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All About Snakes

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Hiking season is in the air! One of the ways to prepare the kids for upcoming hikes is to make them aware that snakes live in the parks and trails we hike in.

O.C. Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species.

Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

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  • When: Saturday, May 13, July 8 and September 2, 2017 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking fee  is $5.00
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All About Snakes

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OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

  • When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking feess apply. .
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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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The Science of Gingerbread

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What a tasty treat going to the Discovery Cube during the Science of Gingerbread exhibition is! The cube is completely transformed into a sweet STEAM city covered in gum drops and icing. This year the 10th annual Science of Gingerbread exhibit runs through January 3, 2015.

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Children, schools, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop collaborate to design and build their gingerbread houses then submit them in the Ginberhouse competition. It truly does require science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to build some of these amazing displays.

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The Science of Gingerbread is filled with innovation and great hands-on activities designed to celebrate the holiday season.

wpid-wp-1415429402810.jpegThis sweet STEAM event is filled with great hands-on activities designed to bring families together this holiday season.

Activities include:

  • Gingerbread Derby Competition (11am, 1pm, & 3pm)
  • Kitchen Chemistry Learning Station
  • Gingerbread Spices Learning Station
  • Build a House Learning Station
  • Hall of Traditions
  • 3D Printing of a gingerbread house
  • Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Science of Snow Stage Show (on select dates only)
  • Cookie Decorating in the Healthy Kitchen (on select dates only)
  • Santa Meet & Greet (on select dates only – please see schedule below)

Boys and Girls bring you list because Santa will be on hand to meet and take pictures. Santa will be visiting and available 11am-3pm on the following dates:

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Saturday, 12/5/2015 – Sunday, 12/6/2015

Saturday, 12/12/2015 – Sunday, 12/13/2015

Saturday, 12/19/2015 – Thursday, 12/24/2015

It should no surprise that some of my favorite entries into the competition are the those submitted by our local Girl Scout Troops. Hopefully my troop will submit an entry next year!

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

For more information on hours and admission please check their website.

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Girls in STEM

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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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Dinosaur Science

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Bring to kids to discover Dinosaur Science with Richard Wade  at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library.

Richard Wade combines his education in Psychology and Art along with unique props that grabs children attention to help them easily understand scientific ideas.

  • When; Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa, Rancho Sta Marg, CA 92688
  • Cost: FREE
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Discover Cube – Noon Year’s Eve

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Celebrate the New Year at Discovery Cube OC and LA  at their “Noon Year’s Eve” party!

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Ring in 2015 with a countdown, hats, streamers, and a ginger ale toast. Party while the sun is still up with kids and parents while also taking part in learning stations themed around celebrating the coming New Year.

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My girls had a blast last year. Celebrations will be held on both December 30, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

In addition to the Noon Year’s fun, look forward to special learning stations that will include:

  • Alka Seltzer Rocket – Witness a chemical reaction and watch gas expand, causing a canister to pop and fly in the air!

  • Tambourines – Create a tambourine out of paper plates and beans, while learning about sound.

  • Time Zone – Learn about the different time zones around the world.

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Discovery Cube offers hands-on learning for families through a diverse line-up of engaging exhibits all year long. From our permanent exhibit areas such as Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and the Boeing Rocket Lab to our traveling exhibits like Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails at Discovery Cube OC through Janurary 4, 2105 , there is always something new to discover at the Cube.

For further information visit DiscoveryCube.org

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The Science of Gingerbread

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I love going to the Discovery Cube during the Science of Gingerbread exhibition, The science center is completely transformed into a sweet STEAM city covered in gum drops and icing. This year the exhibit runs from November 28 – January 5, 2015.

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Children, schools, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop collaborate to design and build their gingerbread houses then submit them in the Ginberhouse competition. It truly does require science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to build some of these amazing displays.

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The Science of Gingerbread is filled with innovation and great hands-on activities designed to celebrate the holiday season.

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  • Meet Santa and take your photo with him (dates TBA)
  • Build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
  • Decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!

It should no surprise that some of my favorite entries into the competition are the those submitted by our local Girl Scout Troops.

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Annual Gingerbread Competition

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Discovery Cube proudly invites you to participate in their Annual Science of Gingerbread Competition. Local companies, schools, families and organizations are invited to build their own creations and enter into the competition.

