Unleash Your Inner Scientist at Museum’s Apricot STEM Fair

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 4, 2024) All ages are invited to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at Los Altos History Museum’s Apricot STEM Fair.” This family-friendly event offers hands-on STEM activities that highlight the journey of humans—and apricots—to the Santa Clara Valley, and their future travels. The event will be held in the Museum’s courtyard on June 29 from 10am – 3pm.


The Apricot STEM Fair is an opportunity for all ages to delve into the history of this area, especially given its rapid evolution, while connecting with the local community through engaging and fun activities,” said Lillie Moore, education and volunteer coordinator.


Activities at the fair include egg-drop experiments, rocket launches, robot operations, Mars colonization simulations, boat building, sun-drying apricots, and apricot-themed games. Attendees can pedal a bicycle-powered blender courtesy of GreenTown Los Altos, unleash their creativity with craft fun provided by Los Altos Library, and learn how seeds travel with an educational activity from Living Classroom.


We will also offer walking tours of the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, highlighting native plants and insects,” Moore added. Special guest Lisa Prince Newman will be available to sign copies of her book, For the Love of Apricots.’”


The Apricot STEM Fair is sponsored by The Anne Wojcicki Foundation.


Admission is $10, free for children age 12 and under and Museum members. Enjoy gourmet apricot-themed Mexican food and beverages from Tal Palo available for purchase. For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org/ApricotSTEM2025.


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent 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 is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


Los Altos History Museum: Diane Holcomb, 650.948.9427 x14, dholcomb@losaltoshistory.org