Join Jason Reiss at 7 p.m., Friday to learn about his journey from playing video games as a kid in Los Alamos to growing up to work as a Level Designer on popular video games for Gearbox Software. Courtesy/PEEC
The Los Alamos Nature Center is celebrating ScienceFest Wednesday through Sunday with events for all ages including an Electric Vehicle Show Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
The community is invited to celebrate ScienceFest all week long at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center is hosting different science-themed events every day, Wednesday through Sunday for all ages to enjoy.
The fun begins Wednesday at Summer Family Evening. The Los Alamos Makers is teaching families how to identify organisms with DNA barcoding. This event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free for PEEC members and $5 per non-member family. Del Norte Credit Union makes Summer Family Evenings possible.
Thursday, the nature center is playing “Back to the Future” as part of its Suds & Shows summer movie and beer night series. Enjoy a picnic and beer on tap from Pajarito Brewpub before the show starting at 6 p.m. and see the movie at 7 p.m., sponsored by Taylor Martinez of RE/MAX First. Movie tickets are $5 per person.
Los Alamos native Jason Reiss is giving a talk Friday about how he went from a kid playing video games in Los Alamos to working as a Level Designer at Gearbox Software. In addition to sharing his journey, he’ll show the audience simple software they can use to start designing their own video games. His talk starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
To celebrate Discovery Day, ScienceFest’s signature event, the nature center will host an Electric Vehicle Show in the parking lot. Spend the day exploring electric-powered vehicles, meeting owners and taking test drives. This event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and free to attend.
The documentary “The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green” will play in the planetarium at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. These films are free to the community thanks to the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities.
Capitol Ford and Lincoln are hosting a ride and drive event Friday and Saturday in the Smith’s parking lot. For every test drive, they will donate $10 to the nature center’s Valley Education Fund.
To wrap up the week, the community is invited to the nature center at 2 p.m., Sunday for New Mexico PBS’s Science Café. Watch segments of NOVA’s Day the Dinosaurs Died and hear from a panel of asteroid experts. This screening is free to attend thanks to Compa Industries, but registration is required.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.