The last of the four-part Friday Night Science series will be held May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and event organizers have pulled out all the stops for the final event.

“We’ve been saving the best for last,” said physics instructor and event organizer Rob Jorstad.

The evening’s excitement begins at 6:30 p.m. in room M-310 on the college’s Santa Maria campus. Attendees will watch a demonstration of scientific principles before taking part in dozens of hands-on experiments set up throughout the science building.  Experiments range from fun for all ages to more advanced experiments for high school and college students.

Having already covered mechanics, magnetism, optics and much more during the first three events, Jorstad said that the last Friday Night Science will feature a variety of scientific subjects. New demonstrations and experiments will include: shattering glass with sound waves; a Ruben’s tube that combines sound and fire; and a flame tornado. In addition to the new experiments, the Friday Night Science team will be bringing back their greatest hits, such as the volcano, can crush, bed of nails and smoke canon.

“If you only go to one Friday Night Science, make it this one,” Jorstad said.

Jorstad and biology instructor Mick Bondello received funding for the Friday Night Science series from a federal Title V grant designed to entice more kids to attend college. So far, more than 600 people have attended the series, from elementary school students all the way through college students and beyond.

“We’ve had a real positive experience with the last three science nights and we look forward to ending on a high note,” Jorstad said.

For more information about Friday Night Science, contact the Allan Hancock College life and physical sciences department at 922-6966 ext. 3202 or e-mail