The annual taste of science Peninsula festival (an offshoot of nationwide and worldwide events that present scientific information by experts in a fun, engaging way for the general public) will be held again April 22-28. Most of the events are kid-friendly, and children under 6 are free (general admission is $7 per person, per event).
On Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m., participants can meet at Freewheel Brewing Company (3736 Florence St. Redwood City) to build a Foldscope paper microscope, then gather at Bedwell Bayfront Park to explore nature on a micro level. At 6 p.m., return to Freewheel to share and identify the afternoon’s discoveries.
On Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m., participants (21+) can visit a scientist at work at Stanford University’s Felsher lab (meeting place TBD).
Art Ventures Gallery (888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park) will host a discussion featuring neuroscientists Don Vaughn and Elizabeth Seckel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, with light refreshments.
Make Your Own Damn Sandwich, a local improv-comedy group, will put together a show of science-themed improv based on audience suggestions on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Freewheel.
Gallery House in Palo Alto (320 California Ave.) will host an art-meets-science event at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, where participants can meet scientists who are also artists, as well as try their hands at making some scientific art of their own (microbial art, bioink, knitting lessons and making science-themed hats are on the agenda).
Wrapping up the week will be "The Grand Experiment," held at Art Ventures on Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. Scientists from a variety of fields will be on had to help participants do hands-on experiments including extracting DNA, watching plants breath, using virtual reality and learn techniques to create an out-of-body experience.
Go to taste of science Peninsula.