chefs prepping) Children under 12 receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.

Each chef and mixologist prepares a signature dish for guests to sample. Guests have the opportunity to stroll the lawn of the historic Culver Studios Mansion, tasting incredible fare and meeting and even chatting with the chefs who prepared it. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat). The event has raised more than $1 million to fund childhood cancer research, raising more than half a million at the 2012 event alone. The leisurely, fun afternoon of sampling food and drink is interspersed with inspiring childhood cancer hero stories, updates on the Foundation’s quest to find a cure and a silent and live auction of spectacular items, including James Beard Award-wining chefs offering to work their magic in the bidders’ kitchens.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and sponsors receive 10 tickets to a special VIP area with exclusive seating at a named table in front of the live auction and presentation area. “Meet and Greet” ticket holders will also have access to seating.

Fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time.

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October 6th, 2012 by Cherry

Well this Friday’s free friday nook book is Michael Baron’s Spinning and NO it’s not about working out.  Instead this looks like a book that speaks to me at this point in my life.  It seems that everyday brings some new unexpected twist that I have to figure out.  Like a lot of people it’s been everything from love (disappointing dates) to career direction (new path through a jungle full of man eating beasts) and just trying to stay on the path of getting fit.  If it’s not one thing its another and the idea of an unexpected child where that would put me over the deep end!  Reading the description got me thinking what would I do if (God forbid some tragedy happened) where I would have the responsibility of a child.  I know that I would try to do the right thing and that mean not living in Los Angeles (the cost of living is crazy expensive) and I’d want to give a child a good life.  What changes would you make to your life?  Would you have to take time to adjust?  Would you drop everything and change your life around the child?  Tough questions that really depend on your child rearing theory.  If you think the child is the center of the universe or  children should be seen not heard .. etc ….

 

Free Fridays: Spinning

by JeremyCesarec 12 hours ago
Categories: Free Fridays

 

Michael Baron’s The Journey Home was one of our most popular Free Fridays titles yet. So I’m extra excited to announce today’s selection is his equally-impressive novel, Spinning.

 

Those who enjoyed the complexity and deeply-felt storytelling in The Journey Home will find the same elements in Spinning. This time, Baron introduces Dylan Hunter—a man in the prime of his life who has everything he’s ever wanted. With a successful career, a string of adoring women and a great group of friends, Dylan is living the high life. Thanks to his golden tongue, he’s able to get himself (and his high-paying clients) out of any tight space, with a little ‘spin.’

 

Then a former girlfriend comes back into his life, with a  3 year-old daughter in-tow. The girl’s not Dylan’s, but he soon finds his priorities realigned when he becomes her sole guardian. Readers will sympathize with Dylan’s desire to hold on to all of the things his old life afforded, but they’ll keep turning the pages to see if he’ll find peace in this new role he never thought he’d be playing.

 

 

Once you’ve fallen in love with Baron’s heartfelt storytelling, I’m confident you’ll want to read his newest novel, Leaves, available now for NOOK.

 


 

Free Fridays Recommends

 

Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Michael recommends:

 

My publisher sent me a copy of Twelve Months, by Steven Manchester, and I just found it incredibly moving. It’s a story about a guy who finds out he only has a year to live and decides to make the most of every second. I’ve never been one for “bucket lists,” but this book really made me think about what was important and who mattered to me the most. What a powerful novel!

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September 10th, 2012 by Cherry

I’m 50 not DEAD!

Embedded image permalinkFashion is for every age not just the pretty young things in the fashion magazines.  One of the great things about Katie Couric is that she’s always been fashionable and stylish, but age appropriate.

She has a new daytime talk show premiering today Monday, September 10, 2012 that will be broadcast live from New York with a studio audience and will be aired at 3 p.m. in most markets, produced and distributed by Disney-ABC.  I caught her on the Chew (ABC) and saw these fun photos she took with the cast on twitter.  I LOVE that she’s looking so sassy with my girl Carla Hall! I was wonder what she’ll be changing into for her premier episode this afternoon.  I was curious so I checked out her pinterest page to get an idea of what she might be wearing.  I love that it’s going to be dresses and separates, perfect for a woman who has to dress business casual but is still feminine!  Everything from camel to POC (pops of color), choices that are appealing to a wide range of women from petite to plus sizes.  Looking at what’s on her page I want to buy EVERYTHING!  A colorful trench coat, wide legged pants, great fall handbags and the dresses are to die for!  I’m so happy that Katie will be wearing dresses to remind women we don’t have to dress like a man to be professional!  I’m tired of suits and being made to feel like I’m not professional if I’m wearing a fashionable outfit!

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Heck fashion is for everybody!  New mothers, Plus size beauties, women battling health issues and well women all of ages want to look good.  Looking pretty cheers everyone up!  I was so happy to see photos of Cheryl Crow and Jessica Simpson all made up looking like a million bucks.  I can’t believe that Sheryl Crow sang Michael Jackson!!! Who doesn’t love a little tee hee in the morning?  I wonder what classic song she sang of Michaels to get the crowd pumped up?  Jessica Simpson is looking really good after having her baby.  I am really impressed with how weight watchers helped to get her back on track to get fit.  I know so many people (men and women) who’ve lost weight and MAINTAINED the weight loss.  I can’t wait for Katie to ask Jessica how she’s juggling new motherhood with the support of family, working out, her business and love life.

‘This Day’ by Sheryl Crow is the theme song for Katie’s new talk show and it sums up my attitude about being a professional, fashionable woman.  This day, I’m going to wear what I want to work, be feminine, professional and still be a woman just like Katie!

 

 

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September 5th, 2012 by Cherry

Like millions of Americans (OK I don’t know how many watched but it SHOULD be in the millions) I watched the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and I’m FIRED up to vote for four more years!! Hell yes FOUR more years of President Obama and Vice President Biden leading our nation out of the economic mess President Bush left us to fend for ourselves.

I loved how the First Lady cheered on our nation, our military families, kids getting healthy and yes her husband!  If you missed Mrs. Obama speak you can see it at the White House @youtube channel as well as the video of Mrs. Obama with her husband and kids (see video on @youtube)

She GLOWED with love of our country and of her husband.  Her honesty shown from her big brown eyes like beacons welcoming a ship on stormy seas.

Now Mrs. Obama wasn’t the only one who was proud of the policies of her husband especially his leadership in reforming healthcare.  When I saw Stacy Linch speak (@youtube) about her child being SAVED by the affordable health care act well it made me so proud of electing President Obama.  Yes I’ve supported Obamacare because I’ve gone without insurance,  I have family members with pre-existing conditions and my family has a history of cancer.  Like many other people who have family members with health problems we live in FEAR of insurance companies.  Fear that they will refuse coverage, that they won’t pay for coverage and that the cap will make their life miserable.

FINALLY the Democratic Party is going to FIGHT for health care reform and to let people see the people that are affected by insurance problems.  I can’t wait till more people stand up and say that they support and WANT healthcare reform!  I look forward to other people talking about how reform is affecting them as individuals.  We all deserved the right to access to healthcare.  We all want to not feel as if insurance companies have all the power to make life or death decisions all with their eye on the bottom eye despite being paid dividends for years.  Insurance companies won’t do what’s right unless Obamacare stays on the books or people will be kicked off left and right!

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