Lauren Keene

Explorit: Lecture offers insights into voles

Explorit’s Science Lecture Series continues in October with the family-friendly talk “Re-VOLE-utionizing the Mojave Desert: Conservation and Captive Breeding of the Endangered Amargosa Vole,” by Risa Pesapane of UC Davis and Austin Roy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Austin and Risa will take the audience on a virtual journey to the Mojave Desert and describe […]

September 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit launches Nature Bowl team

On the table is a tote bag. The tote bag contains five stuffed animals. You and your teammates have 60 seconds to arrange these animals into a commonly occurring food chain and identify the region where this food chain would be found. Are these animals from the Sierra foothills? Or delta wetlands? Or maybe an oak […]

September 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Volunteers make for a special summer camp

Explorit Science Center had a fabulous summer of science camp this year, but none of it would have been possible without a small army of volunteer help. So this week, we’d like to thank everyone who made camp possible, from slicing apples for snacks to guest speakers, we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank […]

September 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Lecture series returns with Food for Thought

Explorit Science Center’s lecture series begins with a presentation on agriculture and biotechnology on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with “Food for Thought: Innovations and Opportunities for Animal Breeding” by UC Davis professor Alison Van Eenennaam. All are welcome at 7 p.m. in the Activity Room at Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Don’t miss this interesting and thought-provoking talk on how […]

August 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit event ends summer with a blast

Explorit’s Final Blast festival is back for a third year on Sunday, August 30. Send summer out with a bang with this day full of explosive family fun! You won’t want to miss the Explosive Chemistry Show presented by the U.C. Davis Chemistry faculty while you picnic in Mace Ranch Park. Pack your own picnic, […]

August 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Have a ball with layers of the Earth

Young geologists are wrapping up their exploration of our planet and its amazing features from earthquakes to volcanoes in Explorit’s geology camp this week, but that doesn’t mean that the Earth-shattering fun has to stop! You can join them in discovering the many layers that lie below the Earth’s surface with this fun activity using […]

August 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Support science with yogurt

Is the hot weather getting you down? Are you wondering what you can do to support science education in your community? Solve both problems at once by joining Explorit Science Center for a fundraiser at Cultivé Frozen Yogurt on Wednesday, Aug. 5! All day, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Cultivé, at 231 E St. […]

July 31, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Digging science with fossils

Summer Science Camp is sizzling right along at Explorit Science Center, and the fun continues in the coming weeks with our geology camp! Campers will test mineral samples for hardness, compare volcanic eruptions and engineer earthquakes to learn about plate tectonics. They also will become junior paleontologists for a day as they excavate fossils, assemble dinosaur […]

July 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Stained glass brings out gold’s nano-rainbow

What color is gold? Most people will say shiny yellow or golden color, but how can you be sure? Is gold always the same color? Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 from the Monsanto Fund, campers at Explorit’s Summer Science Camp on nanotechnology this week learned that the answer is definitely no! Monsanto’s grant […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Fizz your fruit with chemistry

Summer is certainly heating up in Davis, but you can join Explorit Science Center’s Summer Science Campers in harnessing the power of chemistry to cool off with a tasty treat. Fresh fruit can be a refreshing snack on a hot day, but it would be even more fun with a little fizz. You can fizz […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Going native for beauty and drought tolerance

As this drought drags into a long, hot summer in California, many gardeners are moving toward drought-tolerant, native plants that consume much less water than a lawn of grass. One great choice is our state flower, the California poppy, as campers at Explorit Science Center’s Summer Science Camp are discovering. This week, afternoon campers explored […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Mounds of fun at Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp kicked off at Explorit this week with scores of eager campers tie dying their shirts and embarking on any number of fascinating science explorations. From forays into nanotechnology to classics like the egg-drop challenge, our young scientists are tackling it all. This week our junior engineers in the Preschool/Kindergarten camp are donning […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: AAUW panel encourages girls in science

On a recent Wednesday night at Explorit Science Center eleven middle school girls munched on pizza and got to hear from six women who are professional scientists about their lives and career journeys. This event, organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and hosted by Explorit, gave girls the chance to meet real […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Managing pests and supporting the environment

Pam Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The lecture is sponsored by Explorit Science Center. This lecture is part of Explorit’s free public lecture series, intended to offer a […]

June 05, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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