Museum and park partners prepare science-themed series for ‘big kids’

Starting in April, the Mid-America Science Museum, in conjunction with the Friends of Hot Springs National Park and Superior Bathhouse Brewery, will offer “big kids” the chance to learn about science in a national park while enjoying a cold infusion.

The inaugural event, “Ferment-To-Be”, a beer-making conference, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Ozark Bath House, with three more programs to follow at the end of the summer, in fall and winter.

Noreen Killen, director of operations at the Mid-America Science Museum, said the museum is excited about the series.

“We’re partnering with Friends of Hot Springs National Park, as well as Rose Schweikhart of Superior Bathhouse Brewery, and we’re going to work together to bring science downtown to Ozark Bathhouse,” she said. declared.

Casey Wylie, director of education, said the series was aimed at “big kids”.

“It’ll be 21+. We’re gonna talk about the more adult side of science, we’re gonna drink beer while we talk about it, and it’s gonna be super fun,” Killen mentioned.

General admission is $25 and includes two premium drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres per night, or $20 for museum or Friends of Hot Springs National Park members.

Other events include “I Spy The Night Sky” on August 11, “Don’t Drink That!” on October 13 and “You’re In Hot Water, Pal” on December 8, focusing on topics such as the Perseid meteor shower, drinking water, and the science behind hot water in the national park.

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There will also be a free event in the series at Bridge Street LIVE! in June.

“It’s all about music, so it’s all about sound waves,” Wylie said. “I’m quite excited about the topics, actually. There are a lot of really interesting ones.”

The museum won’t be as present at the April event “because it’s just too perfect. It has its own thing,” she said.

“Rose is going to be very wonderfully teaching all about the science of beer, but after that the first one we’re really (a big chunk) of is ‘I Spy the Night Sky’ where we’ll talk about the Perseids Meteor Shower coming up in August” , Wylie said.

After there are lectures on the topics, “then I’ll come up with some activities,” Wylie said.

After “I Spy the Night Sky,” she said she would examine “what exactly is a constellation. What does it mean in the night sky, not just on Earth, and then just a few fun activities to create your own constellations.”

The series may be for adults, but “I like to say it’s for big kids because it’s for adults and I’ll use deeper science terms and bigger science words, but we’re still going to do kid stuff,” Wylie says.

Killen said the museum and the national park want to work together on more projects.

“We’ve been trying to work with the downtown national park for a while now,” she said.

NPS Superintendent Laura Miller has been talking to Mid-America Executive Director Diane LaFollette “for a while and trying to figure out how we can partner even more than we already do, and we’ve tried to do adult science here at the museum, but it’s a little more difficult because we’re here, apart,” Killen said.

“That way we can do it downtown, and Laura had this great idea ‘Let’s use the Ozark Bath House’, so we’re going to go there and it’s going to be super fun because people can come right after work. , head downtown for a few hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., have a few beers, enjoy some fun science experiments, and go to dinner, do whatever they want afterwards,” she said.

The museum attracts a lot of families, but they want to reach more young adults, Killen said.

“We noticed that the community really needed it. It’s kind of a void that we wanted to fill,” she said. “It’s usually the market that we don’t quite understand. We get parents, kids, grandparents, but that younger adult range, we really want to do something for them.”

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