Da Vinci Science Center

Da Vinci Science Center Bringing Science to Life and Lives to Science
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The Da Vinci Science Center (DSC) is a national award-winning nonprofit organization that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992. The Center’s hands-on exhibits, programs, and partnership efforts present the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to kids informally, playfully, and in ways that relate to their popular interests. These active and engaging experiences awaken interest, promote fundamental skills, and inspire students to consider exciting STEM careers that meet growing industry demands.

12/02/2019

What if the Da Vinci Science Center didn’t exist?

Jane and her grandkids are sure glad it does. “If the Da Vinci Science Center didn’t exist, the kids wouldn’t have these opportunities to gain greater knowledge of science. Every parent wants to give their children the opportunity to achieve at their highest levels. By experiencing science at this level, kids are more encouraged, excited, and interested in STEAM fields.”

Join Jane and her family in supporting the Da Vinci Science Center tomorrow at 8 a.m. $10 can bring science to life for one under-served student. With Facebook’s #GivingTuesday match, $10 becomes $20 and one under-served student becomes two!

To learn more about how your support makes a difference, visit http://davincisciencecenter.org/annualfund.

11/29/2019

Rest up from your shopping sprees because we're opening early on Sundays through Feb. 9! Come on over starting at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday and check out BubbleMania!, a live show from bubbleologist Casey Carle. Show tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2raDJXH.

#GivingTuesday is December 3 this year. Jane and her family have been members of the Da Vinci Science Center since 2005 ...
11/26/2019

#GivingTuesday is December 3 this year. Jane and her family have been members of the Da Vinci Science Center since 2005 and give beyond the annual membership fee every year to support exhibits and programs.

“I give because technology always changes and the Center must keep up with the new inventions and ideas. Giving allows the Center to upgrade the experiences kids have when they visit.”

Join Jane and her family by supporting the Da Vinci Science Center and help students gain hands-on experience in STEAM fields, especially the under-served where the need is the greatest.

As part of #GivingTuesday, Facebook will match eligible donations to the full match amount. Donate on our page on Tuesday, December 3 at 8 a.m. and your dollars will be doubled!

To learn more about how your support makes a difference, visit http://bit.ly/34qsnxy

Here are a few of the furry friends that visited us this weekend from Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo. Next weekend, Bubbl...
11/24/2019

Here are a few of the furry friends that visited us this weekend from Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo. Next weekend, BubbleMania! begins! Get your show tickets at davincisciencecenter.org/bubblemania/.

Petting Zoo Weekend at Da Vinci Science Center is almost here! This weekend, Nov. 23 and 24, come meet animals from Peac...
11/22/2019

Petting Zoo Weekend at Da Vinci Science Center is almost here! This weekend, Nov. 23 and 24, come meet animals from Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo, including a turkey, deer, calf, and more! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/34W4Gg6.

Currently, more than 1 in 4 people over the age of 60 are living with diabetes, and countless more are undiagnosed. This...
11/14/2019

Currently, more than 1 in 4 people over the age of 60 are living with diabetes, and countless more are undiagnosed. This Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., Dr. Ashish Shah of St. Luke's University Health Network will explain everything seniors need to know, from prevention to early warning signs. Senior Science Mondays are presented by St. Luke's University Health Network. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2J1D5l6

Spillman Farmer Architects
11/13/2019

Spillman Farmer Architects

SFA is at Da Vinci Science Center from 11/13-11/15 participating in the Women in Science & Engineering #CareerConnections days. Stop by our table to learn about how #architects use #technology like #VR to bring our designs to life! #STEM #architecture #womeninscience #spillmanfarmer

Come out and watch Mercury pass between the Sun and the Earth today!  The Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society wil...
11/11/2019

Come out and watch Mercury pass between the Sun and the Earth today! The Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society will provide solar telescopes and solar binoculars until 1:30 p.m. This outdoor event is free. Admission to the Science Center is not required to participate.

