$5 First Fridays

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. $5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The Center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.

Women in STEAM

Friday, March 1, 2019
6:00pm-10:00pm
$5.00

Join Chabot in celebrating past, present, and future women in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Featuring talks by scientists and artists, musical performances, storytelling, and more!

Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:

The Evening Includes the Following Festivities
(with more coming soon!):

DJ Dance Party!

6-10pm
Courtyard

Join the DJ for one giant dance party for humankind!

BeanSprouts Cafe

6-9pm

Eat at Chabot’s exclusive in-house café where we specialize in healthy food for happy tummies.

Future Friday: Sarah Richardson

6-7:30pm
Megadome

How to Win Friends and Influence Bacteria: The Science Behind Biomanufacturing

A computational and molecular biologist, Dr. Richardson specializes in the design of genomes. Dr. Richardson earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland College Park; with the support of a prestigious DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship she earned a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory she worked on massive scale synthetic biology projects and the integration of computational genomics with experimental genomics. In 2015, she was named a SynBio LEAP Fellow, based on her “leadership potential and vision for shaping a future in biotechnology.” In 2015 she was also one of five promising young female scientists to receive a postdoctoral fellowship award from L’Oréal USA; she proposed to study CRISPR systems and the domestication of non-model bacteria.

Oakland Eastside All-Star Ensemble (OEASE)

6pm and 7:15pm
Rotunda

Formed in 2012, The Oakland Eastside All-Star Ensemble represents a diverse cross-section of Oakland’s most talented young musicians. Middle and High School Students from East Oakland and all OUSD schools are invited to audition.

Skilled, leadership-ready and self-motivated students with a 100% participation commitment – eager to learn leadership skills and willing to use individual talents to collaborate with peers on community service-related projects

The heart of a servant and the determination of a leader. We are here to serve our community by sharing the gift of music. We treat each other with respect and make strides to strengthen our work ethic through each activity.

Helena A. Moss-Jack, OEASE Founder and Co-Director

A career encompassing many genres of music; from world beat (Nigerian All-Stars) to Opera (toured with Western Opera Co.) to Salsa (local bay area bands) to her own jazz quintet.

Have worked with and for noted musicians and entertainers such as: Nancy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Eddie Fisher, DIVA (a New York based all woman big band), Gregory Hines, M.C. Hammer and Edwin Hawkins Choir.

What she is most proud of is the 20+ years working as a music educator for Oakland Unified and currently the Music Director and co-founder of the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble – “OEASE”. An all-city big band comprised of students ranging from 12–19 years of age.

 

Randy Porter, OEASE Co-Director

Randy Porter has been active in the Bay Area music community for over 30 years, as both a performer and an educator
As an instrumental music teacher, Mr. Porter is known for his innovative teaching methods.  He has presented numerous workshops for his fellow educators on the subject, and his students have been invited to demonstrate and perform at functions across the U.S. He has been instrumental in the creation of the annual OUSD Jazz Festival, String Festival, and Honor Band.  He created and served as director of Big O, the big band of OUSD Music Teachers, and has served as a conductor at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp and as Musical Instrument Making Artist-in-Residence at Berkeley Tuolumne Camp near Yosemite.  He is an annual performer at the summer solstice ‘Garden of Memories Concert’ at the Chapel of the Chimes performing on a variety of prepared and homemade instruments.

Mr. Porter has served as music director at Oakland’s Westlake Middle School from 2000 to 2018.  He just started at Roosevelt Middle School this past fall and is now the new Co-Director of the Oakland Eastside All-Star Ensemble “OEASE”

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

6:30pm and 7:15pm
Planetarium

Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

Micro Missions to Mars

6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Challenger Learning Center

Do you have the right stuff to make an emergency escape from the Red Planet in your spacecraft? Join us this First Friday for this new, exciting, and immersive mission simulation.

Participant Selection Process:

  • Must be 10 years or older to participate
  • Maximum 16 participants per mission
  • Participants for each mission will be drawn through a raffle.
  • Raffles for each mission will take place in front of Challenger Learning Center starting at the following times: 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 pm
  • Those not drawn in the raffle are invited to observe from Mission Control

Hidden Figures Film Showing

7-9pm
Hauben

Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations.

Youth in STEAM: GE PRoject Demos

6-10pm
Astronomy Hall

Join some of our Galaxy Explorers in Project Create to learn about they projects they’ve been working on!

History of Women in STEAM Talk

7pm
Astronomy Hall

Telescope Makers Workshop

7-10pm
Chemistry/Physics Lab

Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to.

 

Story Time

7:30pm and 8:15pm
Observation Deck

Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the entire family.

Telescope Viewing

7:30-10:30pm
Telescope Complex

Experience spectacular night sky viewing. Chabot’s large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe.

A Different Physics Talk

8pm
Megadome

Join engineer and Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg for a talk, poetry reading, and fireside chat.

Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner of the 2017 Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize. Lisa holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and served as the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, she worked as an engineer in the space program, founded a technology marketing consulting practice, and flew as a private pilot. Lisa has a keen interest in the commonality between arts and sciences, and in accessibly framing that territory for exploration in many contexts. Her poetry appears in The Threepenny ReviewPOETRYWitnessSouthwest ReviewThe POETRY Anthology: 1912-2002, and elsewhere. She has a craft essay forthcoming in The WAVES Anthology of Women’s Voices, about her years in the military-industrial complex. www.lisarosenberg.com.

It IS Rocket Science: Connection in Physics and Poetry

8pm
Megadome

These often-divided disciplines have more in common than we might realize. Both provide tools for understanding our world and connecting with new territory of thought and learning. They foster creative, critical thinking that fuels our personal, professional, and interconnected lives, helping us move toward broader perspectives as we address challenges both local and global. Author-Engineer Lisa Rosenberg will discuss these connections and read from her poetry collection A Different Physics, followed by a fireside chat and Q & A.

Speaker Bio: Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner of the 2017 Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize. Lisa holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and served as the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, she worked as an engineer in the space program, founded a technology marketing consulting practice, and flew as a private pilot. Lisa has a keen interest in the commonality between arts and sciences, and in accessibly framing that territory for exploration in many contexts. Her poetry appears in The Threepenny ReviewPOETRYWitnessSouthwest ReviewThe POETRY Anthology: 1912-2002, and elsewhere. She has a craft essay forthcoming in The WAVES Anthology of Women’s Voices, about her years in the military-industrial complex. www.lisarosenberg.com.

Big OEASE Concert

8:30pm
Planetarium

Join the Oakland Eastside All-Star Ensemble under the planetarium stars as they perform selections from women composers.

Star Stories

9pm
Observation Deck

Come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky.

Space in Your Face

9:15pm
Megadome

Join astrobiologist Julia DeMarines for a special First Friday edition of Space in Your Face! This space-oriented variety show includes comedy, cover songs, and the chance to ask your most burning space question. Pay attention; you just might win a prize at the end!

Speaker Bio:

Julia DeMarines is an Astrobiologist and science educator. She teaches at the Chabot Space & Science Center and with the international group of scientists/educators called the Ad Astra Academy, and is a 2018 National Geographic Teacher Fellow.  She is also a research scientist at Berkeley SETI Research Center and the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. She holds a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) and a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from the University of Colorado. Her research focus has been primarily on the subject of remote biosignature detection on exoplanets, the ethics behind messaging extraterrestrial intelligence, and the impact of informal educational activities. She has previously worked at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, NASA Ames, and NASA Langley, and Fiske Planetarium. In 2018, Julia spent two weeks living and working on “Mars” at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, as their Astronomer and Green Hab Operator.