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Celebrating Science on Family Day

January 27, 2015

Family Day 2015 FB CoverDid you know that frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time and they never close their eyes, even when they sleep? Or that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and 300 in children?

I loved science as a kid. Watching the fizzy chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar. The sending of messages that could only be revealed by those who knew the secret behind invisible ink. And the laughter we enjoyed taking turns to see who could create the best hair static.

Science plays an important part of our everyday lives. It is fascinating with many amazing things to learn, explore and discover. Thankfully the average human only sleeps for approximately 35% of the day, compared to 80% for armadillos and sloths, so we have lots of time to research all these scientific facts.

On Monday, February 9 (from 11 to 3), the whole family will have a scien-terrific opportunity to experiment with some very exciting, hands-on activities in celebration of BC Family Day.  So grab your lab coat and join us at the Discovery Centre as we bring the electrifying world of science to life.

Scientists, young and old, can become an Archaeologist as you sift through the sands at the Centre’s archaeology dig and analyze the data to help understand the past.  Discover the facts behind hydrogen fuel cell cars as you challenge family, friends and the UBC Let’s Talk Science team to a race with toy car models using distilled water as a source of energy. Get immersed and discover the properties of water with some wet and wonderful science exploration at the Wacky Water station. Or create a typical West Coast rain shower and learn how pollutants effect our environment at the Centre’s popular Pollution Model.

P1010356Back by popular demand, Magnificent Mary and her Mad Science team will take your breath away during their special Up, Up, Away presentation about air pressure. During these one-hour presentations, families will see and feel what Daniel Beroulli learned about air pressure and comprehend how we use it.  Showtimes: 11:30 and 1:30.  Seating in the Canyon  is limited, so you are encouraged to come early and prepare to be amazed!

This free family fun day is presented by the City of New Westminster in partnership with the Fraser River Discovery Centre and the River Market.  There are lots of great activities happening around town, so be sure to check out the City’s website for more information.

In the meantime to keep you intrigued until you are able to join us on Monday, February 9, here are some fun science facts that you can impress your friends and family with.

  • Halley’s Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986, and will be visible again from earth sometime in 2061. Get your camera ready!
  • Plant matter found at the bottom of areas with water such as swamps can eventually turn into coal due to a process called metamorphosis.
  • No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times. Go ahead. Try it. I did!
  • Light takes 1.255 seconds to get from the earth to the moon. Now that is quick!
  • A flea can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air. How is that for super powers!
  • The ears of a cricket are located on its front legs.
  • The speed of sound is around 767 miles per hour (1,230 kph) and travels 4 times faster in water.
  • Each molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single oxygen atom

What to learn more fun science facts, check out this great Science Kids website. They have lots of great information and experiments the whole family can enjoy.

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