Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that the fruits and vegetables you eat don’t start out at the supermarket. Instead, they begin with a seed. You could take an entire college course on how a seed turns into what ends up on your dinner plate. But, this course is being taught to an unusually young audience on the South Coast.

Preschoolers – ages three to five – are learning about gardening, sustainability, eating healthy and the environment.


Kids in the Tri-Counties who are curious about anything science-related can get their answers from real-life scientists.

It’s called ScienceLine. It’s a website in which students and teachers from local elementary, middle and high schools submit science questions, and UC Santa Barbara scientists answer them.

“It’s a good way to encourage kids not only to learn science but to develop curiosity and think about how to do science,” UCSB Emeritus bio-physics professor Helen Hansma said. 

The 70s were disco music, giant hairdo, and flashy clothes. On the serious side, there was the Vietnam War, and the Arab oil embargo, which led to huge gas shortages and long lines at American gas stations.

But, when many people think about the 70s, they don’t necessarily think of it as a time of scientific, or technological innovation. U-C Santa Barbara History Professor Patrick McCray many of those perceptions of the 70’s are wrong. 

He, and fellow science historian David Kaiser of the Michigan Institute of Technology have edited a new book about the subject, called “Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture.