Monday, June 16, 2014

Tahawus Center Offering Summer Science Lab

one catapultThe annual Summer Science Lab at the Tahawus Center in Au Sable Forks is expanding to 5 days, July 14 through 18, 2014. The five-morning workshop accommodates two different age groups in separate sessions: middle school (12-14 years old) and elementary school (9-11 years old). The focus will be on magnetism and electricity for both age groups, with activities in other subject areas, including physics and using microscopes.

Science is always more than a set of explanations,” says instructor Gary Dreiblatt. “Our electricity activities will have students make simple circuits, complex series and parallel circuits, and experiment with the concept of electrical resistance to ultimately build a working fuse. Students will have a far better understanding of electricity and safety through these activities. They will be able to take their electrical kits home to teach a family member and continue their own investigations using d cell batteries.”

Dreiblatt has twenty-nine years of classroom experience and has been teaching middle school science for the past twenty-two years at the Heschel School in Manhattan, where he is the Science Coordinator who believes that mentoring and outreach are essential to overcoming the preconceptions about who becomes a scientist. An avid hiker, angler and environmentalist, Dreiblatt and his family have spent the last twenty-five years as seasonal residents in the Adirondacks with a home in Au Sable Forks.

The Tahawus Center for Learning, Culture, and Community is located at 14234 Route 9N, Au Sable Forks. The center opened in 2011 with the Windows Gallery designed to showcase the creative output of the Ausable River Valley. Since then additional activities have included the science labs for youth, documentary film discussions, dance and visual arts instruction, and choreography and rehearsal projects. Activities planned for 2014 include art exhibits, a symposium on climate change, and activities in partnership with community dance and theatre groups.

For more information contact [email protected] or visit “What’s Next” page, where you can download flyers on all programs and registration forms.


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