STEAM Boat is a Popular Science series initiated by HBCSE, TIFR
E2 Here comes the Sun!
About the Talk: We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west … but when was the last time you actually watched sunrise or sunset? What if we told you that it didn’t rise at the east or set at the west today?! This sounds a bit unbelievable, so we encourage you to go out and check for yourself! Then, join us for the next session of STEAMboat, where we look at where the sun actually rises and sets. And we try to understand why this happens by imagining how the sun moves through the sky. Along the way, we see that how the sun moves in the sky depends on where you are on the earth, and on what time of the year it is.
About the Speakers:
Varuni P. is an Outreach Associate at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai. She works on designing and conducting activities that make science communication more interactive. She also works on modeling how cyanobacteria move and on many (unfinished) fiber craft projects.
Chaitanya Ursekar is a PhD student at HBCSE, where he designs science and maths activities for students and works on understanding how teachers use those activities in their classrooms.
E1 The Superb Spider’s Super Silk
About the Talk: Encountering a cobweb on one’s face or hands during a stroll can be quite unpleasant. Still, who isn’t impressed by the agility and athletic skills of the superhero ‘Spiderman’. Who says entertainment and science are an unlikely couple? Let’s explore the story of the sci-fiction movie ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ and try to connect it with the research on understanding spider silk - an amazing fibre produced by an equally amazing creature. We’ll look at how spiders, who’ve been around for almost 380 million years, spin this wonder material, and look at some of its unique properties. And we’ll check if Spiderman’s artificial silk-producing gadget is a possible reality of science or mere fiction!
About the Speaker: Dr. Suravi Kalita is a science enthusiast, cinephile, and a wannabe fiction writer. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at HBCSE, TIFR. Her research interests include wetland ecology and environmental education among others.