BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory will host Family Science Night on Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At this annual event, scientists, students and the community converge, bringing families together to discover science and encourage children’s interest in science and parental involvement in science education.
For the MDI community, this is an occasion for families to celebrate learning and science against the unique backdrop of Frenchman Bay, another reminder of how fortunate we are to call this island home.
Matt Horton of Machias Savings Bank, a sponsor of the event, said, “This is a great opportunity for families to get together and see in person actual science and meet today’s people behind the science.”
Family Science Night is also an important part of the laboratory’s curriculum for summer interns, who develop and produce it under the direction of their faculty mentors. This is an opportunity for these high school and undergraduate students to build skills in communicating and presenting scientific ideas and to appreciate the value of broadening scientific literacy and citizen science through volunteering and community outreach.
This summer tradition, open to the public at no cost, begins in Maren Auditorium on the MDI Biological Laboratory campus, 159 Old Bar Harbor Road, Salisbury Cove. Following a brief presentation, participants visit science stations on the lower campus. Healthy snacks will be available.
Family Science Night takes place rain or shine. Register at mdibl.org or call 288-3147.