graduates

We’ve wound down another summer tour, and as things are being scrubbed, parked, and shelved, I’m reminded that this isn’t only about the kids who come to the program. It’s also about the people who work and volunteer here. Many of the people who host science each summer are working on degrees, and many of…

playing in the dirt

As I was walking through the scene at the park today, I overheard a mom telling her kids, “You could go play in the dirt over there.” I made an internal note of that. When and where else do you hear a mom telling her kids to go play in the dirt? In this case,…

2019 Summer Parks Tour

We’re looking forward another summer of science outside in Ogden City Parks! Here’s our schedule for 2019, 11:30a-1:00p at each of the following: June 10-14: Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road) June 17-21: Monroe Park (850 E 30th Street) June 24-28: Lester Park (663 E 24th Street) July 1-3: Mt. Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Avenue)…

Holiday Demo

Today we’re off, since it’s Independence Day and people are out at parades and barbecues, and since Ogden School District’s lunch program also takes the day off for the holiday. But since we miss all of you, and since we’ve been scattered in our posting lately, here’s a bonus 4th of July edition activity you…

Day 1

The first day of Science in the Parks is celebratory. I think for many of us it signifies a start to our summer season, and of course it’s a public launch of the program. It’s almost always sunny and even as we feel a little less organized than we will next week (we forgot tape…

spinning and balancing

This is one of my favorite photos, taken a few years ago during Science in the Parks, even though there’s nothing especially fancy about what’s captured here. It’s just a bunch of spinning gyroscopes, an outreached hand to grab one of them. Maybe we take it for granted that these spinning objects seem to defy…

Bubble Making

  One feature of Science in the Parks that’s unique is how we have to make things in large volume and in a manner that’s as interactive as possible. So, we have entire tables covered with lenses and sounds that get propagated in long drain pipes; we build towers that are taller than everyone in…

eclipse science

Keep reading to understand more about eclipses and how to view them, but at the very end of this post is the punchline: We’ll have some solar viewing glasses to give out to Science in the Parks participants, each Monday (“See it!” day) of our tour.

Final Preparations

There’s a lot that’s happening behind the scenes as we get ready for the opening of Science in the Parks’ 2017 tour. On Monday we get to set out into the community, starting with Lester Park and continuing per our summer schedule (posted here). Basically, we just follow Arts in the Parks around Ogden, so…