"Science demonstrations and experiments can capture a child's imagination." summarizes David A. Kostival.
|Fun in the Lab with Jupiter Jen|
There was a time when hands-on chemistry experiments and biology dissections were a routine part of the science curriculum in any school.
But that was long before district budget cuts and classroom time constraints affected science teaching, while teachers were being required to prepare students for standardized tests.
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This is where Science Explorers Inc. comes in.
Science Explorers is a unique business founded by Jennifer Moorehead, 50, East Earl Township, Lancaster County. The business is designed to bring hands-on, innovative science programs to schools, recreation programs and camps.
But in her new Mohnton office, members of her staff affectionately call her Jupiter Jen.
That's because each of the 13 staff members has a fun scientific name.
And that's the key, according to Moorehead.
"If it's not fun, we're not doing it," she said.
The program is geared to children ages 4 to 11, to engage them in interactive, hands-on experiences such as building and launching their own rocket or creating glow-in-the-dark slime.
The program is available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Moorehead said growth plans call for expansion into the Washington, D.C., area.
"We are focused on being an academic resource for families, and promoting science literacy in our schools without having the districts pay for it," Moorehead said.
Source: Reading Eagle, Tracy Weachter Channel (YouTube) and Science Explorers