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November 15, 2013
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Hands-on science expo in Basalt Friday

BASALT, Colorado — Every middle school student between Glenwood Springs and Aspen will get an opportunity Friday to indulge in a hands-on evening of science exploration at Basalt Middle School.

The John McConnell Math and Science Center from Grand Junction will take over the school’s cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Families will be treated to science demonstrations and then dive in themselves to explore engineering, building, physics and chemistry concepts.

The event is part of a new grassroots effort to bring more after-school science opportunities to students during the school year. There are numerous science-based camps — including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) — and activities for kids during summers, but they dwindle during the school year.

Middle school parent Allison Johnson led the effort to raise money for the event. A bake sale at Back to School Night at the middle school raised more than $900. The funds are helping to pay for the Family Science Night plus supplies for the new Access Roaring Fork Second Shift after-school science class at the middle school.

Basalt Middle School Principal Jeremy Voss said he hopes the science night becomes a regular event.

“The concept of bringing families together for hands-on STEM activities is such a great way of building community and enhancing our education program,” Voss said.

Registration is required for the science night at Use the email address basaltmiddle to access the registration. Admission costs $5 per student. A Spanish translator will be on hand to help families with translation, as well. Teachers interested in checking out the action get in free.

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