Science Festival returns to St. Petersburg - WFLA News Channel 8

Science Festival returns to St. Petersburg

Posted: Updated:
In addition to the St. Petersburg Science Festival, Marine Quest is also taking place at USF's St. Petersburg campus. Visitors can get an up close view of a Florida spiny lobster. In addition to the St. Petersburg Science Festival, Marine Quest is also taking place at USF's St. Petersburg campus. Visitors can get an up close view of a Florida spiny lobster.
Tomas Garcia demonstrates a robot that he helped design and build at the St. Petersburg Science Festival. Tomas Garcia demonstrates a robot that he helped design and build at the St. Petersburg Science Festival.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Along the seawall of the University of South Florida's Bayboro campus, tents are set up for the St.Petersburg Science Festival. Each station in the festival displays an aspect of science like a hydrogen powered car or marine life found in bay area waters. Students and teachers got a sneak peek look at the festival on Friday.

Inside USF's Harbor Hall, science experiments were performed that demonstrate physical and chemical changes. Some of the experiments included turning a water bottle into a jet engine and burning paper.

Tomas Garcia is a senior high school student. He is at the festival to show off a robot that he helped design and build.

'We want the kids to know that science and technology is just as cool as watching sports, wrestling or any of the stuff that seems really cool," Garcia said.

E. Howard Rutherford is the co-chairman of the event and he says this festival shows visitors why science is important.

"One of the main goals here is to show science is relevant in our everyday lives and that we don't take for granted the technology that we use everyday like our cell phones like deciding wether or not we're going to go to the beach or not. All of that is being decided for us through science and the use of technology," Rutherford said.

In addition to the science festival, Marine Quest is also taking place on USF' St. Petersburg campus. Visitors can see Florida's spiny lobster up close as well as several species of fish found in the bay area.

This is the third year of the science festival and organizers say it keeps getting bigger every year. They expect 25 thousand visitors to the event. The Science Festival is free and food vendors will be on site.
 

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl


Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.