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Science in the Park


OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting the 2nd annual  Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family.

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There a fun demonstrations like the volcano demo pictured above, plenty of hands on experiements and informations abvailble. You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

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The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

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The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. The OC Zoo will also have various zookeeper chats throughout the day.

  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle, Optional OC Zoo is $2.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)

A Weekend of STEAM

This weekend is filled with some great STEAM/STEM events. A few days ago, I shared Imaginology, a STEAM event that takes at the OC Fair Grounds. It’s a fantastic event that we’ve been a attending for a few years now. Today, I’m sharing two more great STEAM/STEM events.

All of these events take place this weekend. Get your little STEMists to one of these fun filled events.


*City of STEM – Columbia Memorial Space Center*

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Are you ready for a day of Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology? Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for their 3rd annual City of STEM event.

This FREE event brings together hands-on activities and nearly two dozen science partners to the Space Center like: SpaceX, Natural History Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific, LA Zoo, and much more!

All are welcomed and are sure to enjoy this event. There will be food trucks on site like: My Delight Cupcakery, Romolo’s Italian Cuisine and TNB Food Truck.

  • When: Saturday, April 22nd 10am-5pm.

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

  • Cost: FREE


*IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & The STEAM Carnival – O.C. Great Park*

IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & STEAM Carnival. Come celebrate Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the Birthday Bash featuring the 3rd annual STEAM Carnival! Join in on an afternoon of STEAM-inspired games and activities, live music and local food trucks!

HANDS ON FUN!  A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

EXCITING ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL AGES

  • Cox “IP Packet” Derby Racer
  • Planet Ring Toss
  • Microsoft Coding
  • Virtual Reality Experience
  • Human Foosball
  • LEGO Car Build and 35′ Supertrack
  • Live Animals
  • Puzzle Cubes
  • Photography Wheel
  • US Army Physical Fitness Challenge
  • LA Galaxy Soccer Demo
  • Basketball and Football Inflatables
  • Soccer Tennis Skills Challenge
  • Nail Painting by Polished Perfect
  • And Much More!

Check out the video below of last year’s event!

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 2:00pm  – 7:00pm

  • Where: Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

  • Cost: General Admission $5.00, If you wear any IPSF t-shirt, you’ll get FREE admission! Children 3 years old and under are free. VIP tickets also available. To purchase tickets click here.

Time to use your Imaginology

 

It’s time to use your “Imaginology and go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” at the O.C. Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy is one of our girls favorite annual STEAM events. Through hands-on workshops and exhibits, this event creates a stimulating world perfect for kids of all ages.

Kids can explore and discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields and more.

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Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, technology, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.We love walking through the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm. The farm is filled with gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table.

There’s so much to do at this event. In addition to the hands-on learning there’s blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

  • When: April 21-23 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit the Imaginology website for more details and a full event schedule.

 

Time To Get Your “Ticket to Explore”

Image courtesy of JPL facebook page
Image courtesy of JPL facebook page

Today’s the day!!! I just reserved our tickets!!!

For the last few of years I’ve been telling you about the amazing once a year Open House at JPL. Due to the popularity of the event, the lines were so long a couple of years ago the policy to attend needed to be altered.

Last year JPL introduced  a new way to attend JPL’s Open House. “A Ticket to Explore JPL”.  This new ticketed system helps to assure that this one special weekend a year is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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The event is set to place on May 20 & 21, 2017. Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the maximum number of tickets per family is limited to five.

To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be available online on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT on JPL’s Special Events web page where you can also find additional information: //www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/special-events.php

Mark your calender’s and be ready on March 11th. I tried last year but the site kept crashing. Hopefully the bugs are all worked out and I can get through this year to reserve a spot for my family.

Prepare To Get Your “Ticket to Explore”

Image courtesy of JPL facebook page
Image courtesy of JPL facebook page

For the last few of years I’ve been telling you about the amazing once a year Open House at JPL. Due to the popularity of the event, the lines were so long a couple of years ago the policy to attend needed to be altered.

Last year JPL introduced  a new way to attend JPL’s Open House. “A Ticket to Explore JPL”.  This new ticketed system helps to assure that this one special weekend a year is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

JPLopenhouse

The event is set to place on May 20 & 21, 2017. Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the maximum number of tickets per family is limited to five.

To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be available online on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT on JPL’s Special Events web page where you can also find additional information: //www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/special-events.php

Mark your calender’s and be ready on March 11th. I tried last year but the site kept crashing. Hopefully the bugs are all worked out and I can get through this year to reserve a spot for my family.

Rocket Fever 2016

Images courtsey of Columbiaspacescience
Images courtsey of Columbiaspacescience

Have you ever wanted to build and launch a rocket? Come to LA’s only rocket festival at Columbia Memorial Space Center for Rocket Fever 2016! Experience a full day of great science activities, awesome food trucks, incredible demonstrations, prizes, and of course, rocket launches.

