Category: STEM/STEAM

Solar Decatholon 2015

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I’m so excited this is back! Don’t miss the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition at the Great Park. The 2015 competition takes place over two weekends, October 8-11 and October 15-18.

The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Visitors to this free public event will have the opportunity to tour the solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County consists of students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College.

The Children’s activity area is adjacent to the Solar Decathlon Village and is open on weekends during the event. Families can enjoy face painting, balloon artists, inflatables and more. The children’s area is open October 10-11 and October 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 8-11 & October 15-18 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Children’s activity area is open Saturday & Sunday October 10 & 11 & October 17 & 18 from 11:00 am – 5:00pm
  • Where: The Great Park, click here for Map & Directions
  • Cost: The event is Free, parking is $10

For more information, visit


Spooky Science


Are you ready to become a Mad Scientist at the Discovery Cube OC? Spooky Science is creeping into town, be prepared to see bugs, bones, x-rays, holograms and view live demonstrations with dry ice.

This spooky exhibit begin October 3 and runs through November 1, 2015. Enjoy weekend costume parties and take home goodie-bags!

Don’t miss these festive activities on the weekends:

  • Monster Mash Parade
  • Thor’s Bug Safari
  • Dr. Sue’s Traveling Insects and Arthropod Zoo
  • Rat and Mouse Club of America

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, 10/3 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)

Sunday, 10/4 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm), Thor’s Bug Safari (12pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm)

Saturday, 10/10 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)

Sunday, 10/11 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm), Dr. Sue’s Arthropod and Bug Zoo (11am-3pm)

Saturday, 10/17 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)
OC Vector Control (9am-5pm)

Sunday, 10/18 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)
Thor’s Bug Safari (12pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm), OC Vector Control (9am-5pm)

Saturday, 10/24 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)

Sunday, 10/25 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm), Dr. Sue’s Arthropod and Bug Zoo (11am-3pm)

Saturday, 10/31 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)Thor’s Bug Safari (12pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm)

Sunday, 11/1 – Rat and Mouse Club of America (11am-3pm)

Discovery Cube Orange County is located at 2500 N. Main Street,
Santa Ana, CA  92705

Check their website for admission fees & hours of operation.


Don’t Miss it!


Your mission today – go to the market stock up on some Moon Pies, dust off your lawn chairs and be ready to witness the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse on tomorrow evening. Don’t miss it, the last occurrence was over 30 years ago and it won’t happen again until 2033.

The lunar perigee can be seen in North and South America, Europe, Africa, parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. For those us in the Orange County area, you can start watching the night sky at 7:00 pm.. It will begin around 7:10pm and should be at its peak about 7:47 pm. The show should last about an hour and 12 minutes. The dramatic event will bring the Supermoon to a reddish, copper glow.

The awesome thing about this event is that you will be able to view it with the naked eye. We will be keeping my girls up past their bedtime for this event. If you’re looking a good spot to view this event consider viewing it from your backyard, a park or a local pier. If you want to attend an event here’s a couple to consider:

  • OC Telescope has a viewing event at the store on Sunday night from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm for the Total Lunar Eclipse. If you name a unique not already named Lunar feature, you can win a Moon Pie, supplies limited to 24, one pie to a contestant, if you’re under 12 pronunciation does not count! OC Telescope is located at 2220 N Main St., Santa Ana, CA.
  • Griffith Observatory is hosting a FREE event. The event will include live piano music provided by Steinway & Sons and The Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of its Immortal Beethoven program. Music performed by Ray Ushikubo of the Colburn School. The event is from 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm. Griffith Observatory is located at 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA

Nasa will provide online viewing starting at 8:00 pm ET or check with your local park and planetarium for viewing parties. If you know of any events please share it by listing it in the comments.

Make sure to share your pictures on social media by using twitter and enter Nasa’s photo contest on their facebook page.


Wolf Corp. Robotics

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Kids of all ages come to a Robotics Demonstration at Columbia Memorial Space Center by Wolf Corp. Robotics team from Walnut, California, one of the Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge for kids Phase I Winners (2015 Moonbots) & FLL award winners including the 2015 California Cup Champion at Legoland.


Demonstration with lots of hands-on activities:

  • First Lego Leauge (FLL) robotics competition Information
  • Interact with the Meccanoid Robot
  • Activate our competition robot
  • Presentation at 11:30 am
  • Learn how to win a robot set
  • Questions & Answers

The Demonstration takes place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Space Center from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm., Admission is $5.00 for Adults and Children 4 years and older, Children 3 years and younger: FREE, CMSC & ASTC Members are also FREE.

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


Hot Wheels are Rolling into Town

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As a girl I had a bigger Hot Wheels® collection then my boy cousins. I would save my money and visit my local toy shop to add to my collection. I remember sitting and staring at the collection in the glass case at “Toy Town”.  If I could, it would do the same today, only on a larger scale. This upcoming exhibit at Discovery Cube Orange County gives me, I mean…my girls a chance to play.

