July 5, 2013 - 6:10am

The Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society (NS3) is once again offering Science in the Park for local families.

Science in the Park is a free drop-in science camp for kids (ages six through 13) at local playgrounds in the area.

It will offer hands-on science fun complete with demonstrations, games, hands-on activities, and group challenges with ties to local science.

“Our mission is to inspire families and develop their interest in science and sustainability through fun hands-on learning,” says NS3 co-founder and executive director Liz DeMattia.

From July 2- August 23rd, Science in the Park will be at Storybook Village in Qualicum on Mondays, Georgia Avenue School on Tuesdays, Departure Bay Water Park on Wednesdays, and Harewood Water Park on Thursdays.

Science in the Park has eight weekly themes: – “Salt & Fresh Water”, “Playground Physics”, “Geology”, Trees & Plants”, “Senses”, “Air”, “Raging Reactions”, and “Discovery”.

“NS3’s mission is to inspire families and develop their interest in science and sustainability through hands-on learning. While our long-term goal is to build a science centre, our current focus is outreach programs. This summer we are once again offering Science in the Park, and we also launched some brand new programs, like NS3’s Summer Science Camps at VIU and NS3’s Science on the Move,” says NS3 President and co-founder Sue Durnin.

“We’re extremely pleased to continue offering these free programs to the community,” says DeMattia. “And they would not run without the generous support of our community sponsors – VIU and VMAC.

“Not only are we proud to support such an innovative community program, but we feel that this type of science program provides an invaluable resource for families in our area while helping to cultivate the scientists, engineers and technicians that will be our future. This program will help our children be successful in their professional lives and VMAC is excited to participate and honoured to be one of NS3’s sponsors,” said VMAC President, Jim Hogan. VMAC is a Nanaimo-based manufacturer that designs and builds vehicle-mounted air compressor systems.

"Getting children and youth excited about science and sustainability in a fun and supportive environment is so important not only for their personal development, but also for strengthening our community," said Dan Hurley, Executive Director, University Relations for Vancouver Island University. "This is why VIU is honoured to be supporting Science in the Park this summer."

Details about NS3 and a calendar for Science in the Park can be found at (www.nanaimoscience.org).

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