Delta College and the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum (MMCM) collaborated in December to host “Sid the Science Kid” Science Day at the Children’s Museum in Saginaw, MI. The visit was funded by a grant from New York-based WNET Thirteen Education. Delta College is one of the 20 PBS affiliates to have received the grant, and the only one in the state of Michigan.
Cynthia Peck, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Delta College, realizes that many young adults are hesitant when it comes to taking science courses, because many young adults believe that science would be really hard, or has no correlation to their own life. She is a firm believer that introducing science at a young age and encouraging children to explore the world around them will help them to be less intimidated when they grow up. She believes this will encourage them in their scientific ability.
The event was aimed at children 10 years old and younger. Each child received a poster and tote bag, as well as a Sid the Science Kid journal in which to record activities and observations. The journal also contained science experiments which kids were able to perform at home, games, and websites references for more scientific ideas.
Sid the Science Kid concepts were featured in the galleries of Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. These concepts included the human body, force, motion, and health, tools and measurements, and simple machines. Kids learned about brushing and flossing their teeth while crawling inside of a giant mouth and sitting on the tongue inside. In the “Art Mart,” children sketched a drawing and entered it to win a Sid the Science Kid T-shirt. Kids also tried to avoid falling balls that came into a foam pit by a conveyor belt.
If I had activities like this when I was younger, I may have grown up wanting to study science as well! Families were also encouraged to bring a camera to snap a photo of their kid with Sid the Science Kid. To see more Sid the Science kid cool stuff, check out the best online toy store. Will Sid make an appearance at a museum near you?