Super science festival coming to Alcona

HARRISVILLE – Alcona County youngsters will get a chance to study science up close when the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum Super Science Festival comes to the library Monday.

With the help of volunteers, children and parents will get to cut open and dissect owl pellets to see what these birds of prey last ate, Ann Hernandez, museum director, said.

“The goal is to bring fun, interactive, engaging science programs to communities that may not have a resource like a hands-on museum,” Hernandez said.

At another table, participants will be able to put together dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, using sticks and biodegradable peanuts. When sprayed with water, the participants will discover how animal bones collapse in place and eventually become fossils, Hernandez said.

Museum’s outreach educator Andrea Reynolds will be at the library to provide instruction, Hernandez said. Reynolds is making a circuit of the eastern shore and the Upper Peninsula through the end of June, driving a brightly colored museum van loaded with boxes of activities and experiments.

Hernandez also used to teach the same hands-on science program.

“It’s very high energy, because there are six simultaneous activities going on,” she said.

The program is part of the library’s “Dig into Reading” summer sign-up program, which will offer prizes and activities throughout the summer to encourage children to read.

For more information call 724-6796

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