Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rockets rollick over and inside SciPort on Sat, July 4 and Sun, July 5

There will be lots of pop, fly and sparkle, says flymaster Eric Gipson, as Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center honors America's 233rd year of independence with a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5.

"Families claiming early spots for the Saturday fireworks show on the Shreveport Riverfront may find Sci-Port a welcome air conditioned place to escape for this dose of patriotic science," said Brian McWilliams, Sci-Port Public Programs Manager. "And as it's traditional to have a few unpopped things remaining the day after the Fourth, several activities will be repeated Sunday."

Activities, included with regular admission and free to Sci-Port members, include:

July 4 at 11 a.m., July 5 at 4 p.m.
Observe fire under a controlled element, learn what it takes to produce fire, and how ordinary air can produce spectacular results.

Radical Reactions
July 4 at noon
See how common chemicals can light up your day.

Water Rockets
July 4 at 1 p.m., July 5 at 2 p.m.
Learn about propulsion and help countdown the launch of these water rockets capable of landing on Sci-Port's roof.

Fire Tornado
July 4 at 2 p.m., July 5 at 3 p.m.
Learn about rising air and see a spectacular tornado of fire.

Straw Rockets
July 4 at 3 p.m.
Learn the tricks to turn drinking straws into flying objects capable of hitting a target.

Pneumatic Rockets
July 4 at 4 p.m.
Make a paper rocket and launch it with pneumatic air pressure.

Pop Rockets
July 4 and 5 at 5:00
See how expanding gas can produce a surprising result.

Sci-Port info: (318) 424-3466, toll-free (877) 724-7678 or see

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