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Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom's valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom’s valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.

Friday’s blustery afternoon provided a timely backdrop for family participation in a “Leap Into Science” activity about wind at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, facilitated the workshop. Leap into Science, a national program designed to build interest and skills in science and literacy for children ages 3-10 and their families, was developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Penn College’s CLC is one of 45 sites throughout Pennsylvania offering the program.
Photos by Dellaquila

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