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Science on Wheels to Visit Bellevue in July!

ByJoe Connector

Jul 8, 2015
Science on Wheels from Pacific Science Center is visiting Bellevue in the next few weeks. Science on Wheels vans brings the excitement and curiosity of Pacific Science Center from Seattle to classrooms beyond our signature arches. With plenty of visual exhibits and opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning in subjects such as physics, space and geology, Science on Wheels delivers educational fun across the state of Washington.

Science on Wheels Vans will be attending the following:
·         King County Library System on July 11, July 23 and July 25, 2015
·         Club Connection on July 20, July 21, July 23 and July 24, 2015
·         Bobcat Club on July 23, 2015
King County Library System

All of the locations at “King County Library System” will be at Newport Way Library. 14250 SE Newport Way.
However, all BUT on July 25. On this date, the library will switch programming to Lake Hills Library. The address is 15590 Lake Hills Blvd.
·         July 11, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
·         July 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
·         July 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Club Connection

Club Connection is the program running at Sunset Elementary. The school’s address is 4229 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE (Bellevue)
·         July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
·         July 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
·         July 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
·         July 23, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
·         July 24, 1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Bobcat Club

Bobcat Club is the program running at Cougar Ridge Elementary. The school’s address is 4630 167th Ave SE (Bellevue)
·         July 23, 11:00 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Each year Pacific Science Center’s Science On Wheels program delivers exciting, interactive science curriculum to elementary and middle schools in Washington State. Science On Wheels offers one hour and 45 minutes of student contact, making it the most extensive school outreach program in the country.
The Science On Wheels program at Pacific Science Center, an independent, not-for-profit educational institution, began during the gas crisis of the 1970’s, when groups of school children could no longer visit the museum on field trips. Educators were quick to respond to the needs of these science-starved children, and they began loading lessons and small exhibits into station wagons.

From these small beginnings, Science On Wheels quickly grew into one of the largest science outreach programs in the country. The demand for in-school and community based programs expanded so quickly in fact, that our offerings were expanded in 1999. These new programs emerged to meet the needs of community organizations who also wanted science fun brought to them. Whereas, earlier programs had focused on school children, these additional programs inspired a love for science at libraries, community centers, fairs, and festivals.

A typical van visit to an elementary school includes: a lively, 30-minute opening assembly, 30 interactive exhibits set up in the library or gym, and five to 15 individual classroom visits by Pacific Science Center teachers. Currently, Science On Wheels offers seven subject areas; six designed for elementary schools and one for secondary schools.
Over the past decade, Science On Wheels has brought the fun of science and math to more than 1.5 million children and adults throughout Washington. Our staff’s varied backgrounds in science, education, and theatre, provide an exciting day for students and families as we inspire a fascination in math, science, and technology.
Mathfinder: Mathfinder takes students on a mathematical journey far beyond arithmetic. Students can practice probability, reflect on symmetry, focus on fractals and locate their center of gravity as they discover how to manipulate math to learn about the world.
Physics on Wheels: Get charged up using hand generators, electric magnets, and light bulbs. Attract interest with magnets. Experiment with lenses, light and sound.
Space Odyssey: Search the cosmos in our large inflatable planetariums. Examine the qualities of light using lenses and prisms.
Blood & Guts: Bone up on how you are made as you create a model of a human skeleton. Explore the sensitivity of the body’s largest organ, the skin.
Engineering : Build bridges and test their strength. Program robots to solve problems.
Rock & Roll: Study and classify minerals and compare the geology of Earth and Mars. Discover the secrets of volcanoes, and explore earthquakes using the disaster doll house.

Science On Wheels is made possible with generous support from: 
Amgen Foundation | Alaska Airlines Inc | Anonymous | The Baker Foundation | Chevron Corporation | The Community Fund of South Puget Sound: Irving A. Lassen Foundation Fund | The Ellis Foundation | First Tech Federal Credit Union | Fluke Corporation, | Google Community Fund of Tides Foundation | Hazel Miller Foundation | Hubbard Family Foundation | James and Marie Borgman | Johnston-Hanson Foundation | McDonald’s of the Rainier Valley | Nucor Steel Seattle | Nysether Family Foundation | Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction | Plum Creek Timber Company | The Skagit Community Foundation: Clinton & Florence Vaux Endowment for Youth Educational Programs | Wells Fargo.