Orange County Section

National Chemistry Week, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010
at the Santa Ana Zoo
Prentice Park, 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana

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Zoo hours: 10 AM - 4 PM
Science exhibits: 10 AM - 3 PM
Rudy's Radical Science Show: 12:30 PM
Admission to the zoo is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
It includes all the regular zoo exhibits as well as the science spectacular.
Admission to the zoo is free for residents of Santa Ana (proof of residency, such as a utility bill, required.)

This year's theme:
Behind the Scenes with Chemistry

We offered a day of hands-on chemistry experiments for kids in one of the zoo's open areas.

College students from all over the Southland were at the zoo to assist kids with hands-on science. Twelve college groups participated this year, with each group offering a different set of experiments. These ranged from Alka Seltzer rockets to liquid nitrogen ice cream (with samples)! It must be said that the college students helping the children with experiments had as much fun as the little kids! A great role modeling experience for both groups. We also offered a science show, Rudy's Radical Science, which had an attendance of 250-300 people!

We were able to continue our program of free zoo admission to families of Santa Ana and Tustin in 2010. Our annual event was our biggest ever! 2537 people attended (our largest total ever), of whom close to half were children between 3 and 12. Of those, 1135 requested free admission, and 581 of those were children.

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Click here for pictures of National Chemistry Week 2009

For information about the zoo --
or about helping with the chemistry activities --
For information on NCW activities nationwide
National Chemistry Week 2009