By Tara Cavanaugh
It doesn’t always take a gadget with a wireless connection to engage a kid. Sometimes, all it takes is some simple science.
Haisley’s first Family Science Night on April 11 was full of families oohing and ahhing, hooting and hollering over spectacular science exhibits provided by the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum.
“We thought it’d be a great experience for those kids who might not get the opportunity to go to the Hands On Museum,” said Angie Christiansen, a first grade teacher and member of the school’s PTO. “It also goes along with all levels of K-5 curriculum.”
The PTO paid for the Hands On Museum’s visit and supplied each table with parent volunteers. University of Michigan teaching interns volunteered too.
The Family Science Night was one of four of the school’s curriculum nights. The others feature math, reading, and a multicultural celebration.
“All of our tabletop activities here can be modified for any age,” said Sarah Schleicher, an outreach educator with the museum. “It’s something that the whole family can do.”
Employees also passed out buy-one, get-one free passes for entry into the Hands On Museum. Schleicher estimated over 100 people had shown up, just a half hour into the evening’s festivities.