The Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York is aiming to keep children learning all summer long.
Volunteer Executive Director Stephen A. Karon said the hands-on science museum at 154 Stone St. is a place where youngsters may go to realize science is fun and entertaining.
Its important to get kids interested in science at an early age to keep them interested in it, because in TV and in movies you see science in a bad light, he said. In that, a scientist is always doing something in a destructive manner; thats a nasty way to portray science. Science is a process to figure out why things work and how things occur.
Sci-Tech volunteers, Mr. Karon said, are really trying to help people, particularly children, get over their fears or prejudices about science. The best way to do that, he said, is through a series of hands-on workshops where they experience what science is all about.
The kids will do things here and take them home, Mr. Karon said. We want them to see science is all around us, and you dont need to go somewhere special to be a scientist.
The following workshops will be offered at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer:
n Mysterious Quicksand, Saturday for ages 4 to 10; children will experiment with quicksand, and will take home a small succulent plant that thrives in a sandy environment.
n Magical Colors of Chromatography, July 17 for ages 6 to 10; children will see how scientists separate different chemicals, and find new colors in common household materials.
n Liquid to Solid, July 31 for ages 6 to 10; children discover the phases of matter through an experiment with ice cream.
n Fruit or Vegetable, Or?Aug. 4 for ages 5 to 10; children will eat and learn as they are told the differences of fruits and vegetables.
n What Goes Up Must Come Down, Aug. 7 for ages 5 to 10; children will experiment with the force of gravity.
n Blowing in the Wind, Aug. 11 for ages 6 to 10; children will learn how wind affects the world. They will make wind chimes to take home.
All workshop fees are $6, or $3 for Sci-Tech members. Preregistration is required by calling 788-1340.
Mr. Karon said more workshops are offered this summer than in 2011 because the agencys pool of volunteers interested in helping children learn has increased.
With the center operating on a minuscule annual budget of about $26,000, he said, volunteers are crucial not only to maintaining and adding childrens programs, but for sustainment of the organization.
We are always looking to attract volunteers, and we can use almost any skill set, Mr. Karon said.
For more information or to volunteer, call the center at 788-1340.