Science Expo

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2021 Virtual Science Expo 

Join us for the 2021 Virtual Science Expo: Best of the Expo! Sign up your 3rd-, 4th-, or 5th-grade class to join Virtual Science Expo 2021. The 2021 Science Expo will be held May 18–21 and 25–28, 2021 over Zoom. Your class will join us live virtually for a 1-hour session to interact with some of our educators' favorite science activities.

Sign up for Science Expo here!

If you are interested please sign up using the link above and provide all possible dates and times that work for your class. If possible, communicate with other 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade teachers at your school to decide which dates will work for everyone so that you can join together. Please check your school calendars for other activities or events that might impact your chosen dates.

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uggested donation amount of $1 - $10 per student, please give what you can here:

About the in-Person Science Expo

We hope to resume our annual in-person Science Expo in Spring 2022.

The annual Science Expo event is designed to increase student excitement and interest in science through interactive, hands-on activities, games and demonstrations. Science Expo is hosted by UC Davis TERC. Science Expo includes nine days (five days in North Lake Tahoe and four-five days in South Lake Tahoe) of hands-on science activities for upper elementary school students from the greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Region and an evening public event for families.

Student groups come for a two-hour session and interact with 30-40 hands-on science activities within the theme of Earth and Space Science (2020), Life and Health Science (2021), and Physical Science (2022). Themes are on a three-year rotation to ensure that local 3rd–5th grade students who come every year will experience different activities each year. The cost is $5 per student.

UC Davis staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers share experiments, activities, and science demonstrations with the students in the community. Other regional partners including Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, Incline Village General Improvement District, Washoe County School District, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, and U.S. Forest Service. Also offer activities, experiments, or demonstrations. Coffee on the North Shore is provided for volunteers by the Raley's grocery store in Incline Village.

Students from local school districts will attend during scheduled school visits, and the public is invited to participate during an evening open house providing fun for the entire family and a great educational experience for kids. Free ice-cream is provided during the public event by Susie Scoops of Incline Village.

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences facility is located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village (between Tahoe Boulevard/SR 28 and Lakeshore) and provides the perfect setting including use of teaching laboratories, a 3-D visualization theater, and other educational tools.

    Comments from visiting students and teachers:

    • “The students left with so many discoveries, insights, and questions which has left them on further explorations. Your team is amazing!" (Jessica, Creekside Charter)
    • “We're so lucky to have this great resource in our community!” (Patricia Mills, Tahoe Lake Elementary)
    • "All excellent! I want to compliment the quality of the stations and presenters!" (Kathee Hansen, Tahoe Lake Elementary)
    • "I had so much fun being a scientist!" (Julie Otis, Kings Beach Elementary)
    • "We debriefed almost a week later and many [students] retained information they learned and/or were able to recall significant facts when reviewing their passports." (Susan Earnest, Bijou Community School)
    • "I enjoyed learning about our brains, how they work, and how the cells all play a different part in your body." (Kings Beach Elementary 3rd grader)
    • "My favorite part was the lungs, reptiles, and germs." (Creekside Charter 3rd grader)
    • "My favorite part was the brain and getting to see and feel them. You Rock. I loved it a lot!" (Creekside Charter 3rd grader)
    • “I learned a lot about science, so much that my brain is sore. Just kidding, but really, if my brain could not grow it would be full.” (Summer)
    • “I learned in ice that when matter changes from a solid directly into a gas it is called sublimation.”
    • “I enjoyed the experience and the magic of science. It was really awesome!” (Jessica)
    • “I really felt like a scientist and a nerd at the same time... I had a lot of fun.” (Damen)
    • “That night I dreamed about being a scientist and being the engineer of the fastest car. That reminds me... I'm a scientist can't you see, the cosmos is my lab for discovery, growing plants, checking out the stars, and I'm the engineer of the fastest cars... Yeah!” (Mckenna)
    • “I can’t wait until next year. Thanks again for making last Wednesday so much fun.”
    • “I really appreciate you letting us come. I enjoyed all of the fun science. I learned how science is fun and exciting. I hope I can come back next year.” (Mckayla)

    Teacher Materials (2021 - Best of Science Expo)

    • Materials coming soon

    Teacher Materials (2020 - Earth & Space Science)

    Teacher Materials (2019 - Physical Science)

    Teacher Materials (2018 - Health & Life Science)