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Summer science camp availability for active bodies and minds

This article appeared in the June 15, 2012 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Carmen DeLeon and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

Fitness, fun and physics come together in Explorit’s current and upcoming sessions of Summer Science Camp.  Inspired by the 2011 changing exhibit “Game On! The Science of Sports,” Explorit is featuring opportunities for children to enjoy a camp theme all about the whys and hows behind their favorite sports.  The combination of hands-on science and sports is an excellent way for young scientists to explore familiar games and make new discoveries about forces, motion and becoming a healthy athlete.

This week kicked off the “Athletic Investigations” for third through fifth graders as they enjoyed active explorations and worked as a team to answer their questions about how sports work.  From engineering safety helmets out of recycled materials to figuring out which of the five senses most affects an athlete’s performance, the sports scientists engaged their bodies and minds.

Explorit will be offering sports themed science camps for preschoolers and kindergarteners from June 25-29 and July 2-6 with three-day and two-day sessions respectively.  There are still plenty of spaces in both sessions for eager young scientists to try out “Sporty Science.”

“Sporty Science” will feature activities appealing to the never-ending curiosity and tactile needs of Explorit’s youngest audience by offering many opportunities to engage in discovery through play, exercise and questioning.  Sporty Scientists will have the chance to play a mixed up version of tee ball as they wonder what makes the perfect spin and flight of a ball.  Being up to bat hitting a football or a tennis ball is sure to have some interesting results.  

During another experiment, scientists will wonder what makes the best bounce as they feel different turf and see inside their favorite games by looking at dissected sports balls.  With the expert observation skills of all youngsters, Explorit’s Sporty Scientists will also have a chance for in depth exploration of the forces of motion behind spinning as they roll marbles, make ramps and are amazed by angular momentum in action.   

Don’t miss this chance for your budding scientist to discover the science of the their favorite games.  “Sporty Science” is open to children aged four and up who will be entering preschool or kindergarten in the fall.  Register online at www.explorit.org.

Explorit’s coming events:

• Sign up for Explorit Summer Camp 2012 on-line at www.explorit.org/camp. Camp begins June 11 and runs through August 17, 2012 

• Family Exploration, “Spiders in Your World” is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.  Come explore the science of spiders through hands-on exploration and learn how you can get involved in Explorit’s Community Science Project.   

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. and features a hands-on science exhibit open to the public the first full weekend of the month. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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