Science Expo

Visitors of all ages explore at Science Expo

North Lake Tahoe Science Expo

The 15th annual family SCIENCE EXPO for 2020 has the theme of EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE. The event will feature dozens of hands-on, interactive science experiments, activities and demonstrations emphasizing concepts in geology, climate and weather, and space science. Teachers, scroll to the bottom of the page to see NGSS Performance Expectations and activity alignment below.

The 2020 North Lake Tahoe Science Expo is on March 9-13, 2020 in Incline Village at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center with our public event (flyer) held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Every year, we are short on volunteers so please consider giving the gift of your time in the form of teaching our local youth fun science experiment. No science background is necessary. To volunteer for the North Lake Tahoe Science Expo, please click here to sign-up to volunteer

South Lake Tahoe Science Expo

The 5th annual South Lake Tahoe Science Expo is on March 31 - April 3, 2020 in South Lake Tahoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College gymnasium with a free, public Science Expo (flyer) held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

To sign up for the South Lake Tahoe Science Expo contact Heather Segale at There are never enough volunteers for this fun event, so please consider joining us and supporting science by volunteering for the South Lake Tahoe Science Expo.

Sign-up to Volunteer for Science Expo

North Lake Tahoe Science Expo (March 8 - 13)

South Lake Tahoe Science Expo (March 31 - April 3)

About Science Expo

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 (5 days in North Lake Tahoe and 4-5 days in South Lake Tahoe) of hands-on science activities for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Region and an evening public event for families. Interest in the event has grown tremendously.

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 students who come every year during grades 3 through 5 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, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also offer activities, experiments, or demonstrations. Coffee on the North Shore is provided for volunteers by I.V. Coffee Lab.

Students from Kings Beach, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe will attend during the school days and there is also an evening public open house on Wednesday evening from 4 - 6 p.m. 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.

Teachers should contact Heather Segale at 775-881-7562 or to book their time slot for the 2018 Science Expo. 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 (2020 - Earth & Space Science) [coming soon]

Teacher Materials (2019 - Physical Science)

Teacher Materials (2018 - Health & Life Science)