Kidsenses seeking applications for Science Academy

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

KidSenses Children's Museum is seeking applicants for the museum's first-ever After School Science Academy, which will take place this winter for 3rd-5th grade students.

The Science Academy, which is limited to 25 talented young scientists, is a six-week program that will meet at the museum every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. beginning February 11-March 20th, 2013.

"The Science Academy is something we have wanted to provide for students in our region for a long time," said Jessica Moss, KidSenses Executive Director. "The careers of tomorrow are increasingly more science and technology-based, and the focus of a program like this is to inspire young minds with the wonder of science so that these students might be able to cultivate a lifelong interest in science-based concepts into a successful career."

Participants will get the opportunity to explore the sciences from an interactive approach through engaging in such activities as launching model rockets, designing and programming robots, driving real model Mars rovers, and conducting various experiments in addition to focusing on different STEM-based experiences and careers at each session.

"The Science Academy is made possible by funding from the Stonecutter Foundation and a Community Action Grant from Facebook. The support for the Science Academy project is amazing," said Joseph Knight, KidSenses' Director of Education. "We have been able to purchase lots of high-tech equipment, such as computers, microscopes, and lab equipment that will allow Science Academy participants to actually be scientists, using all the tools of the trade to conduct their own research projects and experiments. We will also be able to fund five scholarships for Rutherford County students through the generous support of the Stonecutter Foundation."

Applications may be obtained by visiting the KidSenses website at: www.kidsenses.com/scienceacademy. Registration deadline is February 1, 2013.

Accepted applicants will be notified by February 3, 2013. Cost for the six-week intensive program is $200 per student. Scholarship applications are also available by visiting www.kidsenses.com/scienceacademy.

For more information, please contact Joseph Knight, KidSenses Director of Education, at (828) 286-2120 or programs@kidsenses.com.