OGDEN, Utah – After a successful debut last year, the “OttReach” Science in the Parks program has announced its Summer 2008 Tour, coming to an Ogden City park near you.
The interactive program is intended to get children of all ages excited about science.
From June 23 through Aug. 1, the Science in the Parks program will spend a week at each of six Ogden-area parks, and hold interactive science activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday (except holidays). Over the course of six weeks, the program will visit Lorin Farr Park (June 23-27), Liberty Park (June 30-July 3), Marshall White Park (July 7-11), Monroe Park (July 14-18), Jaycee Park (July 21-23), and 4th Street Park (July 28-Aug.1).
Planned activities at each location will include constructing musical instruments, playing with soap bubbles, and building objects with magnets, and many more. Themes vary from day to day. All activities are designed to be hands-on and playful, engaging children’s imaginations while introducing them to basic scientific concepts.
Weber State University physics professor Adam Johnston started the local Science in the Parks program last year and has been involved in planning the 2008 tour.
“We do real science with the kids, but in a playful way that I think really gets at the spirit of science,” said Johnston. “Our staff of Weber State students is excited about expanding this program this year, and trying out a few new things.”
In addition to the science lesson, children also receive lunch courtesy of the Ogden School District’s free lunch program.
Weber State University’s Ott Planetarium and Center for Science and Math Education help sponsor the outreach program in conjunction with the Ogden School District’s free lunch program. Additional funding is provided by Weber County R.A.M.P., the Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, and WSU’s College of Science.
For more information and complete schedule of dates and parks, visit dewey.weber.edu/ottreach.
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