Hands-on science for local preschoolers
This article appeared in the May 13, 2011 edition of the Davis Enterprise.
By Carmen DeLeon
Special to the Enterprise
There are few things in their everyday surroundings that preschoolers, children of ages five and under, don’t want to get their hands on. Explorit Science Center’s preschool programs embrace this natural curiosity, allowing preschoolers to try hands-on activities to engage their minds in scientific discovery.
Thanks to a grant from the Verizon Foundation, Explorit and the City of West Sacramento have been able to collaborate and expand Explorit’s travelling program offerings to cater to the standards and needs of the preschool audience. After initial program pilots during the fall, Explorit visited West Sacramento preschools this spring offering three different Early Childhood Adventures of the following topics: Crazy Critters, Magical Magnets, and Beautiful Bubbles.
The programs are fun, intuitive, and bring relevant science topics to young children. Early Childhood Adventures are excellent opportunities for preschoolers to explore and make sense of the world around them and for preschool teachers to gain additional resources and skill in teaching science.
Explorit’s popular Summer Science Camp is yet another way for local preschoolers and Kindergarteners (ages 4 to 5 years old) to get their minds on some hands-on science. The camps will feature five different topics with fun activities adapted to the curious and active minds of budding preschool scientists. This year’s preschool Summer Science Camp sessions will feature activities developed with the Early Childhood Adventure programs.
Preschoolers with a creative side may enjoy the chance to use science to create works of art in the “Scientific Masterpieces” camp. “Puzzling Science” will be a journey of science exploration and wondering about the world- perfect for the young scientist who is always asking questions. Preschoolers have a natural curiosity and investigative nature. The “Be a Scientist” camp embraces these characteristics letting children see the many roles of scientists in everyday life and discover what kind of scientist they might want to be when they grow up.
With the reasonable rates of just $52 for members and $62 for non-members per three-day session, preschool Summer Science Camps are an affordable and fun way to enrich your child’s early education.
Explorit’s continuing effort is to engage people of all ages in science experiences that touch all our lives. Early Childhood Adventures and Summer Science Camp are helping Explorit reach out to the youngest future scientists in the greater Davis area.
Explorit is collecting a list of interested parents and teachers who would like to be contacted about Early Childhood Adventures. To be placed on the interest list for an Early Childhood Adventure, email Explorit your contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Early Childhood Adventures” in the subject line.
• Summer Camp, Jun 13-Aug 19: Several spaces are still available in the preK-K and 1st-2nd grade sections of Explorit’s Summer Science Camp. To get information about openings, visit http://www.explorit.org/camp or call (530) 756-0191 Monday-Friday from 9-4:30.
• Today through May 20: If you know of someone who may be interested in volunteering as a Science Teaching Assistant during summer camp, he or she can contact Explorit’s Volunteer Manager at email@example.com. Applicants must be at least 12 years of age before June 13th. Volunteer orientations and trainings will be held in May and June for accepted applicants.
Explorit Science Center’s 3141 5th St. site is the location for field trips, programs for groups, and astronomy club meetings. It is also the hub for Explorit’s traveling programs that reach an 18-county region. The site is open to the public for special events and to groups by reservation. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.