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April 9, 2008 > Science on Saturdays

Science on Saturdays

By Mona Shah

Energy Crisis: Will Technology Save Us? Find out on Saturday, April 19 at the debut California State University East Bay (CSUEB) presentation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Science on Saturday.

Science on Saturday (SOS) provides students, teachers and parents with opportunities to learn about exciting and current research occurring at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). These lectures are intended for middle and high school students; however, everyone is encouraged to attend.

Energy is a fundamental quantity in our universe, and it cannot be created nor destroyed - only transformed. Physical laws permit us to take different types of materials in which energy is stored (like gasoline), change the state of that material (burn it to form other materials), and then harness a portion of that released energy (to power an automobile). Energy is the engine behind all activities and motion in the entire universe. Clearly, the ability to obtain and manipulate energy to do our bidding is a key to the high standard of living we enjoy today and for our future survival.

Presented by CSUEB and the City of Hayward, the 45 minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Students will have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Cynthia E. Atkins- Duffin about the Earth's energy sources and how they are being used. Dr. Atkins-Duffy is the Division Leader for the Energy and Environmental Security organization in the Global Security Principal Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr. Atkins-Duffy will explore how energy is converted and other alternative energy sources available when fossil fuels are exhausted. Students will receive a "Student Notes" worksheet to record key information from the talk. The worksheet will be marked with the official SOS stamp at the end of the presentation. Many teachers use the worksheet to award "extra credit."

This talk will present the latest information on the earth's total energy budget to see what forms of energy a new generation will be harnessing. When will we run out of certain forms of energy, such as oil, and what are the replacement options? How does hydrogen fit into the future U.S. energy picture? What is carbon sequestration and why does it matter?

The talk will describe a possible future (2050) U.S. energy system utilizing both hydrogen and carbon sequestration with major shifts toward sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.

Science on Saturdays
Saturday, April 19
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Valley Business and Technology Center
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
Admission and parking are free.

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