Category Archives: Free

Northern California Regional Botball Tournament

botballrobotMiddle and high school aged students in the Bay Area pit their home-made autonomous robots (no remote controls allowed) against each other in the Northern California BotBall tournament Saturday, April 16, 2016. Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program and document robots in a hands-on project.
The robot’s actions are based on information from the sensors, combined with the computer program (C, C++, and Java) written by the students in advance. Botball robots are completely autonomous and rely on this computer programming to start, stop, and maneuver on the game board.
The free to watch tournament begins… more

Free Day at Santa Cruz Museum

Santa Cruz MuseumFriday, April 1, 2016 is free admission day at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History; no fooling.

Exhibits include a touch pool with live local intertidal plants and animals.
Also, the Native Peoples of Santa Cruz exhibit explores life in Santa Cruz prior to the arrival of Europeans. Examples of native basketry, beadwork and stone implements can be found throughout the exhibit.

The Museum celebrated its 110th anniversary, opening August 21, 1905.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, 95062
(831) 420-6115

Friday, April 1, 2016
11am-4pm (Fridays)

Admission: Free

How Things in the Universe Came About

Tom_AbelWednesday, April 6, Tom Abel, Ph.D., will discuss How Things in the Universe Came About & How They Ended Up Within Us, an illustrated, non-technical free lecture in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Dr. Abel will cover the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies… more

Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose 2015

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The Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 18, 2015 beginning at 10:00 AM.

Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers will enjoy the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors. All ages are welcome to this free event.

Activities throughout the day include:
Letterpress Demonstrations & Shop Tours: Museum Print Shop
Members from the San Jose Printers’ Guild will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage presses from handset wood and metal type, and lead tours of a 1900s era print shop.


Exhibitors and featured artists and craftsmen will demonstrate the skills related to printing and book arts, and show visitors how to set type and impress ink onto paper.

Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.

History Park (History San Jose)
635 Phelan Ave.
San Jose, 95112

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Admission: free
Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Ave. for $6. 00.

Directions: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History San Jose is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($6) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.

photo credit: vlasta2

What Lurks at the Centers of Galaxies

Dr. Chung-Pei MaAstronomer Chung-Pei Ma, PhD, of UC Berkeley, will discuss Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Centers of Galaxies, a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The public is invited. Seating is first come, first served.

Black holes can grow to monstrous size, swallowing the mass of millions or billions of suns. Dr. Ma will describe recent discoveries of record-breaking black holes, each with a mass of 10 billion times the mass of the Sun.

A cosmologist and astrophysicist, Dr. Ma’s research interests include the origin and large-scale structure of the universe, the formation and development of galaxies, and the growth of giant black holes.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the Smithwick Theater. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills 94022
(650) 949-7888

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 pm

Admission: free
Parking: $3.00