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Call for volunteers for local STEM events

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Cascades Science Center Foundation needs you! You do not have to be a scientist to be part of our team. We are a new non-profit organization with a mission to help underserved kids get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

We are looking for Activity Leads and Activity Assistants to take charge of leading the STEM activities at our Science Squad event.   The volunteers work directly with the students, guiding them through their tasks.
Volunteer Responsibilities
  • Activity Leads take charge of one activity with up-to 5 students and optionally 1 assistant.  We will provide 1 hour orientation before the event.
  • Activity Assistants assist the Activity Leads work with the students on their tasks. No previous training required, though you are welcome to attend the activity lead orientation. 


Event Dates
Oct 30, 2011   11:00 – 03:00 PM   Microsoft Store, Bellevue Square Mall, 116 Bellevue Square, Bellevue
Nov 19, 2011  11:00 – 03:00 PM   Kent Library, 212 2nd Avenue N. Kent
Dec 17, 2011  10:30 – 03:00 PM  Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt Rainier Drive South, Seattle



About Science Squad
Science Squad is an event where activity leads work with the kids to build STEM oriented projects.  At these events, the kids have an opportunity to learn basics about science behind real-world things through hands-on activities.  Depending on the length of the event, the kids may even build a project of their own and take it home.  The activities range from problem solving scenarios to designing and building projects.   You can find pictures of our previous events at


The Cascades Science Center Foundation (CSCF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sparking kids’ imaginations and providing a venue for the whole family to discover and explore science.  We will provide a physical and virtual venue where kids can engage in scientific query. Our goal is to foster science literacy in young people so they are able to compete in a 21st Century global economy.

Science Squad at Enatai Elementary

Friday, September 9th, 2011

At part of 2011 United Way of King County Day of Caring on September 16, Cascades Science Center Foundation is partnering with 20 Microsoft Employees to lead a fun-filled science day at Enatai Elementary School in Bellevue, WA.  The event will host chemistry, physics, software, engineering, biology and other science interactive activities for the 4th and 5th grade students at Enatai.   The science day is branded Science Squad.  Check out the event flyer here.

Science Squad Event at Des Moines Library

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

We had our first Science Squad event at the Des Moines Library in Des Moines, WA.  This was our first time venturing south of Seattle.  The Des Moines Library is very beautiful and the staff was very helpful throughout the process of organizing this event.  The event was targeted at kids 8 – 12 years old, but we had kids younger than that coming into the room.  In our next event, we are now thinking of accommodating a less complex activity in the subject, if possible for the younger kids, when they come to the booth.   Despite the (rare) gorgeous summer day outside and holiday season, we had a decent turnout for this event.

Thank you Activity Leads

Such a 1:1 hands-on event is not possible without the help of our activity leads who guided the kids through their activities.  We would like all the activity leads for their participation and donation of the material involved.

  1. Physics – Raj Kunnath – (Microsoft Engineer)
  2. Chemistry – Elizabeth Heftel (Microsoft Engineer) and her husband Brennan
  3. Math – Ellis Corets – (Former Boeing Engineer)
  4. Software – Ashley Myers (Microsoft Engineer)
  5. BioTech – Sonu Arora (Microsoft Engineer)
  6. Space – Ted Cook (Science Video Maker)
  7. Geology – Suzan (Science Enthusiast)
  8. Engineering – Gary Foss (Boeing Engineer)
  9. Biology – Barad Balraj (Grade 7 Student)

It was really exciting to see the kids get fascinated when they saw how slime was made, or how lemons actually powered the clock or even when the bulb lit up due to solar panel.

You can check out the photos of this event posted at our Facebook site.

We are now looking forward to our next such event! :-)

2011 Space Elevator Conference in Redmond

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The 2011 Space Elevator Conference

Thursday Evening, August 11 through Sunday, August 14, 2011

Microsoft Conference Center,
Redmond, Washington, USA

As part of this conference, there are Family Science Fest FREE Events.

Family Science Fest FREE Events (more details here)

  • Date: Saturday,  August 13, 2011
  • Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
  • 101: Introduction to the Space Elevator concept
  • RoboQuest: A family-focused event for kids of all ages


Science Model Building Day at Uncle Games

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I organized a small event at Uncle Games in Redmond this week.   I personally like visiting Uncle Games for wide variety of games they offer for kids of all ages.  They have this little area at the back of the store , where they give you demonstrations of up-and-coming games.

Since there wereuple of age groups: Grade 1 & Grade 7+, we had two activities going on in parallel.  Jon, one of the King County Science Club’s member brought his son’s computer and showed how to put it together from all the computer parts.  I led the other activity with the younger kids and showed them how to make a membranophone from a water bottle, gloves and straw.  The kids had fun making it and learning about the principles of how a set of vibrations to a membrane (stretched glove in our experiment) produce sound.

If you want to try the experiment at home, follow the link below to create your water bottle mebranophone and have fun making some music.


Building electronic devices, anyone?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Would you like to build your own electronic devices? Sounds hard … it doesn’t need to be.  Now, you can buy small hardware modules that you can just connect together to prototype a device in a matter of hours (not days and weeks).   The type of devices include Mp3 players, environmental monitor, bike computer, cameras that send information to other devices, … your imagine it and you can build it … easily! :-)

With Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer, you can do just that without necessarily requiring an advanced engineering degree.  You still ofcourse some passion to put things together and be able to have interest in learning to program.  These devices can be programmed using Microsoft Visual Studio development environment, as the Gadgeteer is built over Microsoft .NET Micro-Framework.

Colin Miller, the Product Unit Manager of this product at Microsoft kindly provided us an early demo of this product to a group of science enthusiasts.  It was a small event attended by teenagers and adults.   In this demo, Colin walked us through the capabilities of .NET Gadgeteer and programmed a simple switch on/off device.   I personally was very inspired by it!  You can find more details about this cool technology at







All the cool modules, Colin brought with him.  He passed them around to us so we could see all the tiny text written on those boards.







Colin doing the hands-on demo, while projecting it through the ‘camera projector’ so audience didn’t have to gather around the table to see what he was doing.







Group paying attention to Colin.


We would love to host another session where childern can all potentially get hands-on experience building something.  Microsoft, please go ahead and release this really cool technology!!

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.

The return of the ‘Square Gears’

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

A group of ESITCF board members took a trip to the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) in order to return the borrowed exhibits that were used at Medina Elementary School Science Fair. This trip provided an opportunity to advance our collaborative efforts with OMSI. In attendance were Barb Siples, Grants Coordinator and Scott Pattison, Exhibit Developer of OMSI, Ellis Corets, Sonu Arora, Siren Hakimi from ESITCF and Ted Cook a consultant.

See below some of the photos from this excursion:







Our first science fair on the Eastside!

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

We participated in Medina Elementary School‘s science fair on May 21, 2008 as our first public event to introduce our project.

The highlights of our booth were:

See some of the photos from the event!

Betty Nhan, the science teacher at Medina Elementary School and ESITCF board director, showing kids how to experiment with Chromatography


ESITCF board members (from left to right) Larry Hurlbert, Ellis Corets, Mike Galvin, Siren Hakimi and Lisa Orenstein at our booth


Kids experiencing static electricity from Van de Graaff generator


A curious student discovering details of a tree leaf under the Dissecting Microscope