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Friday May 5, 2017

Science Night XI: Where Science & Fun Collide

6:00-8:30 pm 

  1. The Santa Maria Valley Maker Space Initiative will be here! Activities include laser engraving, building tin can robots, beading, and tearing apart old computers to see what's inside! Note: the maker space activities will continue on Saturday May 6 at a separate Maker Fair event co-hosted at the Santa Maria Public Library & Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. For more info contact Robert Mabry (rmabry@hancockcollege.edu).
  2. Welding Trailer & MORE: Visit the new Industrial Technology Complex at AHC at Science Night!   Tour the open labs, see demonstrations in welding and auto tech and build items in the MakerSpace area.   Test your creativity in the Architecture Lab while building structures using common household items.  The Industrial Technology department has eight programs including auto tech; auto body; welding; machining and manufacturing; electronics; engineering, architecture and apprenticeship and welcomes families to tour our new building complex on the AHC campus.
  3. NEW Hands-on demos: No two Science Nights are exactly the same.  Be sure to visit all the labs to find some new hidden treasures such as our infrared lounge or listening to music via bone conduction.  We’ve also reworked some old favorites to spice them up (e.g. new jumbo kaleidoscope, build a catenary arch, smoke ring target practice, Coanda basketball).  Expect a slime station in the chem lab, dissections in the bio lab, skeletons of different animals, veterinary science, geology, and more. 
  4. NEW food options: Two students clubs will be selling food. Tri-tip sandwiches, tacos, and hot dogs will be available with shorter lines (fingers crossed)!  Note: No food or drink allowed in the buildings!
  5. Physics rules the main stage: We’ll start the show off with some inertia classics then move on to the amazing power of pressure.  This is a brand new show with a mix of some old favorites and some crazy new stuff.
  6. Optional K-12 assignment: I made a basic assignment that K-12 teachers could give out for extra credit.  We also give out proof of attendance tickets at our info booth.  The assignment is available as a link on this page http://www.hancockcollege.edu/fridaynightscience/teachers.php. Feel free to download and edit as desired!
  7. Parking: Try the gym parking lot (Lot 8). Walk north past the gym.  Look for signs; listen for the music. 
  • Friday Night Science is a free event and no pre-registration or sign-up is required.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 
  • Hands-on exhibits are located in the labs inside the science building.
  • There are demonstrations and experiments for all ages (5+) to enjoy!
  • Most exhibits are designed for students from 5th grade to HS seniors.
  • Approximately 100 Hancock students will help facilitate learning at the hands-on exhibits.
  • About half of the students speak Spanish and can act as translators for the hands-on demonstrations.

More questions? Go to www.hancockcollege.edu/fridaynightscience or call the Allan Hancock College STEM Center at 922-6966 extension 3557.

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"We're bringing out the big lights to show you how sometimes what you think you see is just an illusion created by your mind," said Rob Jorstad, physics instructor and creator of Friday Night Science. "It looks like magic, but its science!"
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