Snow survival skills, water science, liquid nitrogen and dry ice demonstrations, table-top earthquakes and 5-foot bubbles are all a part of the Science Expo today at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center on the Sierra Nevada College campus.
The event, part of the North Shore’s SnowFest! celebration, is also hosted by Lake Tahoe School. The theme is “Snow, Water, Ice, and Earth” featuring interactive science experiments and demonstrations for kids ages 6 to 12 and their families.
Students from South Shore, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline Village were attending the expo Tuesday and today, before the Science Expo opens to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Admission is free.
During the event, Sierra Nevada College is offering a special discount for food in the cafeteria and ice cream will be served from 3 to 7 p.m.
“Last year’s event was so successful that we decided to expand the number of exhibits and hours for 2008. We got so big we needed to move to a different location and the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building provides a perfect setting, including use of the SNC teaching labs,” said Steve McKibben, of the Lake Tahoe School.
Interest in the event has grown tremendously. This year, high school students participating in the Youth Science Institute will have an opportunity to develop experiments to share with the younger students in the community. Other partners such as Diamond Peak, Great Basin Outdoor School, IVGID Waste Not, Tahoe Rim Trail, Red Cross, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships will be demonstrating some of the activities, experiments or demonstrations. UC Davis Americorps volunteers and docents will also be staffing the stations.
“The 2008 Science Expo is truly a collaborative community effort,” said Heather Segale, education and outreach coordinator for the UC Davis TERC.