Why are animals designed to have skin patterns and foot prints that are very different from one another?

Through study and exploration of the continent of Africa, students will discover the reasons for animals’ unique foot prints and unique skin patterns and why this design is perfect for each of their habitats.  Visitors will experience the different terrains of these habitats to help them understand why.

Why are some animals herbivore and some carnivore?

Through research and experimentation, students will discover why animals eat the foods that animals do eat.  Students will present their findings with models that contrast the differences between them.

Here are the Common Core science standards we are utilizing with our project.


How Did the Native Americans in Different Regions of the United States Choose to Live and Survive?

Students examined tribes from five different regions, exploring how each group met basic needs such as clothing, hunting/gathering food, seeking and sustaining shelter, and how they communicated and interacted with other people groups which laid the foundation for today’s society. Students will present findings through an interactive living museum.

Sunshine State Standards addressed:

How can we provide hot water, by using recycled materials and solar power. 

Inspired by the great work that the group Plug In Social is doing with the people in Argentina, we built a Solar Shower from recycled materials. The Solar Shower provides hot water to people in need and helps cut down on the amount of trash overwhelming their country. We believe this can also be useful after major disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. Stop by our booth and experience our fully functional Solar Shower.

MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.


How Do I become a United States citizen?

The United States is a melting pot of different cultures. It attracts people from all over the world to live here. Becoming a U.S. citizen can either be at birth or after birth. Know the requirements to be a US citizen at birth, apply for derived citizenship through parents and apply for naturalization.  Know about the lives of Emily, Mia and Polina.

Emily – at birth

Mia – apply for derived citizenship through parents

Polina – apply for naturalization

What does your fingerprint tell about you?

God created each one of us so unique that “even the hairs of your head are all numbered” and that we have our very own fingerprint. Know its fundamental principle, how it works and its applications in the modern world – forensics and technology.


What does it mean to be a US citizen?

One’s citizenship becomes a part of who you are but do you really know what it means to be an American citizen?  Citizenship in the United States is a status that entails specific rights, duties and benefits. Know your rights as a US citizen; be educated on what are your duties to your beloved country and the benefits of becoming an American.


How Does DNA Connect Us?

Ever wondered what the phrase “melting pot of cultures” means? In a global world, you meet people come from different countries, live in a foreign land and interact with people of different cultures. Our experience expands as we learn from each other and it shapes who we are. DNA fingerprinting has been used to learn more about a person’s ancestry and know one’s heritage. Explore how DNA fingerprinting is being used to help people.

Why is hydroponics better than square foot gardening in certain cases?

Producing food hydroponically and utilizing squarefoot gardening growing method is our future. At our booth you will learn the science and math behind these growing methods. After visiting our booth you will have a greater understanding of why hydroponics and squarefoot gardening is more productive than traditional gardening and aquaponics.


How Tai Chi affects your stress levels

Stress is considered as the number one killer, causing many health problems stress has a huge impact on our everyday lives. Some of the health problems stress can cause are heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, infertility, and ulcers.

Tai Chi mainly focuses on the movement that you are doing at that moment, instead of what comes next, which relieves mental stress and help you think more clearly. The increase in oxygen through the body and the posture Tai Chi requires you to have helps you feel more relaxed and open. If you choose to join Tai Chi, the circular like movements will help stretch, rotate, and twist your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Physical relaxation can also help relax emotional tension as well, relieving stress.

How are virtual reality and holograms different, and what makes one better than the other?

Step into the virtual world and step into the future. Holograms versus Virtual Reality, in the gaming world, who will come out on top? The difference between Virtual Reality and Holograms is that virtual reality places you into a world and holograms places that world in front of you. Gaming systems are already exploring both as possibilities to take games to the next level. Stop by our booth, join in the debate and step into the world of altered reality.


How does an oil spill affect the environment?     

If we don’t take oil spills seriously they will have lasting affects on our planet.  Oil spills cause toxic fumes that we breath and pollute the water we drink and the animals in it. It can take years to clean up and cost billions of dollars, but the environment will be changed forever. Come to our booth and we will show you how to get oil out of water and discuss methods of prevention.



How can 3d printing help with prosthetics for animals?

3D printing is a new technology whose possibilities are growing like wildfire. Anything from art, to building homes, to recreating organs, 3D printing is changing the way we do things. We’d like to share with you how 3D printing can benefit animals who have had life threatening injuries. By creating prosthetic pieces to repair injured or missing parts of their bodies, 3D printing is saving the lives of animals who normally wouldn’t have a chance.

