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Camp Summer Science

Becky Mayhew

Operations & Programs Manager

becky@see-sciencecenter.org

Summer is coming faster than we realize and that means I am getting ready for summer camp here at the SEE Science Center!  Although it ranks right up there as two of my most tiring weeks of the year, they are also a contenders for my two favorite weeks of the year.  I honestly have just as much fun as the campers.  Our science camp is all hands-on and extremely engaging.

For most of the year, I interact with a child for an hour or two during a school field trip but during camp we have a whole week filled with cool science activities.This year I am excited about two brand new modules we are offering to our campers. Nano Science, which is the science of things that are TINY!  It should be really interesting exploring things that are too small to see. And the very tricky Science of Magic which will delve into some of the science behind the magic. Add in some serious free explore time at the science center, Reverse Engineering, exhibit prototype building and top it off with a Make Your Own Sundae Party and how can you lose?

I am SO ready!  Now all I need are the campers…

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2014 Fred Kfoury Jr. Champagne Putt a success despite mother nature!

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Thank you to everyone who attended sponsored or donated to this year’s event last Thursday.  It was the most successful Putt to date.  Over $16,000 was raised to support SEE programs.  18 teams battled it out on the course with Dan, Jim & Jared from DEKA winning the tournament.  Rob Batchelder from Bank of New England was the longest putt winner. 

Presenting Sponsor:
RiverStone, A Fairfax Company

Major Sponsors:
Cross Insurance
Rothwangl Dental Care
Toohey Law Group LLC.

Supporting Sponsors:
Bellwether Credit Union
Central Paper Products
DEKA
DynaTune

 

Hole Sponsors:
Bank of New England
Boisvert Electric
Coca~Cola of Northern New England
Centrix Bank
Country Spirit Restaurant
Devine Milimet
FIRST
Goffstown Dental Associates
Great NH Restaurants
Grossman Tucker Perreault &Pfleger, PLLC
John Holm Insurance
Lang Door & Hardware
Manchester Monarchs
Members First Credit Union
Merchants
St. Mary’s Bank
SilverTech
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA

See a complete list of all contributors here.  Link to PDF.https://www.see-sciencecenter.org/library/pdf/2014-thank-you-flyer.pdf

In honor of President’s Day

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This is a neat little blog that SEE agrees with! #HappyPresident’sDay

Originally posted on Adam Ickes:

Today is President’s Day here in the US. That being the case, here’s a quote from one of the greatest.

There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.

- George Washington

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Putt Prep

Putt Prep

By Adele Maurier, Design Coordinator

The staff here at SEE is busy preparing for our 13th Annual Champagne Putt. While it does take a considerable amount of preparation, it is worth it because the event is so much fun! This event is an adult’s only fundraiser that supports SEE’s mission to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the event we set up an 18-hole science themed mini-golf course in the Science Center. (SEE will be closed Feb. 13th to prepare).

Each year we try to re-design one of the holes and give it a new theme. This year we are re-designing our Monte Carlo hole. This hole is not part of the 18-hole tournament but is one of 3 additional contests that we set up for the event. The hole is unique in the golf world because it is a two story hole. The contestants putt on the upper level at SEE and the ball lands on the green on the lower level. This year we are adding a wheel of chance to the contest as well as a colorful new landing area. This brings a math theme to the putt . Contestants will contemplate statistical probability as they take their shot.
Odds are you will have a fabulous time if you attend the Champagne Putt! Join us for this great event where adults have the science center to themselves. The event is on February 13, 2014. Get all the details here.

This year marks the 2nd year that this event is held in memory of Fred Kfoury Jr. a see board member for over 20 years. Fred loved this event, as you can see in the photo below.

Monte with Fred
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Study finds brain games postpone cognitive decline

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This is a neat post. Did you also know that #puzzles may make your brain sharp as you age? Explore how @SEE Science Center today. Re-blog if you agree!

Originally posted on The Weekly Show:

A massive study released last week found that brain games and training can help slow the cognitive decline that comes with aging. The study, funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first to find long-term benefits associated with brain games.

Researchers placed subjects in groups receiving speed-based tasks, memory exercises, reasoning games, or nothing at all. Sessions lasted about an hour and took place over six weeks. Testers evaluated subjects immediately following the trials and at intervals throughout ten years. At the end of the study, 71 percent of participants who received speed training performed at or above their level from the start of the study compared with 48 percent in the control group. Those who participated in reasoning games showed improvement as well, with 74 percent performing at or above their initial marks compared with only 62…

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New Exhibits to try in the New Year

By Glenna Lydick, Programs Facilitator

As we welcome 2014 here at SEE, we also welcome some great new exhibits. We have three new exhibits that provide lots of hands-on science fun!

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Do you like science? Do you like to cook? With the help of Chef Nicole we have a wonderful new interactive exhibit that puts both science and cooking together. You can learn about coagulation, which foods are best for your body and even which foods will never spoil!

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 Imagination Playground is another of our new exhibits. Play is fundamental to imagination and creativity and is the primary means to which young children develop. In this exhibit, children are encouraged to build with the blue blocks using their own creativity and maybe even some math and logic skills.

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Everyone is familiar with the words “green energy”. Here at SEE we are very familiar with them as we just opened up our new Hybrid House. You can check out this interactive exhibit and learn which light bulb is more efficient or how to collect and re-use rain water. Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Come check out our carbon footprint scale and learn what impact certain things we use have on an everyday basis.

SEE Celebrates

By Douglas Heuser

 

 Executive Director

 

 

 

This past October, one of our young employees agreed to speak at the SEE Celebrates event held at the home of our founder, Dean Kamen. She is studying to be an archaeologist and spoke about how SEE inspired her love of science.  She has been coming to SEE since she was a small child. We have shared some of her words and the words of others who took the time to speak on SEE’s behalf this year in our annual campaign.

 

When I first met with Dean 30 years ago and listened to his vision of how to inspire young people to get interested in science and math, I hoped that we could create the type of place that SEE has become, a place that generates interest in scientific pursuits that lead to STEM careers.  

 

Has SEE influenced your life and/or career?  Please share your story with us.   Our goal is to ignite a spark of discovery in all our visitors: with your support we can continue to do so.  Please take a moment to read our annual appeal, and consider a donation.  SEE would not be where it is today without strong community support.

 

You can send your story to: douglas@see-sciencecenter.org

 

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