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Celebrate your birthday at the Math & Science Center in Grand Junction

Teresa Coons
Cultural Confidential Contributor
At a Math & Science Center summer camp, a student dissects a cow heart with instructor Marylee Layton, a CMU biology student.
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For 5–7 year olds:

Slime Party – Mix one part fun, one part science, and one part party celebration by experimenting with a hands-on slime-making activity that you can take home.

Dinosaur Party – Make your own fossils and have a monstrously fun time with other dinosaur-themed activities!

For 8–10 year olds:

Rocket Party – Make your own water or air rockets. This party is all about aerodynamics and good engineering design.

Volcano Party – What happens when we mix vinegar and baking soda? An erupting volcano! Become a chemist and a geologist with this explosive party theme!

Shocking Electricity Party − Ever wonder why electricity makes your hair stand on end? Why do you feel a shock when you touch a door knob? Make objects move without touching them through hair-raising experiments. Your party guests will be shocked when they encounter the power of electricity!

For 11 year olds and up:

Rocket Party – Build and test rockets with real rocket motors. This party is out of this world!

Minute to Win it – Quick design challenges that must be solved within a minute each. Test your creativity and engineering skills and compete against your friends for prizes.

Crazy Chemistry – Get ready for some birthday chemistry! You and your guests will use scientific instruments and a variety of chemicals to explore the world of chemistry! Make a slimy substance to take home or create your own explosion!

For the girls:

Amelia Earhart Theme – Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean! She disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world. How far can you make your plane travel? This birthday theme will explore high-soaring planes and aerodynamics!

Sally Ride Theme – Sally Ride was the first American female to rocket into space! Do you think you can make a rocket that will make it to space? Shoot your birthday to the moon with your very own rocket!

Rosalind Franklin Theme – Dr. Franklin helped to discover the structure of DNA. This birthday theme is for aspiring biologists! Party guests will extract DNA from all kinds of fruit. This will be a party favor that will last forever!

Looking for a solution to the annual birthday party dilemma? Are the kids tired of the usual pizza party venue, or are you dreading the clean-up after hosting a group of less-than-prim princesses or a gang of young superheroes in your home? As the summer pool party season comes to an end, the John McConnell Math & Science Center can provide an alternative to the “usual” birthday party.

For several years, the center has been renting a party room and providing access to their hands-on exhibits for families wishing to host a birthday party at the center. Beginning this summer, however, options for a truly different birthday party experience have expanded! The “smartest” parties in town are now hosted by the Math & Science Center and their incredible staff of college fellows. New, themed birthday parties provide hands-on science experiences for the birthday “kid” and all of their guests.

Party themes are age-appropriate and allow guests to experience and explore a particular area of science or engineering in a fun and creative way. The entire party experience includes time to explore the center’s hands-on exhibits, room to enjoy refreshments and open gifts, and a 45-minute hands-on activity. In addition, the center provides themed party invitations and gift bags for guests.

Birthday party themes include opportunities to make your own slime (who wouldn’t want to do that?), learn about aerodynamics and engineering design while creating your own rocket, explore interesting chemical mixtures (slimy or explosive?), and have a shockingly good time learning about electricity.

Come to think of it, why should kids be the only ones to have this much fun? Why not plan your next adult birthday party or group event at the Math & Science Center? More information on party themes and pricing is available at http://www.MathandScienceCenter.org (click on Birthday Parties in “What’s Happening” on the homepage) or by calling 970-254-1626.

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