The Science of Star Wars – Sunday, November 19, 2-3:30 pm

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    FROM THE CRANBERRY LIBRARY (in case anyone may be interested):
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    Sunday, November 19
    2:00-3:30

    Perfect for high school students with an interest in chemistry,
    but all are welcome!

    Registration required. http://www.cranberrytownship.org/2190/Online-Registration

    Join Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) professor and Star Wars aficionado, Yoosuf Picard, on an exploration of the science behind the Star Wars universe. Prof. Picard will review the basic science of lasers and plasma, and lead activities exploring how these concepts could lead to a real light saber. Kyber crystals will be provided; no prior Jedi training required. We will also explore how Star Wars technologies (blasters, twin-ion engines, jump drives, ion cannons, etc.) compare to existing, real-world technologies.

    Disclaimer: Midichlorians will not be discussed.
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    I find it interesting that the professor’s name is “Picard”. Hmmm.

    #24288
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    Will McDine
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    I find it interesting that the professor’s name is “Picard”. Hmmm.

    I said the same thing 😂

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    You sure this is about Star Wars and not Star Trek.

    #24295
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    I find it interesting that the professor’s name is “Picard”. Hmmm.

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    Not confused. I would expect Professor “Picard” to be all about Star Trek. Perhaps this should be taught by a Professor Skywalker (I’ll nominate Kenny “Sky” Walker who played in the NBA from 1986 through 1993 for the Knicks and the Bullets and won the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Competition – I’m not sure of his academic credentials, however).

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    Oh, I meant Prof. Picard was the one who was confused… heh.

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    Interesting.

    #24317
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    Maybe he is referring to the Ronald Reagan type of Star Wars technology.

    #24322
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    Ronald Reagan? The Actor???

    …happens to be one of my favorite band names…

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