This Monday, Nov. 11, Mercury will pass between the Sun and the Earth - an event that only happens a few times a century...
11/08/2019
Mercury transit 2019: Where, when and how to see a rare astronomical event Monday (even if it’s cloudy)

This Monday, Nov. 11, Mercury will pass between the Sun and the Earth - an event that only happens a few times a century!

View the Transit of Mercury safely through Solar Telescopes and Solar Binoculars at Da Vinci Science Center with the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This outdoor event is free to all space enthusiasts who want to join us!

Admission to Da Vinci Science Center is not required to partake in this stellar event. The Science Center will open for its normal hours of operation from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How often is the transit of Mercury? What time will it happen? How long is a Mercury transit? Where to find a Mercury transit live stream? Everything you need to know to watch as Mercury transits the sun on Nov. 11, 2019.

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo
11/04/2019

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo

Da Vinci Science Center announced today a new center location in downtown Allentown. Watch a segment on WFMZ Channel 69 ...
10/25/2019
Da Vinci Science Center aims to build new center in downtown Allentown

Da Vinci Science Center announced today a new center location in downtown Allentown. Watch a segment on WFMZ Channel 69 News.

The center, which will be built in the 800 block of Hamilton Street, will feature an exhibit floor that will offer hands-on science learning, the center said in a news

At 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Brian Zarbatany from St. Luke’s University Health Network Sports Medicine will explain the im...
10/18/2019

At 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Brian Zarbatany from St. Luke’s University Health Network Sports Medicine will explain the importance of seniors staying limber, along with a quick demonstration of easy stretches. Learn about Senior Science Monday's http://bit.ly/2J1D5l6

Wow! Due to overwhelming amount of interest in our Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me preschool program, we've added an a...
10/14/2019
Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me - Da Vinci Science Center

Wow! Due to overwhelming amount of interest in our Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me preschool program, we've added an additional time slot so we can reach as many little learners as possible! Join us on Monday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and enjoy hands-on activities, learn helpful 21st century skills, and work together to create, innovate, and problem-solve. Pre-registration is not required, but highly recommended since space is limited. Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/2OKeGUS.

In Fall 2019 little learners will be On the Move! We will play, create, observe and experiment to see how objects, animals, water, and other natural objects move. Register Here Questions? Email: [email protected]: 484.664.1002 Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me is a program for p...

Educators, ever wonder what a child needs to be academically ready for Kindergarten nowadays? Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, a n...
10/10/2019

Educators, ever wonder what a child needs to be academically ready for Kindergarten nowadays? Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, a nationally recognized author and early childhood expert presents a FREE Early Literacy Training for educators on Oct. 14 & 15 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at PBS39 Studios. Seating is limited, register today at http://bit.ly/2VvGfma.

