Kids, parents to hold a hissing cockroach, engineer a compost bin at Family Science Expo at URI April 30

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URI-based GEMS-Net partners with local schools for day of scientific investigation for children in grades kindergarten through 8

WHO: Children in grades kindergarten through 8 and their families, teachers, URI professors and researchers

WHAT: Youngsters and their families will experience the fun and rigors of scientific investigation at the University of Rhode Island’s GEMS-Net Family Science Expo. The Science Expo is free and open to the public and will feature 27 activities based on kindergarten through grade 8 curricula. Children and families will be able to hold and observe hissing cockroaches, engineer their own compost bin and design parachutes that help drop food to firefighters in harsh environments.

GEMS-Net, which stands for The Guiding Education in Math and Science Network, is a collaboration of the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education, scientists and engineers from many URI departments, and 47 public schools in Rhode Island. GEMS-Net was founded in 1995 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning for kindergarten through grade 8. The program has received more than $3 million in external funding, mostly from the National Science Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: URI’s Ryan Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston Campus.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Sara Sweetman, URI assistant professor of education and director of the GEMS-Net program at 401-225-9214.