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San Diego: From 'moon shoes' to algae, find it at Science Festival

March 25, 2011|By Irene Lechowitzky | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • A young visitor tries on an out-of-this-world helmet at the San Diego Science Festival.
A young visitor tries on an out-of-this-world helmet at the San Diego Science… (San Diego Science Festival )

How would you like to don a pair of "moon shoes" and do your best Michael Jackson imitation? Or get in touch with your inner Picasso while finger-painting with algae?

Those are some of the activities at the annual San Diego Science Festival, a weeklong event that will culminate Saturday in Expo Day at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. Organized by UC San Diego in collaboration with science and engineering organizations, the family-friendly festival aims to provide interactive learning experiences.

Expo Day, expected to draw thousands of visitors, will offer about 150 hands-on activities. You’ll be able to interact with scientists to learn about their discoveries and browse booths that cover the science spectrum, from green technology to robotics.

Among the shows will be "Mad Science Presents: Fire and Ice," a Rubik's Cube speed tournament and "An Afternoon Chat with Albert Einstein." The Galapagos Mountain Boys will rock the house with, well, "Science Rocks." When was the last time you heard a folk song about the Big Bang Theory?

Info: San Diego Science Festival Expo Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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