Nick Fetty | July 29, 2015
Saturday’s event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Chauncey Swan Park in downtown Iowa City. Kids as well as adults will have an opportunity to learn about science through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
” You can play with laser guns to measure surface temperatures, and gas probes that will let you see how C02 and oxygen concentrations change in closed environments. You’ll also have a chance to learn about soil science, local agricultural issues, and local wildlife,” said Emily Schoerning, who leads the ICSBC and also serves as director of community organizing and research for the National Center for Science Education.
The ICSBC aims to improve science education in the area through fundraising and other public outreach efforts. The club is largely modeled off of a similar effort in Sisters, Ore., a town with a population of just over 2,000. Schoerning said the efforts from the Sisters science booster club have led to more funding for area science classrooms as well as higher test scores.
The Iowa City club first launched in April and currently has about 200 members. Members of the group have been working to establish partnerships with area businesses and other agencies such as New Pioneer Co-op and the University of Iowa’s Museum of Natural History and biology department.
Saturday’s event will also give kids the opportunity to plant seeds and take them home to watch them grow. There will also be t-shirts and buttons for participants whiles supplies last and even a raffle for a laser temperature gun. For Schoerning, who holds PhD in microbiology, the mission of the ICSBC is simple.
“[We want] to help people in our area come together to learn about science and support local science teachers.”