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Feel free to contact these organizations about their plans for A Science Odyssey.

Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts
4747 Flora
Kansas City, MO 64110
Contact: Ms. Kathy Ketchum
Biology I & II, 9-12

Phone: (816) 418-2275
Email: kketch@email.kcmscl.k12.mo.us

Beaumont High School
3836 Natural Bridge Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Contact: Mr. Curtis Stuart
English, 9-12

Phone: (314) 533-2410
Email: cstuart@dtdl.slps.k12.mo.us

St. Paul Saturdays
1260 Hamilton
St. Louis, MO 63112
Contact: Keith Antone Willis

Phone: (314) 286-4030
Email: kwillis283@aol.com

Springfield-Greene County Library District
PO Box 760, 620 W. Republic Road
Springfield, MO 65801-0760
Contact: Ms. Nancy McCluer
Promotions Specialist

Phone: (417) 888-1890
Email: comrel@mail.orion.org

On January 10, 1998, visit any library in the system and find out just what this Science Odyssey project is all about. We'll have informational bookmarks about the PBS program, schedules of all the activities planned at the Springfield-Greene County Libraries through April, science videos and activities for the kids, and the debut of the Science Odyssey Web Site.

From January through April visit the Main Library for Science Saturdays for kids. Come to the children's department any Saturday (all day) through the end of April, and do a different fun science activity.

On January 22, 1998, at 7pm, visit the Brentwood Branch and "Ask the Experts." Still have unanswered questions after watching the PBS series A Science Odyssey? Come hear SMS experts in the field discuss the issues raised by the television series. Dr. J.W. Northrip from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will lead the panel, which includes Melida Gutierrez, Department of Geosciences, Dr. Jim Davis, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Chris Field, Department of Biomedical Sciences.

On January 24, 1998, from 10am to 4pm, visit the Main Library for "Technology: How Far Have We Come?" The last century has revolutionized technology. Twenty years ago no one would have imagined that home computers would become ubiquitous, and ten years who would have believed that the world would be linked on a computer network? Come to this hands-on exhibit/demonstration of video and computer products, see the past of computer technology, and take a glimpse into its future.

On Feburary 17, 1998, at 7pm visit the Kearney Branch for "Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Forensic Science." Learn about forensic scientists, those modern-day Sherlock Holmeses who use forensic evidence--fingerprints, DNA samples, drops of blood, saliva, even corpses!--to solve crimes and scientific mysteries. Dr. Robert Ernst, professor of chemistry at SMS, will do demonstrations and lead kids in hands-on activities. Registration starts February 3; call 837-5080. Audience: 12- to 18-year-olds

On February 25 at 4 pm visit the Kickapoo Prairie Branch for "Jurassic Science." Could scientists today recreate the past, as they did in the blockbuster "Jurassic Park"? Roger Young, assistant professor of biology at Drury College, will look at genetics, DNA, and cloning: the possibilities of recreating the past; what we are capable of today; and where we may be headed in the future. Registration starts February 11; call 888-1800. Audience: 12- to 18-year-olds

On February 28, 1998, from 10am to 4pm visit the Discovery Center for Science Odyssey Saturday. Pick up your free ticket at any library branch (your ticket will also enable you to get into the rest of the Discovery Center for half price) and join us in the Discovery Center auditorium for five great sessions. Each session will start with a short subject film followed by activities.

Topics include:

  • 10am: "The Real Dirt on Discovery"--Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by mistake. In science, failure can be as important as success.

  • 11am: "Strange Signals From Space"--Astronomer Jocelyn Bell sees a blip on the radio telescope, and discovers pulsars.

  • 1pm: "Reality Is Relative"--Albert Einstein's basic curiosity led to new
  • discoveries.

  • 2pm: "I Feel the Earth Move"--Continental drift and its effect on us through earthquakes and volcanoes.

  • 3pm: "The Measure of Me"--How did we get the way we are? Through nature or nurture?

On March 28, 1998, at 2pm visit the Republic Branch for "Sci-Fi Movie Madness". What did people 45 years ago think about science? About technology? About physics? About astronomy? Come to the library and watch the science fiction classic, "War of the Worlds," and see what people in 1953 considered high-tech special effects. Audience: 12-18 year olds.

On April 3, 1998, 7-11pm participate in Science Odyssey Night at the Marshfield Observatory. We are not alone in this universe, and that fact becomes evident when you look through the powerful telescopes at SMS's observatory in Marshfield. Drop by any branch library and pick up tickets and a map to the observatory. The event is free, but a ticket is necessary for admission.

Kansas City Public Library
6242 Swope Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64130
Contact: Mr. Joel Jones
Manager, Southeast Branch

Phone: (816) 363-3088
Email: se_joel@kcpl.lib.mo.us

The Science Odyssey outreach partners in Kansas City (The library, KCPT Channel 19 and Kathy Ketchum from Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts) are teaming up with the Girl Scouts and science teachers from other Kansas City Schools to plan, promote, and implement a "Journey to the Center of Your Mind: A Science Seminar for Kids".

"Journey" is a one day science day camp of full of hands-on science activities, including the study of telephone technology, the study of electricity, and the development of a science quiz to be mounted on the Web site (www.kcpl.lib.mo.us/kcscience). The program will be held on three different days over the holiday break--December 29, 30, and 31--at three different library locations. Each program will be open to 30 fifth graders.


KCPT -TV 19
125 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Contact: Ms. Susan Lenox
Administrative Assistant

Phone: (816) 756-3580
Email: susan_lennox@kcpt.org

Henderson Boys & Girls Club
1300 North Boonville
Springfield, MO 65804
Contact: Mr. Greg Chadwell
Teen Director

Phone: (417) 869-4111

Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Contact: Ms. Debra Burtis
Program Director

Phone: (314) 652-8300




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