Archive for June, 2012
Lego Camp D and Lego Robotics Camp 1 have come to an end for 2012. The kids had so much fun this week with Arin Casavant, Gateway to Science’s Educational Outreach Coordinator. They learned basic design and building skills Lego Camp and in Lego Robotics they learned how to use the basic skills to make interactive Legos. as one child put it, “Who knew Legos could move like this!” Thanks for a great week!
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It is already the last week of June, and at Gateway to Science we are getting ready for our July summer camps!
First up is our first-ever Nano Camp, from July 9-13 – sign up soon to be part of the camp where students in grades 4-6 can learn just how much big fun there is in small science.
Space Camp will be July 16-20 and is for students in grades 3-5. There are just a few spots left!
Brainteasers & Games takes place July 23-26, and students in grades 4-6 will be challenged with fun puzzles and learn new game strategies.
There are also more camps in August – you can register for any upcoming camp here or at the office. Camps are filling up, so sign up soon!
At Gateway to Science we encourage visitors to explore science not just in our gallery but at home and other places as well. One of our more popular requests is “How do you make your slime?” We can’t give you our exact recipe, but we can share with you a recipe that is easy and fun for the whole family. You will need 1-8 ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue (white or clear), 1 teaspoon Borax, warm water and food coloring.
1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1 Cup of warm water and set aside.
2. Pour the Elmer’s Glue into a separate bowl and add 1/2 cup of water to that glue. Stir together.
3. This step is optional. Add your choice of food coloring. Stir into the water and glue.
4. Add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir. You will see a mass forming in there. You will probably need to use your hands as it gets thicker, plus it’s just fun to get right in there and play with it!
It will be wet and soft at first but you just have to keep kneading it. The moisture will knead out or absorb (just toss any liquid left in the bowl).
Now, have fun!
Lego Camp C spent this past week building North Dakota. Not with wood and nails but with their favorite Legos! Under the direction of DeEtta Phelps the students laid out our great state of North Dakota and went to work in creating some of our most famous landmarks, Lego style! While they were learning about structures and buildings we snuck a little ND state history in there too! We are looking forward to Lego Camp D and Lego Robotics Camp One next week! <
At its annual meeting on June 18, the Gateway to Science Board of Directors elected Randy Binegar as the new President. Randy has recently served as Vice President and will serve a 2-year term as President from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014. Randy is Senior Environmental Engineer with Tesoro Refinery in Mandan.
Also at the annual Board meeting, Dr. Linda Gutensohn was thanked for her service as president for the past two years. Linda is a Professor of Education at University of Mary. She will continue to be an active Board member.
We appreciate the dedication of Linda and Randy, as well as all our Board members who are committed to the mission of Gateway to Science!
~Beth Demke, Executive Director
It is now officially Summer! School may have already finished, and the days may already be warm and sunny, but June 20th is the LONGEST day of 2012. While this is not the hottest day of the year, it is the day when the sun will be as far north in our sky as it gets. Keen observers may note that this is slightly earlier in the calendar year than usual – that is because it is a Leap Year. To learn more, check out this National Geographic article about the Summer Solstice.
Looks like Ben Affleck and Liv Taylor will not be reviving their role in Armageddon any time soon. Scientists today announced that an asteroid believed to be headed toward Earth, first discovered in January of 2011, will not hit us. The asteroid, known as 2011 AG5, was believed to become potentially harmful for us in the year 2040. You can read more about this new finding in MSNBC’s article, released yesterday.
This asteroid was first discovered by NASA. The general public is probably not aware that a program exists, called the Near-Earth Object Observation Program, that spends their time researching such potentially catastrophic events. Read about their other observations on their official website.
Arin, Educational Outreach Coordinator
Looking for a fun activity to do with Dad this Father’s Day weekend? Gateway to Science is a great place to bring Dad (and the whole family) for great fun and learning! We will be open Friday, June 15 from 12PM-5PM and Saturday, June 16 from 12PM-5PM.
Still looking for a great gift? Get a membership here for Gateway to Science. All Gateway to Science members receive reciprocal privileges through the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC). This includes free admission to museums around the country. Father’s Day is all about celebrating the family, and the contributions that YOUR DAD gives to the world. Make it extra special this year with SCIENCE!