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Free science festival in St. Pete on Saturday

Posted Oct 17, 2013 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The third annual St. Petersburg Science Festival will be held in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held along Bayboro Harbor at USF St. Petersburg and Poynter Park, located at 1000 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg.

Held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the community celebration will kick off with an explosive science experiment on stage at 10 a.m.

Along with a full day of science shows, this year’s festival will feature over 100 hands-on activities including fighting robot competitions and rocket launches. Participants of all ages can board a research vessel, build a fire, run an underwater remotely operated vehicle, peer into a microscope at aquatic animals and archaeological artifacts, escape fishing nets, test an artificial limb, create art from science and more. The event will have more than 30 new hands-on interactive exhibits for people of all ages.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from area restaurants and an on-site food truck rally.

For more information, visit http://www.thesecretsofthesea.org/page/scifest2013.html

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