Category: STEM/STEAM

Insect & Arthropod Zoo

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Look, Listen and Learn with Dr. Sue Ph.D (also known as the Bug Lady) and her zoo full of amazing live Insects and Arthropods at the Nix Nature Center. Touch an insect, try out the insect scavenger hunt, sort arthropods and make your own insect to take home!

To be part of the creeping crawly fun – sign-up for this event online. Please note that parking is limited. It is best to arrive early as the parking lot fills to capacity.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405)
  • Cost: Free, parking $3.00 per vehicle
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Impossible Science

Image Courtesy of columbiaspace facebook page
Image Courtesy of columbiaspace facebook page

 Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for the “Impossible Science Lab” hosted by Magician and Quantum Physicist Jason Latimer. Learn how to bend light, become invisible, blow square bubbles, and more!

“The Impossible Science Lab is a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

The “Impossible Science Lab” was created by Jason Latimer. Jason is one of the judges, along with Penn & Teller, on Syfy’s magic competition TV series, “Wizard Wars.” He is a scientist, three-time World Champion of Magic, winner of the BBC One’s The Magicians, and a huge education advocate! Jason’s research based out of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA and his various university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other “impossibilities” possible through applied science has gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world.”

  • When: Daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm through Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: $5.00 for Adults and Children 4 years and older, Children 3 years and younger are FREE
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Science in the Park

Image courtesy of jdcoopercenter.org
Image courtesy of jdcoopercenter.org

OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family. The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The days schedule consists of:

  • 11:00 am – “California’s Volcanos” by Valbone “Vali” Memeti, CSUF assistant professor of geological sciences
  • 12:00 pm – Volcano demonstration by David D. Bowman, interim dean of CSUF’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of geological sciences
  • 1:00 pm – “Traditional & Contemporary Uses of California Native Plants” by Craig Torres of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe
  • 2:00 pm – “Ice Age Fossils” by Eric Scott, Cooper Center associate curator for paleontology
  • 3:00 pm – “Orange County Archaeology” by Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, Cooper Center associate curator for archeology

You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. There will also be storytime’s held throughout the day in the Orange County Zoo along with OC Ranger talks.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: Zoo Admission $2.00, parking is $5.00 per vehicle
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Imaginology Starts Today!

2016 OC Fair ImaginologyImaginology – Full Steam Ahead” – starts today! The OC Fair & Event Center present Imaginology – a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.

There was so much to do last year – we attended 2 days and I still we still missed things. There are hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields.

Explore the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm and develop a green thumb through various gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table. Live demonstrations will include a blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

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Guests of all ages can compete in the free Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and the Sawhorse Contest on Sunday held in Country Meadows. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries. Youth Project entries will be on display in the Action Gallery to showcase the talents of local youth in a variety of subjects including fine arts, poetry, science and engineering, fashion design and more.

Local professionals and Imaginology staff will lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, tie-dyeing, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.

Attendees can discover some of the oldest inventions in technology and engineering in the Conrado Sanchez Technology Museum such as the first home computer and vintage gaming equipment, cameras, phones and typewriters. Also on display throughout Imaginology will be underwater robots, classic cars, module trains, vintage fire engines and a steam-powered engine.

Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner performer in one of the many performing and musical arts hands-on experiences. For music enthusiasts, karaoke and marimba lessons, xylophone, tuba and a collection of other musical instruments are featured in the Action Gallery. Mini drama classes, aerial arts and horse vaulting are more activities children can see and try.

More free fun includes family-friendly entertainment, giant Jenga and chess, Physical Physics – the Science of Hooping, potato sack races, pretend play at the Pet Vet and Pretend Farm and a variety of hands-on learning experiences with live reptiles, insects and more.

  • When: April 15-17 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit ocfair.com/steam for more details.

 

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Family Day at the Beall

Image courtesy of arts.uci.edu
Image courtesy of arts.uci.edu

It’s time for Family Day at the Beall. Children and families of all ages are invited to enjoy free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.

Through Family Day activities, the Beall Center seeks to stir the imagination and motivate young people to delve into the basics of science, computer programming, and visual literacy—skills that will be critical to the next generation’s success in the workplace and in life.

