Museum's Apricot STEM event aims to capture state-fair feel

Local residents can break out their microscopes and favorite apricot recipes and head to a mini-version of an old-fashioned state fair, minus the livestock.

The Los Altos History Museum’s 2018 Apricot STEM Fair is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Co-sponsored by 23andMe and the Peter Pavlina Family, LLC, the free, family-friendly event will feature hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities presented by local educational nonprofit groups and vendors; orchard-themed games and activities; a children’s cooking demonstration; and guided tours of the historical J. Gilbert Smith house and orchard.

An apricot-tasting competition – with recipes for appetizers, jams, entrees or desserts – will be judged by a panel of local leaders. Visitors may join the tasting and serve as a “People’s Choice Judge” by purchasing a $5 badge for each category.

STEM activities will include:

• Apricot DNA extraction

• Virtual-reality Bee Bots

• Rocket launches with apricot payloads

• The chemistry of vitamin C

• Balloon car races

• Robotics

• Engineering challenges to construct towers and suspension bridges

Also on the schedule:

• 10 a.m.: History walk around the orchard, led by local author Robin Chapman

• 11 a.m.: Food tasting – appetizers and preserves

• 11:30 a.m.: Robotics demonstration

• 12:30 p.m.: Food tasting – main dishes

• 1:30 p.m.: Balloon race winners demonstration

• 2 p.m.: Food tasting – desserts

• 3 p.m.: “Edible Trees” around downtown, led by GreenTown Los Altos

For more information on the apricot fair, visit

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