STEM

3:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

Finishing 3D-Printed Pieces

3D print striations got you puzzled? You can use body filler, spot putty, filler primer, UV resin, acetone, and more in the finishing process to get high-quality looks and detail points in your cosplay’s printed pieces. It’s easy to forget when you’re crunching to complete your build and working at home, so we’ll cover best practices for sanding safety and more, too. Join engineer, fabricator, and cosplayer WandererTJ for this informative session for makers.

Moderator: WandererTJ

Panelists: WandererTJ

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, STEM, Maker, Cosplay

5:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Gaming Computers: Building and Buying Tips

Local tech experts discuss what to consider when acquiring a gaming computer, and how to get your hands on one—despite parts shortages.

Moderator: Caleb Haldane

Panelists: Caleb Haldane, Phillip Grimes, David J. Pedersen, RedDirt3D

Tracks: Gaming, STEM, Internet Life

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Integrating Math with Art

This is a creative approach to basic geometric shapes and graphing. Part 1: Learn to draw Celtic knot work with graphs. Part 2: Use the Victorian art form of quilling to explore geometric shapes. Professional development certificates for educators will be available on request. Ages 12 and up. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers

Tracks: STEM, Professional Development, Art, Workshop

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Retrofuture: Visions of the Future from the Past

From robots that clean and tablet computers, to jetpacks and flying cars. Join the fun as our panelists discuss how the past saw the future! What did they get right, what did they get laughably wrong?

Moderator: Mel. White

Panelists: Mel. White, Mark Alfred, Tim Frayser, Sheila Hartney, Chaz Kemp, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: STEM, History, Culture & World Affairs, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Summertime Stargazing

Come find out what constellations are up in the summer sky, and when the meteor showers happen. Plus, make and take a distance scale model of the solar system that will fit in your pocket. (Geared toward ages 8-12)

Moderator: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Panelists: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Tracks: Maker, Kids, STEM

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

3D Printing for Gaming

Printing and Gaming: Making custom character figures, game scenery, and tabletop RPG accessories. In this session, panelists focus on 3D-printing techniques for miniatures and dice containers, particularly: file design, recommended materials, and planning production time for printing, smoothing, and painting.

Moderator: Pete Dixon

Panelists: Pete Dixon, Ethan Doughty, Pioneer Library System, RedDirt3D

Tracks: STEM, General Interest, Gaming, Maker

10:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

3D Printing Tech Today

How close we are to replicators! 3D printing is bleeding-edge tech. Experienced printers talk tech about 3D-printing technologies for general consumers. What's out there now, and what's on the immediate horizon?

Moderator: Everyday Futurist

Panelists: Everyday Futurist, Tim Chessmore, RedDirt3D, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: General Interest, Maker, STEM

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Before and After the Plague

Or, COVID-19 as a taste of apocalypse. How has it changed how we communicate, work, innovate, and live? What's the state of human society, and the things we've taken for granted in our post-pandemic world? What's getting better?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Everyday Futurist, Sheila Hartney, Brian A. Hopkins

Tracks: General Interest, Health & Wellness, STEM

5:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Build the Droids You're Looking For

Can't find the droids you're looking for? Build ’em! With the introduction of DIY electronics such as Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, building robots has never been easier. Beginner’s kits have made these projects cheaper and easier than ever for engineers of all ages.

Moderator: James Dock

Panelists: James Dock, Caleb Haldane, OKC R2-D2

Tracks: Maker, STEM, Fandoms

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Circuits for Kids

Learn how electric circuits work as you build some super projects that you can take home! Limit 12 kids in this session, and their adult assistant is needed to help with this make-and-take project.

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett

Tracks: Maker, Kids, STEM

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Light Up Your Costumes: A Gemma Wearable Processor How-To

This introductory workshop will teach you the basics of CircuitPython using a Gemma M0 processor. The Gemma has an onboard DotStar LED, so no soldering will be necessary. We’ll even build a basic prop for you to show off! We will have appropriate software for PC and Mac laptops. If your computer doesn’t use either operating system, then a text editor will work. There’s just an extra step you need to take, and we’ll show you what to do. (If you’ve used Python before, you may have Mu or EMACS on your laptop. If so, you’re good to go!) (2 hours. Limit 12 participants. $15 fee.)

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, STEM, Costuming & Fashion, Workshop

Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Science and Religion: A Zero-Sum Relationship?

Some think religious faith precludes scientific objectivity. Others feel that science has outstripped “superstitions” like religion. Still others are calling for a New Enlightenment period in an increasingly misinformed world. How does the speculative-fiction writer address all sides and tell a compelling story?

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, David Carrico, Charles Dane Clark, Rebecca Jackson, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, STEM

11:00 AM | Location: University C

STEM Keynote: Breaking Bad Science Storytelling Habits in Media

Chemist and OU professor Dr. Donna J. Nelson shares about her experiences as Science Advisor for AMC's Breaking Bad, and why promoting the understanding and public perception of science and scientists in pop-culture media matters. Presentation with brief Q&A.

Moderator: Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS

Panelists: Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS

Tracks: STEM, Pop Culture & Entertainment, General Interest

2:30 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Summertime Stargazing

Come find out what constellations are up in the summer sky, and when the meteor showers happen. Plus, make and take a distance scale model of the solar system that will fit in your pocket. (Geared toward ages 8-12)

Moderator: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Panelists: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Tracks: STEM, Kids, Maker

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Writers Change the STEM World

Talk about “a wish to build a dream on”! From Edward Bellamy's prediction of the credit card to Clarke's projection of communications satellites, we survey how imagined tech in science fiction has influenced the world.

Moderator: Pigeon

Panelists: Pigeon, Aaron Bossig, Rhonda Eudaly, Everyday Futurist, Brian A. Hopkins, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, STEM

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

3D Printing for Cosplay

With 3D printing becoming more and more accessible, we cover some of the best practices that one can expect when utilizing the technology for cosplay. Providing examples, RedDirt3D business owner Christopher Parker walks convention guests through the ins and outs of 3D printing, how to overcome hardships, and get the best looking prop possible.

Moderator: RedDirt3D

Panelists: RedDirt3D

Tracks: Maker, STEM, Cosplay

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Biodiversity in ST: Discovery: Why It STILL Matters in Trek

How does “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” play out? Whales working alongside the crew? Humans with multiple lifetimes of experiences? Discuss inclusion near and far in various Star Trek properties.

Moderator: Gwenna Laithland

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Tim Frayser, Rebecca Jackson, Ted Pennella, ET Wardwell

Tracks: STEM, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Fandoms

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Building Better Futures

How to use Design and Foresight tools to build plausible futures for writing, games, movies, cosplay, and more. Professional futurist Tim Morgan aka Everyday Futurist guides this introductory session on future-minded thinking. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Everyday Futurist

Panelists: Everyday Futurist

Tracks: STEM, Culture & World Affairs, Business & Marketing, General Interest, Science Fiction, Workshop

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Entertaining the Climate Crisis

According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Tim Frayser, Brian A. Hopkins, Carolyn Kay, Caleb Masters, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM, Culture & World Affairs, Film & TV, General Interest, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

You Mean Star Trek Star Maps Are Kinda Real?

Join “Dr. Trek” Larry Nemecek, the author of Star Trek: Stellar Cartography (2013/2018) and a Trek star-mapper since 1976, for more than you ever realized: How much of Star Trek’s stellar layout is based on real science? Where does everything go? And does anyone working or playing on Star Trek really pay attention?

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek

Tracks: Fandoms, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, General Interest, STEM