You’d better hurry if you don’t want to miss American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream, the current offering at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb County Community College. The program continues through November 21st, and there are a lot of interesting presentations coming up — most for them for free. You’ll also enjoy the exhibits and videos on display every day at the Center.
There are three exhibits associated with the program. “American Ingenuity” honors a variety of American innovators and innovators with a display of artifacts and visual presentations relating to their achievements and influence. “Kites to Kitty Hawk” is provided courtesy of the Drachen Foundation, and visits the history of kite making and flying as a precursor to the development of man-powered flight. “Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future” explores late 19th and 20th century ideas of what the future would look like, and is provided by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program.
Speaking on Friday, November 5th at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm is Deanne Bell of Discover Channel’s Smash Lab, speaking on “Smashing Stereotypes: Scientists and Engineers as Innovators.”
On Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 pm, Jack Aronson, founder and president of Garden Fresh Gourmet, the Ferndale company that creates the best selling fresh salsa in the United States, will speak on the history of his company at “Fresh to Success.”
“Backyard Brains: Neuroscience for Everybody” is the topic on Sunday, November 7th at 2:00 pm, when Timothy C. Marzullo, PhD will demonstrate the Spikerbox, and inexpensive biomagnifier, which can record the electrical activity of insect neurons. This device allows even amateurs to study the nervous system.
Stanford Ovshinsky will speak on “Sparking a Revolution” on Wednesday, November 10th at 11:00 am. Ovshinsky is the founder of a new field of physics dealing with the superconductive properties of particular alloys. This field will be of great practical importance to the future of solar cars and solar energy.
On Thursday, November 11th the Brainstormers! “Takeoff Show” is geared to elementary and middle school students. The students will have the opportunity to participate in an experience that will allow them to exercise their creativity in the fields of creative writing, performance, sound effects, and music.
On Friday, November 12th the Lorenzo Center is hosting a “Chat with Steve Wozniak” at 7:00 pm. This is the only program in the remaining portion of the series for which there is an admittance charge. The charge for the Chat is $15 general admission, and $5 for students. If you’d like to participate in the Meet and Greet from 5:30 to 6:30, the charge is $30. Pre-registration is required for this sure-to-be-popular event. Mr. Wozniak will speak about his experiences at the co-founder of Apple, and the importance of creativity and innovation in modern life.
On Wednesday, November 17 at 1:00 pm, Aaron P. Dworkin will speak on “Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Sphinx Organization and Classical Music.” Mr. Dworkin is the founder and president of the organization, a youth development program promoting diversity in classical music. He will speak of his experiences in founding the group.
“Parts of a Parachute” is the topic on Thursday, November 18th at 11:00 am. The program is intended for middle school students, and is provided by the Detroit Science Center. Innovation and creativity will be demonstrated in creating parachutes for eggs which will be dropped from a ladder.
The final event, at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 20th, is the “Fifth Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade.” This annual event has been organized by Lawrence Technological University. It is an indoor parade comprised offully autonomous robot floats created by students in the 4th through 12th grade.
The Lorenzo Cultural Center has a remarkable history of providing entertaining and educational programs. Past series have included And Still they Prospered: Living Through the Great Depression; More Than a Game: How Sports Shape Culture; The Sixties: A Decade that Defined a Generation; and A Journey of Hope: Michigan’s Immigrant Experience. Teachers’ Resource Guides for all series, past and present, are available on the Lorenzo Center website. Registration is required for all events (except the display exhibits and videos), and can be done online or by phone at 586-445-7348. The Center is located at the Center Campus of Macomb County Community College, at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.