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Adult STEAM Discussion Group Ages 17+

Science | Technology | Engineering | Arts | Mathematics

Delve into ideas about STEAM with other adults as this discussion group digs into diverse topics that affect everyday life.  


Meet to discuss the selected topic on the 1st Monday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Louisburg Library.  Check the schedule below to see if you need to stop by the library to pick up a book or article to read before we meet to discuss the topic of the month.


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2020 Schedule

Social
A fun time to enjoy each others company.
Monday, December 7  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  | 14 E. Amity St. Louisburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Schedule
This schedule is subject to change as needed.

The Great Math Mystery
We will watch the NOVA episode The Great Math Mystery.  A mathematical mystery tour —a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond. It all leads to the ultimate riddle: Is math a human invention or the discovery of the language of the universe?

Monday, January 4  |  7:00 pm  
Louisburg Senior Center  |  504 S. Metcalf Rd, Louisburg

 

Making North America: Origins
We will watch the NOVA episode Making North America: Origins.  The epic 3 billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From the palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to titanic eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.
Monday, February 1  |  7:00 pm  |  TBA

 

Making North America: Life
We will watch the NOVA episode Making North America: Life. How did life emerge on our primeval continent? Why was North America home to so many iconic dinosaurs like T. rex? And how did a huge sea filled with giant marine reptiles end up covering Kansas? We tell the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America.
Monday, March 1  |  7:00 pm  |  TBA

 

Making North America: Human
We will watch the NOVA episode Making North America: Human. Explore the intimate connections between the landscape, the colonizing of the continent, and the emergence of our industrial world. Beginning with Native American ancestors who crafted hunting weapons from stone traded across hundreds of miles, the program shows how pre-Columbian civilizations developed an expert knowledge of the landscape and its resources. With the arrival of Europeans, North America’s hidden riches became to key to prosperity, from the gold rush to today’s oil and gas boom. As a result, human activity has transformed the continent on a scale that rivals the geological forces that gave birth to it billions of years before. Yet, scientists warn of sleeping giants like the Cascadia fault, and the earthquake/tsunami one-two punch it could unleash on the Pacific Northwest. Even as we re-mold the continent to suit our needs, geologic processes inexorably continue, and they raise potential risks of catastrophe to our human civilization.
Monday, April 5  |  7:00 pm  |  TBA

 

Search for the Super Battery
We will watch the NOVA episode Search for the Super Battery.  We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery. Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.
Monday, May 3  |  7:00 pm  | TBD

 

Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins is a gathering place for people to share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind.
More details to come

Monday, June 7  |  TBD
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art |  4525 Oak Street, KCMO

 

Monday, July 5 - Enjoy a long holiday weekend!

 

Visit Powell Observatory
The Astronomical Society of Kansas City owns and operates the observatory.  They host many public events to support education and outreach.
More details to come

Saturday, August 7  |  8:00 pm
Powell Observatory  |  26500 Melrose Street, Louisburg

 

Monday, September 6 -Library Closed.  Enjoy the holiday!

 

Visit Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary
Cedar Cove is a feline sanctuary devoted to the care and preservation of endangered large cats.
More details to come

Saturday, October 2  |  TBD  
Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary |  3783 Highway K-68, Louisburg

 

TED Talks
We will watch a couple of TED Talks and discuss them.  Do you have a TED Talk to suggest?
Monday, November 1  |  7:00 pm  |  TBD

 

Social
A fun time to enjoy each others company.
Monday, December 6  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  | 14 E. Amity St. Louisburg

STEAM Dec invite

Download: Adult STEAM 2021 Schedule.pdf