Drop-in for Science

“Drop-in for Science” attendees show their excitement while learning about bubbles at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium last month. The event is open to children and their parents from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday through July 31, featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations and planetarium shows. Admission is $6 per adult, $4 for children and free to children age four and under.

The East Kentucky Science Center is offering several activities for children and adults this summer, including a month-long celebration of a the first manned moon landing and weekly events for families. 

The center, located on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing with the opening of “CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story.”

The historical documentary opened this week and will continue through Aug. 3. It will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays at the EKSC. It showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first man on the moon. 

“It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future,” a statement from EKSC said. 

The science center’s exhibit hall will feature a pictorial exhibit, “Many Inspired Steps,” as part of the event, as well as memorabilia from the moon landing. 

“Many Inspired Steps was organized by Thomas A Lesser, who has donated the exhibition, and is distributed by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc., which has donated the distribution of the exhibition to the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium,” the press release said. “Duplication of the panels was made possible by a donation from Steve and Jan Russo.”

The EKSC is also allowing visitors to hold moon rocks and soil samples, starting next week. 

From July 9 through July 20, the EKSC will offer moon rocks and soil samples that came from NASA and were brought back from the moon by the Apollo astronauts.   

“These samples are encased in a Lucite disk so that they can be handled without being damaged,” the press release said. “These samples can be examined by the public, and you can have your pictures taken with them.”

As part of this month-long celebration, the science center is also offering an “Astronaut 101” camp on July 11-12.

The camp is open to students who will be entering fourth through sixth grades in the fall. Campers will build rockets and launch them at the science center and learn what it takes to become an astronaut. The cost for the two-day camp is $40 for EKSC members and $50 for non-members.

Families are also invited to attend the center’s weekly “Drop-in for Science” events. 

“Drop-in for Science,” held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through July 31, features hands-on activities, demonstrations and planetarium shows for children and their caregivers. 

Science center admission is $6 per adult, $4 per child and free to children ages four and under.

For more information, call, (606) 889-4809.

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