How are virtual reality and holograms different, and what makes one better than the other?

     Step into the virtual world and step into the future. Holograms versus Virtual Reality, in the gaming world, who will come out on top? The difference between Virtual Reality and Holograms is that virtual reality places you into a world and holograms places that world in front of you. Gaming systems are already exploring both as possibilities to take games to the next level. Stop by our booth, join in the debate and step into the world of altered reality.

  How can we use natural resources to preserve our food?            

By using the sun we can dehydrate foods to  preserve and re-dehydrate foods later for consumption. Our solar dehydrator uses heat from the  sun  and provides enough air circulation to remove the moisture from the food.  Some foods such as meat require salt to prevent bacteria from growing and we use a solar desalination tank to separate salt from seawater.  Stop by our booth and learn how to be less dependent on electricity for food preservation.

 “How can we enhance space travel through non-combustible fuels?

Have you ever studied space travel? Space travel is very important because without it, we would not be able to leave our world to find materials we can use on Earth. There are trillions of stars and worlds we haven’t explored yet and a lot of them are really far away, which requires a lot of fuel in order to get there. We will discuss and illustrate two alternative sources of fuel. These sources are called the EMdrive Resonance Chamber for space travel and the Ion Propulsion System. Scientists are trying to figure out how to use them for fuel. It is an amazing thing and if you like amazing, then you will like the Space Booth. There will be a fishing activity with little rockets in water simulating space. We will also have a Samsung Gear Virtual Reality System for you to explore. We are going to take you on an adventure about space.

Science Standards Earth & Space Science

“How are pyrotechnics killing us?”

Are you a pyrotechnic enthusiast? No? Well, after you visit our booth you will be one! Did you know that an average of 230 people a year get injured during the 4th of July? We can show you how to make pyrotechnics safer. Experience simulations of real fireworks! Watch a 3​D version of a pyrotechnic show. Play hot potato with a ball simulating a grenade!  So why wait?  Come to the pyrotechnic booth today!

“What can virtual reality do for us?”

If you like or are interested in virtual reality, come down to our  booth to learn everything you need to know about it and its purposes. The reason we chose this project is we want everyone to experience the technology of the future if one day necessary. We believe there is a way to practice  learning in your sleep in a virtual world until Mars is ready for us to live in. But…. one thing I want to tell you is that it works by sending  messages to the brain. Come try out our virtual reality system and play a game to try and win a prize!

Middle School Science Standards:

 “How Do​ Engines Affect you?

Come on down to the engines booth! You will have a great time learning about engines with our cool interactive. We will  show you how a gas engine and an electric engine works and how they’re made. Did you know that  the fumes from engines are not good for us because they destroy the environment? The way we could help our community is by using electric engines versus gas powered engines, but ultimately it’s your choice.  One fun fact about engines is you can’t use them without a spark plug. Visit our booth to learn why!

Science Standards:

“How can we help people crave less sugar?”

Do you know if you are addicted to sugar? Are you aware of the hidden dangers of sugar? When you visit our booth, you will familiarize yourself with ​complex sugars, simple sugars​, and ​the substitute names given to sugar. ​

You will also learn what types of sugar are good for you and which ones are detrimental to your health. Come see a demonstration that will give you an understanding of the amounts of sugar in a can of coke versus a can of diet coke. Let’s work together to stop the misuse of sugar in our society!

 “How Can We Use Chemical Reaction To Produce Light?”

Have you ever wondered about how light can work without electricity? With the help of dehydrated oxalate and hydrogen peroxide, we can make it happen! We will explain how chemical reactions can help us produce  light and keep people safe under certain circumstances. Our interactive will give you an opportunity to see different variations of light produced by certain chemicals inside a dark enclosure. Come to the Jacksonville Science Festival and enjoy the lights!

M.S. Science Standard:

How has medical technology made more organ transplants possible?

Organ transplants are an important medical operation that has saved millions of lives. One organ can save eight lives. If you come to our booth, we will show you why organ donations are so important and what you could do to help save people’s lives as well as talk about how the medical technology has improved throughout the years. Our interactive are for all ages and include an operation game to transplant an organ to a body, as well as a representation of Charles Lindbergh’s perfusion pump.

How will Artificial Intelligence affect our future?

