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“Science is best learned hands-on,” says Dr. Wendy Brown, Microbiology Instructor at Danville Area Community College. “Younger children need to be exposed to the fun side of science before they lose the ability to be “wowed” by it.”


With this purpose in mind, Dr. Brown initiated the first Family Science Night at DACC eight years ago. The free event, scheduled every other year, will be held for the fifth time on Friday, November 4,  from 5:30-8:00 pm in Mary Miller Gymnasium. Dr. Brown’s colleagues in the Math and Science division, along with a host volunteers comprised of DACC students, faculty, and staff, will assist her in engaging area grade school children and their parents with 50 different interactive science stations. While anyone may attend, most activities are geared toward children in grades K-5. More than 500 children and their families have attended each of the previous events.


Planned activities include exploring erosion, experimenting with sound, examining wind technology, investigating worm reflexes, and "Lizards, Snakes and Turtles, OH MY" which features DACC Science Division’s cold blooded residents. At many stations, children will make and take home creations like slime or a straw rocket.


Family Science Night is FREE and open to the public.

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