Science Heads

Working toward a better understanding of science and technology.

Science Heads Inc. provides free resources to schools to enhance STEAM education and organizes educational events for the public to further science literacy.

Objectives and Purpose:

  1. To foster and support science, technology, engineering, arts and math education (STEAM) in public and private schools.
  2. To provide STEAM related equipment and materials to informal educational groups, K-12 schools, colleges and universities for instructional use.
  3. To provide services to enhance and support STEAM education.
  4. To sponsor events to raise awareness of the importance of STEAM education.

Featured Resources:

Crash Course - Astronomy - 46: Everything, The Universe, And Life

Crash Course - Astronomy - 46: Everything, The Universe, And Life

This YouTube video covers exoplanets and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.

Meteor Showers of 2016 Handout

Meteor Showers of 2016 Handout

Handout with a meteor coloring page on one side (public domain image) and a description of meteor showers (from SkyAndTelescope.com) on the other, plus a list of dates for the meteor showers of 2016.

Crash Course - Astronomy - 45: Deep Time

Crash Course - Astronomy - 45: Deep Time

This YouTube video covers the far future of the universe, including its eventual demise.

Crash Course - Astronomy - 44: A Brief History of the Universe

Crash Course - Astronomy - 44: A Brief History of the Universe

This YouTube video covers the first 20 minutes of the universe.

Crash Course - Astronomy - 43: Dark Energy, Cosmology part 2

Crash Course - Astronomy - 43: Dark Energy, Cosmology part 2

This YouTube video describes what we know and don't know about Dark Energy.

Mobile Observatory Project Progress!

We've been busy building a mobile observatory out of a humble trailer. We had already cut a hole in the roof, and mounted a ring for the dome. Now it was time to clean the dome and prepare it for attaching to the top of the trailer.

Pieces of the observatory dome being cleaned
Pieces of the observatory dome being cleaned
Dome pieces ready for mounting on the trailer
Dome pieces ready for mounting on the trailer

We ended up needing more hardware for the project, and with the afternoon winding down, we packed everything up for the night. The assembly crew reconvened a few days later to continue the work. As you can see below, we were able to get the dome fully installed and working great!

Richard refers to this as 'climbing Half-Dome'
Richard refers to this as 'climbing Half-Dome'
Richard and Barton work on attaching the shutter doors
Richard and Barton work on attaching the shutter doors
Completed dome in twilight
Completed dome in twilight
Venus makes an appearance over the dome
Venus makes an appearance over the dome

Since then, Richard has been working on the electrical wiring, and work on the telescope pier has been progressing. Stay tuned for future updates, and more pictures are available on Richard's Bellcroft Observatory page.

Rancho Cañada Elementary Science Night 2016

Was a blast! Amy brought a tub full of flour and some balls to be our model impactors.

Students gathered around the meteor impact display
Students gathered around the meteor impact display
Our crater-making arena, a tub half-full of flour
Our crater-making arena, a tub half-full of flour
A ball makes impact sending flour flying
Impact!
Aftermath - many different sizes and shapes of craters
Aftermath! Many different sizes and shapes of craters

The rest of the Science Heads crew operated the telescopes, viewing the Moon, Jupiter, the Pleiades, and the Orion Nebula.

Nearly full Moon
The Moon was about 90% full

Our handout for the night was on the meteor showers of 2016:

Meteor Showers of 2016 Handout

Meteor Showers of 2016 Handout

Handout with a meteor coloring page on one side (public domain image) and a description of meteor showers (from SkyAndTelescope.com) on the other, plus a list of dates for the meteor showers of 2016.

Lunar Eclipse in the Orange County Great Park - September 27, 2015

Informal gathering to watch the lunar eclipse. There was a great turnout, many people in the park to watch the moon rise in eclipse.

Moon rising over Saddleback, in eclipse
Moon rising over Saddleback, in eclipse
Eclipsed moon over the Great Park balloon ride
Eclipsed moon over the Great Park balloon ride
A picture of the fully eclipsed moon from an earlier lunar eclipse, in 2014
A picture of the fully eclipsed moon from an earlier lunar eclipse, in 2014

Fall Colors Booth at the Foothill Ranch Farmer's Market - October 9, 2014

We had leaves imported from Idaho (thank you, Rose!), and crayons for making leaf rubbings.

Our booth at the Foothill Ranch Farmer's Market
Our booth at the Foothill Ranch Farmer's Market
Topic for the day was fall colors
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