Some of the exhibits from last year’s event included:

  • Beall Center Exhibition
  • University Art Gallery Exhibition
  • Optricks & Optobotics .
  • OC Mini Maker Faire
  • Savoy Academy 
  • CTSA Summer Academies 
  • ANTXplore Demonstrations and displays
  • STEAM.poweredEducation.com.
  • Inspire Charter Schools
  • Design Model Making & Prototyping 

Family Day events include hands on art and science activities, art and technology demonstrations, videos and more.  A fun-filled day for the entire family.

  • When: Saturday, April 17, 2016, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Where: The Beall Center for Art + Technology – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza – Click here for a campus map
  • Cost: the event and parking are FREE

Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Beall Family Foundation.

 

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Discovery Science Day

Image Courtesy of mtsac.edu
Image Courtesy of mtsac.edu

Discovery Science Day is a great event offered by Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Mt. SAC extends an invitation to all 4th – 7th grade students to explore areas of science and math. The theme this year isSUSTAINABILITY – Keep Calm and Green On“.

On Saturday, May 14th, Join Mt. SAC as they emphasize the use of science and math to preserve our natural resources. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

For just $7.00 kids get a full day with the choice of programming and a T-Shirt! Parents are encouraged to accompany and supervise their children in attendance and will not be charged to attend the event with their kids.

In addition to the programs there will be ongoing Sustainability Demonstrations by Collegewood Robotics Club as well as Sustainability Booths.

An In-n-Out truck will be on-site for lunch, after lunch the entire family can enjoy a tour of the B.J. Meek Museum Tours to visit the large animal collection and tours of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Schedule:

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and t-shirt pick up
(T-shirt for all student participants!)
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome and Tribute to Dr. Debbie Boroch
9:30 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor, Professor of Anthropology- “Sustainability: Lessons from the Ruins of Past Civilizations”
10:30am – 12pm Breakout Session Activities: Register for one 90 minute “Rockets” Planetarium activity OR two Break Session activities A & B (once each).
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch! By the In-N-Out truck!
1 -2 pm Family Tours of the Mt. SAC Wildlife Sanctuary and B.J. Meek Museum

Breakout Session Activities:

Planetarium Rocket Building (10:30am – 12pm)

Make, design, build and launch your own rocket at the Mt. SAC-Randall Planetarium. Our rocket experts will teach you how to build a high flying rocket that can go as high as 100 feet. Because our rockets are made of light weight materials they’re safe enough to catch! Rockets can be launched multiple times at the planetarium and at the end of the day you can take your rocket home to keep!

OR

Pick 2 Breakout Sessions A & B (10:30am – 12pm, 40 minute program each)

  • Animal Science: Aquapotty: Poop in the Water is not Always a Bad Thing!
    Join us in discovering the sustainable relationship between fish, poop, and growing plants. In this session we will be exploring how fish facilitate the growing of plants and the process to test the water for chemical by-products.
  • Biology: Eat insects for protein?
    Discover the nutritional content and environmental sustainability of eating insects as a source of protein. The United Nations has suggested insects as a positive dietary choice everyone in the world should consider. Many countries around the world already do it!
  • Horticulture: Be Loyal to Your Soil: Compost!
    Discover the immense value of composting.
  • Math: Water Balloon Launcher: Projectile Motion
    In this activity, students will launch water balloons at various containers. Students will investigate what determines how far the water balloon will travel. Come learn how to adjust the path a balloon takes by aiming for water collection containers. How can water be collected after a rain storm? What can we do to collect water at our homes? Come learn about projectile motion and how to recover water.
  • Biology: Explore the Secrets in Plants!
    Did you know that the 1st medicine used to treat disease came from a tree? Come and see what you can make from plants. Many medicines used today come from some part of a plant; flowers, stems, roots, even the bark of a tree. Come learn about how to make medicines from plants. You can make your own soap, tea, lotion and chapstick to take home!
  • Ocean Sciences: Our Amazing Blue Planet–Where Would We Be Without a Healthy Ocean?
    A day at the beach–don’t we all enjoy it? Yikes! Climate change, trash, overfishing and resource exploitation are threatening our oceans. Learn what you can do to be part of the solutions for a healthy planet.
  • Chemistry: How is “Oil” (Petroleum) Different from “Oil” (Vegetable)?
    The word oil is generally used for two different substances. Petroleum oil is a non-renewable material commonly used to make fuels such as gasoline and diesel. Vegetable oils, such as olive oil and canola oil, are renewable substances generally used for cooking and eating. Both types of oil are chemically similar. Did you know the oil used at fast food restaurants to cook French Fries can be used to run diesel engines? We will explore similarities and differences between these two types of oil and examine products created from the oils.
  • Chemistry: Camping, Sunlight and S’mores!
    Have you ever gone camping or backpacking? What are some essentials that you’ll need in order to stay alive and enjoy the great outdoors? Come and learn how to capture the power of the sun to purify water and cook your food. You will get a chance to see our solar camping truck in action and roast marshmallows over a sustainable fire to make a delicious S’more.
  • Planetarium Shows  
    Learn more about climate change with our new planetarium show “Dynamic Earth.” Then get a new appreciation for the sun by looking at the sun through a solar telescope.  (If cloudy, we will see the planetarium show “Secrets of the Sun” instead.

