Friday, April 30, 2010

Camp Invention August 2-6 at HSC


This summer, invest in the skills that will help children achieve their full potential throughout the school year. Nonprofit Invent Now Kids premier program, Camp Invention, is a weeklong adventure in creativity. Your children will experience inquiry-based learning through fun activities that will help them unleash their creative genius.

The Camp Invention program consists of five exciting modules that are designed to provide a unique opportunity to explore the unknown, tinker with ideas, and satisfy and satisfy an innate sense of curiosity. Children must tap into their creativity to solve real-world challenges and work as a team, using problem-solving as a portal to discovery. Renowned for the difference its making nationwide, this enrichment program provides a safe, creative outlet for children to extend school year learning through fun, hands-on activities that develop important life skills that prepare them for the 21st century.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Regional Advisory Group is Planned

by Laddie Elwell, Director

The Headwaters Science Center staff and board need your ideas as planning continues for an exciting future. We hope that some of you will be interested in working as volunteers toward the development of the new HSC and will come in or call to leave your names and contact information. You will have an opportunity to take part in bringing an important asset to northern Minnesota!

Headwaters Science Center had planned to start on the detailed design of a much-needed new facility this year and was included in the bonding bill that Minnesota’s House of Representatives and Senate passed and sent to Governor Pawlenty for his signature. Though he had been informed about the 23-county-plus regional area served by HSC, the Governor saw it as a “local project,” and explained his line-item veto of the Center in his letter to the legislature by saying that “The bill contains too many appropriations for local projects, which are funded while some statewide priority needs are disregarded.”

There may be an opportunity to approach the State for partial funding for design in 2011, according to area legislators.

In addition to serving the general public, HSC serves schools and other groups in northern Minnesota and is a regional tourist attraction. It also works with other regional nonprofit organizations in helping them to serve their clients. In 2009 the Center served almost 30,000 visitors, many of whom traveled over 150 miles to Bemidji.

Future plans for the Science Center include increased collaboration with Bemidji State University, Bemidji Technical College, regional tribal colleges, and a number of local and regional nonprofit organizations including the Early Childhood Initiative and other social and environmental groups. The new Center will have an astronomy facility that will be available for use by other educational institutions, and intends to provide research opportunities for college students and school students at the middle and high school level with particular emphasis on water resources, biology, child development, and education.

Recent studies show that the United States has fallen from its foremost position as a leader in scientific fields and now ranks we behind many nations in turning out college graduates in science based fields. Research indicates that a majority of K-12 students have mediocre introductions to the processes and fields of science. Early and pleasurable exposure to science is important in encouraging youth to enter such fields. Many adults do not see the science that surrounds them in their everyday lives, nor do they understand the importance of knowing some basic biological and physical facts in the maintenance of personal health.

Headwaters Science Center provides a number of programs for persons of all ages as well as workshops for teachers. Present space limitations prevent HSC from reaching its potential, though new exhibits and programs are in the planning stages. The new building will be built on land provided by the City of Bemidji along the Mississippi River between Lakes Irving and Bemidji.

May Newsletter Available

Headwater Science Center offers their quarterly newsletter for on-line viewing at this site. Headwaters Current contains all the news, events and other exciting things going on at the Center.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild Flower Extravaganza Begins

Unique to HSC is a wild plant exhibit, maintained by botanist Ann Mathisen, a dedicated volunteer. The exhibit is refreshed twice weekly during the growing period, providing a glimpse of the phenology of wild plants as the season progresses. It is located in the lobby area at the Center and there is no admission fee. Shown here is the Pasque Flower, the very first of the spring wild flowers in the Bemidji, Mn area.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

HSC Summer Programs

Beginning June 10 Summer Science Club (for ages 8-13) will meet 10 times throughout the summer at the Science Center from 2:00 to 4:00 on Thursdays. Activities will cover a wide range of physical science topics. Non-Members: any 5 sessions for $50, all 10 for $95; Members: any 5... sessions for $45, all 10 for $85. Advance registration is encouraged.

Beginning June 9 Discovery Science (for ages 5-7) will meet 10 times throughout the summer at the Science Center from 1:00 to 2:00 on Wednesdays. Activities will cover a wide range of natural and physical science topics. Non-Members: any 5 sessions for $45, all 10 for $85; Members: any 5 sessions for $40, all 10 for $75. Advance registration is encouraged.

Beginning June 9 Tots-N-Science (for ages 3-5) will meet 10 times throughout the summer at the Science Center from 10:00 to 11:00 on Wednesdays. Sessions will cover a wide range of natural and physical science topics featuring stories, hands-on activities and games to help children learn about the world around them. Adults must accompany children. Please pre­register by the day before the program. Non-Members: for 1 adult and 1 child, $10, each additional child $4; Members: for 1 adult and 1 child $3, each additional child $1.

Camp Invention (for kids currently in grades K-5) will run daily from August 2- 6 from 9:00 to 3:30. Inquiry-based learning through fun activities will help them unleash their creative genius! Cost is $210 per child.