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October 26, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA
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Registered Exhibitors & Activities for Saturday, October 27, 2018

Here is the list of exhibitors who participated in 2018.  Check out the many fun, fabulous, and zany exhibits (or activities) that were at the North Bay Science Discovery Day.  Each exhibitor offered a wonderful hands-on activity for kids -- to get excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Can Makey Makeys control music and light?

Experiment with LED squishy circuits and program Makey Makeys to create sounds.

How much do space guests know about STEM?

Find a wandering Star Wars visitor and quiz him or her about your best knowledge of STEM.

How does chemistry help astronauts breathe?

Experiment with the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

How are we connected to exotic animals?

Visit animals from around the world and learn about protecting them.

How was the North Bay cleaned up after the wildfires?

Learn how to move as much debris as two Golden Gate Bridges.

Atterberry Engineering

What's the fun in engineering?

Build jellybean bridges, drive Raspberry Pi robots, and talk to engineers and engineering students.

What's new in the hive?

Observe the living beehive and discover their role in food production.

What makes a bird a bird?

Find out how feathers work, what makes bird bones so different, and how strong eggs are.

What is the science of sound and hearing?

Explore how your ears work by building a speaker or headphones.

What floats your boat?

Experiment with buoyancy and displacement in a Rain Gutter Regatta.

How does gravity accelerate a car?

Explore acceleration and rolling resistance in the Pinewood Derby.

How can tension support you?

Walk across a Monkey Bridge made of ropes.

Who makes ropes?

Learn one of the oldest technologies used by humans.

How do Scouts use 3D printing?

Discover the uses for 3D printers.

What flies best?

Experiment with your designs for paper planes and catapults.

Who lives here?

Examine specimens to identify local plants and animals.

Bubble Man -- Fred

What is the science inside big bubbles?

Create big soap bubbles by applying physics and chemistry.

How can you make instant ice cream?

See how ice cream is made instantly using liquid N2, and have a taste, too!

What animals can we see with a microscope

Look at water bears, nematode worms, and fruit flies using microscopes and magnifying glasses.

What are giant squids?

Feel and look at the insides of a giant Humboldt squid.

How can you help with Ocean Acidification?

Use CO2 from your breath to acidify water and touch eggshells that become squishy.

What makes thunder so noisy?

Use thunder sticks to explore sound propagation.

What in the world is a Quercus?

Explore the structures, life cycles, and ecology of Sonoma County's most iconic oak trees.

How does an electrical circuit work?

Learn the basics of electricity and experiment with conductive dough.

Is there science in animation?

Explore the science behind animation by creating your own sequences.

What will you make at pop-up PLAY?

Dream, build, and create using newspaper dowels.

What is the invisible world of Climate Science?

Experiment with thermal imaging of interactions between light energy and matter.

Are you a wildlife hero?

Discover the animals that live in Bay Area neighborhoods and how to live well with them.

How does an electric battery work?

Watch how to make your own battery at home and see solar panels at work

How do friction and aerodynamics affect racers?

Design and build race cars out of Legos, then race them down the Friedman's gravity ramp.

Geology ROCKS

Did you know, Geology ROCKS?

Examine rocks and minerals with a geologist to learn more about earth science.

How easy is coding with Scratch and Makey-Makey's?

Use Makey-Makeys and Scratch software to turn household objects into keyboards.

Why do gems and minerals show a rainbow of color?

Experiment with visible and UV lights to see transmission, refraction, and florescence.

What do we see with Scanning Electron Microscopy?

Use a Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope to view samples.

How are aquatic birds affected by marine debris?

Discover which items do not belong on the beach and their impact on birds.

What is in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?

Explore the difference between a vapor and aerosol.

What does your body temperature look like?

Use a thermal camera to visualize your body heat and other objects.

How are radio interviews made?

See live radio station interviews and broadcasts as they happen.

How does electricity cause magnetism?

Experiment with magnetism created by currents flowing through parallel wires.

Can you see Santa Rosa radio stations?

Use a directional antenna to find local radio stations on a map.

What equipment shows cell phone signals?

Call in links to a Signal Analyzer, an Oscilloscope, and a power meter to see your phone signal and voice modulation.

How can you see the invisible waves?

Use a Spectrum Analyzer to view the invisible signals transmitted by remote controls.

How does a pendulum form periodic waves?

Explore the sinusoidal nature of pendulum oscillation and what it means.

How do friction and aerodynamics affect racers?

Design and build race cars out of Legos, then race them down the Friedman's gravity ramp.

How can you prevent lost children?

Obtain a free ID bracelet with your cell number for your young children to wear while at the event.

Where is Brent Ferris now?

Try to locate Brent as he wanders around doing live radio broadcasts.

How do wetland ecosystems function?

Examine samples and identify bird and animal adaptations in the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

What can you learn from our skulls?

Discovery how features on a skull tell what animal it came from.

What can healthy soil do?

Explore a pollinator garden and learn how to build Hugelkultur garden beds.

What is the difference between apes, monkeys, and prosimians?

Study bone clones to discover the differences, and snap a photo as a researcher.

What is a Cubelet Robot?

From simple to complex, construct your robot from basic modules.

How do makers use Strawbees?

Create rapid 3D prototypes to test and refine your ideas.

How do scientists think?

Explore phenomena in the world around us and learn to ask questions like a scientist to deepen your ideas.

Could you be a heart surgeon?

Step into the Catheter Lab and discover life saving medical devices.

Can you see inside the body with VR/AR?

Augmented Reality gives doctors a new tool for visualizing patients.

What happens faster than the blink of an eye?

Slow down the world with a High Speed Camera"

How can chemistry make slime?

