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Science Siesta returns in April

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Girls at Science Siesta participate in hands-on learning activities to encourage their interest in science. Photo submitted.

ROCKFORD – The 12th annual Science Siesta, hosted by the University of Illinois Extension will be at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., and Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St.

These action-packed overnights will combine the fun of a pajama party with hands-on science experiences.

At Science Siesta, girls will have the opportunity to meet actual women in science career fields from throughout northern Illinois. The scientists will share information about their background and involve the girls in activities much like they complete in their work every day.

The girls will participate in activities based on the “Wonderwise” curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska. This curriculum highlights the work of scientists and then translates their work into hands-on science based activities. Participating girls may choose one of three workshop tracks for breakout sessions including rain forest ecologist, space geologist and genetic counselor.

Both weekends will start with registration at 5 p.m. April 11 and April 25 and will conclude with check-out at 8:30 a.m. April 12 and April 26. The registration fee is $40 and includes pizza, snack, and breakfast, admission to the museums, and all hands-on activities.

For additional information, directions to the museums, and to register, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ or call 815- 835-2070.


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