Solid Waste Au­thor­ity, SPARKS Foun­da­tion fund free science, na­ture pro­grams

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

Science is all about mak­ing a hy­poth­e­sis, en­gag­ing in an ex­per­i­ment and then com­ing to a con­clu­sion based on the ex­per­i­ment’s re­sults. This is ex­actly what The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foun­da­tion did as it be­gan a part­ner­ship with Ch­ester County Solid Waste Au­thor­ity (CCSWA) sev­eral years ago. The science ed­u­ca­tion non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion hy­poth­e­sized that, with fund­ing from CCSWA, it could bring its award-win­ning hands-on science pro­grams (im­ple­mented by Science Ex­plor­ers) to young chil­dren in the area.

The ex­per­i­ment be­gan with a few Satur­day morn­ing pro­grams that quickly filled up with ti­tles like “Wel­come Won­ders,” “Seed Sleuths,” and “Pond Pop­u­la­tions.”

With ad­di­tional fund­ing this ‘ex­per­i­ment’ pro­gressed to a Satur­day morn­ing pro­gram each month plus three half-day, one-week sum­mer camps for chil­dren. The grounds and fa­cil­ity of CCSWA are per­fect stages for sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery, with a gar­den, an­i­mals, wooded ar­eas, etc. Parents are thrilled with the pro­gram and all spa­ces fill up quickly.

One par­ent com­mented, “My son did two of the sum­mer camps and he loved them both! The cur­ricu­lum was very good and de­tailed. The kids got a lot of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, whether dis­sect­ing a shark (“Take a Dive” camp) or build­ing and launch­ing a rocket (“Space Camp”). They were so mo­ti­vated and en­thu­si­as­tic!”

The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foun­da­tion ac­cepts tax-de­ductible con­tri­bu­tions from busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to help reach more young stu­dents each year. The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foun­da­tion is at 110 W. Wy­omiss­ing Ave., Mohn­ton, PA 19540. It is a 501©3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sparks­foun­da­

Ch­ester County Solid Waste Au­thor­ity near Honey Brook teamed up with The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foun­da­tion to of­fer free hands-on science and na­ture pro­grams to young­sters.

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