Build and decorate a rocket of your very own, then get ready to see it launch into the air. See others launch their own custom rockets* into the air, or take a look at some of the larger rockets created by hobbyists!

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. *Due to safety reasons, Only rockets with A and B motors are allowed.

  • When: Saturday, August 20, 2016
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE (Small fee may apply for separate activities) 

How to built your own Rocket?

Step 1: Get a rocket: 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 and Size B motors are the only motors accepted.

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 launches are weather permitting.

 

It’s Inventors Week!

Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org
Image courtesy of Discoverycube.org

Come to the Discovery Cube OC for a week of tinkering, building, and exploring while learning about electronic and robotic principles. You’ll get to practice your skills and test your knowledge with snap circuit building, Makey Makey invention activities, and an interactive stage show!

There will be an exclusive live video conference with NASA on July 7 at 1:00pm! Learn about the Orion and Space Launch System missions and how NASA plans to explore areas of space that more than 40,000 miles beyond the moon! An engineer from the Ground Systems Development and Operations team at Kennedy Space Center will be available by video conference to answer your questions about upcoming deep space operations.

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Meet the Makers Weekends | July 2 & 3, July 9 & 10

Saturday, July 2
Abu ZOTTZ (10am-5pm)
Joan Horvath: Nonscriptum LLC (10am-5pm)
OC Scroll Saw Association (11am-3pm)
Google X: Anthony Mack (presentations at 11am and 1pm)
Brain Builders (Time TBD)

Sunday, July 3
Abu ZOTTZ (10am-5pm)
OC Scroll Saw Association (11am-3pm)
Blind Children Center (10am-5pm)

Tuesday, July 5
AirWolf 3D (10am-3pm)

Wednesday, July 6
Blind Children Center (10am-5pm)
AirWolf 3D (10am-3pm)

Thursday, July 7
NASA Engineer Teleconference – Jerad Merbitz (1pm)
AirWolf 3D (10am-3pm)

Friday, July 8
Blind Children Center (10am-5pm)
AirWolf 3D (10am-3pm)

Saturday, July 9
Wolf Corp. Robotics (11am-1pm)
Blind Children Center (10am-5pm)
R2D2 Club (11am-3pm)
OC Scroll Saw Association (11am-3pm)
Matter Hackers (11am-3pm)
OC Module Railroaders Inc. (10am-5pm)

Sunday, July 10
OC Scroll Saw Association (11am-3pm)
OC Module Railroaders Inc. (10am-5pm)

*All shows, presenters & times subject to change or cancellation without notice.
All activities while supplies last.

  • When: July 2nd – July 10th, 2016
  • Where: Discovery Cube OC, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Cost: included in admission

Young Explorers Academy

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Image courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

This Saturday, the theme for this July’s “Young Explorers Academy” at Columbia Memorial Space Center is “Seed Growth”. The Young Explorer’s Academy is designed especially for children ages 3-5.

Children will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

July is a time for summer picnics and celebrating the summer. Watermelons, strawberries, and cantaloupes are popular summer fruits, but how do we get them to our picnic tables from a small seedling? Come join Young Explorers Seed Growth workshop at the CMSC as they answer the questions of seed growth together.

  • When: Saturday, July 2, 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.

To register – call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm or register at the door.

 

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 and explore the rich fossil history at Family Fossil Days. Clark Regional Park provides a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

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The Park Staff will lead a three-hour program that brings you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil.

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Participants older than 6 years old can discover Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site which is located right across the street from Clark Regional Park. Attending Family Fossil Day gives you access to a limited amount of this area which is normally closed to the public.

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It is amazing just how many fossils there are at Clark Regional Park and how much history we have right here in Orange County The program begins at the Interpretive Center and takes place rain or shine. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day at the park following the program.

  • When: 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

Rocket Launch!

Image Courtesy of Discoverycube.org
Image Courtesy of Discoverycube.org

Join the Boeing Company and Discovery Cube for their annual Rocket Launch! This FREE family-friendly event is a hands-on, engaging day of designing, building and launching your own Rocket!

There are activities for all ages including a competition to make and launch your very own rocket made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Bring your pre-built rocket from home or built it there (please bring your own bottle). Design and attach a parachute to your rocket for the full effect. The payload with the longest “hang time” in the air wins!

Bring your own chairs and sunscreen (no pop-ups or large umbrellas please). Indulge in Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE
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2nd Annual STEAM Carnival

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Image Courtesy of ipsf.net

 Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the second annual STEAM Carnival – tomorrow Saturday, April 30th.

This family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live performances, prizes and so much more!

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: The Market Place, Irvine at the Edwards Courtyard, located at 13782 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
  • Cost: Tickets are $5.00 at the door. The first 350 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote bag. 

