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‘Mini-Exploratorium’ comes to South Lake Tahoe in UC Davis Science Expo

Adam Jensen
Students check out a demonstration at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center Science Expo, which makes its South Shore debut this week.
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What: South Lake Tahoe Science Expo

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Where: Lake Tahoe Community College

Tickets: Free

Info: http://terc.ucdavis.edu

Science will be something kids and adults alike can touch, see and experience at the South Shore this week.

Running for 11 years at the North Shore, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center Science Expo is set to make its South Lake Tahoe debut, with activities for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, April 1, at Lake Tahoe Community College. The expo will also be open to the public from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

The 2016 Science Expo focuses on physical sciences, and its more than 45 demonstrations include properties of matter, physical/chemical changes, energy and energy transfer, electricity, light, sound, forces and motion, magnetism, and air pressure and friction, according to UC Davis. The goal is to spark an interest in science and technology.

“It’s all hands-on, and it’s all super, super fun,” said Heather Segale, spokeswoman for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

“It’s basically like a mini-Exploratorium,” she added, referring to San Francisco’s laboratory exploration of science, art and perception.

Examples of some of the demonstrations at the expo include combining citric acid and baking soda to observe the subsequent reaction and changes in pH, and learning about angular momentum by spinning on a Lazy Susan and moderating speed depending on the position of one’s hands, Segale said.

The Science Expo has grown from a one-day event at the North Shore to an eight-day event that includes a healthy percentage of elementary school students around the lake. The expo was brought to the South Shore with the help of a grant from Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe.

“Every year we just get more excitement around it,” Segale said.

The demonstrations are geared for children ages 6-12 and their families, although people don’t have to have kids to come and enjoy the expo, Segale said.

The event is seeking volunteers to help run demonstrations. No science experience is necessary.

Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Way in South Lake Tahoe.

More information is available at http://terc.ucdavis.edu.

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