Science Carnival

The Science Carnival is sponsored by the CSU Channel Islands science departments under the leadership of Dr. Phil Hampton, Professor of Chemistry. This annual event first started in Fall 2009 with approximately 250 preschool through eighth (PK-8) grade students attending the event. Over 2200 PK-8 students and their families attended the 2016 Science Carnival.

The event is open to the public and PK-8 students and their families are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee and parking is free at Rio Vista Middle School and the public parking lots for the playing fields along E. Vineyard Ave.

Over 100 different science activities will be available for PK-8 students to experience at this event, for example, examining the effect of trajectory and air pressure on the range of a marshmallow shot using an air-powered marshmallow shooter, making your own lotion or perfume, searching for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig, seeing a gummy bear burn in potassium chlorate as part of the “screaming gummy bear” demonstration, standing inside a giant bubble, scan yourself into an action figure, and making glow-in-the-dark slime.

A teacher professional development component called the STEM Experiences for Educators and Leaders (SEEL) will be offered again this year where PK-12 grade teachers can attend a preview of the Science Carnival from 3:30 – 5 pm and learn about the hands-on science activities and how they might be implemented in their classroom. Attendance is free at this teacher professional development component of the Science Carnival and includes a free pizza dinner. The Eventbrite sign-up for SEEL is now open.