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Beloit College, Kerry hosts Family Discovery Night

October 31, 2012

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Beloit, Wis. — Beloit College and Kerry Ingredients & Flavours are teaming up to host the first-ever Family Discovery Night Friday, Nov. 2, at the Beloit College Center for the Sciences. Community members will enjoy hands-on activities, prizes and food, and benefit from a unique opportunity to learn side-by-side with scientists from Beloit College and Kerry.

Beginning at 6 p.m., families are invited to enjoy tours and participate in laboratory exhibitions with Kerry scientists and Beloit College students and faculty. Participants will collect “passport stamps” as they discover how the brain works, watch marshmallow animals joust and engage with robots. The evening wraps up with an open observatory (weather permitting) from 8 to 9 p.m. when guests will gaze at the stars through telescopes with expert guidance. The event is free, and registration is not required.

Family Discovery Night is part of a new community science education program between Beloit College and Kerry. Kerry has donated $21,000 to fund the first year of the program, and the college will serve as facilitator and host.

“By coming together, Beloit College and Kerry seek to strengthen science and learning opportunities for local youth and families,” said Assistant Biology Professor Katie Johnson, who is the lead faculty member for the grant.

“This event is about piquing kids’ curiosity and interest in the sciences,” said Alaina Wendlandt, communications manager for Kerry. “Kerry employs more than 200 food scientists who are eager to bring their diverse range of talent, skills and scientific insights to our community.”

The next event in the partnership takes place in spring of 2013 when Kerry scientists and college faculty will teach a new workshop about scientific pedagogy during the annual Girls and Women in Science event. This well-established program brings together 30 to 35 local sixth-grade girls for a weekend of science learning and activities, and equips teachers with tools to bring new experiments to their classrooms.

The Beloit College Center for the Sciences is near the intersection of Emerson and College streets. Visit www.beloit.edu/visitors for a campus map and directions for parking. Volunteers with glow sticks will be on hand the night of the event to assist in guiding guests.

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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