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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
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DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2017                                                                                               Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                                                         (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                              


Kick-off Event Features Science Demos, Lectures, Geoscience Mobile Lab, and More

STEM Programs with Franklin Institute and Others Scheduled through May


The Burlington County Library is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of just 14 libraries nationwide to host an exciting new traveling exhibit featuring hands-on and multimedia components that show how engineers create new technologies to solve problems and better meet human needs.

On display April 1 through May 26 at the library in Westampton, “Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” encourages new perspectives about engineers and their vital work. This free exhibit will be available to the public during regular operating hours.

Beyond the exhibit, the library will offer a variety of related programs designed for adults, children and families. The exciting line-up features programs presented by The Franklin Institute, Lockheed Martin, Tesla Science Foundation, The National Weather Service, The Divine Hand Ensemble, and Think Like a Girl, among others.

“We are thrilled our library was chosen to host the Explore Tech exhibit, which focuses on the vital role engineers play in our lives,” said Burlington County Library System
Director Ranjna Das. “Visitors of all ages will have a unique opportunity to explore just how critical engineers are to solving many problems in the world today.”

The 200-square-foot exhibit features three areas: Engineering: Past Present and Future; High Tech/Low Tech; and Power Up! Creating a Sustainable Energy Future. In addition, the exhibit’s touchscreen computer kiosk will engage children and adults alike with interactive games.

The library will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a special kick-off event, “Carnival of Inventions,” set for Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This family-friendly program will feature educational science exhibits, as well as lectures and demonstrations presented by representatives of Tesla Science Foundation, Tesla Traveling Education Partnership, Tacony Academy Science Education staff, and others. During the event, visitors age 8 and up also will be invited to climb aboard the Geoscience Mobile Lab in the library parking lot to check out the “USOAR” Virtual Reality Experience. The Understanding Satellite Observations through Augmented Reality (USOAR) engages the participant in a view of Space to Earth from a virtual Geoscience and Remote Sensing Orbiting Laboratory space platform orbiting Earth.

“We are honored to be just one of 14 libraries chosen to host Explore Tech,” Director Das said. “We are also excited to present a series of special, collaborative STEM-related programming at the library throughout the duration of the exhibit’s time with us.”

Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Family-Friendly Programs

Carnival of Inventions
April 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy educational science exhibits, as well as lectures and demonstrations, and visit the Geoscience Mobile Lab for the “USOAR” Virtual Reality Experience. Presented by Tesla Science Foundation, Tesla Traveling Education Partnership, Tacony Academy, Quantum Empowerment Squad, Funerary Musicians Guild, Rowan College at Burlington County, and Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

The Franklin Institute Presents: Motion & Machines
May 6, 2 p.m.

Investigate the basic physics of motion during this interactive show that uses rubber balls, bricks, and wooden blocks to introduce Newton’s Laws of Motion. Then, witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car.

Sciencetellers Presents: Race Against Time
May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Experience the science of power and energy through explosive, hands-on experiments during this fast-paced adventure about two kids who find themselves racing against the clock.


Programs for Adults

National Weather Service Your Fingertips!
April 8, 2 p.m.

Get a review of the forecasts and web-based products issued by the National Weather Service, along with the best ways to get this information in a timely fashion. Weather safety also will be discussed. Presented by The National Weather Service.

The Divine Hand Ensemble 
April 23, 2 p.m.

This Theremin-fronted ensemble featuring a seven-piece string section, two harps, and percussion performs a variety of classical, opera, movie themes and pop favorites. At 100 years old, the Theremin is the world’s first electronic instrument and the only instrument played without touching.
The Divine Hand Ensemble was selected to perform for the Pope during his 2015 visit to Philadelphia and this show is mesmerizing to watch as well as hear.

The History of Electromagnetics, Tesla’s Inventions and High-Tech Espionage
May 24, 6 p.m.

Enjoy a series of short lectures about the history of wireless technology, electromagnetics, Tesla’s legacy, the Theremin and electronic espionage, Funerary Music, and Quantum Empowerment/Noetics. Presented by Divine Hand Ensemble, Tesla Science Foundation, Tesla Traveling Education Partnership, Quantum Empowerment Squad, and Funerary Musicians Guild.

Programs for Kids

Homeschool STEM: Playful Building
April 5 and May 9, 10:30 a.m.

Test your building, engineering and invention skills while creating with different materials and STEM kits. Presented by BCLS Youth Services staff for ages 5 to 10.

Exploring Science, Engineering and Career Pathways with 4-H
April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8, 15, 6 p.m.

Learn about the engineering design process through hands-on projects and get an introduction to a variety of STEM career fields. Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4H Youth Development for students in grades five through eight.

Lockheed Martin Presents: STEM Careers
April 26, 2:30 p.m.

Children in grades 3-6 are invited to join us as engineers from Lockheed Martin in Moorestown showcase some unique careers for those interested in STEM! Plenty of discussions, Q&A, hands-on activities and more.

After School STEM Series
April 27, and May 4, 11, 4 p.m.

Build, invent and explore with different weekly STEM activities. Presented by BCLS Youth Services staff for ages 5 to 12.

Gaby Gadget
May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Hear a story about a young engineer solving a structural engineering problem and then do a related structure-building activity using gumdrops and toothpicks. Presented by Think Like a Girl for ages 6 to 12.

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