Have you ever wondered about Artificial Intelligence? Are you worried about a robot uprising? Do you think a machine can truly be sentient? Come to the booth of Project Legion and have all of your questions answered. See how a robot can navigate its surroundings. Learn about how and AI work and how it may be achievable within a short time. Learn the difference between Artificial intelligence and “Real” Intelligence.

How do MD patients deal with the disability: emotionally, physically, mentally, etc.?

Muscular dystrophy is group of genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. We will show how MD patients deal with their disability. Topics such as daily life, history, science, and even the different types of MD will be shown. For our interactive we will demonstrate daily life of an MD patient and have our booth visitors attempt to walk with weights attached to their ankles so they can experience the normal way of life of an MD patient. We will also have our expert Mrs. Wilkinson from the MDA (Muscular dystrophy association). We chose muscular dystrophy because we wanted to bring awareness to MD, we hope you learn and try to help find a better treatment for MD

Science Standard: The Student will understand that for life to continue, genetic instructions must be passed down from generation to generation.

What is the future of UGV’s?

Have you ever wondered how the military diffuses bombs, or how Google cars drive themselves? These are the acts of Unmanned Ground Vehicles, capable of being controlled from a distance or autonomously. They help humans do the things they cannot, reducing casualties and making life easier, and they are getting more advanced by the second. Check out our interactive booth to learn where these vehicles come from, how they work, what they are used for, and how they will be improved to aid our lives in the future.

How Do Satellites affect our daily lives?

Ever wondered how we could make phone calls around the world? Have you ever wondered how your dependable meteorologists get their data to predict the weather? Or how we can see the true beauty of other galaxies? How do Satellites affect our everyday lives? All these questions will be answered at our Satellite booth.

What are the Alternatives to Animal Testing?

Come to our booth! We’re going to have information galore! We will tell you the alternatives of animal testing, what it actually is, and its history. We will provide the pros, cons and everything in-between.

Here are some of the alternatives we will elaborate on, Vitro (Testing). The testing of human cells and tissue cultures, silicon testing, conducted or produced by means of computer modeling or computer simulation and further elaboration on medically enhanced alternatives.

How does cosmetics affect your health?

What we’ve decided to do is combine our group with the skin and hair group and our booth would be set up like a spa. Our interactive is to study under the microscopes a dirty makeup brush compared to a clean one. We will also show how to make a healthy lipstick that doesn’t contain chemicals.


What can we learn from observing the transformations of our planet through the Geological Time Scale?

Concealed with the rocks of the Earth’s crust lies evidence of 4.5 billion years of time. Humanity’s existence is only a blink of an eye compared to this vast amount of time. Come to the Geological Time Scale booth and experience the enormous span of time of the Earth, and witness the radical transformations, changes in continents, floods, droughts and mass extinctions that have led to the Earth we know today.

How is Chris Fischer helping save sharks from mass extinction?

Throughout the course of history sharks existence have consistently been threatened: however, this is the first time that sharks may not be able to prevail. Sharks are still being used to make shark fin soup, even though people know they are endangered. At our booth you will learn some of the ways to prevent sharks from becoming extinct, and to know where they are at all times by learning how to use OCEARCH tracking.

What can we learn from 400 million years of sharks on our planet?

Sharks have survived the last five mass extinctions on Earth. This booth will showcase the astonishing variety sharks of the prehistoric past. This booth will showcase the monumental amount of time that sharks have existed on this earth in contrast with the very recent arrival of man.

How are reef balls and drone surveillance helping restore oyster beds?

Oyster populations are in decline. These creatures have existed on this planet as keystone species for hundreds of millions of years. This booth will showcase two of the methods being used to restore oyster beds: unmanned drones and reef balls. Learn about the biology of oysters and how these methods can preserve them.

How did Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle advance SCUBA diving to explore the ocean?

Our booth will focus on two pioneers in oceanography, Jacques Cousteau, the inventor of SCUBA diving; and Sylvia Earle lifelong oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue. We will feature SCUBA diving equipment and show how you too can become an ocean explorer!

How do microscopes help us explore our world?

In this project you will experience discoveries of Charles Darwin, the technology available in his time. You will also be able to have hands on experience with microscopes, including the cutting-edge, low cost foldscopes.

How did Darwin observe the world around him through the lens of science?

This booth will demonstrate how Charles Darwin’s understanding of the geological changes of the earth, including the fossil record, opened his eyes to the ongoing transformations of the Earth and its species

What will the world be like when it’s gone?

