Celebrating Earth Day
April Events at the Exploratorium
Wood Fair, Climate Change Homeschool Science, and More
Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and the Exploratorium is offering all kinds of creative ways to celebrate our planet. Join us for the first annual Wood Fair, on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 12 to 4 pm. Visitors can explore the many aspects of wood, an important resource that shapes our daily lives. This day-long festival will include boatmakers from the San Francisco Maritime Museum, representatives from Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Center for the Book, as well as speakers on topics like sudden oak disease and forest ecology. Visitors can examine a rotting log and see some of the life it sustains under microscopes, and learn about how “nurse logs” help seedling growth. There will be woodworking demonstrations by local craftspeople and opportunities for visitors to craft something of their own. For more information, visit http://press.exploratorium.edu/wood-faire-april-2011/.
On Tuesday, April 19, from 1 to 4 pm, the Exploratorium Homeschool Science Program will be offering a session on climate change. In this hands-on workshop we will uncover the tools that scientists use to understand climate change, explore the various ways that climate change might affect the Bay Area, and discover opportunities for action that can help address the causes of climate change. Homeschool Science offers classes at two levels, depending on age and experience. Level 1, geared toward students ages 7-10, provides a basic foundation in the topic area. Level 2 classes, designed with the middle school student in mind, delve deeper into the topic. Classes are offered to Exploratorium members only. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.exploratorium.edu/membership/events.
You also won’t want to miss the Exploratorium's award-winning website, Global Climate Change (http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/index.html). Though climate change isn’t new, the study of how human activity affects the earth’s climate is. The exploration of climate change encompasses many fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and even sociology. At this impeccably researched and accessible website, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains. You’ll also get a sense of how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions.
And don’t forget to stop by the Exploratorium Store to see some of the latest environmentally inspired learning tools, like Kathleen Reilly’s book, Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself, or a science kit that allows you to build your own wind turbine complete with electric generator, adjustable rotors, and wind speed indicator.