Kentucky Science Center’s Science in Play 2Go (SIP2GO) opened on June 9 at the Marshall County Public Library. It’s at the Benton Branch located at 1003 Poplar St, Benton and will run through September 2.
Free Science for all
SIP2GO will be open during library hours. It is free to the community, including schools and community centers in and around the county. Field trips and group visits to Science in Play 2GO are encouraged – arrangements can be made by contacting the library.
SIP2GO is designed to serve as an ongoing resource to the community with “Do Science” at home activities for parents and caregivers. It also includes tools to help facilitate early-childhood learning for schools and libraries. By engaging with the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives and communities across the Commonwealth, SIP2GO seeks to impact school readiness rates statewide.
In its inaugural year, SIP2GO has residencies in six Kentucky including Benton. Residencies are already scheduled for the next three years at libraries at nine more locations.
SIP2GO is the mobile version of Kentucky Science Center’s early-childhood learning experience Science in Play that opened July 2015 at the Science Center’s flagship location in Louisville. The fact that children are natural “scientists,” who learn as they explore the world around them, serves as the underlying philosophy for both versions of Science in Play.
Make Your own Roller-coaster!
The elements of the exhibit present in Marshall County include creating your own rollercoaster, experimenting in the Science Depot, or visiting the Shapes and Stuff Store. They all encourage open-ended thought, collaboration, and creativity which are fundamental skills that best prepare children to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century.
Marshall County library, Benton Branch, hours are as follows:
- Mon – Thursday 9am - 8 pm
- Fri – Sat 9am – 5pm
For more information, visit marshallcolibrary.org
Science in Play 2Go
SIP2GO’s impact is clear. Surveys conducted in the first year confirmed an average 81% of parents and caregivers report “feeling more confident in my ability to nurture my child’s science learning”; 91% believe that SIP2GO helps them “think of new ways to encourage learning at home” and 90% report it helps them “extend learning by asking my child questions and encourage new skills.”
SIP2GO’s creation was made possible thanks to generous support from PNC and Genentech, and in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).