Friday, April 27, 2012

Community Science Connections - Science Fun for the Whole Family!

What is Community Science Connections?  It is museums, libraries & families working together - local science events sponsored by: ABC Libraries; Maxwell Museum of Anthropology; National Museum of Nuclear Science & History; New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science; Rio Grande Nature Center State Park; Rio Rancho Public Library; Enlace New Mexico; & TAAS-The Albuquerque Astronomical Society. The mission of Community Science Connections is to develop and expand community partnerships, engage families in hands-on science and introduce them to community resources through events at libraries and science education institutions throughout Albuquerque and greater New Mexico.

Visit ABC Libraries' Community Science Connections LibGuide for a list of upcoming science events in the community, such as National Astronomy Day at the Open Space Visitors Center on Saturday, April 28th, Solar Sundays at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science, & more!

Community Science Connections also promotes fun-filled family science events with with LEAP into Science programs at ABC Libraries.  LEAP into Science is a partnership between the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia, designed to engage children and families in science and literacy learning. The program consists of afterschool and family workshops that integrate hands-on science activities with relevant children's books, promoting science learning skills and literacy development. New Mexico is one of ten states throughout the country chosen for this program.

Tony Hillerman Library features weekly LEAP into Science programs on Wednesdays, from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. LEAP into Science program themes include Sound Sleuths, Rubber Band Powered Cars, & Ready, Set, Dough! (the science of Play Doh).  Visit the Tony Hillerman Library LibGuide for more information on upcoming programs!

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