  • When: May 14, 2016 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Mt. San Antonio College is located at 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, CA 91789. Registration at building 13 near Lot G, activities end near Lot B! (see map)
  • Cost: $7.00 per child, parents are free. Parking is Free in Lot G by Building 13 (Design Technology Center) and in Lot B at the north/east corner of Temple and Grand. 

To register for the event click HERE

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Ticket to Explore

Image courtesy of JPL facebook page
Image courtesy of JPL facebook page

“A Ticket to Explore JPL” is a new approach to that one special weekend a year when JPL opens its doors to the public and display all the ways they are exploring the solar system and beyond.

If they’ve ever attended a JPL you know how overwhelming it can get., due to this JPL is trying a new approach this year. This new approach will provide a safe and enjoyable experience to all attendees.

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Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of tickets per family is five. To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be required for entry. In prior years you could RSVP to JPL Facebook page so they could get an idea of the turn out, this is not the cause this year. Tickets will be required and will help with crowd control.

Tickets will be available on April 25 at 9 a.m. PDT on JPL’s Special Events web page where you can also find additional information: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/special-events.php

So set up your calendar reminders to get your “Ticket to Explore” for this years open house. Hope to see you at “A Ticket to Explore JPL,” but remember, make sure you have a ticket first.

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STEAM Carnival

Image Courtesy of ipsf.net
Image Courtesy of ipsf.net

 Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the second annual STEAM Carnival on Saturday, April 30th. This carnival puts a creative twist on the traditional carnival. This family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

Pre-sale tickets are available now! Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live performances, prizes and so much more!

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: The Market Place, Irvine at the Edwards Courtyard, located at 13782 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
  • Cost: Tickets are $4 online pre-sale and $5 at the door. The first 350 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote bag. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam-carnival. All proceeds earned from the event goes directly to benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District.

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Imaginology Returns!

2016 OC Fair ImaginologyMake sure you save the date to attend “Imaginology – Full Steam Ahead” as it returns to the OC Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy creates a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.

There was so much to do last year – we attended 2 days and I still we still missed things. There are hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields.

Explore the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm and develop a green thumb through various gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table. Live demonstrations will include a blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

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ProjectRefinedLife.com

Guests of all ages can compete in the free Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and the Sawhorse Contest on Sunday held in Country Meadows. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries. Youth Project entries will be on display in the Action Gallery to showcase the talents of local youth in a variety of subjects including fine arts, poetry, science and engineering, fashion design and more.

Local professionals and Imaginology staff will lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, tie-dyeing, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.

Attendees can discover some of the oldest inventions in technology and engineering in the Conrado Sanchez Technology Museum such as the first home computer and vintage gaming equipment, cameras, phones and typewriters. Also on display throughout Imaginology will be underwater robots, classic cars, module trains, vintage fire engines and a steam-powered engine.

Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner performer in one of the many performing and musical arts hands-on experiences. For music enthusiasts, karaoke and marimba lessons, xylophone, tuba and a collection of other musical instruments are featured in the Action Gallery. Mini drama classes, aerial arts and horse vaulting are more activities children can see and try.

More free fun includes family-friendly entertainment, giant Jenga and chess, Physical Physics – the Science of Hooping, potato sack races, pretend play at the Pet Vet and Pretend Farm and a variety of hands-on learning experiences with live reptiles, insects and more.

  • When: April 15-17 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit ocfair.com/steam for more details.

 

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City of STEM Festival

Image Courtesy of Columbiaspacescience.org
Image Courtesy of Columbiaspacescience.org

Celebrate Science,Technology Engineering & Math at the week long City of STEM Science Festival. The Festival begins Monday, March 28, 2016 and runs through Saturday, April 2, 2016. The week is filled with fun events for both kids and adults. events will be hosted everyday at different locations at Columbia Memorial Space Center and other locations within the community.

