Explorit: Saving spiders with art

By From page A5 | April 19, 2013

Student artists, Explorit Science Center needs your help to save spiders with art! We know how amazing and useful spiders can be and the important role they play in our ecosystem. So help us spread the word by drawing or painting spiders to feature their great qualities and environmental importance, and submit your creation to the Save Our Spiders Art Contest.

It’s free to enter and winners from each age category (kindergarten through third grade, fourth through eighth grades, and ninth through 12th grades) will be featured on Explorit’s website and displayed at the Davis Art Center. Plus, you could win awesome prizes donated by Fairytale Town, Art Beast Studio, Funderland Amusement Park, Sunrise Rollerland, Sacramento Zoo, John’s Incredible Pizza Co., Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Sky High Sports, Raging Waters, Safetyville U.S.A. and Esquire IMAX.

Any student from kindergarten through 12th grade who is a U.S. resident is eligible to participate. All entries will be sent to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And teachers can win, too! The teacher of the first-place winner in each age category also will take home a prize.

Artwork will be judged based on creativity and how well the theme of the contest is communicated in any two-dimensional media such as drawing or painting. The artwork must be the artist’s own original creation and may not incorporate any copyrighted characters or violent or inappropriate content. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.explorit.org/csp/artcontest.

But if art’s not your thing, don’t worry, use your words! You can also submit an original spider story or poem to our “Web of Words” website at http://groups.dcn.org/explorit-csp-wow for a chance to win prizes from Rocknasium.

Send your entries to Explorit Science Center at 3141 Fifth St. in Davis. Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. Monday. Winners will be announced May 13. So get your creativity on and show us why we should save our spiders!


Explorit’s events:

* Spider lecture: 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Mori Seiki, 3805 Faraday Ave. in Davis. Professor Chad Johnson from Arizona State University will delve into the bizarre mating and eating habits of urban black widows. This lecture is recommended for those ages 13 and up. See www.Explorit.org/csp/blackwidow for more information and to RSVP.

* Summer Camp volunteer recruitment: Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10, to assist with activities during Summer Camp 2013. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Those interested should email Lisa at [email protected] for more information and a volunteer application.

* Explorit Summer Camp registration is going on now! There are still spaces available, especially in the preK-K camps and third- through fifth-grade camps. Register online at www.explorit.org.

* Vote for Explorit through May 2 on KCRA 3’s “best” contest. Vote Explorit for best museum at http://ctvr.us/explorit.

— Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org

Lisa Justice

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