“Science of the Dust Bowl” to exhibit science demos for kids

csub logoThe School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) at CSU Bakersfield invites the community to “Science of the Dust Bowl,” a family friendly event that will take place on Saturday, March 15th from 11a.m. to 3p.m. in and around the Science II building and throughout the main CSUB campus.

NSME invites children in kindergarten through 6th grades and their families to explore how fun science can be, with presentations and activities inspired by the “Dust Bowl Era.”  Fun topics include desert tarantulas, volcanoes, static electricity, and the "Chemistry Circus". There will be other organizations in attendance, including representatives from the CSUB Facility for Animal Care and Treatment, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Science 4 Kern, and Taft College.

“NSME’s student clubs are looking forward to sharing the excitement of science with Kern County students and their parents,” said Anne Houtman, Dean of NSME. “The Dust Bowl was an environmental event – a terrible drought – that caused a massive cultural change, the largest rapid migration in America’s history. Many local families trace their heritage to this migration and we are proud to be a part of this celebration.”

The “Dust Bowl” activities for March 15th also include the CSUB Theater Department's presentation of “Dust Bowl Dreams,” a play geared towards school-age children that will take place at 11a.m., 2p.m., and 4p.m., in the Doré Theatre. Also that day on the Doré Theatre Patio from 12p.m. to 2p.m., there will be Dustbowl exhibits including the "Dust Bowl Truck", a traveling exhibit of what a migrant family truck would look like. Attendees will enjoy musical entertainment by bluegrass band, Joe's Tent House Revival.

The “Science of the Dust Bowl” is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. For more information, contact Sarah Brown at sbrown51@csub.edu. For more information on “Dust Bowl Dreams,” call 661-654-3150.

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