Feel free to contact these organizations about their plans for A Science Odyssey.
Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO 64110
Contact: Ms. Kathy Ketchum
Biology I & II, 9-12
Phone: (816) 418-2275
Beaumont High School
3836 Natural Bridge Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Contact: Mr. Curtis Stuart
Phone: (314) 533-2410
St. Paul Saturdays
St. Louis, MO 63112
Contact: Keith Antone Willis
Phone: (314) 286-4030
Springfield-Greene County Library District
PO Box 760, 620 W. Republic Road
Kansas City Public Library
Springfield, MO 65801-0760
Contact: Ms. Nancy McCluer
Phone: (417) 888-1890
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
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-
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
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.
- 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
- 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 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.
6242 Swope Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64130
Contact: Mr. Joel Jones
Manager, Southeast Branch
Phone: (816) 363-3088
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
Phone: (816) 756-3580
Henderson Boys & Girls Club
1300 North Boonville
Springfield, MO 65804
Contact: Mr. Greg Chadwell
Phone: (417) 869-4111
Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Contact: Ms. Debra Burtis
Phone: (314) 652-8300
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