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Apricot STEM Fair returns to the Los Altos History Museum on July 16 | Community

The Los Altos Museum of History has scheduled its Apricot STEM Fair: A Tale of Two Valleys event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 16 in the museum’s courtyard, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Festivities will include family-friendly science, technology, engineering and math activities, including robotics demonstrations, engineering a Mars landing with eggs, catapulting apricots, building marshmallow towers , creating photosensitive art, drawing with fractal colors, making a sundial, games exploring the science and technology of early agriculture, and more.

Workshops will teach you how to make a binary code bracelet and discover Fibonacci patterns in nature. Lisa Prince Newman, author of “For the Love of Apricots,” will hold a book signing and conversation from 10-11:30 a.m. on all things apricot and share her recipes.

A permanent exhibition highlights local stories

The Apricot STEM Fair is the second in a series of four programs offered in support of the museum’s new permanent exhibit, “Making Connections: Stories from the Land,” slated to open in 2023. The exhibit , presented as an immersive experience through interactive screens, touchable objects and listening stations, brings to light stories related to the valley, coves, hills and neighborhoods of Los Altos.

“The new permanent exhibit is organized by geography rather than chronology,” said museum chief executive Elisabeth Ward. “Nowhere is the juxtaposition of events more apparent than the transition from the Valley of Heart’s Delights to Silicon Valley, which many of our residents have witnessed and remember. Both periods used science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM fair is an opportunity to highlight the differences and similarities between these two periods of history, and to celebrate both the continuity and the changes of our valley.

Admission is $7 per person, payable at the door and free for ages 12 and under. The cost of materials to participate in the workshops is $10 per person.

The number of places is limited for the workshops and prior registration is required.

All profits from the Apricot STEM fair support the fundraising campaign for the museum’s permanent exhibition.