Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February 2012: Port Discover Offers Weekend Science Lab Experience

Port Discover Offers Weekend Science Lab Experience, February 18

Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover, in partnership with Elizabeth City State University, offers Weekend Science Lab Experience on Saturday, February 18 at 9:00 am at Elizabeth City State University. The program will offer 9 to 12-year-olds the opportunity to work with a scientist in the labs at ECSU and conduct a hands-on scientific experiment.

Dr. Margaret Young, associate professor of biology at Elizabeth City State University, will lead children, 9 to 12-year-olds, through “Cloning of a Potato.” Each student will make a culture of a potato under sterile conditions at the ECSU labs, and using appropriate scientific techniques will create the environment necessary for plant growth. The students will exhibit their produce during the 2012 North Carolina Potato Festival in May.

Cost for the Weekend Science Lab Experience is $10 ($8 for members) and includes all materials. This program is open to the public. Reservations are required.

Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The science center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups. To register for this program please call 252-338-6117 or email portdiscover@portdiscover.org. Find out more about Port Discover at www.portdiscover.org.

Port Discover is a community-based, non-profit organization, established to enhance the public’s understanding and enjoyment of science through engaging programs, activities, and exhibits. Elizabeth City State University along with the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the project that has attracted broad community support, including Elizabeth City Morning Rotary, College of the Albemarle, Albemarle Hospital, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. Port Discover is also a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.

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