PENSACOLA — More than 3,000 people are expected at a day of free science-powered fun. Dozens of Pensacola businesses, schools, libraries, and museums will present the second annual Gulf Coast Science Festival Expo Day.

The festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 in Seville Square, 311 E. Government St., Pensacola.

It will feature hands-on learning, interactive activities and experiments to inspire learners of all ages in all things math, engineering, and science.

Anticipated highlights include:

•a Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida presentation. See birds of prey up close and learn about their lifestyles, food, and habitat needs.

•the Society of American Military Engineers booth, where attendees may build boats, towers, and planes as you learn how engineers assist with military readiness.

•a virtual reality experience where one travels a Pensacola neighborhood, historic Belmont DeVilliers, courtesy of the Kukua Institute.

•flight simulator testing and balsa wood plane building via the National Flight Academy.

Offerings also include exploration of magnetism and electricity (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory); regional fossil digging with the Emerald Coast Fossil Hunters; maze and illusion experiments with Pensacola MESS Hall.

Exhibitors are also providing a free field trip day March 29 for 500 students. Preregistration is required.

Visit the festival website to In addition to the Expo Day, the exhibitors will share their enthusiasm for science with 500

students during the free Field Trip day on March 29. Pre-registration for the field trip day is

required.

More information about these and additional activities is available at gulfcoastsciencefestival.org. Organizations who wish to participate in the festival may register there also.

The Gulf Coast Science Festival is made possible by Ascend Materials; Baskerville Donovan; Jacobs Engineering and the Society of American Military Engineers.