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Lisa Justice

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 ,

Explorit: Chemistry gives us summer’s biggest bang

Every year we look forward to the flash and bang of a stellar fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July. But how do those glorious bursts of color work to light up the night sky? The answer lies with chemistry. Each aerial firework is basically a tube of color pellets called stars packed tightly […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit blasts off to Discovery Museum

In collaboration with Discovery Museum — Science and Space Center of Sacramento, Explorit is offering a special summer field trip to Discovery’s Challenger Center for a space mission simulation.  On Aug. 6, kids entering fifth, sixth and seventh grade may have their own extraterrestrial adventure as they take control of the Challenger space shuttle. Have you ever wanted to explore […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,
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