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Help Explorit stock up for Summer

This article appeared in the June 7, 2013 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice 

Special to the Enterprise  

Summer’s almost here and with it comes the return of Explorit’s Summer Science Camps.  For the next ten weeks Explorit’s Mace Ranch Park facility will be buzzing with eager young scientists solving mysteries, tracking animals, and cooking up some chemistry.

But the process of scientific discovery requires a variety of tools and supplies.  You can help stock Explorit for a summer full of hands-on science adventures by collecting recyclables that would otherwise be thrown away.

In particular we need large plastic yogurt-type containers (32 oz. size) and large coffee cans as containers for mixing paint, glue and other creative materials.  Glass baby food size jars with lids will become the medium for creating desert sandscapes.

Young zoologists will transform plastic water and juice bottles with lids into penguins, and culinary chemists will use the larger two-liter bottles with lids to brew their own batch of root beer.

Budding botanists will learn about medicinal plants by starting seedlings in Styrofoam egg cartons.  Large cardboard milk cartons and plastic milk crates will add to the resources our junior engineers have at their creative disposal.

We’re also in need of extra kitchen supplies such as clean rolling pins, baking sheets, loaf pans, large mixing bowls and ice cube trays.  Growing chefs will discovery the chemistry that transforms flour, water and yeast into a loaf of bread and other culinary wonders.

But bringing the kitchen into the classroom will also require a stash of working blenders, electric kettles, electric burners or skillets, toaster ovens and table-top convection ovens.  Such equipment will allow our young cooks to work in small groups for a more personalized, hands-on experience.  If you have such an item to donate, call Explorit’s office to arrange for drop-off.

All recyclable supplies must be thoroughly cleaned and ready to use.  Donations may be dropped off at Explorit during our regular office hours 9:00-4:30 Monday through Friday, and all donations are tax deductable.  Donations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21. 

So instead of tossing that juice bottle in the recycling, hang onto it for Explorit!  Thank you for supporting another summer of exploration and discovery by helping us get ready to host our campers.

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Explorit’s events:

• Explorit Summer Camp Begins June 10 – There are still spaces available in several of our 1st – 5th grade week long camps and our pre K-K camps.  These spots won’t last, so don’t delay sign up today! Register on-line at www.explorit.org/programs/summer-camp.

• Exhibit Public Hours This Summer:  Explorit’s exhibition Beautiful World, Science and Art will be open to the public every Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person and children ages 2 and under are free.

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow us on twitter at @ExploritScience.

 
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