Math & Science Center in GJ buzzing with activity |

Math & Science Center in GJ buzzing with activity

Teresa Coons
Cultural Confidential Contributor
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — I’m always amused when I run into friends or acquaintances in the grocery store this time of year. Inevitably, I am asked: “Aren’t you glad that school is out? Have things slowed down at the Math & Science Center without all of the school field trips coming through?”

Well, actually, I am glad that school is out for the summer, but not because we now have time to relax. This is the busiest time of year at the John McConnell Math & Science Center, and the time when we have the most fun! In addition to visits from area day camps and out-of-town visitors, we host a wide range of week-long programs of our own.

In an earlier Cultural Confidential article (April 2013), I listed our 2013 summer camps. These camps are now in full swing, with “H2O Awesome” for 3rd-5th graders and “Future Einsteins” for 1st and 2nd graders happening last week. This week, 3rd-5th graders are learning about the magic of chemical reactions in “Chemical Wizards” and 6th-8th grade future engineers are solving real problems in “Extreme Engineering.” But wait … there’s lots more to come!

For future doctors or those just interested in how our bodies work, Our “Amazing Bodies” camp for 6th-8th graders will be “amazing.” (If you’ve never had the opportunity to see a human brain or a cow’s heart “up close and personal,” now is your chance!) Third to fifth grade “rock hounds” will want to join us for “Science ROCKS!” For more information about these programs, visit We still have a few spaces and scholarships available.


Our monthly Family Science Nights continue this summer. Of note: The July Family Science Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 3, since the Fourth of July holiday falls on our regular July Family Science Night date this year. Get a headstart on your celebration with our patriotic theme, “Liberty and Science For All!”

Mark your calendars for a very special presentation in July. Former Space Shuttle astronaut Mary Cleave will be here in Grand Junction to talk about what it was like to fly on the shuttle and perform experiments in space. This presentation is part of the “Changing Landscapes of Science: Space, The Last Frontier” lecture series, which is co-hosted by the John McConnell Math & Science Center and the Museum of Western Colorado. These talks happen on the second Thursday of every month at the Whitman Educational Center. Admission for students and members of either organization is $5/person. Non-member admission is $10/person. Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, for an “out-of-this-world” experience!

And don’t forget that when it gets too hot for outside activities, the Math & Science Center is open to the public every Tuesday through Saturday (closed on July 4) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to members; $4/person or a maximum of $12/family (two adults and related children under 18). We have plenty of hands-on activities to keep your hands and minds busy for hours!

Teresa Coons is executive director of the John McConnell Math & Science Center of Western Colorado.

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