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Lauren Keene

Explorit Science Center: Green River fossil is back on display

If you’ve never touched something more than 30 million years old, now’s your chance at Explorit Science Center. Our stunning Green River fossil has recently gone back on display, and visitors are encouraged to enjoy a hands-on exploration of its fishy wonders. The Green River fossil contains the remains of dozens of Knightia fish preserved in […]

September 26, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Lots of ways to be a volunteer

If you love tinkering with science, meeting awesome people and lending a hand in your local community, volunteering at Explorit may be for you. As a nonprofit organization, Explorit relies on committed volunteers to help us run our museum, raise funds and provide hands-on science experiences for all. As the school year is revving up, […]

September 19, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Investigate geology at science center

The next time you visit Explorit Science Center, be sure to look down. That’s right — down! You just might find something special. Maybe it’s sparkly. Maybe it’s from far away. Or maybe it’s millions of years old. Specimens from Explorit’s geology collection are now on display, adorning the grounds around Explorit’s entrance and backyard […]

September 12, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Chemistry fun features a bubbly blast

Explorit’s “Final Blast,” featuring an explosive Chemistry Show presented by faculty from the UC Davis chemistry department, is coming this Sunday, but you don’t have to wait that long to make a little blast of your own. Rev up your Bunsen burner with this foamy explosion you can make at home! You will need: a […]

September 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

Another wonderful year of Summer Science Camp at Explorit has drawn to a close, but none of it would have been possible without our amazing corps of volunteer teaching assistants. This year we designed rockets, baked cookies in a solar oven and built mini wind turbines. Our campers imagined life in outer space while constructing […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Final Blast show returns for second year

Button up your lab coats and fasten your safety goggles because Explorit’s Final Blast Chemistry show is back for a second year of sending summer off with a bang! This popular fundraising event on Sunday, Sept. 7, is full of fun for the whole family. The doors will open at 11 a.m. with a variety of […]

August 22, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Baking a rising masterpiece

Join in the fun of summer science camp right in your own kitchen and get a rise out of your next art project by making puff paint in the microwave! This fun recipe is a great way to learn about chemical reactions. You will need: 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of self-rising flour, 4 […]

August 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Jet propulsion in the ocean: Make a speedy octopus

With eight legs to choose from, it’s no surprise that an octopus has lots of different ways to get around. They can crawl across the ocean floor or underwater rocks with their legs. Some have fins to help direct swimming. But by far the fastest method is jet propulsion. The octopus can shoot itself through […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Exploding watermelons maximize their potential

Explorit Science Center was recently featured on “Good Day Sacramento,” where several of our summer science campers demonstrated the difference between potential and kinetic energy by exploding a watermelon with rubber bands. You can join in the fun at home, too, with your own melon explosion. You will need a watermelon, 300 to 400 rubber […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

Over the next two weeks, campers at Explorit’s Summer Science Camp will dive into the world of water and discover many of its fascinating features. You can join in their explorations by building a model wetland at home. You will need: a dish pan or baking dish, water, some clay, a scrap of carpet long […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Blast off with a balloon rocket

This week in Summer Science Camp, Explorit’s younger campers are blasting off to the stars for an astronomical adventure. You can join in the fun at home with a balloon rocket experiment. Build and test two different models of balloon rockets with materials you can find around your house. You will need: a toilet paper tube, […]

July 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: The science behind summer wildfires

Summertime in California brings a lot of fun in the sun, but it also brings the possibility of wildfires. Wildfires are any unwanted or unplanned fire that causes damage in a forest, shrub or grassy area. Occasionally, a wildfire can be started by lightning or another natural process, but nine out of 10 wildfires are […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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