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PIRATES, CREATIVITY, SCIENCE AND THE CHANCE TO WRITE.

The SCQ is pleased to announce that AMBL and UBC’s Department of Creative Writing will be initiating a new outreach program aimed specifically at nurturing and combining the two acts of scientific exploration and creative writing. The program will encompass a one day fieldtrip opportunity and will be directed towards young children from the grade 6 and 7 levels. This program is slated to be offered beginning in early May (2008). Teachers from the Lower mainland are encouraged to contact us for more details. Many thanks to 826 Valencia for their insight and inspiration. – – – SAN FRANCISCO –…

“I’M THE BIGGEST THING IN THE OCEAN!” ANOTHER BOOK CONTEST

O.K. so we’re waaay behind on sorting out the Bill Hick, Science Prick contest, but figure that the best way to deal with that is to simply host another writing contest. This time, the book on the line is “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!” by Kevin Sherry. This book is great by the way, and this appears regardless of the fondness many people have for squids. This time we’ll take any kind of submission. Just send some stuff in – because essentially the thing we like the best, is the thing that will make us send this book…

QUESTIONS! QUESTIONS FOR A PRICK!

The Science Creative Quarterly is seeking wondrous, thought provoking, and potentially slightly silly science questions. These we hope to present to our esteem Bill Hick, the Science Prick, who in turn will attempt his best to answer them in due course. As well, know that a little meat with regards to the questions submitted wouldn’t hurt. And to attract such queries, we would like to make this request for questions our October monthly book contest. This time around, the prize is Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems. This seems just about right, since Edwina…

A SMALL SAMPLING OF LETTERS RECIEVED REGARDING TOILET SEATS AND GAME THEORY

In reference to this For once and for all, the argument is NOT about the toilet “seat” being left up or down, it’s the “lid” of the toilet that the argument is all about!!!! In 1975, Charles Gerba published a scientific article describing the phenomenon of bacterial and viral aerosols due to toilet flushing. It states, every time a toilet is flushed, an aerosol plume of contaminated water droplets is ejected into the air and lands on everything in the bathroom, including you, your toilet paper, clean towels & toothbrush! During the study, gauze pads were placed around the experimental…

“THE TRUTH IS WORTH MORE THAN AN IPOD,” PLUS “AN SCQ WRITING CONTEST EVERY MONTH!”

After a much need hiatus over the summer, the SCQ is back for it’s third volume. We thought we would begin by making a few announcements, tantamount to the giving away of free stuff. First on the agenda is a oh-so-pretty white 30G video iPod we still have in our possession. Essentially, when Mike won our last contest, he elected to choose the Amazon gift card option, leaving us with this fine piece of electronics. Consequently, we have decided to give it away to some random person who chooses to link to the truth before December 13th, 2007. We’ll be…

ANNOUNCING: SCIENCE SCOUTS NOW ON FACEBOOK

science scouts home | facebook group We are delighted at the awesome response for the Science Scouts (many thanks to BoingBoing in particular), and are truly inspired by the many who view scientific literacy and badges with such passion. In order to best manage the many individuals who would like to keep up with the OOTSSOERAAP’s comings and goings, we’ve decided to set up a facebook group (link), which will hopefully result in some form of percieved order. Anyway, we did recently add more badges and have a total of about 80 or so. As well, through the mystery of…

OUR HUMOUR WRITING CONTEST – ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT

Basically, an almost last call for entries. And to reiterate, a humour piece is needed, plus (plus) additional captions can be supplied if you want to take a chance at modifying your score for better or for worse. Also, note that the prize rocks! (full details below) * * * PDF | JPG The Science Creative Quarterly seeks science humour pieces for entry into our awesome new contest. Judging will be based on a number of criteria that can be annotated as follows: Briefly, final Score (FS) is equal to the the base score of the humour piece submitted (S),…

RUB-A-DUB-DUB, A POLAR BEAR IN A BATH TUB

(See here first) This is just a friendly reminder that we have a science humour writing contest going on. Go on – be funny. Do some math. Win an iPod or a whole bunch of books. Note that entries do not have to be a whole piece that incorporates each image (like the one below) – just something funny will do. Click here for larger view of image Exams are always the worst. But they are especially rough when you end up staring at the same question for what seems like an eternity. Through the eyepiece of a lab microscope,…