Circle the date: Bubbles and balloons on 18 June
Kids of all ages can celebrate Father's Day at UCAR's most extravagant
public event in five years. The Bubble and Balloon Festival will explode on
the mesa Sunday, 18 June, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's a highlight of the
year-long series of events honoring UCAR and NCAR's 40th anniversary. Modeled
on a similar event at the Pacific Science Center, but with a unique UCAR/NCAR
flavor, the festival combines art, music, and science to explain the workings
of bubbles and balloons. The current agenda looks like this:
Food and drink will be on sale, and large tents will keep the action
going even if the weather turns sour. NSF director Rita Colwell and incoming
NCAR director Tim Killeen will be on hand. Colwell will also deliver a public
talk on Monday, 19 June. Watch This Week at UCAR and the June issue of
Staff Notes Monthly for more details.
- Bubble-ologist Casey Carle will thrill young and old with his comic
performance and amazing soap bubbles.
- Renowned juggler and dancer Peter Davison will perform.
- Balloon artist Bongo will fashion fantastic balloon creatures.
- ATD technicians will demonstrate research radiosondes and their
- A hot-air balloon will be tethered on site with explanations of how
- Hands-on fun with bubble vats, bubble art, and a bubble-gum-blowing
contest will give visitors an interactive good time.
- NCAR's new science store will be open for business with weather-related books and
gifts, including weather-themed coffee mugs and the 40th anniversary T-shirt. Next month's
Staff Notes Monthly will spotlight the new store, which will take up permanent residence
in the ML lobby later this spring.
A 2:00 p.m. ribbon cutting will mark the official debut of the ML 40th-
anniversary exhibit. This interactive addition is being installed in the north
mezzanine and the square stairwell descending to the SCD machine room. Six
panels will cover UCAR and NCAR history, complexity in the earth system, the
human-climate intersection, and how models and measurements combine to yield
forecasts. The exhibit is partially funded by Bank One, TIAA-CREF, PacifiCare,
Holland & Hart, and Marsh USA.
Edited by Bob Henson,
Prepared for the Web by Jacque Marshall