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through Science Chicago, the world's largest science
During the year-long celebration, families get a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore science hands-on, "whether
it's through natural resources, local museums or some of the
world-renowned national laboratories or research facilities," says
Cheryl Hughes, executive director of Science Chicago.
Science Chicago, conceived by the Museum of Science and
Industry, plans events from now until the end of summer, including
10 lab festivals in the city and suburbs that feature hands-on
experiences and science experiments. Along with behind-the-scenes
tours and activities, it also offers Junior Science Cafes that
allow young people the chance to meet scientists in a casual
"Learning about science doesn't just happen in a classroom,"
Hughes says. "We're trying to remind people it impacts everything
Science Saturdays programs in April
• Dig It at the Oriental Institute, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
April 18. Age 9 and up. You'll meet Oriental Institute
archaeologists and learn the secrets of famous discoveries,
including the 17-foot-tall statue of King Tut. Go behind the scenes
to take part in an archaeological dig in the new Kipper Family
Archaeology Discovery Center.
• Geocaching: Skokie Lagoon, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 18.
All ages. Using a GPS device, you'll explore the environment while
learning about geographic coordinates and satellite technology.
Experts will help guide you. GPS devices will be provided.
• Aviation Up Close, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 18. Age 9 and
up. At the Chicago Executive Airport, communicate with planes from
the Air Traffic Control Tower and climb inside an airplane for an
• Register for Science Saturdays at www.sciencechicago.com.
Tickets $7. The Web site changes often.
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