Science@Stockmen’s Park

Thank you to all the wonderful guests who attend our Science@Stockmen’s Park events this summer!

We are taking a break to plan bigger and better events in 2022.  Below are details of our 2021 summer series.  Visit our Instagram for more photos.

Explore everyday science at Science@Stockmen’s Park, a free, accessible monthly outdoor event for children, teens, and adults. From June through October, Quest will offer fun activities, stage shows, music, and more.  Registration is not required.  Drop in any time – everyone is welcome! 

Location: Stockmen’s Park, 29 South Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA

We ask that all attendees follow county health guidelines for outdoor events by social distancing and wearing a mask if you are not vaccinated.

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Science of Water

September 4, 11-2 pm

What makes water so special and important to living things? Explore activities that reveal the nature of this important resource. Learn about how water plays a critical role in our environment.  Activities include: 

  • Water Electrolysis
  • TDS & Salinity
  • pH Exploration
  • DIY Water Cycle
  • What Lives in Water
  • Ground Porosity
  • Groundwater Model
  • Water Table
  • Foil Boats
  • Surface Tension Activities
  • Water Conservation

 Musical Theme: Water 

Science of Music

August 7, 5-8 pm

What is sound? How does it travel from a speaker to your ears?  Explore the science of music by building instruments and experimenting with sound waves. Activities include: 

  • Bee Hummer
  • Chladni Plate
  • Guitar Effect Pedals
  • Membranophones
  • Rubber Band Guitars
  • Shakers
  • String Telephone
  • Theremin
  • Space Palette Pro

At 6:30 pm, enjoy a 30 minute performance by Don Lewis, an electronic music inventor and pioneer.  He will be demonstrating electronic instruments, playing a selection of songs, and sharing his journey in music.  Bring blankets for sitting on the grass.

The Livermore Public Library will also be present to share resources with the community.

Musical Theme: Classic R&B/Soul

Science of Perception

July 17, 5-8 pm

How do illusions trick your eyes? How are colors and images perceived by your brain? Come experience various ways to fool and amaze yourself. Make devices for observing the world. Learn why illusions are puzzling and entertaining at the same time.  Activities include:

  • Record Player Illusions
  • Facial Mashup
  • Color Illusions
  • Typoglycemia
  • Visual Illusions
  • Microscope Phone Pixels
  • Pixel Tubes
  • Thaumatropes

At 6:30 pm, Staff Magician Caleb Cheung will perform a 30 minute family friendly magic show.  Bring blankets for sitting on the grass.

Musical Theme: Mash Ups Across the Decades

Science of Bubbles

June 26, 10 am-12 pm

Everyone loves bubbles! Have some good clean fun by exploring soap bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Learn about surface tension, colors, and more. Activities include:

  • Stand in a Bubble (photos optional)
  • Bubbles in Bubbles
  • Boo Bubbles
  • Bubble Volcano
  • Bubble Shapes
  • Bubbles Art
  • DIY Bubble Wands
  • Bubble Solution Recipes
  • Giant Bubble Demonstrations

Activities are appropriate for explorers of all ages.  Help us set the record for the most bubbles in Livermore!

Musical Theme: Summer Top 40

Science of Engineering

October 2, 4-7 pm

Design, build, test, and iterate! Use the engineering design cycle to invent your own creations!  Are you up for a challenge?  Aspiring engineers of all ages are welcome.  Activities include:

  • Air Powered Rockets
  • Spoon Catapults
  • Paper Bridges
  • Sailboats
  • Wind Turbines
  • Electrical Circuits
  • FIRST Robotics Showcase
  • Ecosystem Engineering with LARPD
  • Battery Electric Bus with GILLIG
  • And additional activities from partner organizations

Musical Theme: Science and Engineering

In celebration of Bay Area Manufacturing Week, this event is sponsored by: