PLATTSBURGH - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County 4-H is encouraging kids to explore the fun side of science.
The organization will host "4-H Summer Scientists," a free program for elementary- and middle school-age youths in Clinton County beginning next month. The program, explained coordinator Alexa King, will be held a three locations - Saranac Town Hall in Saranac, Northern Adirondack Central School in Ellenburg Depot, and the Ted K. Community Center in Plattsburgh.
"We went to schools asking kids what they wanted to learn about," King said of deciding on the curricula.
As a result, children at the Saranac and Ellenburg programs will learn about the science of rocketry and flight, giving them an opportunity to build rockets, gliders and planes. Children at the Plattsburgh program will be introduced to "eco-exploring."
"We take the kids to Point au Roche and show them how easy it is to walk around and appreciate all the great things we have out there," King explained of the Eco-Explorers program.
King said she's especially looking forward to bringing the program to children in the Northern Tier as past summer programs offered by CCE haven't reached out that far.
"We haven't had a chance to work with the young people in Ellenburg before, so I'm really excited we're expanding to another location," she said. "I'm really excited."
The Saranac program will be open to youths in grades 3-6 and take place Wednesdays Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Ellenburg program will be open to youths in grades 6-8, beginning Monday, Aug. 2. That program will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and continue Tuesday, Aug. 3; Thursday, Aug. 5; and Friday, Aug. 6.
The Plattsburgh program will be open to all elementary- and middle school-age youths and also take place Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25. That program will be held each day from 1-3 p.m.
Each program is free of charge thanks, in part, to funding from the state Office of Children and Family Services. All necessary materials will be provided.
Registration is required and is first-come, first-served for the first 20 youth at each location. Though the deadline for registration is Monday, July 26, King encourages parents to still call after the deadline in the event of last-minute openings.
"We'll have a waiting list and, in the event we still have spots open, we'll still take sign-ups," said King.
"And, if parents want to come and play, too, we welcome that," she added.
For more information or to register, call the CCE office at 561-7450 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.