VIP student scientists, self-carving pumpkins and elephant toothpaste all part of 2016 Science Carnival
Crowd-pleasers like exploding pumpkins, screaming Gummi bears, banana pianos and colored fire will have an encore performance at the 2016 Science Carnival, but some new activities will make their debut, too.
The CSU Channel Islands (CI) 2016 Science Carnival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive in Oxnard.
Launched in 2009 by CI Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton, Ph.D., the Science Carnival mushroomed from a handful of volunteers and 250 visitors to about 2,200 visitors in 2015 with an expected 2,400 visitors in 2016.
With a “spooky science” theme, activities and demonstrations are designed to illustrate all of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields using all five senses.
Kids will watch computer science in action as engineering students from Ventura College use a mechanical arm to play Jenga. And budding biologists can build a circulatory system using blue and red clay, or build an artificial lung in addition to dissecting sheep eyeballs.
All three community colleges and volunteers from California Lutheran University are involved in the event, along with volunteers from professional organizations like the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and local companies that employ scientists.
The carnival is made possible by Project ACCESO, a U.S. Department of Education grant for Hispanic-Serving Institutions designed to enhance CI’s ability to support CI students in STEM majors, and to build a pipeline for PreK-12 students and community college students who may be interested in STEM majors.
For more information visit www.csuci.edu/sciencecarnival.
About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond.