January 26, 2009

Science is Fun! Family Day Receives Community Outreach Grant


When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of PreK-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development, and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing series. Learn more about Science is Fun! Family Day:

Launching "rockets." Making glop. Seeing if termites will follow the smell of scented markers. Each spring, children from Northeast Ohio get hands-on experience during Case Western Reserve University's Science is Fun! Family Day.

Kathryn Kwiatkowski, assistant director of the university's Center for Science and Mathematics Education, wants to make sure the word continues to get out about this free annual event. Her department plans to use its Community Outreach Grant for the marketing and distribution of event materials, as well as audio-visual equipment and other supplies.

Kwiatkowski said the day-long program is a way to showcase the fun side of science and math to entire families. In addition to the chance for children to conduct experiments, the day also includes speakers, presentations and friendly competitions.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Arts and Sciences serves as a clearinghouse for a wide variety of pre-college programs at the university, as a coordinating body for outstanding programs housed at the university and as a catalyst for the development of new and innovative partnerships.

Each year, about 200 people come to campus for the event. In addition to the general public, "many of the people who attend are university families, and some of them come back. It speaks to the type of activities we offer," Kwiatkowski said.

Science is Fun! Family Day is scheduled for May 2, and Kwiatkowski said her department plans on sending more materials to local library systems, as well as advertising in a family-friendly magazine.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, January 26, 2009 01:54 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Community Outreach, Environment, Science, features, news

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