Recently, Science Made Fun of the San Francisco Bay Area, FROSCH Global Conferences and Events of Burlingame, CA came together to provide exciting, hands-on science activities at the Summer picnic for employees and families of a local company.
Science Made Fun SFBA shared a tent, named Cheers to Science, with Ron the Python man. The tent was decorated with balloons depicted as atoms connected with bonds. There was also a stage at the back of the tent for both Ron and Shalini Wadwani of High Touch High Tech SFBA to do volcano eruption shows on. Sea Shalini was scheduled to do three volcano eruption shows over the course of the entire event. Three other experiments were set up for kids to participate with including paper chromatography, faux snow and gooey worms. There were approximately 1000+ children who came through the tent that day!
It was a fun and busy afternoon, which drew many oooh’s and aaah’s from parents and kids alike. The kids had fun making their paper chromatograms and learning about colors from scientists Snowflake Swati, Laser Lea and Kinetic Kunal. Kids also made mounds of snow with scientists Sunshine Saranga, Bionic Brianna and Solar Sowmya. The gooey worms fascinated children, as they squeezed ‘Algy’ out of the bottles into Calcium and made ‘Calgy’! Calgy had a hard shell on the outside and was gooey on the inside!! Krypton Karan, Dynamite Darcy and Galaxy Gita did a fine job of explaining the science of polymers to the children, as they had fun with the worms.
The shows were performed every hour by Sea Shalini. She used the stage and erupted several volcanoes as the kids counted down to blast off!
In a recent post by CNN, a massive iceberg weighing more than one trillion tons has broken away from western Antarctica on Wednesday, July 12 2017. The break happened on the Larsen C ice shelf. Experts confirmed via satellite that the shelf had broken away.
Scientists believe the iceberg has a volume twice that of Lake Erie in the United States and is estimated to span 2,239 square miles (which is around the same size as the state of Delaware).
On August 21, 2017, millions of of American’s will see one of nature’s most wondrous spectacles, a total eclipse of the Sun. A total solar eclipse is when the Moon completely blocks the Sun. During a solar eclipse the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. This can last for up to about three hours, from beginning to end. The Sun’s corona (appearing as a halo around the sun during a total solar eclipse) will shimmer in the darkened sky. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
On August 21st, those living and visiting western North Carolina will have the opportunity to witness the solar eclipse at 99% totality! The moon will begin its traverse across the sun at 1pm, covering 99% of the sun at 2:37pm. Be sure to pick up some solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes!
It’s important to wear the solar eclipse glasses when gazing up at the sun. Because Asheville does not fall on the path of totality, the sun will never be fully covered by the moon. We just want to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to view the eclipse safely!