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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 26, 2019

See the many fun, fabulous, and zany exhibits (or activities) that will be at the North Bay Science Discovery Day. Each exhibitor offers a wonderful hands-on activity for kids -- to get excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Come back again to this site and watch the list grow! For details on being an exhibitor as well as participant lists from previous years, go to exhibitor information.

Can you build a Can-Can robot?

Build a robot and experiment with how parts interact when creating a machine.

How is a 3-D printer built?

Print custom charms on 3-D printers built as STEM projects by club members.

How do micro controllers water plants?

Experiment with the micro controllers, electronics, and mechanics of a smart hydroponic watering system.

How does a Rube Goldberg contraption work?

Play with the basic components (pulley, wedge, axel, inclined plane, etc) that create a complex, moving machine.

What can you experience with Virtual Reality?

Explore a VR world and learn about the coding and computer engineering needed to create VR.

Does STEM inspire Star Wars characters?

Quiz consumed characters on the technology and mythology of the Star Wars (TM) saga.

Can you build a working battery?

Experiment with different materials to create and store electricity.

What are exotic animals like?

Touch and feel extraordinary creatures with you own special encounter.

What foods do honey bees pollinate?

Observe a living beehive and match the bees to the food plants they pollinate.

How do we help injured birds?

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

Boston Scientific

How are electric circuits like pacemakers?

Build a working circuit from a kit of batteries, light bulbs, wires, motors, and switches, and connect this concept to a pacemaker's function.

Boston Scientific

What opens clogged arteries?

Inflate balloons in simulated arteries to learn how balloons and stents open up blocked passages.

Boston Scientific

Can you save the Procedure Pal?

Use medical devices in a large Operation-type game to learn how these products save lives.

Which race car is fastest?

Test different designs to find out what makes the fastest gravity powered racer.

What wildlife can we see?

Examine specimens of animal taxidermy, tracks, scat, and other identifiers left by North Bay animals.

What is the best rocket design?

Build and test different rocket designs to find out which works best.

How is rope made?

Practice techniques used in one of the first human technologies.

How can tension support us?

Experience the strength of cables in tension by walking across a swaying bridge.

How do boats float?

Design and build small boats to see which is fastest.

What can your body do?

Feel all of the different senses and muscles you use to navigate an obstacle course.

What can 3D printing do?

Examine the process of creating 3D items from computer programs.

Is there science is soap bubbles?

Make giant bubbles and learn about the physics and chemistry that keeps them floating.

How does liquid nitrogen freeze ice cream?

Taste the results of chemistry and thermodynamics applied to dessert science.

How do we adapt to altered visual reality?

Explore how you learn to respond to visual perception that is altered by distortion goggles.

Have you looked inside a squid's body?

Dissect large squid and study their unusual anatomy.

What makes the sound of thunder?

Use "thunder sticks" to simulate thunder, and find out why you see lightning before you hear the thunder.

What is inside, outside, above, and below native oaks?

Examine oak and woodlands specimens that illustrate these rich habitats, and view microscopic samples of related mosses, lichens, and soils.

What do physics and pumpkins have to do with catapults?

Design, construct, and test catapults to launch cotton balls into a pumpkin, and estimate the number of balls to fill the pumpkin.

What is the science of animation?

Create your own animations to learn the visual science behind hand drawn and stop-motion animation.

Can you engineer what you imagine?

Make tubes out of newspaper and assemble them to see if you can build what is in your imagination.

What does geology tell us?

Visit with a Geologist to examine the hidden details in rock and mineral samples.

What are the STEMhub resources for students?

Explore an online North Bay resource for STEM enrichment opportunities.

What makes a rocket fly?

Construct and test your own balloon powered rocket.

Could you be a Citizen Scientist?

Take home a project and learn how to help research world wide on topics like "Balloon Breakdown," "The Great Sunflower Project," etc.

Which LeapBot design works best?

Design, build, and test your own non-electric LeapBot and meet the ToasterPuppy robot.

How do you Code for Good?

Make a binary name bracelet using simple binary coding to more advanced Cybersecurity applications.

Will you explore the Sun, Moon, and stars?

View the sun through a filtered telescope and build devices to model the Sun, Moon, and stars.

Can you find science around the house?

Identify household items that can be used for chemistry experiments including generating gas to inflate a balloon.

How does science solve mysteries?

Make a fingerprint analysis card to study forensic techniques.

What is an Eco Camper?

Practice "Leave No Trace" principles in a campsite to minimize impacts on the environment.

How much energy do you have?

Find out how many calories different activities consume and how to keep your body working at its best.

How do minerals get their colors and glow?

Test samples under UV light, see fossils from 250,000,000 years ago, and adopt a mineral to take home.

Which cells make what tissues?

Practice sorting different cell types and see the tissues and organs made up of many cell types.

Do you have any questions?

