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Homewood Science Center has STEM programs for kids

The curiosity of Liz Riley, 7, left, and Eleanor Dickover, 11, was piqued at the Homewood Science Center Aug. 28 when they handled a beetle grub as part of the Insect Petting Zoo presented by entomologist Kandis Demeo. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

The Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway, is opening its doors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays for free STEM programs. Young learners can be part of hands-on learning in Solar Can Part 1 on Sept. 11, and Solar Can Part 2 on Sept. 18.

Join Governors State University Professor John Sowa as he walks kids ages 10 and older through the project.

The Solar Can is a one-shot analog camera that uses a pinhole drilled in the side of an aluminum can to take a photograph. Inside the can is a piece of light sensitive paper that captures the image. Sowa said in Part 1 participants will learn about the principles of analog photography and pinhole photography, and learn how to set up their Solar Can for optimal results. In Part 2, kids will learn how to remove the light sensitive paper from the Solar Can, and how to use computer software to process the image. Kids can be participate in either session or both sessions.

The Sept. 25 program, “Exploring Biology, Catalase Enzyme Lab,” will be led by H-F Science Ambassadors.


Additional programs are being planned. For younger children, the Homewood Science Center has a variety of play stations and exhibits for them to enjoy, including a nano exhibit, the Imagination Playground building blocks, an exhibit of dinosaur bones and a Homewood Disposal Co. recycling machine. Additional information is on the website at homewoodsciencecenter.org.

Jack Creagan, 3, of Homewood, enjoyed time building a tower at one of the inquisitive tables set up at the Homewood Science Center. Free programs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are being offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

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