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Explorit: Recycled items can go a long way at Summer Science Camp

Next week begins the first wave of Explorit’s popular Summer Science Camps. The museum’s classrooms will be overrun with eager young scientists ready to dive head-first into hands-on experiments about animals, chemistry, climate change and more. But to be ready to greet them with everything they need to learn and grow, Explorit needs your help […]

June 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Saving water this summer

As California’s drought continues, but summer is starting to heat up, many of us are thinking about how we can save water. Here are a few easy tips to try to cut down on your water use. One is to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. If you’re in the habit of […]

June 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: Defying gravity with water

Water is a pretty amazing substance. It freezes. It evaporates. And we can’t live without it. But can water defy gravity? Try this experiment and see what you can discover. You will need: two glasses, a paper towel, some water, a ruler or measuring tape and a little patience. You can also add other materials […]

May 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Eggcellent geodes in the kitchen lab

Easter may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of colorful fun you can have with some eggs this spring. Try this egg geode activity to practice the scientific method, make something beautiful and learn a little something about eggs in the process. You will need: about a dozen raw eggs, an egg carton, […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Making it big on the big day

GiveLocalNow’s Big Day of Giving in the Sacramento area truly was a big day for Explorit Science Center! Forty individual donors rose to the 24-hour challenge, giving a total of $4,665 to support hands-on science education in our community. In total, 394 local nonprofits received a grand total of $3.02 million from 18,915 donors, with […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Ready for the Big Day of Giving

The clock is ticking, counting down to midnight on Tuesday, when 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 nonprofits are doing in our community. Through the GiveLocalNow campaign, online donations made to Explorit during this Big Day […]

May 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Turning Earth Day into Earth Year

Much of Davis celebrated Earth Day this past Tuesday, but since this planet sustains us year-round, one day of appreciation just doesn’t seem like enough. Here are a few easy ways we can keep celebrating Earth Day and making healthy choices for our world all year round. Meatless Mondays: Even if you’re a committed carnivore, […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science and sunshine at Explorit’s Summer Camps

Registration for Explorit’s popular Summer Science Camps is off to a roaring start. Camps are filling up, so register now to secure a spot in your first choice. For 10 weeks this summer, Explorit’s facility in Mace Ranch Park, 3141 Fifth St., will be home base for a variety of inquiry-based, hands-on science explorations by […]

April 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Egg-speriment highlights buoyancy

Does an egg float in water? If you think so, why? If not, can you make it float? What do you think it would take? Let’s try an experiment to find out. You will need: a raw egg, two glasses of water, a measuring cup, a spoon, salt and a food scale. Start by filling […]

April 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Floating and sinking — water’s wonderful properties

Can a paper clip float on water? If you think so, why? Is it light enough, or is there another reason? If not, why not? What would cause it to sink? Let’s try an experiment to find out what happens when paperclip meets water. You will need: some paperclips, a cup or bowl of water, […]

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Try this experiment to hear astounding sounds

You hear a sound in the distance and turn your head. Where did it come from? And how did it get from its source to your ears? It’s invisible, after all. Here’s an activity to try at home that just might help you figure it out. You will need a pair of scissors, some string, […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science for Girl Scouts and more

If you’ve got a Brownie Girl Scout at home, you won’t want to miss Explorit’s Home Scientist Brownie Badge Day on Sunday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. While exploring science, participating girls will fulfill all requirements to earn the Home Scientist badge and will begin the Brownie Quest Journey. Science is all […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,
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