Stand inside a giant bubble, be amazed by magic tricks with chemistry and help solve crimes at Alpha Phi Omegas annual Kids Science Carnival Saturday, April 19, at West Virginia University.

Young scientists and their families are invited to participate in this free event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Evansdale Residential Complex Blue and Gold rooms.

The carnival is organized by WVU s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, which started the event in 2002 as a way to get kids excited about science, said Lisa Lagana, publicity chair.

Families get to spend time together while kids learn about science through lots of fun activities,she said.The carnival will feature several booths. Experiments and exhibits will deal with forensics, physics, chemistry and biology.

Future crime scene investigators, Lagana said, will have an opportunity to explore the intriguing world of whodunit through fingerprinting, examining actual hair fibers and even earning a forensics merit badge.

Kids will also learn how to make oobleck (its a liquid and a solid); watch a magic show with chemistry, put on by members of WVU s American Chemical Society; look at the stars and sky through the STARLAB portable planetarium from the Clay Center in Charleston; and take part inmake-and-takeexhibits (children learn science and take it home with them) presented by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Other activities will transform participants into amateur archaeologists as they dig for fossils and ancient artifacts, Lagana said.

All ages are welcome to take part, but most activitiesmake your own constellation, paper rockets and moreare geared for children in K-6 grades.

The Kids Science Carnival is free, but preregistration is appreciated. A form can be downloaded at

For more information, contact Joshua Pruden, Kids Science Carnival chair, at .