Ask any questions about the event and experienced volunteers will attempt to answer them.

What is in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?

Discover what chemical residues build up from vaping and how much cigarettes cost over time.

How are radio interviews made?

See live radio station interviews and broadcasts as they happen.

Is math a part of music?

Explore the mathematics that are fundamental to the sounds of music.

How does a cell phone work?

Examine the electronics, audio, and radio principles used in cellular communications.

How does a generator make electricity?

Build and test a working generator using a Keysight After School motor kit.

How do electronics assist wildfire recovery?

Observe how Keysight Network Analyzer and Time-Domain Resonance instruments help the recovery in Paradise, CA, after the fires.

What does an integrated circuit look like?

Examine the tiny wiring of Integrated Circuits under a lab microscope.

How does a pendulum demonstrate mathematics?

Experiment with a moving pendulum to understand sine waves and periodic motion.

What is your idea for a better world?

Use the Idea Wall to share your ideas for how to connect the world and make it a better place to live.

What are the parts of an electric circuit?

Design and build circuits using unusual materials as parts.

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.

How does DJ Brent use Facebook to cover STEM?

Watch DJ Brent Farris tour the Discovery Day and post Facebook Live videos of the newest and most interesting exhibits.

Can you identify native plants?

Use sight and smell to win the native plant identification game.

What tracks and scat match which animal?

Examine animal feet, scat, and photos; then use rubber stamps of tracks to match the animal.

What is water?

Experience your connection to water and identify designs for sustainable water practices.

Can you escape from a cell?

Solve "escape room" style puzzles about the parts of a cell to discover the clues needed to escape.

Could you be a heart surgeon?

Get "gowned up" for the surgery and "perform procedures" on an anatomical dummy in a simulated Catheter Lab.

How can chemistry make slime?

Experiment with ratios of (safe) chemicals to learn about Polymer Science and make slime to take home.

Can you design a grabber to heal blood vessels?

Design, build, and test a device to remove plaque or foreign substances from blood vessels.

What does a real heart look and feel like?

Explore the anatomical structures in pre-dissected pig hearts while using personal protective equipment.

What happens faster than you blink?

Use a high-speed camera to see phenomena like a popping balloon that happens too fast for our eyes to see.

What is your new idea?

Let your imagination run wild and share your ideas on the Innovation Wall.

How can surgery be less invasive?

Take the role of a simulated doctor to see how minimally invasive Laparoscopy works.

Can metal have a memory?

Test the different properties of stainless steel and nitinol, and see how they are used in medical products.

How can we learn about the human body with VR and AR?

Explore anatomy using Augmented Reality, and learn about your physiologic reactions to stimuli like a Virtual Reality roller coaster.

What makes Oobleck boogy?

Make the non-Newtonian fluid Oobleck and observe how it responds to varying sound frequencies.

Microsoft

How can you learn to write software code?

Practice Minecraft and Harry Potter Kano coding on Surface Pro devices.

How does the world look with invisible light?

Use special cameras to view the thermal infrared images of objects all around us.

What energy can we feel but not see?

Experiment with viewing the absorption and reflection of short wavelength infrared light.

Which molecules are in our air?

Explore the characteristics of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere using molecule models.

Napa County Robotics "OtterBots"

Is robotics a team sport?

Play catch with Dozer robot and build projects with the Team 7667 OtterBots.

How are fingerprints used in forensic science?

Create a free child ID kit and discover forensic analysis.

North Bay Science Challenge

Can you match the track to the skull?

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

How does physics predict particle accelerations?

Experiment with the physics of sound waves, a vortex cannon, and static electricity with a human powered Van de Graaff generator.

Novato Artificial Intelligence Club

Can Artificial Intelligence understand feelings?

Interact with an Artificial Intelligence program to see how it interprets feelings from texts or photos.

How do enzymes work?

Experiment with Oobleck and amylase to discovery how enzymes digest starch molecules.

Can CO2 be removed from Earth's atmosphere?

Run computer simulations to study the climate effects of removing various amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

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

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

What can you build with LEGOs?

Use thousands of LEGOs to assemble buildings, statues, and other creations to add to an expanding LEGO city.

How do the "Three P's" indicate ocean health?

Study feces (Poop) and regurgitated pellets (Puke) from forage seabirds, and Plankton samples to understand the marine food web.

How do students monitor Marine Protected Areas?

Practice scientific research by identifying and measuring Pacific mole crabs as part of the LIMPETS student program.

What is, and is not, recyclable?

Play a game to differentiate between types of recyclable materials and hazardous waste.

How can we safely view the sun?

Observe the surface of the sun through telescopes equipped with solar filters.

What are comets made of?

Build "comets" using dry ice, water, dirt, ammonia, and some corn syrup.

How do exotic animals adapt?

Examine bones from giraffes, ostriches, wildebeest, and tortoises to learn how wild animals adapt to their environments.

