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Science meets art in new exhibition

This article appeared in the March 22, 2013 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

The dust is beginning to settle at Explorit Science Center as we put the finishing touches on our latest exhibition Beautiful World: Science and Art.  Join us on Monday, March 25 as we reveal a dynamic new exploration of the moments in our everyday lives when science and art collide.  We will be open for spring break Monday, March 25 through Sunday, April 7, 1:00-5:00 each day.

Our exhibit hall will be transformed into an interactive art gallery showcasing the work of local artists and featuring hands-on activities to investigate how art and science work together.  If you are interested in displaying your own work of art as part of our exhibition, please email explorit@explorit.org for all the details and a submission form.

Cruise by our ever-popular spin table to discover how speed affects perception by experimenting with multi-colored ping-pong balls.  Or check out the physics of balance and friction by creating a free-standing rock sculpture.  How could such forces affect a dancer or a sculptor?

How do painters mix colors to find just the right shade?  Can you always trust what your eyes show you?  Delve into these and other questions while experimenting with the colors of light, optical illusions and more.

Be dazzled by the optical illusions built into the exhibition.  What do you see on our ceiling?  Black boxes, grey dots or something else?  

Challenge your perception and explore your creative side with us this spring and summer.  Beautiful World: Science and Art will be open Wednesday and weekends 1:00-5:00 and Fridays 3:00-6:00, plus selected holidays March 25-August 31.  Admission is $5 per person; children 2 and under, teachers and members are free.

Our resident reptiles and cockroaches will be on hand to greet visitors, and the youngest guests won’t want to miss the Discovery Den, a hands-on exploration area designed just for children 5 and under.  And there’s always something new happening in our Challenge Center where you can transform recycled materials into a car, a bridge, or a helicopter!

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Explorit’s coming events:

• Summer Camp Volunteer Recruitment – Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10, 2013 to assist with activities during Summer Camp 2013.  Volunteers must be age 12 to adult.  If you are interested in volunteering please email Lisa at lisaj@explorit.org for more information and a volunteer application.  

• Don’t miss NanoDays, coming to Explorit’s Challenge Center March 30 through April 7, free with paid admission to the exhibition.  NanoDays investigates the science and technology of the smallest stuff on earth.  It’s the biggest event for the smallest science!  Spend your spring break getting your science on at Explorit! 

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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.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow us on twitter at @ExploritScience.

 
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