Lisa Justice

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 ,

Explorit celebrates women in science with upcoming events

By Anne Hance and Lisa Justice On Wednesday, May 27, Explorit and the American Association of University Women will host a relaxed evening for girls and their parents and friends to meet women in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math). Join us for pizza at 6:30 p.m., then career stories and questions at 7 […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: DCN class keeps Davis safe online

How safe are you really when you go online? How can you be sure? When a corporation’s data gets compromised or hacked, as Target’s did in 2013, what does that mean for you and other average people? These questions and more will be explored in a free public presentation by Davis Community Network on Tuesday, […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Explore the wilds of Lake Tahoe at lecture series

Join Explorit on Monday, May 11, for the next refreshing installment of our lecture series with a talk by Sudeep Chandra. Chandra’s presentation, “Life Beneath Tahoe Waters — The Good, Bad and the Weird!,” will have us exploring the wild world that lives below the surface of this stunning lake. Chandra received his bachelor and […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Donations go further on the Big Day of Giving

The clock is ticking, counting down to midnight Tuesday, May 5, when the giving will begin! Explorit and nearly 400 other nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento region will come together for a 24-hour celebration of charitable giving and the wonderful work that nonprofits are doing in our community. Through the GiveLocalNow campaign, online donations made […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Science and art meet in origami

Visit Explorit Science Center Sunday, April 26, for a special workshop on “The Science of Origami” from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the Davis Origami Club will be on hand to introduce the basics of the Japanese art of paper-folding to beginners. Come practice and discuss origami with these advanced enthusiasts, and discover the […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit volunteers get more than they give

A dozen chattering campers assemble around the orange tree outside Explorit Science Center, awaiting instructions for their next experiment from Explorit volunteer Mikaela Manzano. Manzano, a veteran volunteer teaching assistant, commands their attention, asks probing questions and gets them started. Each summer, Explorit recruits dozens of volunteers like Manzano to help with Summer Science Camp. […]

April 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit membership a passport to worldwide discovery

As the weather gets warmer and the end of the school year draws closer, road trips and vacations are on the minds of many. But as you plan this year’s get-away, keep your local science center in mind. A membership with Explorit Science Center can be your ticket to great science explorations the world over. […]

March 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science-up your Picnic Day

Explorit celebrated Pi Day last Saturday with lots of fun with π on this rare date of 3/14/15! We had a great crowd with prizes from the Farmer’s Wife (four apple pies!) and two bike speedometers from Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board. Volunteers from Davis High School and UC Davis kept everyone in circles and … diameters! Chelsea Lee […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Celebrate NanoDays 2015 at Explorit

NanoDays at Explorit Science Center is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). It will take place nationally March 21-29, every day from 1 to 5 p.m. NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create learning […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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