- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - About 5,000 fourth and fifth graders from across Oklahoma are expected to converge on Oklahoma City for ScienceFest Oklahoma.

The event is planned on Thursday, when students will enjoy a day packed with fun exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and kid-friendly workshops as they learn about protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and using alternative fuels and technologies.

The annual event will take place at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Attendees will attend a special California sea lion show provided by the zoo’s staff in honor of ScienceFest and Earth Day.

Jan Kunze, ScienceFest Steering Committee chair, says the students are Oklahoma’s future and it is vital that they be inspired to appreciate and learn how to protect the environment.

Registration opens in November for the ScienceFest Oklahoma 2015.

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