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CSM Centennial

Centennial Science Week

Join us for CSM's Centennial Science Week!

The main event is Family Science Day on Saturday, September 24, but the fun continues all week through Friday, September 30!

Family Science Day

Saturday, September 24, 2022
12 pm - 11 pm
Science Building 36 & Theatre Building 3
For more information, please contact Mohsen Janatpour at

Family Science Day Schedule

Time Description Location
12-4 pm Makerspace Activities
Join CSM’s Library folks for crafting and tinkering workshops for the whole family! Participate in hands-on activites and skill-sharing in electronics, crafts, media, and more! 
Science Building 36, First Floor Lobby
12-6 pm Planetarium
Enjoy planetarium shows and telescopic observation of celestial bodies throughout the day. Shows start at the top of the hour, every hour, throughout the day. After the planetarium show, enjoy a Comet Chef demonstration in the outside amphitheater.
Science Building 36, Planetarium
1-6 pm Science Workshops
Science demonstrations for the whole family by CSM STEM faculty; astronomy workshops by SMAC (San Mateo Astronomical Society) and KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford).
Science Building 36
6:45 pm Land Acknowledgement
CSM is proud to honor our friends at Muchia Té Indigenous Land Trust. Please join us right before the keynote lecture for a special ceremony paying tribute to the rich culture and sovereignty of the Ramaytush people on whoseunceded land we sit. For more info please visit
Theatre Building 3
7:00 pm Keynote Lecture
NASA’s Greatest Observatory and its Great Science!

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the most complex and powerful astronomical space observatory ever built. It launched on Christmas Day in 2021 and has recently been commissioned in its final orbit in the Sun–Earth system. The large 6.5-meter diameter JWST primary mirror and its infrared instruments will allow it to see some of the very first luminous objects that formed in the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. Other major science themes of JWST encompass studying the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planetary systems, and planetary systems and the origins of life.
Theatre Building 3
8:45 pm Reception Theatre Building 3, Lobby
9:15 pm Jazz Under the Stars
Come peer through our telescopes and see the rings of Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, star clusters, and more while listening to live jazz at the CSM rooftop observatory. CSM astronomers and volunteers will teach you about stars, constellations, science, and mythology. Dress warmly!
Science Building 36, Rooftop Observatory

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Thomas Greene

Thomas Greene is an astrophysicist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA's Ames Research Center. He conducts observational studies of exoplanets and young stars and develops astronomical technologies and instrumentation.

Dr. Greene is a co-investigator on the NIRCam and MIRI science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope and serves on the JWST Users Committee. While at NASA Ames he has served as the Director of the Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies, Project Scientist of the SOFIA mission, and Chief of the Astrophysics Branch.

Before joining NASA, he worked at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center on NASA astrophysics missions. Prior to that, Dr. Greene was on the faculty of the University of Hawaii where he was a support astronomer and later Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona.
Thomas Greene

Science Workshops

In addition to telescopes, astronomers also use computer simulations to study the properties of the Universe. In these series of short videos, we will showcase galaxy clusters and interactions, evidence for dark matter, and structures on the cosmological scales through visualizations adapted from real, scientific data.Learn about human anatomy and physiology. Enjoy biology’s faculty interpretation of a human anatomy-based museum. There will be hands-on activities as well as displays featuring models and real human organs.
A fun workshop showing you fun experiments you can do with everyday household items. You’ll get to make your own cool colorful patterns with chromatography, and see the rainbow effect with acids and bases.
Construct the nucleous of a comet using common materials. These workshops immediately follow the planetarium shows throughut the day.
Complete an estimate of π using string and rulers, or use just a little trigonometry with calculators to slice a pie shape into more and more pieces to come closer to π a little at a time - then come closer to an actual piece of pie as your reward! Make a craft picture of a happy π guy to take home.
Enjoy a fun and interactive exhibit in which you will build and take home a virus model, learn about growing native plants, and see some creepy crawly animals.
Learn about human anatomy and physiology. Enjoy biology’s faculty interpretation of a human anatomy-based museum. There will be hands-on activities as well as displays featuring models and real human organs.
Pulsars are cosmic lighthouses that are observed to have pulses of radiation at very regular intervals. They form from the collapsed core of a massive, giant star. Join us to make your own pulsar model, learn about how stars live and die, and what makes pulsars unique in powering beams of light.
Assess heart rates, transfer fluids using a syringe, draw "blood" using a vial, and make your very own nursing hats.
Telescopic observation of the sun during the day using special telecopes.
Explore some of the surprising ways the physical world around us works! Your hair will stand on end, your eyes will be bewildered, and your muscles might just get a workout as you struggle against the forces of gyroscopes and mechanical advantages.
Learn lab methods on uncovering and preparing fossilized fish while learning about the dynamic history of the earth and it various systems.