Category: STEM/STEAM

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

ColumbiaMemorialSpace Center

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

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

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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Onizuka Space Science Day

El Camino College invites science loving kids to attend Onizuka Space Science Day. This free, hands-on conference is geared for students in grades 5 – 12.

Onizuka Space Science Day is dedicated to the memory of the seven Challenger astronauts, who on January 28, 1986 lost their lives in pursuit of their dreams, including Ellison Onizuka.

The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., are cordially inviting kids to participate in Space Science Day 2016 at El Camino College on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

The days events include:

 NASA Astronaut, Capt. Sunita Williams will be in attendance as the keynote speaker and will conduct a question and answer session. Capt Williams spent a total of 322 days in space and holds the record for total spacewalk time by a female astronaut

-Astronaut presentation

-Classroom presentations & demonstrations led by ECC professors, students, and guests from JPL and other institutions

-Hands-on science activities & experiments

-Egg Drop Competition!

SpaceDay 2016

  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1: 00 pm
  • Where: El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking is $3.00 per vehicle. 

To make reservations, please complete the Reservation Form. For more information, email spaceday@elcamino.edu or call 310-660-3487.   View Event Flyer

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Engineers Week at Discovery!

Engineer’s Week at Discovery Cube OC is coming up from February 20, 2016 through February 28, 2016. Engineers and builders of all ages are invited to Discovery Cube OC to celebrate National Engineer’s Week!

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Future engineers will enjoy a week of exploring, creating, and building with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering. Discovery Cube OC will have daily learning  stations  which will include the following:

Parachute Drop – Put your engineering skills to the test as you design, build, test, and modify a parachute to see if you can have the longest hang time!
Catenary Arch – Build a free-standing arch and learn how it can remain standing without additional structural support.
Build Tables – Build the bridge that can hold the most weight, using only paper, paperclips, and simple weights.
Cube Jr. Imagination Playground – Build your own playground out of giant foam blocks!
“Engineer It!” Stage Show – Learn helpful scientific tips to aid you in your creation for the Egg Drop Competition!
Tallest Towers – Figure out how to build the tallest tower using only wood blocks.

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You can look forward to Guest Speakers and Partner Presentations by:

NASA’s Juno probe: Richard Stember
-Saturday, 2/20 | 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. presentations at the 1st Floor Sunstage

AirWolf 3D Printing
-Saturday, 2/20 – Sunday, 2/28
-Sunday, 2/21 | 1:30 p.m. 3D printing presentation

University of California, Irvine PhD Students
-Wednesday, 2/24 – Friday, 2/26 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
-Saturday, 2/27 – Sunday 2/28 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Association of Energy Engineers, Fuel Cell Workshop
-Saturday, 2/20 & Sunday, 2/21 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Monday, 2/22 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
-Tuesday, 2/23 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
-Friday, 2/26 & Saturday, 2/27 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Sunday, 2/28 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on February 27th! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 25 feet in the air. You can Register here, Click here to download Egg Drop Competition rules. 

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 through Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Where: Discovery Cube OC, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA  92705
  • Cost: Adults $17.95, Children (3-14) $14.95,  Children (2 and under) FREE, Senior (62+) $12.95, Discovery Members are FREE

All events and timelines are subject to change without notice. Images and information from Discovery Cube.

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Become a Citizen Scientist

image courtesy of crystalcovealliance.org
image courtesy of crystalcovealliance.org

Become a Citizen Scientist at Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on February 13th!  Study leaf litter microbes, restoration and herbivory, and fuel moisture levels.

This month – kids will be participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count, to help create a global snapshot of the world’s bird populations!

RSVP’s are requested. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:30 am
  • Where: Meet at the Berns Amphitheater in Moro Canyon (Click here for directions.)
  • Cost: The event is free but there is $15 day use fee required per vehicle. If take a stroll to The Beachcomer Cafe afterwards for lunch – you can get your parking validated.

 

Please contact Kaitlin Magliano at kmagliano@crystalcovealliance.org with any questions!

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Family Fossil Days

Clark ParkDid you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come explore Clark Regional Park’s rich fossil history! Family Fossil Days provide a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

The three-hour program, led by park staff, will bring you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil. Participants older than 6 years old will also be able to visit Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site. Meet at the interpretive center, rain or shine. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day at the park following the program.

  • When: Saturday, February 6th, Saturday, May 7th, Saturday, September 10th, Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5 per vehicle. 

For more information: Call (714) 973-3170 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional

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It’s Museum FREE for all Day!!!

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

Here’s a reminder that it’s the 11th annual Museum FREE-for all Day!!! Over twenty museums – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

Here’s a list of the 2016 Participating Museums

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Space for Photography
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty
  • The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.
  • Hammer Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
  • Sunnylands
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • William S. Hart Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All

 

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Bird is the Word

Muth Interpretive Center
Muth Interpretive Center

The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve offers a FREE Family Science Sunday once a month. Each month a different educational theme is offered. This month the theme is “Bird is the Word” and will focus on birds and migration.

Self guided Free activities take place in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom and may include crafts, hands on exhibits, hikes or more. Theese activities are recommended for ages 2-10.

  • When: Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve/Muth Interpretive Center,  2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE
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Free Family Nights at Kidspace

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

How does a FREE family night at Kidspace Museum sound? 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
Photo courtesy of Kidspacemuseum.org
Photo courtesy of Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Explore the jungles of East Africa in this nature inspired Free Family Night! Learn about lovebirds, build a traditional East African instrument known as a “kalimba”, and create cowrie shell jewelry! Don’t miss a cultural performance at 6:00 pm!

 

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