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Science Action Club at Explorit

This article appeared in the October 23, 2015 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lars Anderson and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

An exciting new opportunity for middle school students is coming to Explorit Science Center this fall—The Science Action Club (SAC)! Developed by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, SAC is designed to engage 6th-8th-grade students in hands-on, citizen science, project-based activities.

 

Through a series of twelve real-world hands-on activities, students will participate in well focused citizen science projects in collaboration with NASA and iNaturalist. Investigations of the natural world and mastery of the scientific and critical thinking skills is an active process that includes hypothesizing and data collection.  SAC engages students daily in the process of doing science and gives them first-hand experiences in how exciting and personally rewarding a career in Science, Techology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can be.

 

In the first project this fall, students will investigate and experiment with clouds, discovering their composition and role in our weather patterns. They will also be systematically collecting data that will be submitted to NASA to help them refine the accuracy of satellite technology!

 

Students will participate in “ground truthing” to help verify and correctly interpret how satellite images reflect what’s actually happening on the ground. Ground truthing is collecting real-time data on the ground to check the accuracy of data collected in the same place and time by satellite instrumentation and imagery.   Explorit SAC students will study satellite images and then collect data to verify or correct what they’re seeing. This is one important way in which they will participate in citizen science.

 

Then in our spring SAC project, students will delve into the world of insects and other arthropods, contributing data to iNaturalist and discovering the many ways we can learn from insect adaptations and behavior. From camouflage to armored exoskeletons, arthropods know how to survive and adapt! 

 

We’re looking for 6th-8th-grade students to become our first SAC scientists!  Join now and contact Explorit at explorit@explorit.org or call 530-756-0191 for more information.

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • Join our Public Hours team as a volunteer docent and help us greet museum visitors and facilitate our exciting exhibitions! Fill out an application at www.explorit.org/volunteer today.
  • Spooky Science returns to the Explorit lab this Saturday, the 24th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person; available at the door.
  • Our popular Winter Workshops return for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Registration begins October 26! Visit www.explorit.org for all the details.
  • Don’t miss “Taking off with Drones”, our November 19 evening family-oriented talk at 7 pm at the beautiful DMG MORI auditorium (3805 Faraday Ave., Davis). This intriguing and current technology has appeal for all ages and a door prize will be awarded following the presentation by the Sacramento Drone Meetup Group!
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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