Friday, May 4, 2018
Science Night XI: Where Science & Fun Collide
- NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be here! Check out their unique exhibits and learn about their historic mission to Mars scheduled
for Saturday, May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- 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
Bulldog Bound: Geology Rocks: AERA Energy will host a hands-on display in between buildings N and M. This booth
will include a rock petting zoo and information on careers, conservation and safety
in the oil and gas industry. Youth are encouraged to wear their Bulldog Bound lanyards
and IDs to receive a free t-shirt. Participants can enter from the booth into a
tunnel that leads to the college’s state-of-the-art planetarium to view constellations.
They will also be directed to the fluorescent rock display in room M205; the Rock
Garden, west of Building M; and the interplanetary exhibits provided by NASA and
JPL inside G106. At the exhibits, students will learn several interesting fun facts
about the historic launch to Mars scheduled for Saturday, May 5 from Vandenberg AFB.
- 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.
- Hands-on demos: No two Science Nights are exactly the same. Be sure to visit all the labs to find
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.
- Chemistry returns to the main stage: Don't miss the jaw-dropping and explosive show where science and fun collide. Hancock
chemistry professors are the stars of this show.
- 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!
- New! Planetarium: Learn about the solar system and stars in our state-of-the-art planetarium.
- Check out Design Village! See what Hancock architecture students created to transport, build and live in for
a weekend during a prestigious competition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
- 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!
- 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
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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Where Science & Fun Collide!
"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!"