This project is about climate change and the drastic effects it has on the world present time and in the past. This booth will demonstrate the major events that changed the earth, including continental drift and other events that led to five mass extinctions. This booth will include a timeline of the major climate transformations that happened long before human existence, to better understand today’s climate disruption.


What is skin cancer?

Our project is about skin cancer and how to make more people aware of it.  We are talking about how fast skin cancer can grow and how you can get it. Our project is important because 90% of the skin cancer is caused by sun exposure. Skin cancer is highly important because you can die from it. We have drawn a picture of the human body and label the body parts of where you can see the skin cancer grow.


What are tsunamis and how can they affect us?

Tsunamis are devastating disasters that can tear families apart.  In our project, we explain the full potential of these outrageous waves and how they form. We have also included the techniques people use to track them.  Many families and communities have been ravaged by these outrageous waves.  This topic is important to us, due to the fact that not only other countries, but our state of Florida is at risk of tsunamis.  We built a buoy simulation to show how they work at tracking the direction of where a Tsunami travels.

Why is it important to throw away prescribed drugs safely?

Our project is about disposing of prescribed drugs properly. A lot of people think it is okay to throw it in the trash/ toilet. We came up with a solution for throwing away prescribed drugs properly.

If you don’t throw away prescribed drugs properly it can enter our water sources and create more pollution. It is possible for kid’s to get into prescribed drugs if not thrown away properly it is also another way for kids to commit suicide.

Our interactive activity that we are doing for the people, we have 3 boxes and have 3 different items which is prescribed drug containers, batteries, and plastic. One of the boxes is what we created, our own product. Our interactive activity is also our visual to the public.

Photonics and Alternative Energy, Why Should You Choose Alternative Energy?

Our project is a combination of explaining and demonstrating photonics, solar power, and wind energy. We are explaining how photons work and are used in solar power. We are also explaining how wind energy works.

Our project is important because renewable energy creates clean energy.  Solar energy is a good energy source because it uses photons which come from the Sun, which gives us us unlimited renewable energy. Meanwhile, most of humanity is using fossil fuels which kill our ecosystems. The study of photons helped explain how we can improve the efficiency of solar power.

By having a rainbow booth and wind propelled tops to attract kids and adults to our booth; we are teaching them about photons and renewable energy sources. Our hands on demonstrations are a small scale solar power barn, a small scale wind turbine, a homemade solar tile and using prisms to display light refractions also known as rainbows. We are designing a full scale solar power system that will provide energy for a barn in Jacksonville. Our solar power design for the barn is on display at our booth. The wind turbine prototype is to test if wind would be a viable source of energy for that barn.

How does emergency robotics help us in dangerous situations or our everyday lives?

The subject we chose was Emergency Robotics, these robots that can be
used in emergency situations, such as a hostage scenario, shootings, natural disasters and many other dangerous situations. This is an important technological advancement subject but it can be helpful for us in our society.

Emergency robotics is important in many different ways. It could mainly be used for
gathering intelligence in hard to reach or dangerous places. The military, SWAT teams, and other groups are already using robotics but we want to try to get more in depth in the subject.

We made a robot with many different features, such as a live streaming camera to guide the robot around, and lights incase it’s dark and hard to see its
surroundings. All these features contribute to its best performance and the best assistance to help others in every scenario.

Can people understand others emotions through body language?

The importance of this question is that we all use body language and it is an important part of human speech and behavior. Understanding it can bring a new light to people’s emotions. It can help our audience understand themselves and others feelings and improve anyone’s empathy.
We have a interactive that we are sure is going to set us apart from other groups. Our hand on interactive is a line up of stock images or wikihow images. These images will portray a distinct action, we will then have them guess what they think that person might be feeling on a tablet. We will have results that are showed in percents that correlate to the number of people who guessed that certain answer. In order to keep the younger audience involved and interested we will have a stock image match game we will then give them a small vial of bubbles if they can complete the game in a certain time limit.
LS2D Social Interactions and Group Behavior

How much PCB did you eat today?

Our project for the science festival is about PCB and the way this pollutant affects our bodies, such as cancer connected to PCB exposure, how it affects animals’ bodies, and why we should care about PCB in animals.
Knowing about this is important because PCB causes abnormal effects on the body. One of these effects is disruption of hormone function.  PCB also has an effect on our immune system.  People that are exposed directly to high levels of PCB’s have irritations of the nose, lungs, and skin such as severe acne.

