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POSTPONED: Comics, mementos, and field trips. Oh boy!

September 5, 2017
science education

What do these two things have in common? They both relate to activities of the Bradbury Science Museum Association to raise funds for regional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Read more to find out how.

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about making science-based comics.

Science meets comics meets workshop

Sign up for a unique class now. Scheduled for Saturday, September 16

Sure, you could take a science class or one of several online classes on comic books, but why not combine them at the Bradbury Science Museum?

Jeff Benham will lead the sessions. Jeff is a member of 7000 B.C., a nonprofit organization that promotes the writers and artists of comics.

The event will consist of two parts. There will be a lecture (limited to 64 registrants) on the history and use of science in comic books. The second part (limited to 15 participants) is an optional tour of the Museum, followed by a lunch break, and then a hands-on workshop in which you can learn techniques of the comic medium and create a science-based graphic novel of your own.

Lecture: Observe, hypothesize, and make comics

10 to 11 a.m., in the BSM auditorium
Cost: $8 for BSMA members, $10 for non-BSMA members
Register for the lecture here.

Tour and workshop: Designing your own science-based comic

Optional tour: 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Lunch break: noon to 1 p.m.
Workshop: 1 to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Tech Lab
Cost for lecture, tour, and workshop: $40 for BSMA members, $50 for non-BSMA members
Register for the lecture, tour, and workshop here.

Profits from this event will benefit the BSMA’s educational outreach.

You may not be able to “buy love,” but how about a memento of your visit here?

Now that “Gadgets,” the gift kiosk, is up and running, it was time to bring on someone to manage that function for the BSMA. Enter Shari Foley. A volunteer herself, she helps schedule the volunteers during the week, orders items for sale, and is taking a more specific look at how to expand sales operations.

“I’ve been trying to add a new item for sale at least every month,” she said. Right now, some of the kiosk’s biggest sellers are magnets, baseball hats with logos, and surprisingly, pint glasses with the Lab’s logo and an image of the Fat Man bomb.

Initially, the shop could sell only items with the Bradbury Science Museum’s logo, but that has expanded to include the Los Alamos National Laboratory logo as well.

While a more permanent location and web sales are far in the future, the Association is working to add kiosk hours during the weekend. For details about when the kiosk is open, visit the BSMA’s website

Summer sales have been good, and Shari’s been reinvesting funds to expand the selection of items available. The BSMA is also looking at ways to recruit people so that the kiosk can be open during the Museum’s busy weekends. If you are interested in volunteering at the kiosk (or for other things), consider contacting the BSMA.

Join the BSMA and reap benefits year-round and around the world!

Membership rates range from $35 per year for a student or educator to $75 per year for a family membership, which includes two adults and all children under 18 years old who reside with them.

What will membership get you? Every BSMA member will receive an official membership card (impress your friends), a decal (impress even MORE people), and a tax deduction, along with admission benefits at more than 300 science museums nationwide (not valid within a 90-mile radius of the BSM).

But that’s not all!

You can now get a subscription to the quarterly BSMA newsletter, invitations to special events, and discounts for BSMA products and fee-based programs (see the above chance to use your new membership.

Such a deal!

To learn more about the membership levels and benefits, visit the BSMA’s page.

Questions? Send an email to BSMA.membership@gmail.com.