Imagine taking your dog to the Desert Botanical Garden. I got to take mine because of a special event at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Susan Rubin is the special event coordinator for Desert Botanical Garden. The Desert Botanical was founded by Gustov Stark and a woman named Gertrude. According to Rubin, there are many botanical gardens all over the world. Some states include: Hawaii, Georgia, New York and there are even ones in Tucson and Globe, here in Arizona.

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 Just think about being in space…. Imagine being in the rocket ship and the space shuttle. Imagine eating or sleeping in space. The Arizona Science Center has an Astronaut Exhibit where you can learn and do a physical interactive part of the exhibit.

Sari Custer, Chief Science and Curiosity Officer with the Arizona Science Center, says the whole exhibit is a hands-on experience. Custer has a personal background in science. She loves seeing and helping people at the Center. Custer has been with the Arizona Science Center for 11 years.

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 Have you ever been interested in fossils? How about finding things you’ve never seen before?

 David K. Elliott is a paleontologist. (He is also a professor in the Geology Program at Northern Arizona University.) He first discovered that he wanted to study bones when he was 14 or 15. “My family took long walks outdoors. I lived in the south east of England. At the age of 10, a teacher brought rocks and minerals to class and I thought it was interesting,” says Elliott.

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 Imagine seeing flying jets and old planes turning in the air.

Christa Lancaster, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Buckeye, has recently taken over the air show. Lancaster used to only do the Arizona SciTech Festival and aviation related part of the show. “I brought in a plane that could be painted on. It stayed on that way until the next stop at the air show and they would do it all over again.”

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 Science is everywhere and for everyone. It is something that allows us to ask and get answers. It makes us safe, helps develop new technologies and gives us medicine.

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 Have you ever been on a Zoom with a gecko? I didn’t think so, but I have. Thanks to SciTech, I can learn all about STEM without having to leave my couch.

On “Things Tuesday,” I got to learn about Static Electricity and Heat Energy, how Plasma Globes and Radiometers work, and all about UV lights. How Plasma Globes Work was a great one, and now I’m working to convince my mom to buy me one. Also, on “Make it Monday,” I was inspired to get out my dominoes again, and I built a large domino chain reaction. Science Scattergories on “Fun Friday” was, as described, very fun.

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 Anytime you step out the door, you are in weather. There is always weather.

Royal Norman is the Chief Meteorologist with 3TV in Phoenix. Norman has been interested in weather since he was 10, or maybe even younger. “My aunt gave me a weather set for my birthday which is in February. I lived in Chicago. My whole family watched the, weather,” he says. In Chicago, Norman was able to tromp through the snow.

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 Have you ever wanted to become anastronaut and explore space? You don’t haveto wait to apply to NASA or the Space Force, the new Astronaut Exhibit at the Arizona Science Center will allow you to do just that.

In the exhibit are hands-on and full-body displays and you can learn about the mental and physical challenges that astronauts must go through, learn to problem solve, check out the Space Lab and even experience a rocket launch.

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