We are doing an experiment that resembles PCB spreading around the world. Our visitors put a drop of food coloring in a pan on milk and then take a toothpick with dish soap on it and poke it in the drop on food cold and watch it spread around the pan resembling the way PCB
spreading across the world.

What are problems of hair and skin and how do we prevent them?

Are group is about the hair and skin. This project is mainly about how hair and skin have many different problems and we are trying to find a way to prevent dry skin and damaged hair. Our project is very important because it helps people to find solutions for their problems on hair and skin. It is really important to take good care for our hair and skin because it protects our body. We have been researching solutions of the main problems of the skin. We also researched different ingredients and its benefits for the skin to make a skin lotion for all skin types to prevent skin problems and keep skin moisturized. The lotion is made from organic and natural ingredients which have properties that moisture and protect the skin.


Zoological Society

Marshall Family Chiropractic

At Maximized Living, we have found that The 5 Essentials delivery system is the most complete and effective way to establishing real health. Through this system, we find the causes of interference to well-being, remove them, and allow your body to begin functioning correctly again.
Jacksonville Giants

The Biggest & Best Gift of All

A demonstration of new technology being developed to increase number of organs available to be used for life-saving transplants

FBI Jacksonville

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team will join members of the FBI Jacksonville Citizens Academy Alumni Association to display evidence collection techniques, and provide information on FBI STEAM related careers and safety programs for teachers, parents and students.

Lighthouse Christian School

FSCJ ASL/Interpreting Students

FSCJ students will summarize the research of VL2 (NSF Science of Learning Center – Visual Language & Visual Learning), provide a lesson and conduct hands on activity.


Shiva Robotics Academy

Hands on Robotics Experience with Lego Mindstorms.

Leaderquest Information Tehnology

UNF Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions will provide information about UNF’s admission processes, scholarships, and various programs.

STEM @ Barnes & Noble

A hands-on demo of some of our best-selling STEAM products including Sphero, Ozobots, and Bloxels


LiveSMART is a mobile unit that goes out TO the community and provides direct education on sustainable living and green building practices including energy efficiency, water conservation, safe and environmentally friendly household chemicals and personal care products, how to chose and take care of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning, rain barrels, and more. epartment of Environmental Protection

Florida Polytechnic University

The world may not be ready for the first ‘smart toaster,’ but four students from Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, FL created a prototype that could be the greatest advance in the baking arts since, well, sliced bread.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Interactive hands-on health care/patient care activities related around a central theme designed to show case a variety of health care careers.

Millennial Christian School

Nuclear Energy…bigger and cleaner

Microsoft Store at St. Johns Town Center

The Microsoft store booth will provide an interactive device bar to showcase the latest in Surface technology for students and innovators. Also featured will be the all new Xbox One S and Minecraft!

FSCJ Chemistry Club

Professors and students of FSCJ will demonstrate the power of hydrogen and oxygen balloons.

Informed Art Project

Displays of art that depicts science in a precise manner.

Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

Table top demos and big science experiments.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Conversation Marine Mammal Section

We will have marine mammal artifacts including bones and take home activity sheets.

Jax Makerspace:  Explore, Collaborate, Create

A variety of STEAM activities, incorporating 3D pens, Sphero robots and building kits, among others.

FSCJ STARS Computing Corps

Check out the lastest I/O and ARM boards.

FSCJ Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing

FSCJ professors will be promoting advanced manufacturing and robotics.

FSCJ Health and Information Technology Program

See how you can track personal health record using the smartphone.

FSCJ-Physical Therapy Program

Provide an overview of how electrical stimulation works in the physical therapy environment to contract muscles, provide pain relief, etc. How principles of physics, electrical currents and neuro- physiology will be briefly summarized as well.

FSCJ- Radiography

Students will present and discuss the radiographic images.

FSCJ- 3D Printing in Art

3-D printing demonstrations and example of art created using technology.
Students will be throwing pottery on the wheel.

Sunburned signs

See Mr. Shawn G. at sunburnt signs. He is going to burn images and letters and numbers on two pieces of wood using the power of the Sun

FSCJ Nursing Program

Individuals will learn what the numbers of their blood pressure represents (Systaloic and Disatolic).

FSCJ Science Department

Check out FSCJ’s Blood pressure station & Blood circulation station

Jacksonville University’s Upward Bound

JU upward bound student will show the science behind making ice cream.

FSCJ Environmental Science Technology

FSCJ will simulate a hazardous spill, cleanup and decontamination.