Science Expo returns to Incline for Snowfest!

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza:  The Lake Tahoe School will be partnering with UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) and Sierra Nevada College to host the third annual Science Expo from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, as part of the North Shore’s Snowfest! celebration. The theme of this year’s event will be "Snow, Water, Ice, and Earth" featuring interactive science experiments for kids ages 6 to 12 and their families. Admission is free.

The 2007 Science Expo will showcase over two dozen mind bending, hands-on exhibits and activities including:

• "Bubble-ology" (make a 5 foot bubble!)

• Snow Analysis

• 3D Visual Lab of the Earth

• Make Layers of Water

• Up Close with a Snowflake

"Last year’s event was so successful that we decided to expand the number of exhibits and hours for 2008. We got so big we needed to move to a different location and the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building provides a perfect setting, including use of the teaching labs", said Steve McKibben, headmaster Lake Tahoe School.

This year, high school students participating in the Youth Science Institute will have an opportunity to develop experiments to share with the younger students in the community. Like last year, Lake Tahoe School is working with parents and staff from the Incline schools to bring each of the elementary classes over during the day (from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Other partners such as Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), Great Basin Outdoor School (GBOS, IVGID Waste Not) and Sierra Nevada Journeys will be demonstrating some of the experiments. Students from Sierra Nevada College and Americorps Volunteers will be helping to staff some of the exhibits.

"The 2008 Science Expo is truly a collaborative community effort," said Heather Segale, education and outreach coordinator for the UC Davis TERC.

"The Science Expo is fun for the entire family and a great educational experience for kids. We invite the entire community to turn out for the event", said Mary Danahey, one of the original organizers of the event.

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village (between Tahoe Boulevard/SR 28 and Lakeshore). For more information or directions call (775) 881-7566.