Los Altos History Museum
51 So. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
In the spirit of our local pioneers and entrepreneurs, this fun family event will provide an opportunity to explore hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities presented by local educational non-profits and vendors, orchard-themed games and activities, a kid’s cooking demonstration, and guided tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith house and orchard. An apricot specialty tasting competition will add to the festivities. The community is invited to enter favorite apricot appetizers, jams, entrees, or desserts for tasting by a celebrity panel of judges. Visitors may also join the tasting as a People’s Choice Judge by purchasing a $5 badge for each category at the fair. Deadline to enter the competition is June 1. For more information see https://www.losaltoshistory.org/apricotSTEM.
STEM activities include:
Apricot DNA extraction • Virtual Reality Bee Bots in the Orchard • Rocket Launches with Apricot Payloads • Chemistry of Vitamin C • Balloon Car Races • Robotics • Engineering Challenges to Construct Towers and Suspension Bridges • Food Technology • Soil Analysis and Apricot Seed Planting • Molecule Building • Exploration of Sound with Kazoos • Electricity and Magnets • Microscopic Investigation • Egg Drop Challenge • Science of Apricot Cutting and Jam-Making • Logic/Math activity with NFL Alumni
Also on the schedule:
- 10:30am History Walk around the orchard, led by local author Robin Chapman
- 11am Food Tasting: Appetizers and Preserves
- 11:30am Robotics Club Demonstration
- 12:30pm Food Tasting: Main Dishes
- 1:30pm Balloon Race Winners Demonstration
- 2pm Food Tasting: Desserts
- 3pm ‘Edible Trees’ around downtown, led by Greentown Los Altos
The event will be held in the Museum Main Gallery and outside patio courtyard. Free admission.