Apricot STEM event features family-friendly activities

The Los Altos History Museum’s Apricot STEM Fair, scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30, includes activities that highlight the science-fair-meets-state-fair vibe.

Designed for all ages, the free event will feature science-themed games, interactive exhibits, an appearance by a NASA scientist and apricot tasting. Local education nonprofit groups and vendors will present hands-on STEM activities, NASA Ames Research Center will provide a live link-up to the space station and the Los Altos Environmental Commission will teach teams of high school students to pitch environmental projects. Orchard-themed games and activities and guided tours of the historical J. Gilbert Smith House and orchard will round out the schedule.

In the apricot specialty tasting competition, visitors can sample their way through the museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” by purchasing a $5 ticket. A panel of judges will award ribbons to the winning dishes submitted by local residents, restaurants and markets, including ASA, Cafe Nur, Tre Monti, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, Draeger’s Market and the Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

“The Apricot STEM Fair celebrates the transition from the Valley of Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley by bringing together our agricultural roots and STEM activities,” said Elisabeth Ward, the museum’s executive director. “It’s the museum’s mission to celebrate the past, present and future of this area.”

  STEM activities will include:

• NASA’s Discovery Trailer

• The Los Altos Library’s Go

Go Biblio

• Apricot DNA extraction

• An interactive bubble station

• Flower design

• Insect taxonomy

• Microscopic investigation

• Enviroscape

• KEVA plank design

• Caterpillar camouflage

• The science of butterflies

• Geocaching

Also on the schedule:

• 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Robotics demonstrations

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Apricot food tasting

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

Co-sponsor of the event is 23andMe.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit

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