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May 18, 2001
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Learning Disguised As Fun At The Children’s Science Center
Ask your children if they would like to spend the summer learning about science and watch their eyes roll as they return to their videogame. But, ask them if they want to spend their summers dissecting pig lungs, making rockets and learning magic tricks, and you may hear a different answer.
Like it or not, they will learn as they have a blast at any one of the 10 summer science classes offered by the Children’s Science Center.
“ The Children’s Science Center offers the summer classes to encourage kids to have fun while taking part in a hands- on learning experience,” said Julie Smoragiewicz, vice president of University Relations at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The Children’s Science Center is an educational outreach program of the South Dakota Tech.
Registration for the summer classes begins at 11 a. m., June 2, at the Science Center, 515 West Blvd., Rapid City, as part of the Third Annual Bubble Festival.
The summer courses:
Bitty Critters: July 13 and August 2, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 6- 8. Learn all about how these small animals live, eat, and communicate. Children are also taught how to observe insects in their own back yard and help design a “ Super Bug.” This class costs $ 20 for non- members and $ 15 for members.
Shake It Up . . . Sift It Out: July 17 - 18, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 6- 8.
Create a craft and travel to the planet Ooblick. Become a detective and figure out what is in some wild and wacky mixtures. Finally, go on a scavenger hunt. This two- day class costs $ 33 for non- members, $ 28 for members.
Get Rockin’: July 19 - 20, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 6- 8.
Become a Geology Genius as you explore how rocks were formed. Then move through the rock cycle and get your hands dirty. This two- day class costs $ 30 for non- members, $ 25 for members.
Junior Magicians: August 7 - 10, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 6- 8
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Amaze your family and friends with magical skills. The impossible becomes possible as you learn basic chemistry principles through performing magic tricks. This four- day class costs $ 42 for non- members, $ 37 for members.
Write & Illustrate Your Own Book: June 14 - 15, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 9- 12 Learn about the wonderful art of writing. Imagine your own story and drawings professionally typeset and hardbound into your very own book. This two- day class costs $ 30 for non- members, $ 25 for members.
Get Shocked: June 19 - 22, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 9- 12 Hold onto your circuit breakers as you create electric currents. Don’t be shocked as you learn about the properties of electricity and magnetism. This four- day class costs $ 50 for non- members, $ 45 for members.
It’s Out of This World: June 26 - 27, 8 a. m. to 3 p. m., ages 9- 12
Explore the galaxy beyond through discovery of the sun, planets and stars. Bring your own lunch. This two- day class costs $ 50 for non- members, $ 45 for members.
All Bottled Up: June 28 – 29 and July 31 - August 1, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 9- 12. Anyone can use soda bottles and other items from unusual places to nurture new ideas and explore science. Send soda pop into orbit and explore various environmental concepts. This two- day class costs $ 33 for non- members, $ 28 for members.
Breathin’ Buddies: July 10 – 12 and July 24- 26, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 9- 12
You’ll explore the human respiratory system through hands- on activities. The final lesson challenges you to get up close and personal while dissecting pig and sheep lungs. This three- day class costs $ 48 for non- members, $ 33 for members.
3, 2, 1 Blast Off: August 3, 8 a. m. to noon, ages 9- 12
Spend the morning building your own water rocket, then launch it high into the sky. This one- day class costs $ 40 for non- members, $ 35 for members
For more information, call the Children’s Science Center at ( 605) 394- 6996.
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