Experiment with polymer chemistry to make bouncy balls and gak.

How can you walk across a liquid?

Discover the strange properties of a non-Newtonian fluid.

What is a real heart like?

Examine the anatomy of porcine hearts.

Can a metal have a memory?

Investigate the amazing ability of Nitinol to remember its shape.

What is your new idea?

Talk to engineers, take a selfie, and add your invention to the Idea Wall.

When does Oobleck start to boogy?

Investigate the effects of sound waves on a non-Newtonian fluid.

What do fingerprints tell us?

Create a free child ID kit and discover forensic analysis.

Do Bats eat Bugs?

See three species of live, native bats up close and learn about their role in agriculture.

North Bay Science Challenge

Can you match the track to the skull?

Identify animal tracks and match them to the animal's skull.

What's in a UH-1H "Huey" Helicopter?

Climb aboard to discover how this versatile helicopter was flown, maintained, and restored.

What plants and animals live in Northern California?

Examine skulls, tracks, photos, and other amazing artifacts from right here.

What's making a splash in Marine Science?

Investigate the skills scientists use to learn about the ocean environment.

How do you save a life?

Learn techniques and information used by health professionals.

Why does it fly?

Apply science and engineering to make the best gyrocopter.

Why are honey bees important to humans?

Have fun learning about live bees, wildflowers, honey, and ecosystems.

What can you engineer with LEGOs?

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on building with LEGOs.

What are marine food webs?

Examine the pellets, otoliths, fish, krill, and other interesting specimens we use in our lab.

How can you move a Huey Helicopter

See the massive crane, and learn about the applied physics required to transport a UH-1.

How are robots powered and controlled?

Experiment with electric circuits and code an Arduino controller.

How are comets made?

Build "comets" with some of the same materials found in space.

What's happening on our Sun?

Safely view sunspots through special telescopes.

What do bones tell  you?

Learn hands-on about the functions and structures of different types of animal bones.

What does a robotics team do?

Drive and play games with FIRST Team 2551 robots.

How does an airboat work and why do we need them?

Build your own mini airboat to see how they are propelled by air. Climb on board a real airboat!

How can you tell the age of a tree?

Discover the age and growing history of a tree by its rings.

What is the mystery of pH?

Test the pH of unknown samples to discover what is in the water.

What makes things explode?

Watch the exciting fountain of spray that happens when Mentos and Cola are mixed.

How does a drone fly?

Watch the drones perform delicate maneuvers above and around the area.

How do you create digital films, audio, animations, and games?

Explore Digital Media in Filmmaking, Audio Production, 3D Animation, and 3-D Game Design.

What is a brushbot?

Build a simple walking robot using a vibrating motor and brushes.

How do you build an electric motor?

Build a simple motor with the help of the SRJC Physics Club!

How can the Sun heat, cool, and power our lives?

Experiment with the power of sunshine to etch wood, generate electricity, and heat an oven.

Solstice Co

How can you see sound?

Experiment with a "sound machine" to see and to feel sound waves.

How does the Internet get to your door?

Experiment with copper and fiber optics to deliver digital content.

Which rocket flies best?

Build your own rocket and launch it with compressed air.

Can you decode coding with tiny robots?

Learn basic programming with Color Codes, Ozobot robots, and VR Go gear.

What is the art and science of amateur radio?

Learn to make contacts across the world by radio, internet, and satellite.

What flora and fauna live in Sonoma County Regional Parks?

Touch live tide pool creatures, check out taxidermy animals, and get information on keeping habitats clean and healthy.

How can Xbox build a 3D watershed model?

Create sandbox terrain models and view water flow using Augmented Reality.

How do landscapes affect water flow?

Experiment with landforms and simulated water flow in an augmented reality sandbox.

How do friction and aerodynamics affect racers?

Design and build race cars out of Legos, then race them down the Friedman's gravity ramp.

What's so cool about our watershed?

Walk through the Watershed to investigate ecosystems, organisms, and abiotic factors from hills to oceans.

What's so cool about our watershed?

Walk through the Watershed to investigate ecosystems, organisms, and abiotics from hills to oceans.

How do robots talk to each other?

Experiment with electricity, sound, and an app to control robots.

Can you see germs on your hands?

Use black lights to see if you adequately washed the "germs" off your hands.

How do invertebrates indicate watershed health?

Look for macro invertebrates under a microscope to learn their characteristics and role in the Russian River watershed.

How do we get into space?

Handle artifacts from space history and learn about future missions.

What happens to trash in the Ocean?

Find the trash samples in the sand and learn how long each takes to decompose.

What is the engineering behind race cars?

Drive a racing track simulator and assemble engine components in the pits.

How does DNA make different animals unique?

Dress like a scientist, build DNA models, share your ideas, and explore the family tree of animals.

When are bugs beneficial?

Discover what insects do that is helpful.

What do Joints do for a Body?

Experience the effect on movement and everyday activities if your hands had no joints.

What can drive across a bay land mud flat?

Build your own mini airboat to see how they are propelled by air. Climb on board a real airboat!

What species is that?

Examine skulls, tracks, and trees.  Learn the fun facts about each one.

How do Microscopic Organisms keep our water clean?

Examine samples under a microscope to spot ciliates, rotifers, and more!

How can we use visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light?

Explore thin film coatings in medical, security, and gaming applications.

What is electromagnetism?

Build a useful electromagnet and learn why it works.

Do you know the news about STEM?

Participate in a rapid-fire quiz game about STEM trivia, and learn about the Junior Reporters program.

How do robots explore DNA & microorganisms?

Build DNA with Twizzlers and gummy bears, and learn pipetting techniques.