Have spooky times with science projects

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.

Children ages 5-11 are expected to have a blast making things to glow under black light and learning the science behind it all at the very hands-on "Spooky Black Light Science Art" program at Library Partnership.



What: The “Spooky Black Light Science Art” program with hands-on mini-science projects.
When: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.
Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-334-0165.

The program, which focuses on black light, also known as ultraviolet light, and its uses, will be offered from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

"This will be a fun and educational program to inspire kids," said Anita Jenkins, Library Partnership manager, adding that the program will be presented by Patty Lipka, science educator at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville.

"Be amazed at what glows under black light and learn the science of why it happens," Lipka said. "But remember, there is no such thing as magic, it's always science."

Lipka said Spooky Black Light Science Art is a fast-paced, very interactive program. She said participants will create mini-projects using fluorescent materials and learn about everyday objects we use — such as white paper, teeth whiteners and postage stamps — and why they glow under black light.

Lipka said the library's community room will be illuminated by black lighting to create a spooky effect. For the mini-projects, participants will create some using black light reactive ink and black light oil pastels, which can be taken home.

Lipka said black light is used in many ways, such as in medical procedures, crime scene investigations, decorations and counterfeit money detection.

Jenkins said sometimes children think they don't like science, but then they are inspired after doing fun and hands-on science projects to pursue a science and or math career.

"They get a different insight on science and are inspired to look at the big picture," Jenkins said.

"There is so much you can do with science and have fun."

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