See 2013 Winners >

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Silly Science Show

The Mariners Branch Library in Newport Beach is hosting a Silly Science Show. The Professor brings fun to the learning of basic science principles in a silly (educational) interactive way.

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The principles covered in this show include; solids, liquids & gas – energy, motion & force, weight & gravity – volume & compress and to develop a theory with experimentation followed with a conclusion.

WHEN Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3 – 4pm
WHERE Mariners Branch Library
1300 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach CA 92660

 

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Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures

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Tomorrow, October 26th  from 10:00 am.m – 4:00 p.m., come and explore the world of nocturnal animals and 8 legged insects at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve .

FREE activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each with a different educational theme to explore.  The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more.  Then join Preserve staff for storytime at 11am and 2pm.  Recommended for ages 3-12.

 

Muth_mapThe Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue.

Please note the building is not visible from the street.

 

 

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Celebrate Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional Park

Prehistoric OC is a FREE annual family fun event that is a joint celebration of:

International Archaeology Day (October 18th)

and National Fossil day (October 15th)

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Come and Learn the history and deep roots of Orange County, see Native American and natural history exhibitors,a Junior Scientist Camp, demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, food and FUN!

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where: Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618
clarkpark@ocparks.com

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Insect Fair

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Come see over 500,000 live and preserved exotic insects from around the world!

Have you ever touched a millipede or a Madagascar Hissing cockroach with your bare hand? Well you can at the Insect Fair on October 18 and 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Bronco Student Center in Cal Poly Pomona.

Come and learn how insects impact our lives and how you can make a career as an insect expert.

Some of the insects on display include:

  • Vibrant moths and butterflies from around the world.
  • Beautiful cicadas from Asia, many having unique wing patterns and colors. These insects are the loudest on the planet!
  • A colorful array of exotic grasshoppers and katydids. Many displayed to show patterned underwings.
  • Beetles! These are the largest, most diverse group of insects. Make sure to look closely because many displayed are small but full of color, texture, and unique patterns.

Admission: $5 per person; $4 for students; FREE for kids 2 and under.

Where: Bronco Student Center  at Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

When: October 18 and 19, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

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Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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 The Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum features live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food, gardening workshops to educate children and families on current environmental and conservation issues, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!

One of the activities at the Fall Family Festival will be a costume exchange. Bring your gently used Halloween Costumes from last year and browse our costume rack for a new costume. A costume exchange not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are!).

Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and kids 0-12 are FREE. Proceeds from this event benefit San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, bringing in critical dollars to support the Museums exhibits, programs, and scholarship fund.

 Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: San Diego Children’s Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Fall Family Festival Schedule

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Live Music by Hullabaloo Band
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Visit from our friends at Hooves and Paws Petting Zoo
12:00 pm-3:30 pm Gardening Workshops (Please check back soon to see a full list of gardening workshops)
All day activities include Costume Exchange, Seed Art, and other hands-on activities.

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San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM)  is the only hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, the focus is on science, world culture and art.  the museum offers curiosity through interactive exhibits and hands-on programming. Children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in where there are no right or wrong answers.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum offers KPBS Kids Workshops! Join Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Clifford, and other special guests as children explore the world around them through science, math and literacy.

Workshops will take place on the Second Saturday of selected months from 10am-12noon. Most workshops are scheduled at 10:15 and 11:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Hands-on activities are designed for children ages 3 and up. Price of KPBS Kids Workshops are included in Museum admission. 

Registration is encouraged so that they can better prepare for the correct amount of attendees. For information and to register, please email education@sdcdm.org.

The KPBS Kids October Workshop “Clifford the Big Red Dog” will be held on October 11, 2014. Children will experiment with surface tension, viscosity and density by making a glitter mindfulness jar.

 

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Inspire your Girls to be “Pretty Brilliant”

A new ad from Verizon sends the exact message I try give my girls daily, this ad sends the message to tell our girls they are “pretty brilliant” too.

Verizon has a campaign called “Inspire her Mind”. This campaign focuses on inspiring parents and girls to stay engaged with all things STEM. Research shows there is a significant drop-off in women interested in these fields between childhood and adulthood, from 72% to 55%. Women make up half the workforce in the US. Yet, as far as STEM jobs go, we only hold 25% of the jobs.

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Our words have a huge impact on our girls. Inspire their future by telling them how smart they are and how imaginative they are. Encourage them to get dirty, to look for bugs, go camping, let her find out how things work and let her build things. Through play time and family time we can spark our girls imagination in subjects like science, technology, engineering, astronomy and physics.

