Los Altos History Museum’s “Apricot STEM Fair” Features Family-Fun Activities

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 4, 2019) – Get ready to engage in science-themed games, explore interactive exhibits, talk to a NASA scientist, and taste apricots at Los Altos History Museum‘s Apricot STEM Fair, Sunday, June 30th, 10am-3pm. The free event, co-sponsored by 23andMe, combines a science fair with a state-fair vibe into a one-day affair for all ages.

The schedule includes hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities presented by local educational non-profits and vendors, a live link-up to the space station courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center, orchard-themed games and activities, and guided tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House and orchard. Teams of high school students will learn to pitch environmental projects from the Environmental Commission of Los Altos.

In the apricot specialty tasting competition, visitors can sample their way through the Museum’s exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” by purchasing a $5 ticket. A panel of local celebrities will award ribbons to the winning dishes submitted by local restaurants and community members, including Restaurant Asa, Café Nur, Draeger’s Market, Los Altos Farmers’ Market, Tre Monti restaurant, and State of Mind pizzeria.

“The Apricot STEM Fair celebrates the transition from the Valley of Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley by bringing together our agricultural roots and STEM activities. It’s the Museum’s mission to celebrate the past, present, and future of this area,” said Dr. Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director. “We’re so grateful for all the displayers who are participating with a wide range of activities for this special one-day event.”

STEM activities include:

NASA’s Discovery Trailer • Los Altos Library’s Go  Go Biblio • Apricot DNA extraction • An Interactive Bubble Station • Flower Design • Insect Taxonomy • Microscopic Investigation • Enviroscape • Keva Plank Design • Caterpillar Camouflage and The Science of Butterflies • Geocaching

Also on the schedule:

  • 10:30 am, 11:30am, and 2pm Robotics Demonstrations
  • 11am-1pm Apricot Food Tasting
  • 3pm Edible Trees walk around downtown led by GreenTown Los Altos
  • Hourly BioBlitz Discovery Walks
  • Ongoing Scavenger Hunt for gadgets from the past in J. Gilbert Smith House
  • Environthon Challenge, where teams of teens compete for a cash award

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org