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Polar ice, wind turbines, trash and transportation: Pacific Science Center's Curiosity Expo takes on climate change

The event, taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will bring in scientists and other experts leading 50 different activities for families.

Calling all young scientists, tinkerers, confounding question-posers and voracious seekers of facts: Pacific Science Center is having a three-day Curiosity Expo, bringing in scientists and other experts from around the community to lead hands-on activities and talk about their work.

This weekend’s theme? Climate change. (See also: "Microplastic Madness," an inspiring movie at Children's Film Festival Seattle.)

Here are a few of the 50 activities you can partake in over the weekend:


      Check out current ocean conditions using nearly real-time satellite and monitoring station data at the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems table.

      Place an order at ReMake Lab’s “Trash Café” and find out where your trash and recycling goes.

      Take a virtual reality trip on Boeing’s Echo Voyager, as it journeys to an undersea volcano.

      Meet crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy and ask them about their scientific missions in Arctic waters.

      Feel the difference between sea ice and freshwater ice with UW Applied Physics Laboratory, examine an ice core, and hear the sounds of the animals that live under Arctic ice.

“We really want people to understand what climate change is, how it affects the earth in general and give people actionable things to do as well,” says Danielle Cobb, communications specialist for Pacific Science Center.

Also at the science center: Black  History Month activities, Feb. 2020

The Curiosity Expo takes place Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1 at the Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave N. The Expo is free with admission.