Verizon website dedicated to this campaign includes various videos and facts with in-depth insight, facts and figures from research studies. It also features women who are established in stem jobs.

We need to work together to be make a significant change in the lives of our girls.

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Lessons learned at the park

A formal educational setting is not needed to provide lessons to you children. Teachable moments can arise in an instant. As a perfect example of this: the other day, we were at the park and I was stressing to my daughter that she did not need to push back and forth while on the spinning apparatus thing (for lack of better word) because it works by centrifugal force.

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I turn around for a second and it happens; a yell, a cry and her lip is bleeding. So needless to say our time at the park was cut short. Although she got hurt,  it was a lesson none the less.

There is a lot to learned at the park, here are a few:

Literacy: A simple literacy activity that you can do with your child while visiting the park is to simply read the signs. Read the directions and information that you will find around the playground. When you get home have your child write about their experiences at the park that day. If they are still little have them draw it, you can ask them to describe the picture to you and you can write it on the drawing afterwards.

Physical educational: Let them run, climb, jump and slide. Not only will they burn of some steam but they actually be exercising. Most playgrounds have different play areas with designated age levels so they can exert their own physical skills. Take a ball with you to the park and practice kicking an throwing the ball while you are there.

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Science and nature: My daughters favorite thing. Go on a nature walk, discuss the nature surrounding them. The trees, flowers, water features, grass and bugs. How do the plants grow, why does mold grow on this side of the tree, what type of flower/tree is this, what type of insects live here and what do they eat and what are the different parts of plants? Collect some leaves and do leaf rubbings when you get home.

Social/Etiquette skills: Lets face it some people just don’t pick up after themselves. You can teach them pick up at least five pieces of trash. (serve your community)  If everyone did that, our parks would sparkle. Parks are also very sociable places. It is an ideal opportunity for your child  (and yourself) to socialize with other children (moms) and learn a variety of social skills such as talking, listening and sharing.

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History: Many parks have some great history behind them. Find information on plaques/memorial statues.

Art: A brilliant way for children to express themselves is through art. Have them draw their experiences. Make a collage out of the leaves they have collected. One of our favorite activities is to gather and collect “nature” then they make create nature creatures. Use grass as rope to tie twigs together.

A simply trip to the park can provide so many lessons.

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SciGirls Encourages Girls (and boys) in STEM

 

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SciGirls is a GREAT show for kids target ages 8-12  (but my 7 year old loves it!) it encourages kids curiosity with all things STEM. Each episode features a different group of tween girls that put science and engineering to work by creating and exploring.  Your kids will see scientific and math principles applied to real-life scenarios. I also love that the show displays teamwork and conflict resolution.

They have a fantastic website filled with games, videos and projects submitted by kids. The viewing schedule times are a little difficult for us but you can watch the entire episodes through the PBS website and YouTube.

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The following is from PBSkids SciGirls website:

Tips for Encouraging Girls in STEM

How can you help?

Supporting girls in basic ways offers a great foundation for their science success:

  • Encourage Questions

    Encourage girls’ natural curiosity about the world. Scientists are professional question askers. Let her know that it’s perfectly acceptable to not have all the answers, and encourage her to explore and discover!

  • Offer a STEM-friendly Home

    Science happens everywhere. Gardening, auto mechanics, construction, cooking and plumbing all use STEM skills. Encourage safe experimentation and discovery in the kitchen and backyard, where she can practice predicting, measuring, observing and analyzing. Offer basic supplies, Internet access, a library card and a space where she can get a little messy.

  • Provide School Smarts

    With the growing importance of science and technological literacy, it is important to strengthen girls’ engagement, interest and confidence in middle school. Once in high school, girls will make choices that will either open or close doors to continued STEM studies and eventual careers in the field. Help them make educational choices and see the connections between science and math classes and future career options. Start early!

  • Help Girls Access Opportunities

    Great science learning happens outside the classroom as well. In addition to programs such as SciGirls, learning opportunities for kids can be found at science museums, zoos, scouting organizations and STEM clubs during afterschool hours, weekends and summer breaks. These programs often provide girls with introductions to working female mentors, who can help girls navigate the course of becoming a scientist.

  • Talk the Talk

    Talk to girls in your life about math and science. Ask them about what they are learning in school. Encourage them to share their struggles and their successes!

 

 

 

 

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