By ANDY GRAY
Expect more silliness as Silly Science Sunday returns to OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science Technology.
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“The Bone Zone,” a traveling exhibition produced by Purdue University to promote healthy bones, opens Sunday at OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science Technology.
Special activities are planned inside the center as well as on West Federal Street to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as raising money for the center's community partnership program.
Katie Seminara, assistant manager at OH WOW!, said the stage presentations have been expanded this year
"The education department and the exhibitions department are taking the lead on the stage shows and are doing some really fun things that are interactive with the crowd," she said.
WHAT: Silly Science Sunday
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science Technology, 11 W. Federal St., Youngstown, and on West Federal Street.
HOW MUCH: $8 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call 330-744-5914.
12:30 p.m. - OH WOW! Welcome
1 p.m. - Raging Reactions
1:30 p.m. - WOWtastic Watermelon Challenge
2 p.m. - Below Zero Blowouts
2:30 p.m. - YSU STEM on Stage
3 p.m. - Raging Reactions
3:30 p.m. - WOWtastic Watermelon Challenge
4 p.m. - Below Zero Blowouts
One demonstration returning from last year is the WOWtastic Watermelon Challenge, where they will try to make a watermelon explode from the pressure applied by rubber bands.
"We did this last year, and it was huge hit," Seminara said. "It can be done."
Visitors will be able to "milk" a life-size cow model provided by the Trumbull County Farm Bureau, experiment with 3D printing technology and take part in other hands-on activities.
Exhibitors for the event include Youngs-town State University College of STEM, Home Depot of Boardman, Mill Creek MetroParks and area robotics teams.
Silly Science Sunday also will offer the first peak at "The Bone Zone," a traveling exhibition that will be on display through Jan. 5 at the center.
Produced by Purdue University, "The Bone Zone" is designed to allow visitors to learn about the importance of diet and exercise for healthy bones. "Your Bones Are Alive" and "Incredible Bone Crusher" let visitors test their strength against healthy bones and those weakened by osteoporosis. An animated video shows how the body uses calcium to form new bones and a simulated X-ray machine demonstrates how bone health can be seen. The carnival setting also features the Mysterious Madame Ulna, a skeletal seer who predicts the bone health future of visitors by evaluating their activities at the center.
"We've been looking at a few different health and wellness exhibits," Seminara said. "A larger goal is to have a permanent exhibit on health and wellness, so this is sort of a test for us."