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Summer Brain Games Press Kit

KIDS BECOME SUPERHEROES TO FIGHT OFF THE WICKED DR. BRAIN DRAIN WITH AT-HOME SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

Sixth annual Summer Brain Games program kicks off June 15, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 2017)—A dreaded supervillain returns this summer and only thing that will stop him…is science! Kids become superheroes during the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s Summer Brain Games program, back again for a sixth year. This summer’s theme calls on all superheroes to unite to defeat the evil Dr. Brain Drain.

Summer Brain Games, sponsored by Adobe / CDW, offers eight weeks of free and fun at-home science experiments designed to combat the “summer brain drain.” Families receive a FREE Museum Entry voucher when they sign up online at msichicago.org/summerbrain (one ticket per household). This year’s Summer Brain Games runs June 15 through August 13, 2017. Registration is now open, and vouchers will be emailed when the program kicks off on June 15. 

Registered families will receive weekly emails with detailed instructions on eight different superhero-themed science activities that can be easily done with some sidekick (adult) supervision using items found around the house or inexpensively purchased.

Dr. Brain Drain will be no match for the science superheroes as they experiment with chemistry, physics, math and other STEM subjects. Kids will construct an air cannon that can knock down obstacles, use math to read minds, engineer an infallible fortress, create a foaming chemical reaction and more. It’s a great way for families with kids of all ages to stay active and enthused as they learn more about the world around them. 

“During the summer, kids lose about three months of learning. That means when school starts again, kids spend the first few weeks relearning the same concepts from the previous school year,” said Bryan Wunar, the Museum’s director of community initiatives. “With Summer Brain Games, thousands of kids and their families continue to learn and have fun together during summer break through hands-on science experiments.”

Register Online Now for Summer Brain Games 

Families can register NOW at msichicago.org/summerbrain. When the program kicks off on June 15, they’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry ticket to MSI, and the instructions for the first activity. Then each week, families will receive an email with instructions and tips on each activity and additional suggestions on how to explore science during the summer.

Thousands of registrants from around the country have enjoyed the program the past five summers. Here’s what previous participants said:

  • “Our family had a wonderful time exploring and learning. The kids looked forward to having a different project to work on weekly.”
  • “Trying the activities together made it worthwhile when the kids got to see that it works! The best thing my oldest said was that she learned the value of teamwork.”
  • “This was such an easy and wonderful way to experience science that showed the kids science can be fun and done just about anywhere.”

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.

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Summer Brain Games provides kids and their families fun science experiments all summer long.

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Keep kids learning this summer with eight at-home science activities in our Summer Brain Games program.

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Using everyday items, eight different science activities keep kids engaged this summer.

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Summer Brain Games provides kids and their families to do fun science experiments all summer long.

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Summer Brain Games provides kids and their families to do fun science experiments all summer long.

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