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The MOST offers plenty to keep children entertained & learning this summer

Summer of Science

Your child doesn't have to stop learning just because school's out for the summer. The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in downtown Syracuse has planned a bunch of activities that will keep them learning and having fun.

The MOST is offering two weeklong educational summer camps: July 21-25 for 9- to 12-year-olds and Aug. 4-8 for 7- to 10-year-olds. The July camp will explore the science of really small things: nanotechnology, or the science of manipulating matter on the molecular scale. For the August camp, participants will focus on entomology, the study of insects, during the morning and engineering space design in the afternoon.

Camps are limited to 22 children and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A healthy snack is included, but campers must bring a lunch. The cost is $250 for MOST members and $280 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Corinne Mathews at (315) 425-9068 x2148. To sign up, contact Kelly Gardner at (315) 425-9068 x2121.

The MOST's science educators will be giving guided tours of Dr. Entomo's Amazing Arthropods exhibit at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the summer. Find out where you need to travel to find a bird-eating tarantula in the wild and what happens when you put a scorpion under a black light. Learn why insects are important to the environment, and then make your own arthropod out of recycled materials. The MOST will also offer a demonstration of our Madagascar hissing cockroaches at 2:30 p.m. and let one of them walk on you -- if you dare!

The MOST is also holding a summer-long contest that could earn you and your child a free family membership, $50 gift certificate, and a T-shirt from toothpick master Stan Munro: Build Your World, a toothpick building contest. Check out a 5-minute video of Munro demonstrating some of the techniques he uses to build his toothpick creations at http://youtu.be/9JGcVKi3n9Y.

Then enter your masterpiece in the contest; entries must be submitted by Aug. 16. Clink on http://www.most.org/2_ee_toothpick_contest.cfm for more information, including a copy of the complete contest rules.

Keep Saturday July 19 and Aug. 16 free for a new event this summer that the MOST plans to repeat every year: Science Social. Science can get messy, so MOST staff will bring it outside on those two Saturdays. (Rain dates are July 20 and Aug. 17.) We'll bring out our bubble demonstration, give children a chance to play with water and bubbles, and show everyone just how much fun science can be.

Finally, stay cool during the dog days of summer by enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of the MOST's Silverman Planetarium. We'll offer an extra chance for you to enjoy the cool night sky every day from Aug. 19 to 24, offering shows at 11:15 a.m., and 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Planetarium shows are free for members, but cost $2 extra with exhibit admission for nonmembers.

So keep the MOST in your plans this summer. It's where real science comes to play.

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