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Lisa Justice

Explorit: Insects inspire young engineers at Science Action Club

Last Saturday, a group of eager sixth- through eighth-graders pored over satellite images of cloud cover from NASA, comparing them to their own observations. This critical step of a process called ground truthing relies on citizen scientists to provide data that will help NASA refine the accuracy of its satellite technology. It’s also one of the […]

Explorit: Soil science for a rainy day

The current rainy weather brings lots of welcome water to help with the drought, but can you have too much of a good thing? Usually when it rains, we see puddles outside, but in a day or two, those puddles dry up. Where does the puddle water go? Can the ground outside soak up all […]

Explorit: Science lectures look at raptors, algae, oiled birds, wildfire recovery

A whole new slate of science lectures will be part of Explorit’s spring lecture series. Each year, Explorit invites some of our region’s top scientists to make presentations about their work. The free talks provide information about new discoveries, topical subjects and emerging trends in research. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, we will welcome Dr. Michelle Hawkins of […]

Explorit: Join the Science Action Club and help NASA

Explorit Science Center is recruiting students in sixth through eighth grades for an exciting opportunity beginning this month — the Science Action Club. Designed by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the club promotes student engagement in hands-on, citizen science activities in collaborations with NASA and iNaturalist. Students will learn about clouds and their […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Speaker addresses environmental impacts of pot

The year 2016 brings with it the return of Explorit’s popular evening lecture series, connecting a general audience with science professionals working on cutting-edge research and technology that affect our daily lives. Don’t miss this year’s first installment at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the auditorium at DMG Mori, 3805 Faraday Ave. in Davis. […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Water and light expand flagship program

This year, Explorit Science Center unveils two new additions to its Science in Your World program — an activity station on “Saving Water” and another on “Light.” Science in Your World, Explorit’s flagship outreach program, is one of two Family Science Night events available to schools and other community groups all over Northern and Central California. […]

December 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: ‘Evidence of Life’ immerses visitors in solstice science

The winter solstice is almost upon us once again. We watch our hours of daylight shrink, just 9 hours, 32 minutes, and reflect on nature’s continual cycle of change. For some, the solstice is a reminder of the inevitable, gradual return of light in the darkest time of the year. For others, it’s a fascinating […]

December 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: December workshops add science to the season

Explorit’s popular Winter Workshops are back for the last two weeks of December, and we’ve got some really special science planned. From the frozen wonder of a snowflake to the molten sweetness of a cup of hot chocolate, there will be lots to explore and enjoy. We kick off our December workshops with “Science or […]

December 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Membership drive features prizes

How would you like a little holiday gift from Explorit? A pair of tickets to the San Francisco Opera to see “Carmen”? Or maybe a maybe a tour of FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics or HM Clause international seed company? These are just a few of the lovely thank-you gifts you could be entered to win […]

November 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Sprout some Thanksgiving science fun

Dried ears of Indian corn can be decorative, multicolored additions to a Thanksgiving centerpiece, but they also can be the foundation of a fun science experiment to keep the festivities going long after the meal is over. The kernels on the ears of corn are the seeds from which the corn plant grows. What would happen […]

November 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Up and away: drones and aerial photography

Join us for the next exciting installment in Explorit’s lecture series, “Taking Off with Drones,” a free lecture and demonstration at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the DMG Mori Auditorium, 3805 Faraday Ave. in Davis. View the world from a new perspective as we experience images and video taken by airborne cameras during flight. Abbe […]

November 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Workshops add science to the season

Registration is open now for Explorit’s fall and winter workshops for the school break weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. With all-new topics and activities, these workshops will surely add some science fun to your holiday festivities! On Monday, Nov. 23, we’ll be kicking off the festivities with the Pirate Treasures workshop. We’ll discover […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Spooky science haunts the lab

When darkness falls, the spooks come out at Explorit Science Center! Add a little Halloween science to your fall festivities this year and drop by Spooky Science Night on Saturday, Oct. 24, when our museum will transform into a wild and ghostly scientist’s lab. Discover what lurks beneath the surface by testing different slimes in […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Big exhibit for tiny science

What color are the wings of a blue morpho butterfly? They look blue, but are they really? And what color is gold? If you’re thinking shiny yellow, are you sure? These are just a couple of nature’s mysteries that you can explore at Explorit Science Center’s new Nano exhibition on nanoscience and nanotechnology. From the […]

October 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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