Friday, September 27, 2013

Susan Joy Reports

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Projects finished

Projects to plan.

                                                      Current Happenings by Susan Joy

 Did you notice something different on your last visit to HSC? Was it our STEAM exhibit featuring 2,000 KEVA planks? What about the fresh coat of paint on our ceiling and walls? Or could it be the time you tested your knowledge of aquatic invasive species using our AIS exhibit? We’ve been working hard at HSC to bring new experiences and a fresh look to you, our members and supporters. We are committed to providing engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences to Bemidji and Northwest Minnesota.

The STE(A)M exhibit (slipping A for Art/ Architecture/Design/Creativity into STEM) is 
in progress and will feature three stations for you to create, design, and build your own structures and objects. KEVA Planks, K’NEX, and Lego blocks will all provide opportunities to design and create. Challenge yourself to build a KEVA tower to the ceiling––ladders available upon request! 

The painting project was completed during the first week in September thanks to the Minnesota Beautiful Grant and Valspar Corporation. Through the grant, Valspar donated 75 gallons of ceiling and wall paint. In four days, with help from HSC Board members, Friends of HSC, two Sentence to Service crews, BSU student volunteers, community members, and HSC staff, we were able to paint 13,650 square feet, otherwise known as our ceiling and three interior walls! Come in and see our new look. 

Installed in June, the Aquatic Invasive Species exhibit challenges visitors to correctly identify native and invasive aquatic species. Do you think you know your plants, animals, and invertebrates? 
Come down and test your knowledge! 

Fall months are a time at HSC where we work hard to develop new ideas and plan for implementation. Many of the new exhibits that you can experience on our exhibit floor now were developed in the fall months. And we’re cooking up even more new stuff for you to enjoy in 2014. Do you have an idea for an exhibit that would add a new perspective to the exhibit floor or a hot topic that you want to discuss at Science After Dark? Let us know; we love feedback from our members and visitors. Find us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, e-mail, or call. Heck, you can even stop by and ask to speak to me! See you at HSC building a KEVA tower to the ceiling. 

Executive Director 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall Programs Announced at Headwaters Science Center

Headwaters Science Center offers programs for children ages 3-6 on Wednesdays, beginning September 25, 2013. Bring your child to these programs for stories, hands on activities, and games to help children learn about things going on in their environment. Come and touch the science!

Tots-N-Science Begins September 25

Tots Activity
Adults must accompany children.

 Pre-register by the day before the program. Call (218) 444-4472.

Program times: 10:00-11:00 AM each Wednesday.

The cost is only $4 per child (exhibit floor not included). Adults are free and must accompany children. Pre-registration by the day before is recommended, or a program could be cancelled for lack of tots.

More information

After School Science Club Begins September 23

Session 1 of After School Science Club will consist of 12 sessions, beginning September 23, 2013 and ending December 16, 2013 For boys and girls ages 7-13. The group will meet each Monday from 3:30-5:00 on school days.
science club
We utilize Center tools and equipment such as motors, microscopes, liquid nitrogen and quality science kits for engaging science activities. We stress problem solving and logical thinking, not memorization.

Call Headwaters Science Center at (218) 444-4472 to register.

More information

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Help us Win $3000

Minnesota Energy Resources has provided an opportunity for HSC to win a grant of $3000 with their nonprofit program called,  "It's Worth the Energy". 

Using a Facebook app participants vote for their favorite of three nonprofits. Whoever gets the most votes via Facebook from September 2 through October 1 will receive the $3000; each person can vote once each day.

 It's easy to participate, just go to this page and vote for Headwaters Science Center. Please vote every day and ask your friends to do so with a share.

Idea: put a shortcut to the site on your desktop and make it a daily habit to vote every day until October 1.