Festival of Science at Louisville Science Center

Louisville Science Center Kentucky innovation technology children kidsThe Louisville Science Center is holding a fall festival of hands-on science, “The Great Big Science To-Do,” began Saturday and goes through Jan. 2, 2012. The festival will feature exhibits, demonstrations and public programs developed by Science Center staff and will be housed on the first floor.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced plans for the festival following a question and answer session with middle schoolers as part of IF Kids, an IdeaFestival event hosted by the Louisville Science Center on Sept. 23. “The Great Big Science To-Do is a new and different idea, and really embodies the characteristics that the IdeaFestival encourages: curiosity, creative thought and innovation,” Fischer said. “The middle schoolers had many thought-provoking questions about leadership … and it’s these kids and their innovative ideas that will propel our [region] forward for generations to come.”

“The Great Big Science To-Do” includes Colorama, from Oct. 1-31, sponsored by the PPG Foundation and PPG Porter Paints. Colorama focuses on exploration of color and light, including color mixing and examining color in the food we eat, clothes we wear and how animals survive in the wild. Exhibit components include a walk-in kaleidoscope, gigantic light table, body shadows and hands-on activities including magnet painting.

Weatherblast, from Nov. 1-30, will allow visitors to make neighborhood forecasting devices, try out high-tech weather technology and analyze weather patterns. Exhibit features include a hurricane booth, cloud wall, a weather station by WLKY TV allowing visitors to do their own weather forecasting, and a stage featuring daily shows on lightning and electricity, including a holiday-themed show exploring weather live from the North Pole.

Reuseapalooza, from Dec. 1 – Jan. 2, will inspire visitors to find new and innovative uses for old things, with a focus on recycling and composting, and simple, everyday objects found in the home. Visitors will get to make their own paper, play games from recycled materials, build a terrarium and explore sound through the use of instruments made from everyday “junk.” Eco-Cell, sponsor of Reuseapalooza, will move its warehouse on site from Dec. 1 – Jan. 2, so visitors can witness how cell phone parts, accessories and batteries are sorted and recycled for future use.

“We are excited about bringing a variety of community partners in on this festival, providing workforce connections to science in everyday life,” said Executive Director Joanna Haas.

The Louisville Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, the Louisville Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults.

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