SUMMER BRAIN GAMES ARE BACK AT MSI!
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago continues its free, online summer science program, partners with Chicago Public Library to reach thousands more kids
CHICAGO, Ill. (May 21, 2013)—Believe it or not, summer is here! And the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is ready.
For the second summer in a row, MSI will offer families the opportunity to keep kids engaged and have some fun together with its Summer Brain Games program. Thousands of registrants from around the country enjoyed last year’s program—eight weeks of free and fun at-home science experiments designed to combat the “summer brain drain,” when kids lose months of critical learning. This year’s Summer Brain Games runs June 17 through Aug. 12, 2013.
Summer Brain Games features a FREE online activity guide with weekly experiments that explore “summery” science themes like gardening, sunlight and sprinklers. Families with kids of all ages can stay active and enthused as they learn more about the world around them. Activities can be easily done (with some adult supervision) using items found around the house or inexpensively purchased.
The Summer Brain Games activity guide is available in both English and Spanish, and fun “follow-along” videos from MSI’s staff scientists help kids learn along the way. This summer, families can watch plants grow without soil in a hydroponic garden, explore engineering skills and simple machines by building a Rube Goldberg machine, and even make their own weather station!
In addition to promoting this program to families across Chicago and the nation, the Museum is teaming up with the Chicago Public Library to bring Summer Brain Games to more than 60,000 Chicago kids through the Rahm’s Readers summer learning program.
Children participating in Rahm’s Readers will receive the Summer Brain Games activity guide and be able to do the experiments at library branches across the city this summer. In addition, 24 teens who are interning with the Museum this summer will spend time at 24 library branches engaging children in Summer Brain Games activities. The teen interns will also host student groups from the libraries when they take a free field trip to MSI.
“We were thrilled with the impact Summer Brain Games made last year, as thousands of kids and their families from across the United States joined us in experimenting, learning and having fun together with science,” said Bryan Wunar, the Museum’s director of community initiatives. “The enthusiasm for Summer Brain Games shows there’s a definite need and desire for educational activities that engage kids during the summer months.”
How to Become a 2013 Summer Brainiac – and Win Prizes, too!
Families can register NOW to be “summer brainiacs” at msichicago.org/summerbrain—and when the program kicks off on June 17, they’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry ticket to MSI (one per household). They’ll also receive weekly emails with tips on each experiment and additional ways to play with science during the summer. And, each week, one lucky winner will receive a household membership to MSI to experience a whole YEAR of science.
Participants also will be invited to share their Summer Brain Games experiences with at least one photo and a brief essay about what they learned for a chance to win a family tech package—a notebook computer, iPad and digital camera! Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain to learn more. Registration is now open!
Comments from 2012 Summer Brain Games Participants
“I loved the idea that all the kids could participate in each challenge at their own level," said Laura Hannon, last year’s contest winner. "We not only learned some basic science principles and found that science can be fun, but we also practiced our team building skills and had some memorable family time, too.”
Here’s what other participants said:
- “This was such an easy and wonderful way to experience science that showed the kids science can be fun and done just about anywhere.”
- “My sons and I learned that science takes a lot of tries to get it right. If it doesn’t work like you want it to the first time, you may have to rethink how you put together your project and make adjustments to it.”
- “I’ve been doing the Summer Brain Games with my summer school students, and they are loving it!”
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30–4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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