October 28, 2016 – Enjoy free family fun at this year’s Super Science Saturday on November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab in south Boulder. This annual event brings kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, and learn about science. This year’s theme is Our Changing Climate!
The theme coincides with a major new climate exhibit at the Mesa Lab. Climate-related activities will include a presentation on ozone’s effect on plants, a tree-ring activity demonstrating the living record of climate, a “flubber” glacier display by Boulder-based UNAVCO, and shows by NCAR Wizards that focus on changing temperatures.
Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett, author of the climate books “The Wizard that Saved the World” and “I, Humanity,” will share his stories.
In addition, a number of other fun activities and experiments are on tap, including weather balloon launches, modular robotics, the CBS Denver Channel 4 mobile weather lab, Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics, and more.
“This year we wanted to highlight climate to reflect the outstanding updated interactive exhibit at our Mesa Lab,” said Eileen Carpenter of the UCAR Center for Science Education. “But we also have our traditionally popular activities for children and entire families to enjoy as well.”
UCAR is the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which provides education and research services and manages NCAR under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
The multimedia climate displays on the second floor constitute what is believed to be the region’s largest permanent exhibit dedicated to climate change. One popular interactive exhibit, “Choose our Future,” enables visitors to see how the choices they make, such as the type of car they drive, affect future temperatures. The information panels, touchscreens, audio recordings, and other activities highlight how our climate system works and the potential impacts of a changing climate on society and the environment.
Activities at Super Science Saturday also will include learning about air movement by making devices to test in a wind tunnel, creating projects with solar-sensitive beads, face painting, and a pingpong ball launch.
NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory will display a solar telescope and provide information about the 2017 solar eclipse, and the NCAR 3D visualization laboratory will demonstrate some of its scientific animations.
In addition to the Mesa Lab’s science exhibits, a new tactile art exhibit will be open all day. Snacks and lunch items will be available for purchase in the cafeteria.
NCAR’s Mesa Lab is located at 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder.
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