Go wild Saturday – scientifically speaking. The Great Valley Museum’s annual Wild Planet Day will have science fun – Aeronautics to Zombies – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Modesto Junior College West Campus Science Community Center.
Enochs High’s forensic scientists will stomp around as zombies for a lesson on blood-typing, makeup by Nightmares and Dreams. Note: There will be a foam-spitting pumpkin and zombie brains (think Jell-O mold). The teens will also do DNA and fluorescent fingerprinting.
Kids in 4-H will be making goat milk hand cream. MJC fire science classes will bring a firetruck. A biologist from the West Side Mosquito Abatement District will explain how to avoid getting West Nile virus.
Dead black widow spiders will attend, illustrating a discussion on everything kids might want to know about the deadly arachnids that kill with a hemolytic poison (one that destroys red blood cells).
Dr. Al Chemist will perform shows. More than 50 reptiles and amphibians will be slithering, hopping and trying to fade into the background. Woodsy Owl and McGruff the crime dog will be visiting.
See the Science on a Sphere in action – a giant round screen that can be used for geology lessons, weather demonstrations or an up-close look at a distant planet.
Hands-on activities will include building bluebird boxes, dissecting a squid, taking off in aeronautics, rockin’ minerals and dissecting owl pellets.
Ever wonder what a 3-D printer looks like or how it works? Catch a demonstration.
Change your look with some face painting. Remember the day with a photo at the “Take yourself as a scientist” selfie booth.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Wild Planet Day, a family event with hands-on science activities
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
WHERE: The Great Valley Museum, Science Community Center, Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
INFO: This annual GVM fundraiser brings together science teachers, students and community volunteers for a day of doing it all. Cost is $8 per person or $20 for a family of up to six people. Children 4 and under get in free. Planetarium star shows cost an additional $5 each. Food will be sold as a fundraiser for the Geology Club. For more information, contact the Great Valley Museum at 209-575-6196 or go to www.mjc.edu/gvm.