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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 15, 2013
Scientists' union sponsors Capitol science day for kids

130513-scientists-day-courtesy-CAPS.JPGThe California Association of Professional Scientists is sponsoring its 25th annual State Scientists Day at the Capitol today.

The event always draws several thousand Northern California school kids from third grade to sixth grade. This year they'll see exhibits that include demonstrations of how scientists treat sick and injured wildlife following disasters like oil spills; the science of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and a hands-on insect display.

State Scientists Day kicked off at 10 a.m. on the Capitol's west side and runs until 1 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: Edward Newman, an environmental scientist at the California Emegency Management Agency, teaches kids the different warning signs that are on hazardous materials like explosives, corrosives and poisons at State Scientists Day 2012. Picture courtesy California Association of Professional Scientists.

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