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Solve science mysteries after school at the Sanibel Sea School

By Staff | Sep 25, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Sea School will host a season of after-school science crime solving with Archimedes, Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal starting on Oct. 9.

Beginning Oct. 9, the Sanibel Sea School will offer a series of after-school science programs with a mystery theme for students ages 6-13 on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Each week’s session will be centered on a fictional crime and a notable scientist such as Archimedes, Sir Isaac Newton or Blaise Pascal. Participants will apply scientific principles in exciting hands-on ways to solve the crime before the end of the day.

“Because of the red tide, we had to re-think some of our water-based after-school activities like surfing and cast netting this year,” Director of Education Shannon Stainken said. “Our team realized that there are so many interesting experiments related to things like buoyancy, motion, pressure and force. We thought it would be so fun to incorporate all of this into a series of after-school mysteries – sort of like a crime solving club.”

Stainken explained that all of the planned activities will give students a solid foundation for future scientific discovery, both inside and outside the classroom. Participants will build rockets, make catapults and cranes, get creative to make heavy objects float and more.

“Understanding why the things around us work the way they do, along with developing an appreciation for investigation and experimentation, can give kids a leg up when it comes to succeeding in school,” she said. “We also want to encourage our students to stay curious about the world and its many mysteries for a lifetime.”

The after-school sessions will be held on Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.

The cost is $20 per student per session.

To register, visit sanibelseaschool.org/afterschool or call 239-472-8585.

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information, visit sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.