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October 2, 2012 > Family fun at 'Science in the Park'

Family fun at 'Science in the Park'

By Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By Courtesy of Teofie Decierdo at VTM Photography

Wonders of science are ready to be explored at the second annual celebration of 'Science in the Park,' on Saturday, October 6. Community members of all ages are invited to the free and family-oriented festivities at the Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward. Kids will have the opportunity to explore numerous scientific phenomena through hands-on experiments, demonstrations and have a blast.

The event's goal is to raise funds to support ongoing efforts of the New Haven Schools Foundation, Hayward Education Foundation, and HARD's (Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District's) Children's Programs.

Through the assistance of NASA and the Chabot Space and Science Center, creative activities galore abound for all ages at this interactive day of science exploration. In addition to hands-on science experiments, the event features live animal demonstrations, water rocket launches, face painting, bounce houses, spin art, bikes, balloon twisters, and obstacle courses.

For K-12 students, there will be an egg drop contest. The challenge is to build a container that holds a raw egg and can protect it from cracking from a 60-foot drop off the ladder of a fire engine. All K-12 students can participate but must check in with their container on the day of the event. The egg drop begins at 12noon; all participants will receive an entry prize.

The Hayward and Alameda Fire Departments will host an "oobleck" (cornstarch and water) demonstration and, in addition, balloon twisters, face painters, jump houses and musical entertainment will join the party. To whet your taste buds, the food truck mafia will offer culinary choices to appease every appetite. Health professionals will distribute information and provide complementary exams and massage. More than fifty interactive booths are expected.

Sponsoring booths from the educational sector include Eastin, Kitayama and Searles elementary schools and Alvarado Middle School, as well as the New Haven Teachers Association, the New Haven Schools Foundation and the District's Health, Education and Resource Team (HEART).

This is a bike friendly event so you are encouraged to bring your bikes. Free tune-ups are available at the Bike Mobile provided by Alameda County Transportation Commission.

It truly takes a village to put on an event of this kind. Countless volunteer hours have gone into making this festival a reality. Generous sponsorships and partnerships from businesses and donors helped to defray the many costs incurred. Heartfelt thanks go to: Tri-CED Community Recycling, HARD, PG&E, Chevron, Masonic Homes of California, Telecare, Wal-Mart, Clark Construction, Calpine, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Zoo, and Grainger. The cities of Union City and Hayward are also participating.

Event Chair, Supervisor Richard Valle says, "We had around 5,000 people attend the first event last year. We're expecting the second annual 'Science in the Park' to be even bigger. This year, we have over 60 groups and organizations providing interactive activities and entertainment ranging from health education to squid dissection to yoga and robotics. It's a fantastic way to engage the families in the Tri-Cities area and raise funds for the communities' education foundations."

Don't miss this science extravaganza! Run, bike or walk, but come to Science in the Park!

Science in the Park
Saturday, Oct 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Alden E. Oliver Sports Park
2580 Eden Park Place, Hayward
(510) 471-3850
Free admission

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