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Girls in STEM

Image courtesy of Columbiaspacecenter.org
Image courtesy of Columbiaspacecenter.org

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 info@DowneySpaceCenter.org with any questions or call (562) 231-1200 for more information.

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FREE day at Children’s Museum at La Habra

childrens_museum_la_habraToday is FREE day at Children’s Museum at La Habra from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The theme today is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 

Recycling can be fun and an easy habit to learn- join us in our quest to make our world greener and cleaner! Art students from Lynwood Arts Academy will work with visitors today to create an array of recycled material masterpieces!

A total of 500 people are admitted on Target free Sundays and wristbands for both sessions are distributed at 1pm. Wristbands are on a first come first served basis. There is no museum admittance once all wristbands are distributed, Museum Members excluded. Session times are 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5pm. Please plan accordingly.

While your there, visit the new Spring exhibit: California: Full of Life! This spring exhibit runs from March 31-August 24, 2015. This exhibit introduces guests to the ecosystem diversity found in our beautiful Golden State. Visit the deserts, beaches, mountains, redwoods and learn about the life cycles of plants and wildlife. Have fun on a mini camping trip at the Museum. Learn about living in a tent, camping foods, camping gear, and California state parks & wildlife.

In addition there are 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 3 times a year.


 

Nature Walk
Visit with “real” wild animals as children are able to explore through their senses as they see, touch and hear taxidermy mounts from Africa, the Pacific Northwest and our own Southern California wildlife zones. The Grotto holds our LIVE animal exhibit.


Nannies Travels
Enter Nannie’s cozy living room and share cultural stories, art, clothing and customs from a lifetime of travel to Russia, Asia and the Middle East.


Model Train Village
Children and adults can enjoy a charming model train display which features electric model trains and an ever-changing miniature village, plus interactive wall units about local history and trains. Press the buttons and see what happens!


Carousel Room
Ride our authentic, hand-carved Dentzel Carousel (ages 5 and under), or shop for healthy foods in our Mini-Market – don’t forget to check out at the Register! Pretend to ride home in Buster, our REAL O.C.T.A. bus, with you in the driver’s seat.

The Caboose
Scheduled Guided Tours of our historic 1942 Caboose, featuring a restored interior, railroad artifacts and local history. “All Aboard” for a fascinating visit with a time gone by.


Science Station

Visit the Sciences from Paleontology to Green Living! Uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dig Site; discover the amazing properties of water at Clear Water Mountain; explore phosphorescence in the Shadow Box; learn about environmental choices in the Green and Clean Energy Station and Clubhouse H2O. Now thru the end of October 2014 visit the Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter exhibit.  Learn how you can conserve energy at home!  Learn more here>


Kids On Stage
Dress up in costume then debut on stage in our super-fun Theater Gallery! Lighting, sound effects, costumes, scripts and a microphone help to make you a star!


Pre-school Playpark
A playful Gallery for ages five and under! Plenty of storybooks, puppet play, toys, building blocks and a play-house area just for little kids (and their parents!).


Family Art Center
Unleash your creativity with daily art activities for the entire family!

Childrens Museum La Habra is located at : 301 South Euclid Street, La Habra CA 90631

Phone Number (562) 383-4236

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Wild Tales

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Get your little ones up and exploring on Friday, November 28, 2014 with “Wild Tales” at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center.

Visit with Preserve and YMCA staff for story-telling fun!  After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for exciting experiences!  For ages 2-8.

  • Class fee is $5 per child.
  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or emailunbic@ocparks.com to register.
  • 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, CA
Date:  11/28/2014
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

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National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Santa_Ana_Zoo_LogoJoin in on a family fun filled day of hands on STEM exhibits in celebration of Chemistry Week at the Santa Ana Zoo on October 12, 2014 from 11am – 3pm

Chemistryday_SAzooSponsored by the American Chemistry Society, this is a hands-on science learning fair at the Santa Ana Zoo. This event serves as a warm up for National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is “The Sweet side of Chemistry – Candy”. There will be College students from nereby colleges assisting kids with hands-on chemistry experiments. Individual tables with different college groups and different chemistry projects through out the zoo.

Price of the event is included with the price of general admission | FOSAZ Members-FREE

for more information visit Santa Ana Zoo or Orange County American Chemical Society

PRICES$10 Adult, $7 Child, $7 Senior, Members FREE, Parking FREE


HOURS10am-4pm 


ADDRESS 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, 92701 DIRECTIONS HERE


PHONE NUMBERS(714) 836-4000 

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Children’s Museum at La Habra

Visit Children’s Museum La Habra on the next “Target Free First Sundays” on Sunday September 7, 2014 from 1 pm – 5pm.

A total of 500 people are admitted on Target free Sundays and wristbands for both sessions are distributed at 1pm. Wristbands are on a first come first served basis. There is no museum admittance once all wristbands are distributed, Museum Members excluded. Session times are 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5pm. Please plan accordingly.

 Latin Rhythms, go on a musical journey through Latin America. Indigenous people of these areas are known to imitate the sounds of nature in their music and use their natural resources to craft their instruments. Play a gourd drum, learn vibrant dances and create colorful dance masks!

The Museum features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 3 times a year.


 

Nature Walk
Visit with “real” wild animals as children are able to explore through their senses as they see, touch and hear taxidermy mounts from Africa, the Pacific Northwest and our own Southern California wildlife zones. The Grotto holds our LIVE animal exhibit.


Nannies Travels
Enter Nannie’s cozy living room and share cultural stories, art, clothing and customs from a lifetime of travel to Russia, Asia and the Middle East.


Model Train Village
Children and adults can enjoy a charming model train display which features electric model trains and an ever-changing miniature village, plus interactive wall units about local history and trains. Press the buttons and see what happens!


Carousel Room
Ride our authentic, hand-carved Dentzel Carousel (ages 5 and under), or shop for healthy foods in our Mini-Market – don’t forget to check out at the Register! Pretend to ride home in Buster, our REAL O.C.T.A. bus, with you in the driver’s seat.

The Caboose
Scheduled Guided Tours of our historic 1942 Caboose, featuring a restored interior, railroad artifacts and local history. “All Aboard” for a fascinating visit with a time gone by.


Science Station

Visit the Sciences from Paleontology to Green Living! Uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dig Site; discover the amazing properties of water at Clear Water Mountain; explore phosphorescence in the Shadow Box; learn about environmental choices in the Green and Clean Energy Station and Clubhouse H2O. Now thru the end of October 2014 visit the Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter exhibit.  Learn how you can conserve energy at home!  Learn more here>


Kids On Stage
Dress up in costume then debut on stage in our super-fun Theater Gallery! Lighting, sound effects, costumes, scripts and a microphone help to make you a star!


Pre-school Playpark
A playful Gallery for ages five and under! Plenty of storybooks, puppet play, toys, building blocks and a play-house area just for little kids (and their parents!).


Family Art Center
Unleash your creativity with daily art activities for the entire family!

Little Picassos- Open Studio
Wednesdays 11am-3pm
Free with paid admission
Make a “paint” date every Wednesday at the Museum for lots of messy time exploring color and texture! There are easels, washable paints, brushes and paint smocks ready for little artists to use. *This is a drop in art studio and subject to change.

Hours

Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm
Fridays open at 9 am for CMLH Members
Closed Mondays.

Admission

Members Free
Children & Adults $8
La Habra Residents $7
Children under 2 Free
Become A Member!

Childrens Museum La Habra is located at : 301 South Euclid Street, La Habra CA 90631

Phone Number (562) 383-4236

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10 Reasons to NOT Volunteer with Girl Scouts

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At Girl Scouts, one of the big reasons girls get to do such awesome things and learn so many amazing skills is because we have great volunteers who are willing to give their time and energy to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. So, naturally, we’re always encouraging people to volunteer with us.

But not today.

