RED BLUFF — Youth and parents alike had the chance to explore science on Friday at the Tehama County Department of Education, where about 50 participants attended the Snow Much Fun Science Day.
“It’s an annual event where we invite the community to do activities based on science,” said Administrator of Educational Support Services Lorna Manuel. “We usually do activities for preschool through eighth grade with a winter or snow theme and something that is related to science.”
Manuel was helping lead an activity that looked at gravity, balance and other engineering ideas. Teams of students and parents were tasked with helping Frosty the Snowman make it down the mountain back to his snowy area using a zipline, and they had to create a car on a zipline to get him down. The goal was to see who had the fastest time without the car touching the ground.
Students and parents had to define what the problem was, plan a solution, make and test a model and then reflect on the experiment and redesign if needed, Manuel said. They talked about how a snow man balances and moves, along with scientific concepts of friction and gravity.
Across the room a group was making ice cream using plastic bags they shook and decorating cookies. In another room children listened to a story. Across the hall from the story, there was a magic show put on by Alethea Vazquez and around the corner Syerra Quigley had a room of optical illusions.
“They rotate stations and see if their mind is tricked by the illusions,” Quigley said. “Then we talk about the science behind the illusion and how it works.”
Before they left, children were able to get a science-themed book from a pile in the main room, Manuel said.
The books are purchased through No Excuses University, a Barrista and Books coffee fundraiser and lunches put on by Manuel’s department.