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Discovery Festival will offer hands-on science fun

By Bobbie Hayse Messenger-Inquirer

The Kentucky Science Center will partner with Kentucky Wesleyan College on June 4 for a free day of science, technology, engineering, arts and math events.

The Discovery Festival’s hands-on activities, demonstrations, nature walks and presentations are open to the public. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and their families are encouraged to enjoy a variety of activities put on by the KSC and its area partners, according to Gil Reyes, senior manager for external affairs at the KSC.

Through the aid of a recently received grant, the KSC is bringing Discovery Festivals all over the commonwealth, Reyes said, and seeks to “provide experience for students and their families.”

“We’re using the grant to facilitate a day of science activities that then the community will continue to learn from at home,” he said.

Some of its partners who will be on-site that day providing STEAM programming are KWC, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Summer Explorations at KWC (KWC/YMCA partnership), Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, Western Kentucky Raptor Center, John James Audubon State Park, RiverPark Center, Brescia University, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and KWC admissions, microbiology, chemistry and astronomy departments.

KSC staff will be on site doing Mentos geyser demonstrations, exploding marshmallows, boat-building, demonstrating a vegetable piano, and making baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, he said.

“It will be fun stuff the kids will really relate to the sciences and might spark an interest to continue study in a career in the science field, or at KWC,” Reyes. “Our hope is to encourage everyone to do science every day.”

One way to accomplish that is to make science a personal and fun thing, he said, with a family-oriented day for science exploration. Kids of all ages are encouraged to come and take part in the activities, he said.

While the Discovery Festival is new, KCS will also be providing a week of summer camps in Owensboro from June 20-24 and from July 11-15 at the OMSH. For more information on those camps, or the KSC website

For more information about the Discovery Festival, call 502-560-7126.

Bobbie Hayse,, 270-691-7315, Twitter: @BobbieHayseMI

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