LEAP into Science Family Workshops


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Join us for a hands-on family program exploring SCIENCE! LEAP into Science is a program designed to engage children and families in science and literacy. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Please note: Workshop times vary. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. Derry Township registration begins on Monday, June 5. Open registration begins on Monday, June 12.

Design It, Build It!

Thursday, June 8 (after last day of school) – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Repeated on Saturday, June 10. 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

No matter where we live, we are constantly encountering structures from skyscrapers to log cabins, beehives to ferris wheels. How are they made? What allows them to stay standing, even in the face of sever weather? In this workshop, children and families will explore the basics of building. You will learn about the importance of everything from foundations to shape strength, and work together to build your own stable structures. Notice characteristics of buildings and structures in your communities, those man-made and natural.

Air is Everywhere

Thursday, July 6 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Air is everywhere. But how do we know that it exists? Can you feel the air? Air is most noticeable when we feel it in the form of wind. Wind can be a light breeze that blows our hair, or a strong gust that knocks down trees during a powerful storm. We can also see air when it fills up space inside a bubble or balloon. In this workshop, children and families will experiment with air to understand how something that is invisible can have visible effects, and show the power of wind. Download to watch a brief movie clip of this program  Another movie clip.

Balancing Act

Thursday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We balance all the time, without even realizing it. We balance when we stand, walk, and run. This workshop invites children and families to have fun exploring and manipulating the placement of weight in objects, as well as in their own bodies, to learn more about the science of balance.

Do You See What I See and Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21 – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Think about all the ways light is an important part of our daily lives. from sunlight to flashlights, light helps us see the world around us. In this workshop, children and families explore the properties of light and shadow, and enjoy viewing the solar eclipse with special viewing glasses we have available for the program.