Surviving with Science

Mt. San Antonio College Natural Sciences Division Presents:

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  • Dr. Deborah Boroch Discovery Day 

    "Surviving with Science!"

    Saturday, May 19th 
    8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    On-line registration has closed. Limited number of same day registration available starting at 7:30am outside building 13.

    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 13 , activities end near Lot B! (see map)
ote different registration location from last year!

   **Pre-registration has closed!! Limited number of same day registration available beginning at 7:30am, outside building 13.

What is it?

An invitation for 3rd- 7th grade students to explore areas of science and math. Our theme this year is Surviving with Science, emphasizing the use of science and math to survivie a natural disaster. Parents are encouraged to accompany and supervise their children in attendance.


Time Event Description
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: Captain Wayne Bennett (ret.): "What is a Natural Disaster and What Can My Family Do to Prepare?"
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! Free for all registered children!
1 -2 pm Family Tours of the Mt. SAC Wildlife Sanctuary and B.J. Meek Museum

Breakout Session Activities:

Planetarium Rocket Building "Rockets: Space Science Survival"
(10:30am - 12pm)
Many of the satellites launched into space using rockets help us survive on the Earth.  Students will learn about aerodynamics and rocket design, followed by building rockets and launching them to see which designs work more efficiently.   Presenters: Heather Jones & Jessica Draper

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

Animal Science: "Animal Rescue Responder"
Learn to help Fido and Fluffy survive a disaster. In this session you will learn to bandage and injured leg and close an open wound. You will learn valuable veterinary skills and have a special friend to take home with you. 
Presenters: Maya Padilla, Dawn Waters, Gary Uyeno

Biology: “Edible insects and plants in your backyard"
The students who attend this activity will be able to learn about and sample edible plants and insects, some that are available in your own backyard! Many cultures around the world use insects as a source of protein and many plants grown in southern California are easy to harvest as a food source. Recipes, samples, nutritional value and cooking instructions will all be provided.   
PresentersChris Briggs, Bryan Carey & Cindy Shannon

Math:  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 fire rings.  Activities will involve launching water balloons and competing with other students for prizes.
Presenters: Janet McMullin & Bao-chi Nguyen

Biology: “Explore the Secrets in Plants!”
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; flower, 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.   
Presenters: Alison Chamberlain & Virginia Pascoe

Earth Sciences:  "What’s Shakin’?"
California is due for a major earthquake!!!! Join us as we learn about why our state is affected by the most powerful of natural disasters. Are you prepared for what will happen? Build a structure and see how it withstands the shaking. Test out different materials and structural styles. Will your creation survive? Learn how your family can get prepared for the Big One!   
 Tania Anders, Mark Boryta & Craig Webb

Chemistry: "Egg drop (How to survive a crash)”
Ever wonder how the airbags in cars work? In this session we will learn how car airbags inflate like big balloons to protect passengers. To explore the chemistry behind this important reaction we will have teams of students investigate the properties of a gas-releasing chemical reaction to understand how to make the perfect airbag. Using this information, each team will design their own "airbag" and test how well they work! By using an egg to represent the fragile human body we will perform an egg drop with our airbag designs to see which eggs survive the fall.   Presenters: Eileen Di Mauro, Thang Nguyen & Dhaval Doshi

Chemistry:  “Transforming dirty water to clean water”
Water is essential to life. However, in many parts of the world, having enough clean drinking water is a problem, especially after a natural disaster. In this session, you will learn about and use the process of distillation to transform dirty or salty water into clean water and use a variety of tests to determine its purity. At the end of the session, you will build and take home your own mini solar powered desalination plant.  Presenters: Jenny Leung & Parisa Mahjoor

Planetarium Shows 
Astronauts live and work in space performing experiments.  Come investigate what dangers astronauts must prepare for and how they survive in a unique environment.  Presenters: Heather Jones & Jessica Draper

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!