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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.


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!


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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