Lauren Keene

Farewell to a valuable pair of volunteers

Since March 2009, Nick Ruppel and his wife Barb Swedo have volunteered their time to share their love for science — plant science in particular — with learners at Explorit Science Center. As Ruppel gets ready to move on from his postdoctoral position at UC Davis to a professorship at Oberlin College in Ohio, he […]

Explorit: Solar calendar highlights nature’s patterns

If you wander through Mace Ranch Park, you may notice next to its largest, oldest oak tree an area of the park shaped into a large earthen spiral, embedded with large stones around the edges. You may puzzle over its purpose and wonder how to interact with it. Called “Evidence of Life,” this 2006 art […]

Explorit every week for these lucky kids

At Castori Elementary in Sacramento, students have been able to sign up for weekly Explorit programs as an extra-curricular activity, getting their hands on everything from solving mysteries with forensics to discovering anatomy though gooey dissections. Danisha Keeler, student learning coach at Castori Elementary, has booked about four Young Scientist Series programs with Explorit each […]

Sun shines its light on science experiments

On a bright sunny day, try the two following science experiments at home to illustrate concepts about sunlight and the Earth’s atmosphere. Simulate the greenhouse effect in the first activity, and the effects of the ozone layer on sunlight in the second. They should take about five minutes each to set up. Warm earth: model […]

Summer science camps in the works

For curious kids, summer science camps are a fun time to be social away from the family, and a unique opportunity to learn and play with Explorit’s science-loving staff. Depending on each week’s theme, Explorit educators will guide campers  through discoveries of art, science mysteries, transportation, animals and even science careers. From using scientific principles […]

NanoDays celebration at Explorit will be first public event since move

If you’ve ever wondered why white sunblock rubs in clear, you have wondered about nanotechnology. Explorit Science Center invites you to investigate nanoscale science from sunblock to nanofabric on Saturday, March 26. In addition to finding unusual properties in sunblock and nanofabric, visitors will experiment with a force stronger than gravity, explore a sand-like material […]

Center hosts workshop for educators from Chile

Science teachers from Chile filled Explorit Science Center’s exhibit hall on Feb. 23 for a workshop that focused on using simple materials and a good dose of creativity to teach science concepts. The teachers’ visit to Explorit was one of several visits to schools and science centers around Sacramento and in the Bay Area, coordinated […]

Explorit volunteer shares her love for learning

About 10 years ago, Explorit Science Center captured Claire Finn’s attention when her parents enrolled her in her first Summer Science Camp. Although the camps only go through the fifth grade, she came back to camp three years ago, as a teen, to volunteer. Finn, a 17-year-old senior at Davis High School, remembers how obvious […]

Preschoolers get a taste of science

Preschoolers are the newest focus of Explorit Science Center’s traveling educational programs. Collaboration began this fall among Explorit, the city of West Sacramento and the Verizon Foundation to implement science programs for children ages 5 and under. The programs are playful, interactive and relevant to the everyday curiosity of preschoolers. Justine Jimenez, director of early […]

Explorit over the years: A resource for informal, fun science discovery

Although it has changed locations and names, Explorit Science Center has been creating opportunities for people to actively do science in the same personal, informal way since 1982. Started by three women professionals — two who were biologists and educators, and one who was an architect — Explorit was created because the founders wanted to […]

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Make a tool to measure the wind

If you have ever wondered how fast the wind blows in a pleasant breeze or in tree-toppling gusts (like those from earlier this week), make a simple tool that measures wind speed and use it whenever wind curiosity strikes. The instructions below guide you to make something called an anemometer that you can take anywhere […]

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EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER: Questions foster learning

Special to the Enterprise \n Informal science educators at organizations like Explorit Science Center ask learners a lot of questions because conversation during learning is what makes concepts click. \n Good educators first make learners wonder and suppose, then probe learners for explanations. Learners who are actively engaged and social are tapping into a natural […]

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EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER: Exhibits from concept to creation

Special to the Enterprise \n Creating a hands-on science exhibit starts with input from community members and staff at the science center to select a theme years in advance. It ends with long hours, last-minute changes, and a finished space that will educate and entertain visitors of all ages and interests. \n On Wednesday, Explorit […]

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EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER: Exploring the animal world

Special to The Enterprise \n Meeting a live animal tends to be a favorite Explorit experience because the animal presentations are styled to foster curiosity and up-close-and-personal interaction between animals and people. \n During public visitor hours and animal-themed programs such as one of the birthday party packages and one of the traveling school programs, […]

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