Silly Science Sunday to Kick Off 7 Days of STEM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Have you ever watched a watermelon explode from the force of rubber bands? Have you ever seen a few hundred film canister rockets all explode at once? Here’s your chance.

Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, 15 Central Square, will host its 13th annual Silly Science Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17.  

Watermelon explosions will be just one of many demonstrations happening outside the center’s doors. Oh Wow will take over Central Square to provide a variety of hands-on activities, exhibitors and stage shows all related to STREAM – science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics.

“Silly Science Sunday is a day meant for all ages to visit Oh Wow and get excited about STREAM education in the Mahoning Valley,” said Colleen Ruby, director of operations. “We encourage exploration and experimentation at the museum every day, and Silly Science is an expansion of our mission.” 

Exhibitors will include Youngstown State University’s College of STEM, YWCA Mahoning Valley, First Robotics, The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center, Valley STEM Academy, Brite Energy Innovators, Western Reserve Media PBS and Daniel Tiger, Home Depot – Austintown, SMARTS, Sharon Robotics, City Machine Technologies, The Ohio State University Mobile Unit, Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and more. 

The event will also feature food vendors, including Sweet Sips, One Hot Cookie, Armida’s Cucina and G&G Concessions.

This year’s event is a kickoff to the Youngstown Regional Science & Technology Festival – 7 Days of STEM. During the six days after Silly Science Sunday, Oh Wow’s community partners will host STREAM-related activities at their locations.

“We have activities for families, teens, as well as adults at different venues across the region hosting hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities rooted in STREAM,” Ruby said.  
For more information, visit Oh Wow’s website.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.