Insect & Arthropod Zoo

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Look, Listen and Learn with Dr. Sue Ph.D (also known as the Bug Lady) and her zoo full of amazing live Insects and Arthropods at the Nix Nature Center. Touch an insect, try out the insect scavenger hunt, sort arthropods and make your own insect to take home!

To be part of the creeping crawly fun – sign-up for this event online. Please note that parking is limited. It is best to arrive early as the parking lot fills to capacity.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405)
  • Cost: Free, parking $3.00 per vehicle

Impossible Science

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Image Courtesy of columbiaspace facebook page

 Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for the “Impossible Science Lab” hosted by Magician and Quantum Physicist Jason Latimer. Learn how to bend light, become invisible, blow square bubbles, and more!

“The Impossible Science Lab is a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

The “Impossible Science Lab” was created by Jason Latimer. Jason is one of the judges, along with Penn & Teller, on Syfy’s magic competition TV series, “Wizard Wars.” He is a scientist, three-time World Champion of Magic, winner of the BBC One’s The Magicians, and a huge education advocate! Jason’s research based out of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA and his various university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other “impossibilities” possible through applied science has gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world.”

  • When: Daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm through Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: $5.00 for Adults and Children 4 years and older, Children 3 years and younger are FREE

Science in the Park

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Image courtesy of jdcoopercenter.org

OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family. The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The days schedule consists of:

  • 11:00 am – “California’s Volcanos” by Valbone “Vali” Memeti, CSUF assistant professor of geological sciences
  • 12:00 pm – Volcano demonstration by David D. Bowman, interim dean of CSUF’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of geological sciences
  • 1:00 pm – “Traditional & Contemporary Uses of California Native Plants” by Craig Torres of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe
  • 2:00 pm – “Ice Age Fossils” by Eric Scott, Cooper Center associate curator for paleontology
  • 3:00 pm – “Orange County Archaeology” by Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, Cooper Center associate curator for archeology

You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. There will also be storytime’s held throughout the day in the Orange County Zoo along with OC Ranger talks.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: Zoo Admission $2.00, parking is $5.00 per vehicle

Ocean Institute Earth Day 2016

image courtesy of Ocean Institute facebook page
image courtesy of Ocean Institute facebook page

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 with the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. They have some fantastic earth based activities planned including:

– Native Plant Garden Tours
– Build your own Butterfly Garden
– Lily Lab: Flower Dissection
– Special Presentations

There will be a Native “Buy One Give One” Plant Sale. A Tree of Life Native Plant Expert will help you pick out the perfect plant for your garden. When you purchase a plant, you purchase one for the Ocean Institute!

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Bring your E-Waste to the “E-Waste Recycling Event” with Data DeCom Inc. Drop off your e-waste at the Ocean Institute from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 23. All proceeds from the donated e-waste benefit the Ocean Institute.

Items accepted include:

  •  Computer towers
  •  Laptops
  •  Monitors
  •  Keyboards
  •  Mouse
  •  Printers
  •  Copiers
  •  Fax machines
  •  Toner Ink Cartridges
  •  Hard Drives
  •  Cell Phones
  •  I-pods and I-pads
  •  Microwaves
  •  Batteries
  •  Calculators
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  • Where: The Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629 
  • When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults (13-54): $10.00, Seniors (55+) & Youth (2-12): $7.50, Members & children under 2: FREE

Imaginology Starts Today!

2016 OC Fair ImaginologyImaginology – Full Steam Ahead” – starts today! The OC Fair & Event Center present Imaginology – a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.

There was so much to do last year – we attended 2 days and I still we still missed things. There are hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields.

Explore the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm and develop a green thumb through various gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table. Live demonstrations will include a blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

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Guests of all ages can compete in the free Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and the Sawhorse Contest on Sunday held in Country Meadows. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries. Youth Project entries will be on display in the Action Gallery to showcase the talents of local youth in a variety of subjects including fine arts, poetry, science and engineering, fashion design and more.

Local professionals and Imaginology staff will lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, tie-dyeing, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.

Attendees can discover some of the oldest inventions in technology and engineering in the Conrado Sanchez Technology Museum such as the first home computer and vintage gaming equipment, cameras, phones and typewriters. Also on display throughout Imaginology will be underwater robots, classic cars, module trains, vintage fire engines and a steam-powered engine.

Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner performer in one of the many performing and musical arts hands-on experiences. For music enthusiasts, karaoke and marimba lessons, xylophone, tuba and a collection of other musical instruments are featured in the Action Gallery. Mini drama classes, aerial arts and horse vaulting are more activities children can see and try.

More free fun includes family-friendly entertainment, giant Jenga and chess, Physical Physics – the Science of Hooping, potato sack races, pretend play at the Pet Vet and Pretend Farm and a variety of hands-on learning experiences with live reptiles, insects and more.

  • When: April 15-17 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit ocfair.com/steam for more details.