This time, we’re giving you 10 reasons NOT to volunteer with Girl Scouts. That’s right—we’re going to show you why it would be a terrible idea to join:

click here for gsctx.blogspot.com -10 reasons not volunteer with girl scouts

 

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Tideland Tykes & Wild Tales at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center

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With your school aged kids going back to school soon, this is a perfect event for the little’s in your life (although my older girl still enjoys it).

The Upper Newport Bay Nature Center hosts “Tideland Tykes” and “Wild Tales” on most Thursday & Friday’s at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive center. Preserve Staff presents a fun filled parent and child event.

The event usually includes exploration of the bay, wildlife and environmental issues with story telling, arts & crafts or a hands on activity and an outdoor walk.

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After the event you can let your little one’s explore in the kids room to play with puzzles, read books, play with puppets and observe the Nature Center pets.

  • Recommended for ages 2-8

  • Tideland Tykes: Ongoing program most Thursdays

  • Wild Takes: Ongoing program most Fridays

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • cost is $5.00 per child

  • Parking is free

Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register

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Exploring STEM & Building ROV’s at The Aquarium of the Pacific

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On Sunday, we had a fantastic visit to the Long Beach Aquarium. As we arrived, we reviewed the schedule of events. One event, “Build a Sub -discover how scientists explore the deep sea by building your own remotely controlled sub”,  immediately had my attention. The girls and I practically ran through the aquarium to make sure we got into the event. To my surprise, we were one of three families to participate. (I guess the running wasn’t necessary).

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The hosts divided the 4 kids into two groups. They had an example of a Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) and briefly explained the concept to the kids. He give them 45 minutes to build their ROV, then he gave them a bucket filled with PVC pipes, elbows, T’s and pieces of cut pool noodles.

They had to build a ROV that could support three engines and would be capable of exploring underwater. Once they built their ROV they would be able test their ROV in a pool. (One of the aquarium staff was kind enough to give a bucket to my 4 year old so she could build as well)

Now, at this point, I was so excited and my thought was “This is a robotics class that is included in the price of admission, why isn’t this event filled to capacity”? My only guess is that people don’t know everything this event entails. This is much more than a presentation, this is a hands-on robotics project. 

My 7 year old and an 8 year old teamed up and quickly went to work on their project. They worked very well together. The kids combined design principles for underwater marine vessels using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts.wpid-2014-08-20_12.16.48.jpg

They were provided with enough time and resources to build, test, re-examine and redesign their ROV if they wanted to, and they did. They taught themselves fundamental skills of underwater-vessel design, problem solving and teamwork.

My little one was hard at work and built a rectangular shaped vessel loaded with pool noodles. She said she wanted to make it float, and it did! Even my husband even got in on the fun.

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If you happen to be thinking of visiting the Aquarium, do it now! This program is part of  “Summer of Wonder” and will only run through the end of this month. It’s offered 3 times a day, 10:30, 12:30 and 3:30. This is a great opportunity for kids, watching my girls think and execute their plan was thrilling.


 

Hours: Open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day, During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 17, 18, and 19, 2015).

You may purchase Aquarium tickets upon your arrival at our ticket windows in front of the Aquarium. You may also order your tickets online now. For phone reservations, please call (562) 590-3100 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT. You can now purchase online tickets to our 4D movies and Behind-the-Scenes Tours. The Aquarium accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Admission

PACKAGE ADULT CHILD (3-11) SENIOR (62+)
General Admission | BUY NOW $28.95 $14.95 $25.95

Address

100 Aquarium Way,
Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking

The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way.

  • From the 710 Freeway, follow direction signs to the Aquarium. The entrance to Aquarium parking is on the right on Shoreline just before the roller coaster bridge at Aquarium Way.
  • From the south, take Shoreline Drive to Aquarium Way. Left on Aquarium Way. The entrance is on the right 100 feet beyond the dolphin fountain.
  • Additional parking: When the Aquarium lot is full, you will be directed to The Pike parking structure. The entrance is on Chestnut and Shoreline, just across the street from the Aquarium’s main lot.
  • Click here for more parking information.
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