In addition to a special event taking place every day of the week. Admission to the Columbia Memorial Space Center and every event will be FREE  from Tuesday, March29th through Saturday, April 2nd.  

Monday, March 28th – Dinner for former employees of the aerospace plants that were here in Downey. Reservations required.

Image courtesy of Columbiasspacescience.org
Image courtesy of Columbiasspacescience.org

Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm – Pub Science at the Downey Brewing Company. Join us as we discuss the science of brewing beer with Lagunitas Brewing Co, and talk about Planetary Science and the possible 9th planet with one of the two Cal Tech scientists who discovered it, Konstantin Batygin.

Wednesday, March 30th – Cosmic Carnival here at the CMSC. Join us this day as we host special Spanish speaking tours and activities.

Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org
Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

Thursday, March 31st 5:30pm –Girls in STEM Summit at the CMSC. We will be hosting speakers from several organizations (JPL, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, Herpatology Society) as we discuss girls in STEM fields and hear their personal stories. We’ll also have really fun and engaging activities as well! This is being put on by our very own Girls in STEM Club.

Friday, April 1st – Cosmic-Palooza   Spend your Friday night in our back amphitheater as we’ll have great science themed live music! The convert begins at 6:00pm.

Image courtesy columbiaspacescience.org
Image courtesy columbiaspacescience.org

Saturday, April 2nd 10:00am-5:00pm – BIG Science Fest at the CMSC. Stop by and join us for LA’s biggest Science Festival! Admission will be FREE all day. Food trucks, special activities, rocket launches — this will be a great way to spend a Saturday with the family!

Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242

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Bubblefest!

Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org
Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org

 We LOVE Discovery Cube’s OC’s Bubblefest! My girls and I attended for the first time last year and we will not miss Bubblefest’s 20th anniversary this year! This amazing show is Discovery Cube’s most popular event and you don’t want to miss it!

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Your Bubblefest experience includes tons of bubble fun and what kid doesn’t love bubbles? The hands-on bubble activities include: Bubble Science Experiments, Bubble Lab, Bubble Wall, CO2 Chambers and Laser Table, to name a few. My girls favorite outside activity was the bubble rider, they had a blast!

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The highlight of Bubblefest is the 40 minute Mega Bubblefest Laser Show by Deni Yang – it is absolutely incredible! The show is a combination of artistry, science and an astounding laser show. This world-renowned show is both unique and stunning.

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The show features awesome bubble tricks that include smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, a snow show of bubbles and a rainbow a table. I never thought about the science of bubbles until attending this show.

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Bubblefest admission includes access to the following:

  • Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
  • Water Spheres 
  • Bubble Zone
  • Bubble Lab
  • Bubble Wall
  • CO2 Chambers
  • Laser Table
  • Cube Jr. Playground – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.

Bubblefest runs March 26 – April 10, 2106. The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show runs 4 times a day during Bubblefest, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm.

In addition to the general admission, there is an additional charge for Mega Bubblefest activities of $5 for members and $7 for non-members, children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket. You can purchase tickets the day of the event for $10.00.

Discovery Cube OC, located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information visit the Discovery Cube OC’s website. 

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Girls in STEM

Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org
Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

Columbia Memorial Space Center is getting ready to celebrate their annual Girls in STEM Summit!

Come meet members from the 1st Girls in STEM Club of the CMSC along with professionals within the STEM field. Bring your girls out for a night full of fun activities including a Robotics Lab and 3D printing demonstrations. There will be special guest speakers from Boeing, JPL, Cerritios College Women’s STEM Club and more.

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Happy Pi Day!

Image courtesy of exploratorium.edu
Image courtesy of exploratorium.edu

Happy Pi Day! I just found out that the celebration of Pi Day was actually started 28 years ago at Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. The day celebrates the never-ending number 3.14159 and Einstein’s birthday.

Exploratoium shares the celebration by offering FREE admission to the museum with π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. For a schedule of events click here.

I shared this information last year and think it’s great a way of explaining to the day to kids – so I’m sharing it again! Be sure to look at the bottom of this post for some Pi Day Deals.

 I love this explanation of Pi Day from julieverse.com .

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference with its diameter or the distance around the outside of the circle is the same distance as going from one side of the circle to the other side (making sure to go through the center) “three plus a little bit more” times. The actual number is a never ending decimal  that is most often rounded to 3.14. Pi Day is known throughout the mathematical community as March (third month) 14.

