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Science Siesta for boys and girls scheduled this spring

Participants in the 2019 Boy’s Science Siesta put their hands to work as they learned more about careers in STEM fields.
Participants in the 2019 Boy’s Science Siesta put their hands to work as they learned more about careers in STEM fields.

Science Siesta is once again being offered by the University of Illinois Extension for both boys and girls.

There will be a Science Siesta event for boys March 13 and 14 and a Science Siesta for girls April 3 and 4, both at the Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Rockford. These events are open to youth in grades four through six.

“Both events will be action-packed programs that combine hands-on science, an opportunity to meet real scientists, to learn about a particular field of science and to spend an awesome night in a museum,” Johnna Jennings, U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator, said in a news release.

“This is an excellent program, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer it once again.”

During the program, participants will interact with scientists in science career fields from throughout northern Illinois.

The scientists will share information about their background and involve the youth in activities that they might complete in their work every day.

Following the face-to-face interaction with the scientists, youth participate in hands-on activities related to careers in science.

This year’s three workshop choices will be “Drones,” “Monarchs on the Move” and “Rockets to the Rescue.”

These workshops will focus on the science related to careers in these fields, and participants will have fun as they become engaged in the activities.

Both events will begin with registration at 5 p.m. Friday and will conclude with checkout at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The registration fee is $40 per participant, which covers pizza, snack, breakfast, admission to the Discovery Center Children’s Museum, a T-shirt and all hands-on activities.

To register for the Boys Science Siesta, visit https://go.illinois.edu/boyssciencesiesta. The deadline is Feb. 28.

To register for the Girls Science Siesta, visit https://go.illinois.edu/girlssciencesiesta. The deadline is March 20.

For information, call the University of Illinois Extension at 815-758-8194.

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