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Science Siestas for boys and girls scheduled in April

Science Siesta, a program through the University of Illinois Extension, will once again be offered for both boys and girls.

A Science Siesta for boys will be held from Friday, April 12, to Saturday, April 13, and a Science Siesta for girls will be held from Friday, April 26, to Saturday, April 27. The events, open to youth in fourth through sixth grades, will be held at the Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Rockford.

Participants will interact with scientists 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 activities based on the “Wonderwise” curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska, and from experts in the field. This curriculum highlights the work of scientists and then translates their work into hands-on science-based activities, which are fun and engaging.

Participants may choose one of three workshop tracks for breakout sessions. Choices for this year include activities related to Rainforest Ecologist, Space Geologist or Technology Specialist.

Both events will begin with registration at 5 p.m. Friday and 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.

For more information or to register, visit https://go.illinois.edu/ScienceSiesta or call 815-758-8194.

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