Hands On Gainesville

Immersing Students in Science & Technology of Our Community

Rockets at Bishop Middle School

May 11, 2017

Mr. Jimmy helps 6th graders build and launch rockets

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Cone Library – boats from corrugated plastic yard signs

May 2, 2017

Creativity abounds as kids make boats by repurposing yard signs made from corrugated plastic.

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Rally following March for Science

April 22, 2017

See a continuum of science and technology with our electric bike display, from teaching bikes to real products, at the  Bo Diddley Plaza, 11:30-3:00.

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4th Annual North Florida Energy Whiz Expo

April 8, 2017

A beautiful solar day at the Expo!


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Can You Dig It

March 18, 2017


Exploring minerals in your home with Hands On Gainesville’s new Mineral House exhibit.    

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‘City Lights’ debut

February 25, 2017

Hands On Gainesville is proud to announce the debut of ‘City Lights’, an interactive exhibit designed by kids, for kids.


In the GRU tent at the Cotton to the Cade, Feb 25, Depot Park

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Cone Library – Fun with Dry Ice

February 7, 2017


Students explore properties of dry ice.

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Acoustics & Instruments at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

January 28, 2017

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Join us to learn about early acoustic experiments and development of modern instruments.

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Socratic Dialogue with Dr. Carl Colavito

January 10, 2017


Continue our community dialogue about education with Dr. Carl Colavito and Hands On Gainesville at the Alachua  Headquarters  Library Meeting Room A on Tues January 10, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

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FIRST Robotics 2017

January 8, 2017


BOTS announces 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

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Blackout Friday Small Business Expo

December 9, 2016


Our new ‘Mineral House’ was a big hit

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Cone Library – Solar Car Designs Continue

December 6, 2016

Socratic Dialogue

November 15, 2016


Renowned author Christopher Phillips guides a community dialogue in the tradition of Socrates.  What are we teaching our children?  What should we be teaching our children?

Santa Fe College            4:30 PM  Room WA 104

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Cone Library – Solar Car Designs Begin!

November 1, 2016


Students in Cone Library after-school program begin designing cars for the North Florida Energy Whiz Expo.

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Science Night at Bishop Middle School 2016

October 20, 2016


Fabulous turn-out at the 2nd annual Howard Bishop Middle School Science Night.  Students explore electricity and magnetism with Hands On Gainesville.

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UF Health Street’s Night of Dance

August 20, 2016


Hands On Gainesville gets things moving at UF HealthStreet’s 1st Annual Night of Dance.

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Reader Palooza at Library

August 7, 2016


Exploring fitness with the Kid Power bikes

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STEM at Alachua Learning Academy

May 26, 2016


Kid Power Bikes help students from kindergarten through 5th grade learn about electricity and magnetism.

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Kid Power Bike to Cade’s Inventivity Bash 2016

April 30, 2016


Steam punk, simple machines, and invention!

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RePurpose Project’s Spring Gleaning Festival

April 23, 2016


Earth Day fun at the Spring Gleaning Festival.

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3rd Annual North Florida Energy Whiz Expo

April 9, 2016

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A dazzling solar day at the North Florida Energy Whiz Expo!


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Exploring Seeds at the Cone Park Library

March 1, 2016


Students dissect a seed and plant a seed at the Cone Library.

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Exploring Planets at the Cone Park Library

February 2, 2016


Volunteers and students explore relative sizes and distances of planets.

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Hands On Teaches Teachers at the Sivia Center Workshop

January 14, 2016


Hands On Gainesville helps teachers to bring more hands-on activities into the classroom.

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FIRST Robotics Kick-Off

January 9, 2016

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The Kid Power Bike at the New Engineering Building on UF campus

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Solar System Circuits at the Cone Park Library

January 5, 2016


Students learn about circuits as they make the sun light up in their solar system model.

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Operation Santa Delivery

December 12, 2015


Hands On Kid Power bike  at Operation Santa Delivery.

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Kid Power Bike at the Cone Library

December 1, 2015


The Kid Power Bike will be at the Cone Park Library to teach children about energy and how it helps us do work.

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Separating Mixtures at the Cone Library

November 3, 2015

Separating mixtures at the Cone Library.

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Science Night at Howard Bishop Middle School 2015

October 22, 2015

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Hands On Gainesville participates in Howard Bishop Middle School Science Night.

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2nd Annual North Florida Energy Whiz Expo

April 11, 2015

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Let the games begin!

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Solar Car Track Practices

February 28, 2015

Students test and troubleshoot solar cars on the Energy Whiz Expo car track.

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Science Night at Glen Springs Elementary School

February 26, 2015

Hands On Gainesville participates in Glen Springs Elementary Science Night.  

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Solar Car Workshop at the Library

February 14, 2015

Hands On Gainesville teaches a solar car workshop for kids in preparation for Energy Whiz Expo.

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Solar Cooker Workshop at the Cade

February 7, 2015

Hands On Gainesville teaches a class on making a pizza box oven

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Electrical Engineering Day at UF

January 27, 2015

WECE outreach to Newberry Elementary

Hands On Gainesville joins UF Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) 

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Solar Car Workshop for Teachers

January 10, 2015

Workshop for teachers to learn to build solar cars in preparation
for the 2nd Annual Energy Whiz Expo on April 11, 2015.

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Bike Florida

October 24, 2014

Eastside High School students help children learn 

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Celebrating Science Float in UF Homecoming Parade

October 17, 2014

Hands On Lincoln students design a float Celebrating Science 

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UF Innovation Square Grand Opening

June 13, 2014

The Kid Power Bike debuts at the Innovation Square Grand Opening.

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Aerophone Presentation

June 12, 2014

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Oak Hammock visitors to the Cade given a demonstration on the physics of aerophones.

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“She’s A Scientist” at The Cade

April 19, 2014


Girl Scouts explore science and engineering at The Cade for “She’s A Scientist”.

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1st Annual North Florida Energy Whiz Expo

April 5, 2014


Students race model solar cars and prepare meals in solar ovens.

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Can You Dig It

February 15, 2014

Students test minerals at the Florida Museum of Natural History.  

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Creative Hands Award

February 6, 2014

‘Creative Hands’ award presented to a middle school student at the Alachua Regional Science and Engineering Fair for demonstrating  ingenuity and diligence in solving a well-defined, real-world problem.

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Solar Car Workshop at The Cade

January 11, 2014

Teachers learn how to build a solar car in preparation for Energy Whiz Expo.

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