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New exhibit opens at Flandrau


Amy Bohme
Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Flandrau Science Center hosts an array of fun displays in their new interactive science program. Flandrau opened their new hands-on exhibit, on loan from the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, in hopes of expanding interest and visitor attendance.

By Jeff Jensen
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 2, 2000
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The Flandrau Science Center has unveiled a new interactive science program - its largest hands-on exhibit in years - in conjunction with the center's 25th anniversary.

This exhibit is on loan from the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix until the end of June.

"They were generous enough to give us 15 exhibits, 14 of which are on the floor," said Flandrau employee Jed Green.

This is the first of what Flandrau staff hopes will be a long line of innovative programs from around the country to visit Tucson. This exhibit will occupy most of the Galaxy Room exhibit hall.

On Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon, Flandrau will hold special floor demonstrations highlighting the scientific principles related to the exhibit.

The center will also hold Discovery Days, funded by the National Science Foundation. This allows girls between the ages of 6 to 14 to experience hands-on learning in the field of science with an adult partner.

Flandrau is one of five centers to be chosen for this pilot project , which is sponsored by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Girl Scouts of the USA in New York.

The purpose of this program is "to get young girls in junior high involved in science," said Flandrau spokeswoman Yvette Estok.

In addition to Discovery Days - Flandrau is offering bi-monthly science education camps for students in third through sixth grades, as well as their families.

"(The camp is) a really good venue for parents," Estok said.

The next camp will be on Feb. 18 and will discuss the topic of civil engineering. Future topics will include astronomy, earth science and aerospace engineering.

Future science weekends will include Radical Robots, Brain Basics, Solar Spectacular, Fantastic Flyers, Incredible Ice Cream and a plethora of other science related topics.

"We want people to know that we are not just a one-time exhibit, we change monthly," Estok said.

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