Archive for April, 2012
The Visiting Scientists Series invites you to meet Jon Rask, Bismarck native and Research Scientist for NASA, at a FREE public presentation about “Growing Food in the South Pole Greenhouse, Antarctica.” The presentation will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 1, at the NECE Basin Electric Auditorium Room 307, 1200 Schafer Street, on the Bismarck State College Campus. Mr. Rask will share pictures and observations of day-to-day life at the South Pole, as well as information about his research.
Our Preschool Discovery Hour is ending soon! We are down to our final four sessions. The upcoming sessions from 10:30am-11:30am on Saturdays include an hour of Gallery Exploration, “Bubble Trouble”, “Wind and it’s Power”, and “Butterflies Are Here!.” I have had so much fun creating and instructing 15 sessions of Preschool Discovery Hour this session. We are unable to offer preschool activities in the summer but we look forward to starting up another great year of Preschool Discovery Hour next fall! Also don’t forget to attend our free family summer events, including the Sound of Science, June 9th.
-Arin, Educational Outreach Coordinator
Gateway to Science is pleased to announce the recent restructuring of our Outreach Program. A new “team approach” will provide additional staffing and expertise to allow us to reach even more children and families. Outreach includes everything from the exhibits gallery to clubs and camps to special family events. Gateway to Science serves approximately 12,000 visitors and program participants each year, so you can imagine how much effort is involved in outreach! This exciting restructuring has resulted in the promotion of one employee and the addition of another.
Meredith Traeholt has been promoted to Program Coordinator. Meredith was hired in May 2011 as Program Assistant, working closely with Christie Weixel until Christie’s resignation last summer. As Program Coordinator, Meredith will be responsible for the exhibits gallery as well as planning and presenting special events. She is currently working on all the exciting family events coming up this summer, including The Sound of Science, Family Rocket Day and Bubble Bliss.
Arin Casavant has been hired to fill the new position of Educational Outreach Coordinator with the responsibility of outreach to schools and teachers and planning out of school time (OST) educational opportunities for students of all ages. You may already know Arin as our Young Scientists Club and Preschool Discovery Hour leader. In addition to organizing 12 Gateway to Science camps this summer, Arin will also be out in the community at events like Summer Reading Kickoff and Urban Harvest.
Although Meredith and Arin each have their own areas of responsibility, they will also work together on many aspects of programming. We expect great things from this outstanding team!
~Beth Demke, Executive Director
Stop by the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex on Saturday, April 28 from 10AM-1PM to check out summertime options for your family! The anchor organizations of the Frances, Central Dakota Children’s Choir, Gateway to Science, Shade Tree Players and Theo Art School will be on hand with their upcoming summer program information. Additionally, many organizations from throughout the Bismarck-Mandan community will be in attendance and will have information about their summer programs as well. This event is sponsored by Bismarck Parks and Recreation.
Have you ever wondered about exploring Antarctica? Or how scientists at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have enough food to last the long, harsh winters? Or maybe you just watched Frozen Planet and want to know more. Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm, at Bismarck State College’s NECE Basin Electric Auditorium, 1200 Schafer Street, is your chance! Join the Visiting Scientists Series and Bismarck native Jon Rask, a Research Scientist in the Space Biosciences Division at the NASA Ames Research Center, for a FREE public presentation to learn about “Growing Food in the South Pole Greenhouse, Antarctica,” life at the South Pole, and how NASA can use the Station and Greenhouse as a planetary analog for space exploration.
Have a great weekend!
Gerri – Communications
Gateway to Science Summer Camps are filling fast! This summer we are offering Lego camps, space camp, chemistry camp, nano camp and more. It’s easy to register online or download the 2012 Camp Registration Form to register by mail. We are excited about our summer camps and look forward to seeing you this summer!
Gerri – Communications
Earth Day 2012 will be this upcoming Sunday, April 22. Bismarck Public Schools will be having a free Earth Day Celebration for kids and adults on April 19. Gateway to Science’s Preschool Discovery Hour this Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 am, will feature Earth Day activities. You can also visit this Earth Day website to learn more about protecting and preserving our environment!
Gateway to Science shares an interesting and educational presentation with you. Brought to you by Bismarck State College and the Visiting Scientists Series. Dr. Loren Wold, a leading researcher in the United States looking at the effects of environmental particles on cardiovascular disease, in his presentation, “Where You Live Can Make You Sick: Environmental Influences on Health & Disease.” Dr. Wold, a native of Bismarck, ND recently visited the BSC campus for a discussion on his research.
Watch Where You Live Can Make you Sick by Dr. Loren Wold on Video On Demand. (To view this show online, you will need Windows Media Player.)
Thanks for watching!