NANODays! Spring Break Activities
March 28-April 2, 2016
SPI was awarded Explore Science- Zoom into Nano community kits from NISEnet that are being used in after school programs.
Five Units of Nano will be offered in structured activities for ages 6+ during spring break in five 45-minute sessions at 11:00 - 11:45 am and repeated at 2-2:45pm each open day.
Monday Unit 1: Zoom into Nano
Tuesday Unit 2: Small and Surprising
Thursday Unit 3: Labs and Tools
Friday Unit 4: Tech and Nature
Saturday Unit 5: Nano and our Lives (2pm only)
Activities will take place at 225 S. Main St. next to SPI Spot and are limited to 10 children. Sign up in advance to reserve your spot on a particular day (or every day) by emailing SPIconnection@gmail.com. Reservations are not necessary as long as there is room. Activities are included in SPI Spot family daily attendance fee ($5). Caregivers are expected to attend or be available next door at SPI Spot or at Happy Bean during the program.
Special activities/exhibits by Kenyon's STEM program students
Summer Programming 2016
SCIENCE +ART Camps
for students finishing grades 2-5.
9:00 am- 3:30 pm
Sci-Art Camps are supported by Ariel Foundation and are part of the Creativity Garden- a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, generously supported by Disney.
Camp Director is Holly Trask and other instructors are certified local teachers.
Camps will take place at Columbia School in Mount Vernon and at other venues visited on field trips. Each camp is be limited to 65 children.
Choose your price based on your financial situation
$50 Regular Cost
$15 Financial Need Scholarship cost
$0 Extreme Financial Hardship Scholarship cost
Sci-Art#1 : Trash to Treasure!
June 6 – 10, 2016
Bring your trash and join us for a fun exploration of human-made materials. We will be comparing materials in a variety of ways, using science and creativity. Two field trips to area businesses (Replex and Ariel) will be taken during the week, to see how materials are used, and to gather some cast-offs for our creations. The last day will be spent combining art and science – making our own products that will be showcased at a later date.
Sci-Art#2 : Gifts of Nature!
June 13 – 17, 2016
This week will be spent exploring and comparing materials found in nature, and then using what we’ve gathered to create art in a variety of ways. Two field trips will be taken to Knox County parks, where we will gather items of interest from two very different environments. We will use paint, photography, clay, and many other mediums, along with our imagination, to create our masterpieces!
Half Day SPI/BFEC Nature Camps 9 am-noon
Brown Family Environmental Center, Gambier, OH
Camps will be limited to 24 children
You may determine which price is most appropriate to your financial situation, but scholarships may be limited if demand is high.
For ages 5-7
Instructor Lori Zolman assisted by Kylee Marcum
regular cost $50
Financial need scholarship cost $25.
At nature camp children will be outdoors exploring natural materials and learning about the plants and wildlife. They will get dirty.
Session #1 June 6-10
Session #2 June 13-17
For ages 8-11
Science Play Camp
Instructor: Lori Zolman assisted by Kylee Marcum
Financial Need Scholarship Cost $20
This is a play-based camp where children take a leadership role in their learning using loose parts and the natural environment
4 days July 5-8
Click for Online Registration
Half Day Tech Camps at SPI Spot
Programming Space 225 S. Main St, Mount Vernon OH
Instructor Eric Vanderhoof
New Experimental Camp!
Language Science Camp July 11-14 mornings 9am-noon
for ages 8-10 at SPI Spot. Limited enrollment
Instructors: Dr. Tabitha Payne and Emily Balber
In this educational summer program children will be exposed to a variety of learning techniques over a period of a week-long workshop focusing on Chinese culture and the science of language, specifically, psycholinguistics.
SPI at the Mount Vernon Library Summer Reading Kickoff
Summer Science at the Parks starting June 14
SPI is looking to start a Citizen Science program with Middle Schoolers. Citizen Science is a way of crowd sourcing scientific research. People who are not research scientists can help gather or process important data for researchers and contribute to scientific understanding of the world with simple procedures and tools.
-We are looking for middle school students who want to help real scientists make observations of the natural world outside and/or using real data on computers inside
-We are looking for program facilitators with experience working with middle school students who want to help with this program
Fall 2016 Events
Special programming by Kenyon's STEM club from noon-3pm for our November 12 Second Saturday Free open House when we will also honor International Science Museum Day with the theme of sustainability with activities such as water filtration and recycling. Join The Global Observer Program and observe clouds.