Blue Valley Times
10/08/2019

Blue Valley Times

Bangor School District Educational Foundation Sponsors Synthetic Cadaver Program

By Deanna Ruzanski / Executive Director of The Bangor Area School District Educational Foundation Inc.
BANGOR - Despite the fact that the 2018-2019 school year is quickly coming to an end, a time of year when students have anything but visions of school work dancing in their heads, the students of Bangor Area Senior High School were hands deep into learning during a 2 day program at the end of May when they got to dissect Cyndi the SynDaver.
Cyndi the SynDaver is part of the Da Vinci Science Center’s outreach program and thanks to funding from The Bangor Area School District Educational Foundation, students in 10th grade Biology classes had the opportunity to interact with a synthetic human cadaver that features complete and functional muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems – all made from materials that look, feel, and respond just like live tissue; it even pulses and “breathes!”
Students participated in hands on experiences including dissections and other experiments that highlighted a particular system of the body – the digestive system.
After a brief introduction to Cyndi the SynDaver, who was modeled after a 5ft. 2in female, educators Carol Luthar and Celina Daddario of the Da Vinci Center, tested the students’ current knowledge of the human digestive system asking them to diagram the digestive system including organs, tissues or processes that they thought would be involved in the human digestive system.
While Cyndi the SynDaver was not the only experiment of the program, she was certainly the most popular.
The most common inquiry in the room was, “Does she have a heart?” To that question, Carol Luthar, Outreach Education Coordinator at Da Vinci Science responsed, “See if you can find it!”
Students suited up with gloves and closely navigated through Cyndi’s internal cavities, discovering both the small and large intestines, liver, pancreas and indeed, her heart! Faculty members, including the school nurse, heard about the buzz of Cyndi and stopped by to join in on the action.
To say the program was well received would be an understatement. Mr. Hobbs, Science Curriculum Leader and Anatomy and Physiology teacher at Bangor Area High School thanked the Bangor Area School District Educational Foundation for all their help and support and said, “This program was a fantastic way for students to visualize the complexities of human anatomy and its integrated systems.”
The Bangor Area School District Educational Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that operates independently from the district and school board. Founded in the Spring of 1997, The Foundation’s mission is to support learning for the children and adults of the Bangor Area School District by funding activities and culturally enriching programs, community events, student scholarships, teacher grant projects and academic awards. The Foundation oversees the financial aspect of the various scholarships that are presented to district students each year. The three largest awards are the Wolf, Trigiani and Portland scholarships. Experiences such as Cyndi the SynDaver as well as teacher grant programs and scholarships are made available through donor contributions and fundraising efforts of The Bangor Area School District Educational Foundation, Inc. Should you be interested in getting involved or making a donation, contact visit BASDEF.org or contact Deanna Ruzanski, Executive Director directly at [email protected].

Announcing a NEW preschool program, Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me! Preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults will enjoy...
10/01/2019

Announcing a NEW preschool program, Little Learners: My Grown-Up & Me! Preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults will enjoy hands-on activities, learn helpful 21st century skills, and work together to create, innovate, and problem-solve. Sessions take place on Monday mornings from 10:15-11 a.m. beginning Oct. 21 and are FREE with general admission or membership. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2p5WKcH.

Learn about what it takes to make the biggest rigs on the road with Da Vinci Science Center and Mack Trucks during Mack ...
09/27/2019

Learn about what it takes to make the biggest rigs on the road with Da Vinci Science Center and Mack Trucks during Mack Trucks Manufacturing School! Join us this Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for a free info session. Get a preview of the club and meet some of the people with whom you’ll be working. Practice working with real tools, experiment with electricity, and tinker with a real dashboard straight off the production line! https://bit.ly/2nBcNP1

09/20/2019

This praxinoscope, a 19th-century "movie machine," is one of the many optical illusions you can explore this year during Jack-O-Lantern Lane. Our family-friendly walk-through Halloween experience opens tomorrow and runs until Nov. 3. Learn more http://bit.ly/2kXd5yv

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo
09/17/2019

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo

WE'RE HIRING!Join our STEAM Team and deliver extraordinary off-site educational programs throughout the Lehigh Valley! T...
09/17/2019

WE'RE HIRING!
Join our STEAM Team and deliver extraordinary off-site educational programs throughout the Lehigh Valley! The Da Vinci Science Center is currently seeking fun, creative, knowledgeable, and dependable educators who enjoy working with people, learning about and teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Good public speaking, organizational, and customer service skills are required.
For more information visit https://bit.ly/2khaijo

09/04/2019

The Da Vinci Science Center will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 4, for exhibit removal. The Science Center will reopen for regular hours at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo
08/22/2019

Da Vinci Science Center's cover photo

Karen Knecht, our director of education, was interviewed by Mike and Steph on B104 this morning. She talked about the fu...
08/21/2019
B104

Karen Knecht, our director of education, was interviewed by Mike and Steph on B104 this morning. She talked about the fun, hands-on science clubs we are offering this fall, including STEAM Club, Young Inventors: Idea Lab, Mack Manufacturing School, and FIRST® LEGO® robotics team. We're holding an open house/info session for the robotics team this Sunday, Aug. 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come out to learn about the program, meet our coaches, tinker with our LEGO® robotics kits, and register for the team.

