STEM event to feature Mines physics professor’s DIY electronics group, Jane Goodall

GOLDEN, Colo., April 30, 2013 – STEMosphere, a free, all ages event focused on exposing children to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will feature Mines physics professor Dr. Jeff Squier’s do-it-yourself electronics group “Blaster Hackers” and a keynote address by Dr. Jane Goodall.

The event will be held May 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Ritchie Center on the University of Denver campus, 2240 Buchtel Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required

Goodall, well known for her research on chimpanzee behavior, will present “Making a Difference: Conservation Through Education,” at 10 a.m.

The STEMoshere exhibits will feature fun, interactive, informational and creative activities including Dr. Squier’s electronics group, robotics, 3D printing, art, design, engineering, games and more.

“In the Digital Electronics course I teach and in the club I run, Blaster Hackers, we practice open source hardware and software design – this is an enabling tool that will revolutionize the way we do science in the next decade,” said Squier, who is a member of the STEMosphere organizing committee.

Blaster Hackers is a student group at Mines for those interested in learning about do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics. The group will demonstrate how to transform an old DVD player into a “tractor beam” that can trap and sort cells, paint pictures with light, make a simple microscope out of LEDS that can create 3D images and more.

For additional information, see the event website.


Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines / 303-273-3541 /