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From learning how a full-scale optical engine works to touching actual munitions destroyed by the Explosive Destruction System to watching predators munch on algae in a photobioreactor, the community got a rare glimpse into Sandia/California at an event in downtown Livermore on May 21.
The over 500 community members in attendance viewed 18 displays and met with more than 30 Sandia researchers, engineers and scientists. The program included remarks from Sandia President and Labs Director Jill Hruby and Marianne Walck, vice president of Sandia’s California site and the Energy and Climate program. U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Deputy Director Thomas Gioconda all congratulated Jill and Marianne on the anniversary and shared their connections with Sandia/California.
Sandia systems analyst and engineer Jarret Lafleur gave a talk on “The Perfect Heist” and Cybersecurity R&D Manager Levi Lloyd spoke on “Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age.”
The event brought together Sandia’s education outreach programs with hands-on scientific activities from Family Science Night and Expanding Your Horizons volunteers. A local Girl Scout troop demonstrated their robots and Livermore High School students displayed their “Seniors helping Seniors” engineering projects. Activities included making molecules using miniature marshmallows, creating miniature robots, and one of the most popular activities was making paper glow by using copper tape and batteries.
The public also showed great interest in careers and job opportunities at Sandia/California.
This first-of-its-kind event greatly exceeded expectations, both in the number of attendees and the level of interest from the general public.