Thanks to Karen and Mike from Da Vinci Science Center for stopping by today. Find out more: https://www.davincisciencecenter.org/science-clubs/

We had a great time bringing science to life this month with the Boys & Girls Club of Easton!
08/20/2019

We had a great time bringing science to life this month with the Boys & Girls Club of Easton!

Summer Space Series with the Da Vinci Science Center made the B&GCE's Summer Camp 2019 extra fun!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing this year. We celebrated by building stomp rockets, discovering the life cycle of stars and the scale of planetary objects as well as learning about what is found in our solar system, and even experimented with cubelets to make simple robots.

Thanks to Mr Peter and Ms Megan with Da Vinci for conducting the three (3) sessions held at the Boys & Girls Club of Easton. A total of 32 club members in Grades 4-8 participated in the science activities.

Check out the photos from each session:

1. Friday, August 2, 2019: Solar System activities (26 youth)
2. Friday, August 9, 2019: Making and launching Stomp Rockets (11 youth)
3. Friday, August 16, 2019: Playing and creating simple robots using Cubelets (18 youth)

B&GCE youth had a blast! We look forward to having Da Vinci back with us in the fall for Robotics programming.

For Q & A, contact Monica Bowles, B&GCE Program Director, at (610) 703-8575.

This summer, our STEM Summer Learning program helped prevent the "summer slide" for dozens of students across the Lehigh...
08/19/2019

This summer, our STEM Summer Learning program helped prevent the "summer slide" for dozens of students across the Lehigh Valley thanks to support from our friends at PPL Foundation. PPL Electric Utilities PPL Corporation

We’re having a great time at Lehigh Valley Pride!! We’ll be here until 6 p.m. building KEVA structures. Come visit us! #...
08/18/2019

We’re having a great time at Lehigh Valley Pride!! We’ll be here until 6 p.m. building KEVA structures. Come visit us! #lvpride #prideinsteam

08/17/2019
Construction Corner Opening Weekend

Today, the Science Center officially opened it's newest exhibit, Construction Corner: Dig This! The interactive experience is modeled after a real backhoe digger, and allows visitors to see what it's like to be a “heavy equipment” operator. The exhibit is sponsored by the Schyler H. Kemps Foundation to honor Schyler’s memory and his passion for operating heavy equipment. At a ceremony this morning, Schyler's parents Jenny and John Kemps took part in the ribbon cutting. The Kemps' grandchildren were the first visitors to try out the exhibit, and they had a lot of fun.

Firth Youth Center
08/15/2019

Firth Youth Center

Today was definitely TOP 5 days of #SummerCamp2019💙

When we began planning back in March, we knew we wanted to give these kiddos some unforgettable experiences. From guest speakers and assemblies to tons of daily activities and lots of swimming... we’ve really given it our all. The FYC Team knew that parents and caregivers were counting on us to provide a fun summer! With that being said, we also wanted to make sure we did our due diligence in providing educational experiences. So, we partnered with the Phillipsburg Free Public Library to open the Cops ‘n Kids Reading Room, hosted SnapEd Nutrition Classes with Zufall Health Center, provided a Science Tellers assembly, and “Cooked Around the World” with Rutgers University Co-Op. 📚🥗🏃‍♀️🌎🍍

However, today took the cake when 6️⃣5️⃣ P’burg kids and 🔟 FYC Staff visited Da Vinci Science Center! The pictures speak for themselves. It’s safe to say the kids thoroughly enjoyed this enriching experience and were incredibly well-behaved! I think we may even have some future astronauts and engineers within the group! For many, they came back to the FYC yelling, “this was the best day ever!!!”

Props really need to be given to one of the women who is typically behind the scenes of the FYC... Miss Meghan. When we first looked into Da Vinci, it was out of our budget. When you add in two buses, staffing and admission, it was simply too much for the FYC to pay. That didn’t stop Miss Meghan. She found a way to apply for a scholarship on behalf of our children. Within a month, we were notified that ALL 65 kids + staff would be admitted for FREE!!!! Absolutely incredible! Thank you for your unwavering dedication to the children💙 and, of course, thank you to Da Vinci Science Center for your support!

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