What lives under the dock?

Use magnifiers and microscopes to explore and identify live organisms from San Francisco Bay docks.

Can robots play games?

Play catch with student-built robots and learn about robot engineering and competitions.

How can you tell the age of a tree?

Examine tree trunks and discover how the rings develop and tell us the age and history of a tree.

Can chemistry cause cabbage color to change?

Test the pH of a solution based on the color it turns the anthocyanin pigments in red cabbage juice.

Why do Mentos dropped into soda explode?

Watch the chemistry and physics behind the cascading reaction of carbonated soda and Mentos candy.

What can flying drones do?

See demonstrations of current drone technology and capabilities by an FAA licensed commercial drone pilot.

Can you discover the magic of chemistry?

Combine certain chemicals to create surprising reactions that expand, explode, change colors, stink, or ooze.

What makes math fun?

Make hexa-flexigons, find prime numbers, cut up Möbius strips, and play with binary magic trick cards.

How do fiber optics get the Internet to your door?

Experiment with total internal reflection and signal transmission in a glass fiber.

How can you study with Augmented and Virtual Reality?

Use AR/VR headsets to explore the content available for classrooms.

Can you build the structure you imagine?

Use principles of physics and geometry to assemble complex structures with Keva Planks.

How can we save agricultural lands and natural resources?

Find specific animals, habitats, and conservation tools, record your findings, then take your photo as a conservationist.

How does radio connect us to astronauts?

Discover amateur radio for satellite contact, radio astronomy, and connection with the International Space Station.

What do local flora and fauna feel like?

Touch taxidermy animals, live tide pool creatures, and other specimens of the interconnected ecosystems in Sonoma County.

How do you rehabilitate wildlife?

Practice using the techniques and equipment used to safely rescue injured wildlife for rehabilitation.

How does topography control water flow?

Experiment with digital rainfall and visualize water runoff across the topography of hills and valleys.

How do landscapes affect water flow?

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

What lives in a watershed?

Touch live insects and study the diversity of watershed species from the headwaters to the ocean.

Can robots draw and drive?

Assemble and control simple robot-cars and scribble-bots.

Can you see germs on your hands?

Experiment with hand hygiene tips to completely wash glowing "germs" off your hands.

How do aquatic macroinvertebrates indicate watershed health?

Collect samples, identify types, and observe aquatic macro invertebrates from the Russian River watershed using a microscope.

How did we get to the Moon?

Watch the demo to see how the Saturn V rocket stages worked for the NASA Apollo missions.

What is inside an Apollo crew capsule?

Use Augmented Reality to see an astronaut's view inside an Apollo module.

What are meteorites made of?

Touch a 50-pound meteorite sample and test to see if it is magnetic.

Could you go beyond Earth?

Take your photo with Buzz Aldrin standee, Mars rover standee, a NASA bubble helmet, or rocket models.

Is science used in camping?

Practice with outdoor equipment used in camping to understand how STEM makes products possible.

What lives in our coastal redwood forests and State Parks?

Examine the pelts, bones, tracks, and other specimens aboard the Steward Ship.

How long does trash last?

Discover the timeline for trash decomposition and why recycling helps.

What lives in a tide pool and in the ocean?

Touch living ocean tide pool creatures.

How do we safely study radiation in the environment?

Use Geiger counters and dosimeters to study child-safe sources of radioactivity and explore shielding materials.

How does physics explain motion?

Discover the principles of physics by experimenting with pendulums, gyroscopes, static electricity, and more.

How is dairy butter made?

Make samples of butter to taste after learning about the required process and the chemistry involved.

Can you see your own DNA?

Use safe materials and procedures to extract DNA from your own saliva.

Where can you find DNA?

Use experimental techniques and common materials to extract DNA from fruit.

Could you be a scientist?

Dress the part and reveal your inner scientist as part of a photo opportunity.

How is fluorescence microscopy a new way of seeing?

Explore fluorescence with normal and UV light and combine with magnification to discover microscopic details.

Which are good bugs and bad bugs?

Look closely at bugs and decide which are helpful bugs like pollinators and which are pests that attack crops. 

How are airboats used in wildlife conservation?

Take a photo aboard a Fish & Wildlife Service airboat and build a model to see how they work.

What lives in California's National Forests?

Examine pine cones, animal skulls, scat, and tracks to identify the charismatic critters of forest habitats.

How do Microscopic Organisms clean our water?

Examine water treatment samples to identify stalk ciliates, free swimming ciliates, rotifers, and other micro populations that digest waste.

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

Use special materials and instruments to see how optical thin film coatings are found in devices and applications for home and business.

Where is the wildlife in your neighborhood?

Study local wildlife taxidermy and bio facts to learn what wildlife lives around you and how to protect it.

What moves dirt and debris 10 tons at a time?

Explore the mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems that make an industrial dump truck work.