Hot Wheels: Race to Win comes rolling into Discovery Cube town September 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016. This new family exhibit will get you revved up with immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels® fans. There’s something for mom, dad, grandparents, and children! Visit this exhibit to become part of a race team working together to build and test the fastest speed machines on the planet! Here’s a peak at what you’ll see:

  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing, including the scientific process for designing fast cars
  • Compete in the Pit Stop Challenge, by racing against the clock to change tires and refuel your race car
  • Test theories regarding the science of racing by experimenting with a six lane downhill speed track, booster power track, adjustable angles track, and timing track
  • See and learn about real race car parts, authentic artifacts, and captivating memorabilia

Discovery Cube is located at 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Click here for additional information on admission and hours or click here for a coupon.

HOT WHEELS and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel. ©2015 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.


Hot Summer Nights!

hotsummernightsLooking for some family fun on this Hot Summer Night? Try Starry Nights at Ameal Moore Nature Center in Riverside.

Tonight, August 28, 2015 from 8-10pm join in on the second Fourth Fridays event ‘Hot Summer Nights: Starry Nights in Riverside’ as they discuss the stars! The night will include crafts and activities, information about stars, and a brief evening trek up to a telescope station where we’ll be stargazing with the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS).

Please be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes as we will be outside and remember to bring water with you!  This event is free and family friendly!

Ameal Moore Nature Center is located at 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)


Girls in STEM

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Do you know a girl between the ages of 9 -18 who loves STEM? If so, bring them to the “Girls in STEM Club meeting”.

The Girls in STEM Club based at the Columbia Memorial Space Center is a new, out-of-school experience open to girls ages 9 to 18 and from all backgrounds!Through hands-on activities and challenges centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topics, girls are encouraged to create, explore, and test new ideas.

Through mentoring relationships and increased opportunities, the club equips girls to be life-long learners and advocates for the diversity of women in STEM careers.

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2105 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE for girls to join!  (Parents must pay $5 admission fee if they wish to remain in the Space Center)

Contact us at with any questions or call (562) 231-1200 for more information.


Family Science Night


Join Ocean Institute this evening for Family Science Night. Spend a summer evening in the Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. The entire family is invited to visit as they survey the stars, explore the seas, and dive into the surf zone.

Tonight’s experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with alternate activities for kids, followed by a lab program to introduce your whole family to the fascinating world of science. A different topic will be covered each week.

ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE with Terri Hernandez. Come meet our live animal guests in this special presentation. Make the evening extra special by enjoying your own picnic dinner before the program! Picnic areas and tables are available around the Ocean Institute and at Baby Beach.

  • When: Tuesday, August 18, 2105, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Cost: $9/person ($7/Member); $27/Family-pack; ($18/Member Family-pack)

Bubble Bonanaza

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I haven’t meet a kid that doesn’t love bubbles! Kidspace Museum presents Bubble Bonanza, this celebration of bubbles takes place on August 16 & 17, 2105.

Discover the answers to fun bubble questions like: can you make different shapes out of bubbles? Why can you see rainbows in bubbles? How many people fit into a giant bubble?

Guests are also invited to get creative inside a bubble laboratory and delight in an outdoor bubble “snowfall.”.

  • When: Saturday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16, 2015
  • Where: Kidspace Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Cost:  Adults & Children: $11.00, Infants (under age 1): FREE


Rocket Fever


Rocket Fever 2015 at Columbia Memorial Space Center takes place on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

LA’s first and only rocket festival returns! Whether you are new to the hobby or a veteran rocketeer, the Columbia Memorial Space Center welcomes you for a fun filled day of rocketing. Enjoy interactive exhibits, rocket flying fun and much more! Additional fees apply for rocket building classes.

  • When: Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE (Small fee applies for separate activities. See below for details.)
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Rocket launches will be held all day long on the “launch fields” at the Discovery Sports Complex. Come watch these high flyers accelerate towards the clouds!  3…2…1… Blast off!

How Can I Launch a Rocket?

Step 1: Get a rocket (in one of the following ways): Pick up a pre-assembeled rocket. Ready-made rockets will be available for guests free of charge.  Visit the Information Desk upon entry to the Space Center for more information. While supplies last!

Rocket Building 101! Sign up for this class during Rocket Fever and launch your newly built rocket that same day!* Previous knowledge of rocket science not required!  Rocket-building classes have set times and are on a first-come, first served basis. Class passes can be purchased for $5 at our Cashier desk. Each pass is good for 1 rocket kit and admits two (2) people. One rocket motor is included in the price.

*Note: Rockets must dry for approximately two hours before launching.

Bring your own rocket from home. Model rocket kits can be purchased at most hobby stores or online and are available for all skill levels.

Step 2: Buy a rocket motor: Individual rocket motors will be sold by the Southern California Rocketry Association (SCRA) on the day of the event only. Size A motors are $2.75 each and B motors are $3.00 each.

Step 3: Pass inspection: Pick up your “Rocket Inspection Pass” and head over to the Rocket Inspection Station along the outside of the baseball diamond. All rockets must pass inspection before flying.

ALL rockets must pass inspection before entering launch area.Launching period ends at 4:30pm. All launches are weather permitting.