Families enjoy hands-on fun with science, and teachers of preschool to 8th grade can discover new ideas for use in the classroom. Teachers and their families recieve complimentary admission.
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr., Santa Barbara
Cost: Not available
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Kids & Teens
Why do animals have different teeth? What happens when things are frozen with liquid nitrogen? How does combining sounds make music? What tools does the Zoo use to keep animals healthy? These and many other questions are answered at the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Science Day, which offers all new activities this year.
The Zoo and several community partners present more than a dozen activity stations, each with engaging, hands-on activities for children from preschool to eighth grade. Prizes are awarded for kids completing each activity. Related keeper talks and animal encounters are held throughout the day. Educators are also eligible for a special raffle to win science-related educational materials.
Activities are all new this year. Participants can:
Use a microscope to look at samples of bacteria
Learn first-hand how scientists track condors in the wild
Map how far an elephant walks in one day
“Dress up” like an animal does for changing seasons
Create a diet for the Zoo’s gorillas
Test soil, water, and air quality to design an animal habitat
Use animal “teeth” to crush food
Discover how much an elephant weighs
Learn why animals live in different places
Combine sounds to make music
Find out what tools the Zoo uses for keeping animals healthy
And much more
The Zoo has developed this “wild” curriculum to aid teachers in making science exciting for their students. Teachers who pre-register (email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 23) receive free admission for themselves and their families to Science Day. All of the activities presented are tied to the California Learning Standards and suitable for the use in the classroom.
Event posted Sept. 19, 2012
Last updated Sept. 19, 2012