Here’s a great visual explanation of Pi from Wikipedia:

For our reading time, I called my favorite book store Once upon a Storybook and found the perfect book for the day  “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi”.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Experiment: Since I get the most from hands-on learning, this experiment from PBS.org goes hand in hand with the book.

Image from pbs.org
Image from pbs.org

Or you can use jar, lids, toilet paper rolls…anything circular for this experiment from exploratorium.edu, brings it all together.

Cutting π
Materials
circular object
string
scissors
tape

  • To Do and Notice
    Carefully wrap string around the circumference of your circular object. Cut the string when it is exactly the same length as the circumference. Now take your “string circumference” and stretch it across the diameter of your circular object. Cut as many “string diameters” from your “string circumference” as you can. How many diameters could you cut? Compare your data with that of others. What do you notice?
  • What’s Going On?
    This is a hands-on way to divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter. No matter what circle you use, you’ll be able to cut 3 complete diameters and have a small bit of string left over. Estimate what fraction of the diameter this small piece could be (about 1/7). You have “cut pi,” about 3 and 1/7 pieces of string, by determining how many diameters can be cut from the circumference. Tape the 3 + pieces of string onto paper and explain their significance.

Crafts: For the little’s in your life, I like this Pi art project from momgineer.blogspot.com that shows the infinite possibilities of Pi.

Image from: momgineer.blogspot.com
Image from: momgineer.blogspot.com

Also from momgineer.blogspot.com these bracelet’s will work great for my 8 year old.

Pi braclet
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And of course, it comes down to food! Here are some Pi food deals:

  • All Blaze Pizza locations celebrate $3.14 Pizza Pi’s

  • You can save $3.14 on a large pie from Whole Foods bakery or take $2 off any large “take and bake” pizza. This deal is good for a limited time and excludes frozen pizzas.
  • For more great Pi deals visit gobankingrates.com  you’ll find details on deals at places Chuck E. Cheese, Papa John’s, Marie Callender’s and more. 
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Total Solar Eclipse

Image courtesy of exploratorium.edu
Imagecourtest of exploratorium.edu

Want to watch the Solar Eclipse today? The Exploratorium will present a real-time webcast of the total solar eclipse from Micronesia.  If your in the San Francisco area you can go to the Exploratorium for a free live program.

The Exploratorium sent a production crew to the coral island of Woleai, in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles north of New Guinea, to bring you this event. You can read their dispatches on their blog.

If your on the go you can join in by downloading an app available on Google play. Total Solar Eclipse, is the Exploratorium’s first mobile app that will incorporate their live webcasting programs. The FREE app is available for Android phone’s and tablet users.

Look for your time zone to join in on their live feed,

Live Webcast: March 8, 5:00–6:15 p.m. PST
EST: March 8, 8:00–9:15 p.m. • UTC: March 9, 1:00–2:15 a.m.
Find out what time the webcast starts in your time zone.

Live Telescope Feed: March 8, 4:00–7:15 p.m. PST
EST: March 8, 7:00-10:15 p.m. • UTC: March 9, 12:00–3:15 a.m.

Cobertura en vivo desde Micronesia en Español: 8 de marzo, 5:15–5:45 p.m. PST
EST: 8 de marzo, 8:15-8:45 p.m. • UTC: 8 de marzo, 1:15–1:45 a.m.

Live Sonification: Same time as the telescope feed.
Composer Wayne Grim turns the telescope video signal from the eclipse into music. Learn more.

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Young Explorers Academy

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The Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center  is for children ages 3-6. They will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

In this month’s Young Explorer’s Workshop, students will use their own creativity and initiative to construct their own engineering feats. Drawing on ideas from the past and new inventions of today, children will have the opportunity to put their skills to the ultimate test when we discover our engineering sides!

  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.

Ways to Register:

– Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

– Online through  ActiveNet

– In-person

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Free Family Nights at Kidspace

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Mark your calender’s it’s almost time for Kidspace Museum’s FREE Family Night. Every month Kidspace Museum offers FREE admission so that families can explore with a special evening of programming which includes performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • When: Family Night’s are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: FREE
Image from Kidspacemuseum.org
Image from Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Experience a taste of the Holi Festival, a springtime celebration from the country of India. Holi Festival is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. Throw bright powder at one another, design a henna tattoo, and paint with traditional Indian spices! Enjoy a special cultural performance at 6:00 pm.

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