‘Special’ science programs available for local clubs, nonprofits
Special to the Free Press
If your club or organization meetings need a little variety or excitement, you might want to consider doing what the Young Professionals Network of Mesa County (YPN) did recently — hold an event at the Math & Science Center.
On Oct. 22, members of YPN and their families enjoyed an evening of “Spooky Science.” This Halloween-themed event was complete with “mad scientists” and staff dressed as everyone’s favorite television science geeks and cartoon characters. Children, parents and other “young-at-heart” YPN members explored the Math & Science Center’s hands-on exhibits, created take-home slime, and experienced color-changing chemistry and liquid nitrogen magic.
They were also able to play with the ever-popular, dry ice bubbles and “elephant’s toothpaste,” and marvel at daring demonstrations that involved fire and a bed of nails. Everyone left the event vowing to return for more hands-on science fun.
On Monday, Sept. 16, Grand Valley Audubon Society held its first meeting of the year at the Math & Science Center. The theme for the evening was the “Physics of Flight,” featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities created by the center’s college fellows. (When was the last time you discussed Bernoulli’s Principle?) A local Audubon expert also provided a demonstration of bird-banding techniques. For some of the attendees, the most exciting part of the evening was the exchange of knowledge among GVAS members and the center’s staff.
Oh … and by the way — the center can bring the excitement to you. Our staff of college students conducts hands-on science activities and demonstrations for many local and regional community events and school programs every year. From calculating the trajectory of a water rocket to extracting DNA from strawberries, these math, science, engineering and teacher education students are certain to create wonder and awe in audiences of every age. After all, “Math & Science are Cool!”
For more information on outreach programs or to schedule a special event at the Math & Science Center, contact Rhonda Woltjer at 970-254-1626 or by email at email@example.com.
Reach Teresa Coons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-254-1626.
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