The Aspen Science Center has continued to rapidly expand our Valley-wide programming, regularly reaching audiences of all ages in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute with our signature library STEM Exploration Hour. The 2022 library programs served over twice the number of participants as attended in 2021.
Library STEM Exploration Hour topics include Motion in Action; Inspired by Nature; Neuroscience; Chemistry; Materials Science; Oceanography; Our Solar System; Waves, Light, and Sound; Anatomy & Physiology; and Sustainable Design to name a few.
The ASC co-hosted with the Aspen Center for Physics 8 Physics Café and Lecture Series for a very successful winter season of talks January through March.
The ASC staff worked hard throughout the Winter and Spring to finalize the ASC’s Summer of Science program schedule, secure venues throughout the Valley, set-up online registration, and market the ASC’s offerings.
The ASC planned 10 week-long Day-Camps; continued regular programming with public libraries and the Aspen Youth Center; hands-on booths at 11 different public markets – from Aspen to Carbondale, as well as “the Village” at Aspen’s 4th of July celebration day. Add to that the return of our popular Science of Music series with three outstanding programs hosted by ASC Board member and AMFS President & CEO Alan Fletcher and that featured ASC Board member, Harry Teague.
The ASC’s 2022 Summer of Science began on June 11 with a booth at the Aspen Saturday Market and finished on August 9 with a program at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen. While there were a few cancellations due to weather or low enrollments, overall, it was a busy and successful summer season.
With the help of 6 Intern Educators assisting ASC Educators and Guest Educators, the 2022 summer Day-Camps were a huge success and we thank them for all their help! The titles of the Day-Camps included: Robotics, Snowmass Science Explorers, Rocket Science, Kinder STEM, and Early STEM. Camps were hosted at a variety of locations throughout the Valley, including The Collective at Snowmass Village, ASC’s Discovery Center in Carbondale, Basalt Middle School, and the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek.
Day Camp participation in 2022 was also twice the 2021 enrollments. In 2021 the ASC staffed booths at 8 Public Markets and Fairs, in 2022 the number was 13, resulting in twice the number of estimated adult and youth contacts. Clearly, the summer was a success in terms of community outreach, public engagement, and impact.
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