Children’s Museum will hold a Science Academy for students over the next six weeks

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 05:13 AM

KidSenses Children’s Museum is giving some bright, young scientists that chance to explore their career choices during their After School Science Academy.

The Science Academy, made possible by a donation from the Stonecutter Foundation and a Facebook Community Action Grant, is a six-week program for students grades 3-5, designed for promising young scientists who are interested in learning more about STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

“We wanted to identify talented young scientists and be a resource for them to continue to explore that passion,” said Jessica Moss, executive director of the museum. “We are looking forward to challenging them and giving them a unique experience outside of the classroom.”

The 15 students that were selected to be a part of the academy will meet at the museum on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-6 p.m. through March 20. The cost for the program was $200 per student, but because of the donations the museum was able to give some scholarships.

“Each student had to apply for the academy and write a personal statement. We wanted to reach those students who expressed an interest in pursuing STEM- related careers,” Moss said. “We have a good group from all different schools and some that are home-schooled.”

The academy officially began on Monday, Feb. 11 and over the next six weeks, the students will be conducting high-tech and fun science experiments.

“We have taken a very close look at all of the different branches of science and we chose several branches that we wanted to focus on for the academy. I am looking forward to seeing the children gain a better understanding of the sciences,” said Joseph Knight, director of education at Kidsenses. “We have multiple hands-on projects we will have the children doing and I am very excited to see how much they are going to learn throughout the science academy.”

According to Knight, one of those hands-on activities will be working with robots.

“We are going to spend a couple of days on the topic of engineering and we have purchased robots for the kids to build and program,” Knight said. “We are also going to have a robot that is controlled through the internet. We are going to use it to simulate a Mars Rover mission.”

He is very optimistic about the upcoming weeks and says that the students had a blast on the first day.

“All of the kids are there for one reason, they love science and want to learn more about it,” Knight said. “Everyone clicked very well together. They are naturally excited about the kind of stuff we are doing.”