Join us for stories of rockets, space, and things that go boom!

Join us for stories of rockets, space, and things that go boom!

This event in brief

You are invited to join us in a family-friendly setting for a Q & A session with a prominent local scientist while enjoying coffee and snacks. This informal event allows children and adults to quiz (or even grill!) a scientist on interesting topics of the day. This is a great way for children to meet and interact with an accomplished scientist.

Date & Time: Monday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m.*
Location: Barnes & Noble, Cary
Speaker: Chuck Pell
Title: Never Launch a Rocket in Your Bedroom

*(Please note this is different from the earlier announced date.)

About the Science Cafe speaker

This year, we are delighted to welcome back our speaker from last year, Chuck Pell, TED speaker and host of Fox TV’s science show, Xploration Station: Earth2050. He has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Triangle Business Journal. Chuck is adept at explaining sciency, techy things to young folks and non-experts. A true polymath, he has been likened to a modern day Leonardo da Vinci, being an inventor, sculptor and entrepreneur.

Chuck was formerly Director of R&D at Dinamation, a firm that built full-size robotic dinosaurs for movie production and science exhibits for display worldwide. He was a co-founder of Nekton Research, a company that pioneered the technology for biomechanical fish-shaped robots, creating the world’s fastest, most maneuverable, smallest, and simplest underwater robots. As co-founder of Physcient, based in Durham, Chuck has spearheaded a ground-breaking technology to make surgery safer, easier, and faster.

About the Science Cafe topic

Chuck’s topic for the Science Cafe is Never Launch a Rocket in Your Bedroom, with his biographical stories of kid science and tech gone “horribly wrong”–his words, not ours! Chuck’s childhood tales will delight, amaze, and inspire children, and perhaps terrify parents (although Chuck emphasizes that he did survive to adulthood!). The stories are all about trying things out, experimenting and exploring, and occasionally getting things wrong. It’ll be a boost for anyone who likes to build and will inspire those haven’t started to do so.

Book recommendations

We’ll be including book recommendations for kids and adults. A portion of all the night’s sales will go to support the school, so please enjoy the tasty snacks, your favorite beverage, and consider purchasing a book or two!

Our top recommendation is Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn. This book is a children’s classic. This 40th Anniversary Edition will entertain children and adults alike. The creative antics of Andrew Henry Thatcher and his friends will inspire your child’s imagination.

Event flyer!

8x11 flyer for science cafe event never launch a rocket in your bedroom with a boy in a bedroom holding a rocket and event information

Never Launch a Rocket in Your Bedroom Science Cafe event 8×11 flyer. This image is for illustration only. To share high resolution versions, please click the links to the right.

Here’s the Science Cafe flyer. It’ll be a huge help if you’d kindly print this out and post it in your workplace, local store or church, or other public places. Be sure to print out the high-quality print version. You can use the web version for email or sharing online. Click below to download the PDFs.

Never Launch a Rocket in Your Bedroom event flyer (8×11 print)

Never Launch a Rocket in Your Bedroom event flyer (8×11 web)

Be sure to mark your calendars, because our Cary

Science Cafe at Barnes and Noble is not to be


Read this New York Times article to learn more about why the Science Cafe format is so much fun.

Click here to learn about more The New School Science Week events in partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival.

Click in the map below for directions to Barnes and Noble, Cary

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We look forward to seeing everyone in person soon!

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are working as if I did not exist.” – Dr. Maria Montessori