Science at The State

The STATE Theatre & Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Science at The State 

Science at the State is a free, science education program aimed at middle, high school, and college students hosted at The State Theatre in Modesto. The program presents lectures by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory highlighting research conducted at LLNL with a popular feature film relevant to that science. 

Feature film: Star Trek into Darkness
Film Summary: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Doors at 1:30 p.m.
Talk 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Film at 3:15 p.m.
FREE to students | all others $5

LLNL Presentation: Bringing Star Power to Earth: Harnessing Nuclear Fusion
LLNL Scientist(s): Derek Mariscal, Dave Schlossberg
Teacher: Tom Shefler, Granada High School
The NIF is the world’s largest and most energetic laser system and was built to create extreme states of matter – similar to those found in stellar and planetary interiors. Here scientists, engineers, and technicians work on the grand challenge of recreating the engines of stars on earth by harnessing fusion. Successful demonstrations on the NIF are laying the foundation for a future generation of clean, near-limitless energy using inertial confinement fusion. This presentation will overview the fusion science conducted on the NIF; including experiments, simulations, and the application of machine learning to better understand the physics of these highly complex physical phenomena.