Bradbury Science Museum Association Shares De-Coding And DNA Fun At ScienceFest 2016

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) engages visitors of all ages at its first public activity during Los Alamos ScienceFest Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLInda Crawford/ladailypost.com

It’s a busy day at the BSMA ScienceFest booth as Los Alamos High School student volunteers, from left, Jenny Wang, Maia Menefee, Serena Birenbaum, Prestley Gao and Tom Maggiore demonstrate the Enigma machine coding system used by the Germans in WWII. In addition to learning about deciphering codes, participants also had a chance to separate out wheat germ DNA – another kind of code. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

 

BSMA News:

The newly formed Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) is the nonprofit partner of the Bradbury Science Museum (BSM). Its role is to provide educational, volunteer, fundraising and other initiatives of the BSM.

While admission to the Bradbury Science Museum is free-of-charge, BSMA memberships strengthen and expand the BSM experience for all who visit the museum.

The BSMA supports the BSM and STEM Education by providing:

  • A Membership Program;
  • Automatic enrollment into the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program, giving members reciprocal benefits at more than 300 museums nationwide. Visit www.astc.org/passport for details;
  • Membership card;
  • Membership decal;
  • Tax deduction;
  • Increased educational outreach programs to local and neighboring communities;
  • Volunteer opportunities at the BSM, such as docent training;
  • A much-anticipated museum store so visitors can purchase souvenirs;
  • Eligibility to apply for grants for educational and other programs;
  • A giving program (the BSMA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization); and
  • More.

For more information, email BSMA.membership@gmail.com or visit http://www.lanl.gov/museum/join/bsm-association.php.

 

BSMA Board Member and Los Alamos High School Chemistry teacher Kathy Boerigter engages a young de-coder by demonstrating the Enigma machine coding system used by the Germans in World War II. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

LAHS student volunteer, Jenny Wang engages with a visitor Saturday at the BSMA ScienceFest booth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

LAHS student volunteer Serena Birenbam cheers on a young de-coder as she breaks a Caesar ciphertext code Saturday at the BSMA ScienceFest booth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

LAHS student volunteers Jenny Wang and Maia Menefee keep young scientists intrigued demonstrating DNA separation at the BSMA ScienceFest booth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Nancy Bartlit presents Silent Voices of WWII – Navajo Code Talkers to a full-house Saturday at the Bradbury Science Museum’s auditorium during ScienceFest. Bartlit, a World War II historian demonstrates through archival and current photographs, the development of the Navajo code and how the U.S. Navy deployed U.S. Marine radio men to transmit messages from the front lines to the beach and on to command centers on the ships. The BSMA provided refreshments for those attending Bartlit’s talk. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

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