Carthay School of Environmental Studies to Hold 5th Annual Science Fair and Environmental Exposition

Booths at the 2016 Carthay Science Fair and Environmental Expo – now heading into its fifth year as a major community event.

This coming Saturday, Carthay School of Environmental Studies Magnet, 6351 W. Olympic Blvd. (at Crescent Heights) will hold its 5th annual Science Fair and Environmental Exposition.

Student project on display at the 2016 Carthay Science Fair and Environmental Expo

The event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to all ages.  It will feature classroom projects by Carthay students (and evaluation by VIP judge Yvette d’Entremont – a.k.a. “SciBabe“)…along with more than 25 environmental-themed exhibits, student performances, games, and free shade tree giveaways from City Plants (for Los Angeles residents with a valid ID and utility bill to verify residency).

There will also be great food available for purchase (from Don Taco y Su Familia,  CVT Soft Serve, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, District Burger, and Rocco’s Pizza), face painting ($5), and an inflatable slide and obstacle course ($1 per ride or $10 for unlimited play).

And, of course, you can visit Carthay’s exceptional learning garden…and introduce yourself to the hens!

Chickens in Carthay’s garden
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Armstrong.

According to Carthay parent volunteer and Science Fair chair Jonathan Armstrong (who’s also a professional scientist), the purpose of the event is “to showcase the school and to engage our local neighborhoods.” It’s also, he says, the school’s biggest event of the year, usually drawing about 500 visitors of all ages.

“I started this event 5 years ago, following a direct request to me from Carthay’s principal at the time, Traci Calhoun,” Armstrong told the Buzz.  “She always made it so that you could never say no. So here I am, still organizing the event, and it takes a lot of volunteers to make the event a success.”

Just one of the fun activities at a past Expo.
Learning about recycling at the 2016 Fair.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Armstrong.

Carthay Center Elementary Science Fair & Environmental Exposition
6351 W. Olympic Boulevard, 90048
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time 11am – 3pm

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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