Learning about science at a fair is safer than experiencing it firsthand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to the 2011 NextGen Science Fair on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center (a $21.39 value for advance-purchase tickets, or a $25 value for tickets bought at the door).
The first annual NextGen Science Fair exposes attendees to cutting-edge technology in games, tools, and oddities. Guests can brush elbows with vendors such as Keyglove, the inventors of a portable glove that functions as a keyboard and mouse and requires only one hand to use, leaving second mitts available for dramatic puppet monologues. Neurosky will demonstrate brainwave-controlled video games, scooters, and obstacle courses; IndieGoGo, a web-based fundraising company, will discuss its campaign-boosting strategies. Speakers at the exhibition include innovators such as Recon Instruments, which will introduce Transcend, GPS-equipped snow goggles that dispense real-time feedback about travel distance, outside temperature, and proximity to hot chocolate.
Sacramento Chocolate Salon
Visitors to the Sacramento Chocolate Salon should have their sweet tooths ready, because they'll be able to sample artisan chocolates and confections crafted by chocolatiers from across Northern California. More than 20 different confectioners and wineries—including CocoTutti, Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates, and Sweet Milalani—congregate to share their candy-making and grape-brewing insights at the salon, and the results are rarely less than tantalizing. Visitors can look forward to mingling with like-minded chocolate enthusiasts as they dunk creamy truffles and dark-chocolate bars in fudge.