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King County Science Activities Club

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

We are sponsoring a forum for community to suggest and participate in STEM related activities for themselves and/or their children. 

See more details at: and join in for spreading the message of fun, hands-on science related events in King County, Washington.

Application of the ‘egg drop’

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Egg Drop at Medina

A student dropping an egg from the school balcony

After the completion of the ‘egg drop’ in 2009, Ellis Corets visited a 6th grade classroom in Medina Elementary School at the invitation of Kristi Stroyan, the school teacher and a board member of the Cascades Science Center Foundation, to discuss the egg drop event.   Ellis asked the students, if they could think of a real world application of the egg drop principle. 

Ellis then asked them if they were familiar with the recent landings of the rover vehicles on Mars by NASA.  Ellis described to them that there is little or no atmosphere on Mars, so a parachute cannot be used, as many students were using to drop their eggs from the balcony in the school.  

NASA’s approach was to place the rover vehicle in a tetrahedron - they called it “Spacecraft Lander”.  A tetrahedron is a four sided figure, each side being an equilateral triangle.  The tetrahedron was then wrapped in the equivalent bubble wrap.  This package was then dropped from orbit and landed on Mars. It bounced and bounced and bounced and rolled and finally came to a stop.  The protective wrap peeled off.  The tetrahedron opened.  And the rover drove off into the sunset.  Read more about the Spacecraft Lander on NASA website.

Science Camps in Washington

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

At Cascades Science Center Foundation, we would like to get our organization established to a point where we can have capacity and capability to host hands-on science camps for kids in the summer.  We need resources!

Until we get there, here is a list of other organizations and institutions in Washington, hosting hands-on science-oriented events:

  • Bellevue College (August 16 – 20, 2010): The Summer Science Camp seeks to instill a sense of enthusiasm and inquisitiveness about science in fifth and sixth graders. We offer “hands-on, minds-on” experiences in a variety of scientific disciplines, including astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, earth science, physics and more.
  • Champions Science Adventures: Each week long camp program is packed with fun experiments, individual projects and engaging science learning for kids ages 5-12.  Better yet, kids get to take home the amazing projects they build providing fun science-oriented play for years to come.
  • Mad Science: Mad Science® is the world’s leading science enrichment provider. They deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.

We wish you a very happy summer full of scientific discovery!

Announcing our first newsletter

Friday, March 26th, 2010

After a few months of hard work by CSCF volunteers, we have released our first quarterly newsletter. You can download it in PDF format by clicking on the image below.


Interview with Ellis Corets

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Ellis Corets is the Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Cascades Science Center Foundation.  A retired Boeing engineering manager, his career paths also included civil engineering, and financial consulting.  Among his many interests and areas of community service he founded and directed “Pedal for a Purpose” which integrates fundraising programs with major bicycle riding events.  As a cancer survivor, he actively supports cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. He is a founding member of the Eastside Astronomical Society. As a member of the Friends of the Planetarium he helped in the acquisition of equipment and putting on star shows on at the Bellevue Community College Planetarium.  Ellis resides in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife, Roberta and has four daughters and five grandchildren.

Helen Kim, one of the board members, inteviewed Ellis.  The results of that interview are published in this article.