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Watch something, do something, learn something, and make more stuff! March is the month of MAKING STUFF at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Step into the shoes of a scientist and experience the thrill of invention.

March 3, 2014 – Berkeley, CA. Civilization is built on the human ability to invent—to create new materials and technologies from the raw materials of the Earth. What will the stuff of the future be made of? NOVA, the most-watched prime time science series on American television, provides opportunities to explore this questions in the MAKING STUFF series. And this March the Lawrence Hall of Science is providing a fun and inspiring environment for families interested in science and engineering to do hands-on design challenges that explore MAKING STUFF themes: colder, faster, wilder, and safer.

NOVA'S MAKING STUFF at the Lawrence Hall of Science will be offered over three Saturdays in March. For a regular admission fee, people of all ages will get a chance to work together on design challenges, including creating a robotic claw, an aerodynamic car, a strong building, and a personal cooling system.

"My children and my friends' children get completely inspired each time we visit the Hall. The kids go home and incorporate what they learned into their play. It happens every visit!" says Mindy Ranney, mother of a young girl who enjoys making things at the Hall. The MAKING STUFF series introduces people to advances in how we compute, commute, and even tackle challenges to our health and safety. Ranney sees the value in presenting her children with meaningful educational opportunities that help them feel that they can provide solutions to the world they are a part of. "My daughter loves working with other people on projects and especially loves when her project impacts someone else," she adds.

Recognizing the value of science centers as community partners, NOVA is collaborating with 75 sites nationally to provide the material and media to “make stuff.” MAKING STUFF is an extension of the Hall’s ongoing program to increase opportunities for science and engineering exploration that includes the Hall's Ingenuity Lab, Maker events, the Design Quest Exhibit, and engineering festivals at schools throughout the Bay Area. "The Hall is hosting these events to give the thousands of people who have been inspired by NOVA's MAKING STUFF an opportunity to go from watching the show to making their own inventions," says Monika Mayer, the Ingenuity Programs Director. "By doing hands-on activities at each of the events, they can begin to engineer things they want to see in the future." Youth, families, young adults, educators, engineers, and scientists can come together and become active ”doers” in the process of science and engineering by making stuff colder, wilder, safer, and faster at the following events:

Saturday, March 8, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Repeats every Saturday and Sunday in March, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Prototype the car of the future today by building one out of a wide selection of materials. Test your vehicle's performance in a series of races.

Saturday, March 15, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Exercise your design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. Design and build bridges and structures out of paper dowels, then test them for their stability. What sort of design will you think up?

MAKING STUFF – Colder & Wilder
Saturday, March 22, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Tired of the cold weather? It's time to think about a tropical vacation! Make stuff colder by designing, building, and testing your own personal cooling device. While you're relaxing in the cool air, add a wild twist by designing an eagle claw to move stuff for you. Build this mechanical grasping device and test it by transporting various objects from one place to another.

About the Lawrence Hall of Science:
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, investigates, creates, and evaluates educational materials and methods, professional development programs, and hands-on learning experiences for science centers, schools, community organizations, and homes. Every year programs from the Hall serve millions of students, over 165,000 visitors, and more than 20,000 teachers nationally and internationally. The Hall is committed to providing every person access to high-quality, effective science and mathematics learning opportunities to enrich lives, inform communities, and advance society.

Now in its 40th season, NOVA is the most-watched prime time science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. The series is committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, covering the latest breakthroughs in technology or probing the deepest mysteries of the natural world. MAKING STUFF is NOVA's series, hosted by popular technology columnist David Pogue, who takes viewers on a fun-filled tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials. Episodes of the acclaimed MAKING STUFF series on PBS are available to stream for free online.

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