September 3, 2008
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Maryland Science Center Offers Hands-On Activities, Discounts for Home School Event
The Maryland Science Center will host three weeks of special programs, demonstrations, and educational lab experiments for home school students and their parents during Home School Event from September 9-26, 2008. Activities and discount admission to museum attractions will be offered weekdays, Tuesday through Friday.
The Home School Event will compliment at-home learning with more than 40 science activities and engaging programs, including the science behind theme park thrill rides in Roller Coaster Physics; investigate our microscopic differences using forensic testing with Decoding DNA; and build circuits to harness electricity in Electric Circuits. New programs added to this year’s Home School Event include Survival Science, which tests students’ knowledge of basic wilderness skills with simple experiments, and Mission: Possible, where participants plan a mission to outer space.
Home schoolers can also enjoy the Maryland Science Center’s core exhibitions including Newton’s Alley, Dinosaur Mysteries, Your Body: The Inside Story, and Our Place in Space free of charge. Admission to the museum’s IMAX films, planetarium shows, and observatory will be offered at a discount rate.
“Making science education accessible to all students is a priority for the Maryland Science Center,” said Director of Education Pete Yancone. “We recognize that science
education is not just taught in classrooms, but also in kitchens and living rooms. We hope
to enrich science education and provide unique experiences to home schoolers by making Maryland Science Center resources and programs available during the Home School Event.”
Admission to the Maryland Science Center’s core exhibition halls is free to home school students and their parents during the Home School Event. Student participation in presentations and programs is $5. Parents will be admitted free of charge. Advance registration and payment is required. Call 410-545-5945 to make a reservation. Admission to the Davis Planetarium is $5.50; to the St. John Properties IMAX Theater is $6.75, and to the observatory is $5.
About the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with more than a dozen full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton's Alley. Other popular attractions in the museum include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.