Summer Camps 2017!

As the days begin to warm up, here at Akron Fossils & Science Center we are gearing up for summer camps! Every year we work hard to make camps bigger, better, and more fun filled, and this season is no exception. This summer, we’re offering SIX different camp themes— there really is something for everyone! Our summer camps are each five days long with morning and afternoon sessions offered. We also have before and after care options available.  Campers are led through four different stations: Discover, Snack, Create, and Play, all themed towards the camp of your choosing. Scroll down for more information on all of the fantastic camp options you’ll find this summer at Akron Fossils & Science Center.

Dinosaur Adventure Camps

DurinDinosaur Camp 2g our Dinosaur Adventure Camps, campers will be learning all about dinosaurs and paleontology! Learn how scientists dig for fossils, how dinosaurs are classified, all about the fossils record, how replicas are made, and so much more!

Dates & Registration
Week 1: Dinosaur Hunters

June 12-16, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

Week 2: Dinosaurian World

July 24-28, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

Creature Feature Camp

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At Creature Feature Camp, campers will have the opportunity to learn all about how to handle and care for live animals, about zoology, animal anatomy and physiology, biomes, ecosystems, and more! And of course, campers will have the chance to meet some of our creature friends!

Dates & Registration
Animals Inside and Out: July 10-14, 2017

Morning Session: 9-12:30

Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

Mad Science Camp

If you lomad scienceve hands-on science, experiments, and messy fun, then you’ll love our Mad Science Camp! Campers will learn all about chemicals, gravity, elements, magnetism, and more all the while getting to participate in fun, hands-on science experiments!

Dates & Registration
Documenting Data: June 19-23, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

Space Camp *NEW

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At our Space Camp: Mission to Mars, campers will be learning all about exploring the Red Planet including ongoing research and upcoming missions!

Dates & Registration
Mission to Mars: June 26-30, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

CSI Camp * NEW

Grab your trench coats detectives! At our all new CSI Camp: Without A Trace, campers CSI Logowill have the opportunity to learn all about the methods that real crime scene investigators use to solve crimes. Learn about data collection and analysis, finger printing, DNA testing and more!

Dates & Registration
Without a Trace: July 17-21, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

S.T.E.A.M. Camp * New

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STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. At our STEAM Camp, campers will spend each of the five camp days learning about one of the elements of the STEAM curriculum– Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math!

Dates & Registration
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics: June 31- August 04, 2017
Morning Session: 9-12:30
Afternoon Session: 1:30-5

As you can see, its going to be quite the exciting summer! With so many themes, the only question you have to answer now is “which one will I choose?”!  Head over to akronfossils.com/camps for more information on pricing and registration, or call us at 330-665-3466.

Make sure to check out some of our camps from years past for a sneak peek at the fun we have every summer!

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Winter Work and Summer Fun

Summer hours may be a distant dream as we brave the ice and snow, but here at Akron Fossils & Science Center, we are doing anything but hibernating! While the cold winds whistle outside, our staff and volunteers have been hard at work prepping for an exciting summer season. Here’s a peek at all you can look forward to (in addition to warmer temperatures!) this year at Akron Fossils & Science Center!

Our Exhibit Hall underwent quite the transformation in 2016, but we just couldn’t stop there! We have added even more brand-new displays and spruced up some older ones. Make sure to drop in to see skull-displayour latest exhibit looking at the probability of ape to man evolution as well as our updated section on the science and probability of intelligent design. 

We are so excited to present our new exhibits to you, but the best part is that guests will soon have the option to explore them on their own time. For the first time since it opened 12 years ago, Akron Fossils & Science Center will have a self-guided tour option for guests. With the aid of touch screens, videos, and beautiful posters and flip-books provided by our friends at Power Graphics , you can now explore our museum at your own pace.

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While our exhibit hall has been the focus of our collective efforts for the past year, its our gift shop that is getting a face-lift this season! Free standing racks have been replaced by beautifully constructed mounted displays and a new snack bar means guests can stay and enjoy all of the fun at AFSC even longer! 

If you’ve been a long time fan of our camps or maybe you’ve always wanted to try them out, then summer 2017 is sure to be your best summer yet! Always looking to create more exciting and educational opportunities for aspiring scientists, AFSC will be offering three BRAND NEW camp themes this summer! That means that there will now be a total of SIX different themes from which to choose.  With the addition of Space, STEAM, and CSI themes to our camp lineup, there’s something for everyone! Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see all of the fun we had at camps last year!

 

Another addition we are excited to announce is the introduction of Camp Creation to our programming. Last year saw the addition of the set for this fun program with the cabin you see when you enter the lecture hall.  Keep checking akronfossils.com for updates as we continue to develop this program.

 

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The Camp Creation cabin is all ready to go!

There is a lot to look forward to this upcoming summer and we cannot wait to share it with you. We hope to see you there!

 


Don’t forget that we are OPEN during the winter every Saturday from 10am-5pm for TOURS and BIRTHDAY PARTIES, and during the week for SCIENCE CLASSES,and FIELD TRIPS!

You can also join us every 3rd Saturday of the month for SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY, a whole day filled with hands-on science fun!

Looking Back and Moving Forward

2016 has been an incredible year of change for Akron Fossils & