FanFaire Foundation in partnership with FanFaire.com (the webzine that celebrates MUSIC!) hosted the following activities at the 2009 INAUGURAL SAN DIEGO SCIENCE FESTIVAL:
o EXPO DAY DEMONSTRATION BOOTHS – FANFAIRE FOUNDATION sponsored two booths on Expo Day at San Diego’s Balboa Park which was attended by more than 75,000 people. One booth featured a hands-on demonstration of the Physics of Sound/Music. The second booth featured live music by a volunteer jazz string trio and hands-on demonstrations teaching children (and adults!) how to build musical instruments from common objects such as PVC pipes, metal conduits, glasses bottles, drinking glasses, boxes, basins, tin cans, etc. The booths attracted big crowdsof children and their parents, grandparents and teachers. During the intervals, a brief slide show presentation highlighted how teams of biochemists and musicians compose music derived from the DNA sequences of various genes or the amino acid sequences of various proteins. The huge success of the booth activities proved without question that
SCIENCE + MUSIC = ADVENTURE + FUN !
o LECTURE – FANFAIRE FOUNDATION sponsored a lecture on “The Nature of Waves / The Physics of Sound/Music” held at the Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes, a Charter School in an economically-challenged area of San Diego. Given by Dr. Victoria Cajipe, a PhD physicist with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) who is also an amateur flutist, the lecture was one of the Festival’s “Nifty-Fifty Lectures” by real, live scientists real-live scientists who shared the stories of their successful science careers with middle- and high school students and hopefully inspire them to embark on similar journeys. Dr. Cajipe talked about her own journey in solid state physics. She discussed light waves and their applicability to the study of the structure of materials that directly or indirectly have an impact on our daily lives, as well as sound waves and their centrality to music.