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Lisa Justice

Explorit: Science and romance of the full moon

The full moon anticipated for Friday night coinciding with Valentine’s Day will have those of a romantic bent swooning, but could there be an underlying scientific cause for our association of a full moon with romance? We know that the moon exerts some influence over the natural world by the way its gravitational pull regulates […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Birthday parties are back at Explorit

It’ll be a whole year of happy birthdays and un-birthdays for everyone as Explorit brings back its popular birthday party programs. Celebrate your special day by spending a delightful weekend morning with your best buddies at Explorit this year! Whether you’re looking for a fun space to host your own party or a dynamic presentation […]

January 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Visualize the weather with a vortex in a bottle

We’ve been hearing a lot about the polar vortex that’s freezing most of the country right now, but what is a vortex? It has to do with the way the air and the moisture in it are moving. To make your own vortex at home and see for yourself what’s happening, you’ll need two 2-liter […]

January 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: What a year it was for science

The year 2013 saw a number of discoveries, innovations and developments from all over the realm of science. For example, after nearly 35 years of travel, Voyager 1 was confirmed as the first man-made object to leave our solar system, and the sun’s magnetic field flipped upside down. Researchers in the United Kingdom discovered the […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Donors, volunteers make for a great 2013

As the year draws to a close, Explorit Science Center would like to thank all the donors and volunteers who helped bring hands-on science fun to our community in 2013. The generosity of the Health Plan of San Joaquin has allowed us to prepare to offer some health education Family Science Nights in San Joaquin […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science selfies commemorate 2013

Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “selfie” as its 2013 word of the year. Each year the folks at Oxford Dictionaries select a word to add to the lexicon that rose to prominence in common parlance in the previous 12 months. It doesn’t need to be a new word; “selfie,” in fact, has been in use for […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Lots of ways to give to science center this season

Calling all talented craftspeople, scientists and artists! Have you been looking for a way to share your special skill with the public? Then look no further; Explorit Science Center would like to invite you to consider sharing that talent to inspire future generations of scientists, musicians and artists. We’d like to host public mini weekend workshops, […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Rainy-day science fun

The prospect of wet weather may drive many young scientists indoors, but it doesn’t have to. You can harness the power of the rain for many science experiments. Start by trying your hand at rain painting. You will need paper, powdered paint and hairspray. If you have dried-out watercolors, you can break them up and […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Sign up now for Winter Science Explorations

When school’s out for winter break, think Explorit for hands-on science fun! This year, Explorit will be offering Winter Science Explorations, half-day camps for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Choose from six exciting topics, or come to each one. Sign up for three or more days for a $15 discount, or receive a $5 sibling […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: ‘Beautiful World’ blooms with help from T.J. Maxx

Explorit Science Center is thrilled to receive a foundation grant from the TJX Companies and the TJX Foundation, celebrating the grand opening of Davis’s new T.J. Maxx store. This grant will provide continued support for Explorit’s current exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art.” The “Beautiful World” exhibition is open to the public Saturdays, Sundays and […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: November fun, from Brownies to bonsai

Mark your calendars because November is going to be a busy month at Explorit Science Center. From a beginning bonsai workshop to a Brownie badge day and more, there will be something for everyone this month. Explorit’s first special event of November is a collaboration with Da Vinci High School science students for an evening […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Candy science with Halloween leftovers

Many of us are probably ringing in November with an excess of leftover Halloween candy on our hands. While eating it all may sound like fun, it’s probably not the best choice for our health or our teeth. So why not put it to good use and experience a little science at the same time? […]

November 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Use chemistry to create creepy looks for Halloween

For a little chemistry fun, try making an all-natural face paint for your Halloween festivities this year with simple materials you probably have in your kitchen right now. You will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon flour and 3-5 drops glycerin. You can find liquid glycerin at most drug stores. Glycerin […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Spooky science fundraiser at museum

When darkness falls, the Explorit lab will come alive for a hair-raising fundraiser for the whole family, Spooky Science Nights, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and Halloween night. Discover what lurks beneath the surface by testing different slimes in the Goo Room. Experience the thrills and chills of chemistry as you experiment with states […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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