Activities for K-12 and up

Explore booths, Q&A sessions, and talks hosted by scientists. DIY science experiments are found at the Guided Demo booths - don't forget to prepare some home supplies! Or, take a guided science tour at the Virtual Tour booths. Booths will restart demos at the beginning of every half hour throughout the entire event.

See All Booths
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Guided Demo Booths
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Virtual Tour Booths
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Science Talks
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Q&A Science Experts

Science Talks and Ask-a-Scientist Panels

Science Talks are 15-min long presentations with time afterwards for questions. Ask-a-Scientist Panels bring you experts who can answer all your questions!
November 7, 2021 12:00 pm - 12:25 pm Science Talks

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

An investigation into how our food habits impact the planet, and who has the power to do something about it.

Shruti Indiresan M.S. Student in Environmental Engineering / UCLA
November 7, 2021 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask a Chemist

Zoom link: Ask me about nanotechnology!

Paul Weiss UC Presidential Chair Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering / UCLA
November 7, 2021 12:30 pm - 12:55 pm Science Talks

Why Does Earth’s Magnetic Field Point North?

In this talk, I will describe the shape of Earth’s global magnetic field and some of its interesting behaviors. Then I will show why magnetic compasses work by presenting experiments carried out in my lab at UCLA that explain why Earth’s magnetic poles tend to align with the planet’s axis of rotation.

Jonathan M Aurnou Professor at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / UCLA
November 7, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask an Epidemiologist

Ask me about COVID-19!

Yixing Chen Clinical Simulation Specialist
November 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 1:25 pm Science Talks

Statistical Modeling to Quantitate the Central Dogma

Prof. Jingyi Jessica Li from UCLA Statistics will talk about how she used statistics to quantify the central dogma of biology: DNA becomes RNA, and RNA becomes protein.

Jingyi Jessica Li Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics, Department of Human Genetics, and Department of Biomathematics / UCLA
November 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask a Science YouTuber

Zoom link: Ask me about science communication!

Dave Farina “Professor Dave Explains” / YouTube
November 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask a Space Physicist

Zoom link: Ask me about Space AI!

November 7, 2021 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm Science Talks

Not-so-great Pacific Garbage Patch

This talk is on the Not-so-great Pacific Garbage Patch with a demonstration using a rotating tank to simulate the ocean!

Jordyn Moscoso PhD Student at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / UCLA
November 7, 2021 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm Science Talks

Fundamental Structure of Matter

What do you think makes up all the matter around us, such as stars, human body, etc? Do you know that they are all made of by some basic building blocks, known as fundamental particles. In this talk, we will walk through how humans have discovered these different layers of structure of the matter and […]

Zhongbo Kang Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy / UCLA
November 7, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask an Astronomer

Zoom link: Ask me about black holes!

Smadar Naoz Associate Professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy / UCLA
November 7, 2021 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm Science Talks

Gravity and Structure of the Universe

The talk will be about gravity and the way it leads to the structures in the universe

Sarah Chase Physics Ph.D. Student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy / UCLA
November 7, 2021 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask a Geophysicist

Zoom link: Ask me about anything geophysical, from earthquakes, volcanoes, sea-level, topography, plate tectonics!

Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni Louis B and Martha B Slichter Chair in the Geosciences / UCLA
November 7, 2021 2:30 pm - 2:55 pm Science Talks

Fun with Plastics!

Where do plastics come from? Which can be recycled? Can packing peanuts be recycled? How long are polymer chains? How many polymer chains are in a bowling ball? How are you supposed to open a ketchup package if it has no perforation marks? What is polyurethane foam used for and what is the largest polyurethane […]

Richard Kaner Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering / UCLA
November 7, 2021 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Ask a Scientist

Ask a Geologist

Zoom link: Ask me about earthquakes, soil, or landslides!

Seulgi Moon Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / UCLA