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The magic of science focus of new exhibit

POSTED July 8, 2013 4:27 p.m.

The Stanislaus County Fair is getting a bit more magical.

This year, the fair will be hosting the Wizards Challenge, an interactive educational exhibit designed to teach children about the wonders of science, with the help of a little magic.

The exhibit is part of the Kids Zone, a special section of the fair strictly for educational purposes for children.

“This educational exhibit is a true staple of what we are trying to showcase at the Fair,

which is having fun through education,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus

County Fair. “The 8,000 square feet of science and magic will have families challenged in a fantasy world of science.”

Throughout the two dozen displays that the exhibit will offer, guests will be able to create man-sized  bubbles or high tech music, manipulate a robotic arm, dance through a wall of light, place hands on a plasma ball, and travel through a 20-foot long rotating dragon’s lair.

“It’s got a bit of a 'Harry Potter' feel to it,” said Alkhas.

The exhibit itself is being sponsored by Sky Trek Aviation and designed by Clay and Elaine Everett, creators of the Rainforest Adventure that was the highlight of the Kids Zone in years past.

The science challenges that will be presented at the exhibit are the brainchild of Imagination Gallery Inc, an educational company based out of Mentone, Calif. Along with the Stanislaus County Fair, the company has partnered up with fairs from all over the country.

Palm Schultz of Imagination Inc. said that the exhibit offers something for people of all ages. 

“There (are) a lot of kids that come to exhibit just to have fun,” said Schultz. “Then they’ll read the signs and the parents will explain to the kids what is happening. There’s a lot of learning for those who want to learn.”

 

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