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Chill Out with the Science of Ice

This article appeared in the November 30, 2018 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Chill Out with the Science of Ice

Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Photo by Christof Berger.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Powerful enough to burst pipes, split rocks, and even carve canyons, ice is one of the many winter wonders we’ll explore at Explorit’s Winter Science Family event. Discover how our world changes in winter and experiment with some of the coolest science around.


How do glaciers help shape landscapes? What can ice core samples tell us about environments of the past? Why do ice and snow sometimes appear blue to our eyes?


You can explore these and other chilly science questions at Explorit’s Winter Family Science days on Wednesday, December 26 or Friday, December 28 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Spend some quality time with the whole family while digging into some science.


Explore how glaciers move, then try your hand at making glaciers of your own. Discover the many ways these glaciers have helped shape our world.


Study ice core samples to see what you can discover. Compare your results to tree rings and soil samples to experience many different ways scientists learn about our world and its past.


We’ll discover that ice is a powerful force that can teach us a lot about our world. Take a break from the hectic holidays and join Explorit for an afternoon of science discovery.


From the wonders of nature to chemistry and physics, winter has plenty to teach us about science. We’ll have tons of frosty fun for the whole family, including some crafts to take home.


These special events are $5 for members, $8 for non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Visit Explorit’s latest exhibition, Earth Explorations. Explorit’sExploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

●       Explorit’sNature Bowl Team is seeking new recruits for the 2019 competition. Third through sixth graders are welcome to join us for the first meeting on Thursday, October 4 at 3:45 p.m. at Explorit. To register, call 530-756-0191.

●      Consider a donation to Explorit. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at, or call us for more details.

●      Looking for that perfect gift?  Give the gift of science with a membership to Explorit and also gain free access to hundreds of science museums across the nation. For more information or to purchase or renew your membership online visit or call Explorit at 530-756-0191. For a list of participating museums across the nation visit

●      Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at


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