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Science in the Summer

Science in the Summer

 School is out, but Science is in !! 

Science in the Summer is a hands-on science program underwritten by GlaxoSmithKline.

Participating public libraries in the Delaware Valley, including the Horsham Township Library, offer Science in the Summer to encourage elementary school age children to enjoy learning about basic science concepts. The program motivates children to learn about science, to take science courses in higher grades, and to think about careers in science and technology.

The subject of the 2016 Science in the Summer program will be "Physical Science and Electricity."  Why does a compass always point north? How does a light switch work? Students will answer these questions and more when they experiment with magnets, witness the effects of static electricity and build their own electrical circuit. They'll learn first-hand about electrostatic generators, and discover why Physical Science is a hair-raising experience!

Horsham Township Library will hold its program on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14, 2016.

All children must be pre-registered to attend Science in the Summer classes. Registration will begin Thursday, May 5, 2016. Parents must register their children using the on-line registration website managed by the Franklin Institute.   Click here to link to the registration page on the Science in the Summer website.  Families with no access to a computer at home can use one of the library's free public access computers to complete their registration. Space will be limited to 32 participants. Participants will be randomly selected and children chosen to participate will be notified in June.

Children who participate in Science in the Summer programs learn about the scientific method of inquiry and drawing conclusions based on evidence. They learn the importance of safety and how to take safety precautions in a lab setting and at home. They also learn how to use library resources to explore interesting topics on their own. On the last day of classes, teachers will distribute certificates and congratulate students who participated in Science in the Summer.

The Science in the Summer class sessions will be held entirely over two days. Level 1 classes, for children entering second and third grades, will be held from 10:00 AM to Noon on July 13 & 14. Level 2 classes, for children entering fourth through sixth grades, will be held from 1:00 PM to 3 PM on July 13 & 14.

For further information, telephone the library's children's department at (215) 443-2609, ext. 206.

Volunteers needed for Science in the Summer

The library is recruiting two or three teenage volunteers to help the Science in the Summer teacher during the Science in the Summer classes. Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 should be interested in working with children ages seven through twelve. Volunteers will help the teacher set up, help children carry out class activities, and will help the teacher organize and pack up materials on the last class day. Volunteers should be available Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 from 9:30 AM through 3:30 PM. To volunteer please telephone the library at (215) 443-2609, ext. 206 and speak with or email Children's Librarian Ellyn Benner.

 

       
       
       
       
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