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April 17, 2007 > Science Festival at Cal State

Science Festival at Cal State

By Mona Shah

Most kids in elementary school are in the throes of science projects. Those looking for new, innovative ideas and others who simply want to see things to pique their imagination, a visit to California State University East Bay (CSUEB) is in order. Everything from dancing DNA to solar car racing, robots, and glow-in the-dark animals will be featured at Science Festival 2007 on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are invited to attend.

"The Science Festival is an opportunity to showcase the college for families, friends, and members of the Bay Area community," said Charlene Lebastchi, festival coordinator and a member of the College of Science administrative staff. "One very popular and traditional festival event is the chemistry magic show."

For those interested in the odds of winning in lotteries and at Las Vegas, noted author and CSUEB statistics professor Michael Orkin will discuss the truth about gambling games and the real odds of winning.

Lebastchi said that many festival demonstrations and activities will be hands-on. More than 50 activities are planned, including illusions, fossil casting, a psychology exploratorium, making Japanese fish prints and mathematical puzzles. Another exhibit will demonstrate how early computers operated. One of the more popular festival shows is the Chemistry Magic Show, scheduled for three performances this year: noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Valley Business and Technology Center.

Faculty and staff from all departments of the university's College of Science will have demonstrations in their areas, including biological sciences, environmental science, chemistry, biochemistry, geological sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, psychology, physics, nursing, health sciences, and statistics.

Other experts will be on hand from the Chabot Space and Science Center, East Bay Astronomical Center, Stanford Solar Center, Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, Vintage History Museum, PG&E, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement Agency. The university will also use resources from the Multimedia Graduate Program, the Student Center for Academic Achievement, and the Cal State East Bay Alumni Association.

"The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will have their traveling 'Fun with Science' program," Lebastchi said, "while the astronomical society will provide the 'AstroWizard,' aka Dave Rodrigues, who uses the science of magic to teach the magic of science."

Additional information about Science Festival 2007 is available online at and (510) 885-3441.

Science Fair
Saturday, April 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
California State University East Bay
Science Buildings and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Business and Technology Center
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3441

Free parking available in all university campus lots.

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