Water Is Life

Mt. San Antonio College Natural Sciences Division Presents:

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  • Dr. Deborah Boroch Discovery Day 

    "Water Is Life!"

    Saturday, May 13th  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

    Eventbrite - Dr. Debbie Boroch Discovery Day ("Space-Mt. SAC")

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Free Parking in Lot B at the north/east corner of Temple and Grand!

Registration at building 2 Clarke Theater, activities end near Lot B! (see map)
ote different registration location from last year!

   **Event day registration only at this point.  Note: T-shirt order has been completed. Same day registration may not include a t-shirt.

What is it?

An invitation for 4th - 7th grade students to explore areas of science and math. Our theme this year is Water Is Life, emphasizing the use of science and math to preserve our natural resources. Parents are encouraged to accompany and supervise their children in attendance.


7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and t-shirt pick up 
(T-shirt for all student participants!)
9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome and Tribute to Dr. Debbie Boroch
9:30 - 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Anika Ballent, Education Director, Algalita Marine Research and Education
10:30am - 12pm Breakout Session Activities: Register for one 90 minute "Rockets" Planetarium activity OR two Break Session activities A & B (once each).
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch! By the In-N-Out truck!
1 -2 pm Family Tours of the Mt. SAC Wildlife Sanctuary and B.J. Meek Museum

Breakout Session Activities:

Planetarium Rocket Building (10:30am - 12pm)

Make, design, build and launch your own rocket at the Mt. SAC-Randall Planetarium. Our rocket experts will teach you how to build a high flying rocket that can go as high as 100 feet. Because our rockets are made of light weight materials they're safe enough to catch! Rockets can be launched multiple times at the planetarium and at the end of the day you can take your rocket home to keep!

OR Pick 2 Breakout Sessions A & B (10:30am - 12pm, 40 minute program each)

Animal Science: Ur-ine Luck! Discover the Science Behind Urination
In this session young scientists will learn about how water effects the kidneys and the production of urine. This will be achieved by conducting lab tests on various species of animals' urine samples and interpreting the findings.
Maya Padilla, Dawn Waters, Gary Uyeno

Biology: Do Insects Need Water?
There are some insects that live their entire life on the surface of water and some that never seem to need it.  Build your own water strider and discover how these insects use the high surface tension of water to live on the surface of the water.  Then investigate the unique adaptations of other insects that require very little water.  You may even want to eat one!
Chris Briggs, Bryan Carey & Cindy Shannon

Horticulture: Testing the Waters!
You are on a mission to find out if our only water supply is safe to drink. You must construct a natural water filter that will provide clean, healthy water for our society. This activity will help you: 1. Recognize some parameters scientists use to test the quality of water, 2. Understand how people's actions affect water quality, 3. Understand how soils and water can help clean our water supply.
Brian Scott

Math: Water and Projectile Motion
In this activity, students will launch water balloons and investigate the factors that determine how far a water balloon can travel. Come and learn how to adjust the path a water balloon takes by aiming for different targets.  Activities will involve launching water balloons and competing with other students for prizes.
 Janet McMullin & Bao-chi Nguyen

Biology: Plants have Secret Medicines!
Did you know that the 1st medicine used to treat disease came from a tree? Come and see what you can make from plants. Many medicines used today come from some part of a plant; flowers, stems, roots, even the bark of a tree. Come learn about how to make medicines from plants. You can make your own soap, tea, lotion and chapstick to take home!
Alison Chamberlain & Virginia Pascoe

Ocean Sciences: Ocean Life-Where It All Began and How We Benefit From the Big Blue
Nearly 4.4 billion years of water on our planet! The ocean has seen species come and go, some bizarre, some amazingly beautiful, some short-lived experiments of nature, some long-lasting. To this day life wouldn't be possible on our planet if it wasn't for water.  Our ocean regulates climate, provides us with resources, and is a place to find peace and joy.  Come join us as we learn more about the Big Blue!
Tania Anders & Hilary Lackey

Chemistry: The Water Crisis, a solvable problem-drop by drop!
Water is a special chemical compound that is essential for life.  Despite being the most abundant chemical on Earth many people around the world do not have a safe, clean water supply.  Due to its unique physical properties, water is the universal solvent, and thus many unwanted substances can be dissolved in it.  These substances need to be removed for the water to be safely consumed.  In this activity we will find a chemical solution to address the water crisis by way of water clarification.  Students will turn dirty water into clean water by using a home-made water purification kit.
ileen Di Mauro & Thang Nguyen

Chemistry: What Does Water Taste Like? Can You Tell the Difference?
Do you know that there is a restaurant in Los Angeles that serve twelve different types of water? Have you ever paid attention to what water tastes like or wondered why bottled and tap water taste different? How can the taste (and smell) of water help you determine where water comes from and if it is safe to drink? In this session you will become a water scientist and use your sense of smell and taste to explore water from different sources and learn about water quality. You will also learn to train your tastebuds to detect different types of minerals in the water. At the end of the session, you will perform a blindfold water test and judge what is the best tasting water!
Jenny Leung & Kamran Golestaneh

Planetarium Shows 

Learn more about climate change with our new planetarium show "Dynamic Earth." Then get a new appreciation for the sun by looking at the sun through a solar telescope.  (If cloudy, we will see the planetarium show "Secrets of the Sun" instead.
Heather Jones & Jessica Draper

Ongoing Demonstrations:
Collegewood Robotics Club 

Mt SAC Horticulture Selling Drought Tolerant Plants (cash or check only)

After Lunch:

B.J. Meek Museum Tours (Mark Cooper) 

Enjoy a tour of our large animal collection. 


Wildlife Sanctuary Tours (Craig Petersen and E.A.G.L.E. Student Club)

An ecosystem consists of all the organisms in a given area as well as the non-living factors with which they interact. The Wildlife Sanctuary includes representative samples of six ecosystems: Meadow, Riparian, Woodland, Swamp, Lake and Pond.

Wildlife Sanctuary and B.J. Meek Museum Tours for the entire family after lunch from 1-2 pm!