Explorit: Summer goes out with a bang

By From page A3 | August 16, 2013

Join Explorit from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for our “Final Blast Family Fun Science Show.” Witness the wonders of chemistry while supporting your local science center.

Chemistry faculty from UC Davis will be on hand to demonstrate their genius at two dynamic chemistry shows in Mace Ranch Park at 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and some snacks and make it a picnic!

Plus, Peter Wagner will be there with his Whymcycles. Whymcycles are no ordinary bikes; they’re human-powered kinetic sculptures.

Wagner’s mobile creations can be seen at events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival, but you can catch them at Explorit’s Final Blast. You can take a Whymcycle for a cruise around the park in imaginative, innovative style.

After your ride, cool down with a fresh fruit smoothie from Jamba Juice; the sweet frozen treats will be on sale for $2 each. Twenty percent of the proceeds of their sales will benefit Explorit.

And on Sunday, we’ll have a special addition to the exhibit — a little bit of outer space! Our astronomy camps this summer were fortunate enough to borrow a lunar disk from NASA, which we will have on display along with some hands-on astronomy activities.

Lunar disks are samples of six different types of material from the moon’s surface brought back by the Apollo missions and encased in Lucite and made available for study by NASA. Lunar disks on loan from NASA have traveled the country visiting classrooms and educating many, and Sunday can be your chance to investigate one for yourself.

Tickets for the “Final Blast Family Fun Show” are on sale now at www.explorit.org or by calling 530-756-0191 for $5 per person or $20 for a family of four. If any tickets are left Sunday, they’ll be available for $6.25 each or $25 for a family of four. Children 2 and under are free.

Prior to this event, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., math educator Chelsea Ransom Le invites local residents to participate in a free workshop, “Exploring Symmetry in Nature, Polyhedra and Art.”

How many polyhedra can you build that are perfectly symmetrical? How does mapping symmetry allow us to understand our world? Guests will learn about the logic in determining different types of symmetry, the science of why this matters and the artistry in creating your own tessellation.


Explorit’s coming events:

* Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.: Learn the art and science of making rope, bracelets, necklaces and more. Gretchen Muller will show you how to take several ordinary pieces of yarn and combine them to make a variety or wearable art pieces. This workshop is free with paid admission to the museum.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org. You can also “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow on Twitter at @ExploritScience.

Lisa Justice

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