The fourth annual Science in the Parks program will take place throughout the parks of Ogden City. The program was developed to show the community, primarily children, that science is something fun that can take place anywhere.
Weber State University physics professor Adam Johnston, who started the program in 2007, is planning the 2010 tour schedule and events. Johnston will be working with WSU graduate Karen Nelson who received her degree in microbiology.
“It’s to reach out to the community, kids in particular, to show them that science is something that they can do every day - at home in the kitchen or out on the playground,” Johnston said. “That’s the attitude scientists have, and we want to share that with kids. Summer seems to be the right setting and the right time for that kind of playful attitude to take place.”
The program will begin in June and continue midway through July with themed activities being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The tour will start at Lorin Farr Park (June 7-11), then move on to Liberty Park (June 14-18), Monroe Park (June 21-25), Heritage Elementary (June 28 – July 2), Jaycee Park (July 6-9), and finish at West Ogden Park (July 12-16).
The WSU Ott Planetarium, and Center for Science and Math Education sponsor the outreach program, along with the Ogden School District’s free lunch program. Science in the Parks received additional funding from Weber County R.A.M.P. and the Utah Families Foundation.
For more information and complete schedule of dates and parks, visit community.weber.edu/ottreach.
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