Have fun with science and technology, and celebrate Earth Day with us! We’ll have interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music, and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase!

Demonstrations and displays include:

  • City of Surprise Fire-Medical, Police, Public Works, Water Resources and other departments
  • Local businesses and colleges (including ASU and Ottawa University)
  • Dysart School District Solar Go Kart and Robotics teams

Join us for the Speaker Series too!

We have a variety of amazing speakers lined up for this event. Make plans to watch these exciting presentations in the Surprise City Hall Council Chambers:

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Speakers until 2:30 p.m.)
Surprise City Hall Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ

  1. Session 1
  2. Session 2
  3. Session 3
  4. Session 4
  5. Session 5

Session 1 - How the Brain Works

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Dr. Bill Blaker

We each carry around the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain. In this presentation we will identify the main parts of the brain and what they do, see how the brain can be "fooled" by sensory illusions, and practice how to enhance the formation of memories by our brain. No previous experience is necessary. Just bring your own brain.

Dr. William (Bill) Blaker, A native of St. Louis, Missouri, received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Washington University in St.Louis and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Missouri. Dr. Blaker became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then a staff fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C. He then was on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, and subsequently joined the Furman University Biology Department from which he retired in 2015 after 25 years of teaching about and researching the brain. His research centered on behavioral, biochemical, pharmacological, and gene expression processes in brain pathways involved in short-term memory formation. He received teaching awards from both Virginia Tech and Furman University.

Website: http://www.riselearning.org

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