April 12, 2005 > Science Festival
A day of learning and adventure for the curious of all ages
by Venkat Raman
If you have a scientific bent, you will love the Science Festival at California State University East Bay. If you believe science is not your cup of tea, try it out anyway. You may find a demonstration or talk that will spark an interest in science that you didn't even know you had.
This free event has been held almost every two years since 1974 by the College of Science at CSUEB (formerly CSU Hayward). Students, faculty and staff from nine departments come together to make interesting presentations that will pique your curiosity and get you involved with over 50 activities for all ages. These are planned so that everyone will gain some practical experience of scientific principles.
Events, scheduled for 30 minutes each promise to be great attractions. The Chemistry Magic Show is a traditional favorite and will be offered multiple times. Those interested in games of chance can attend a session to understand and take advantage of the best odds of success when gambling. Japanese fish printing and fossil casting are particularly popular with the little ones. Perhaps looking at the sun through a telescope intrigues you. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit Sulphur Creek Nature Center and come in contact with live animals. New for this year will be a Computer History Museum and a Vintage Computer Festival. The Robotics exhibition by Tennyson High School will be a returning attraction. There will also be dog dancing and dog obedience demonstrations.
Charlene Lebastchi, who is coordinating the festival for the third time, recalls a number of people who keep coming back and enjoying it. "We have so many activities planned that it is very easy to spend the whole day here. In fact, there are inevitably some people who get upset that the festival closes too soon," she said. Lebastchi encourages all to attend - with or without children - as they will find the festival fun and educational.
Cal State East Bay
Saturday, April 16
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward