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July and August Calendar

Catch the latest in wearable technology, mark somber anniversaries in atomic history, and learn to scuba dive. 

By Elisa Neckar
Jul 24, 2013 3:59 PMNov 12, 2019 4:27 AM
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


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July 4: Independence Day. Get your picnic blanket and a good spot to watch strontium nitrate, aluminum and copper(II) oxide in action — these metal salts produce fireworks’ red, white and blue colors.

July 10:International Nikola Tesla Day. Join fellow geeks around the globe as they salute the supergenius whose inventions basically made our modern world. Take that, Tommy Edison.

July 17Turbo Release. According to DreamWorks’ latest flick, the trick to turning a snail into an Indy 500 champ is a quick bath in nitrous oxide. Don’t try this at home.

July 19-21:Da Vinci Days. Contestants in the kinetic sculpture race in Corvallis, Ore., pedal feats of art and engineering through street, sand dune, mud and river. 

July 24-25:Suits That Compute! New York City's Wearable Tech Expo features hands-on demos of future products. Hey, does this USB port make me look fat?

July 27-August 5:7th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. High school students from more than 30 countries vie to calculate faster, higher, stronger at the annual competition in Volos, Greece.

August 2 & 4: Diver Down!Learn to scuba dive as part of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Festival of Water.

August 6 & 9:Dawn of the Atomic Age. In 1945, the U.S. became the only country to use the nuclear bomb in warfare, annihilating the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

August 10-11: Bug Bash! Cheer your favorite cockroach to victory in the Roach Race 500 at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences Bug Fest.

August 11-12: Perseids Peak. Thanks to an early moonset on the evening of the 11th, this year’s Perseid meteor shower should be a stunner in the early hours of the 12th. 

Commence Summer Reading! Fire up your child’s imagination with the best science books for grades K-12, handpicked by the National Science Teachers Association.

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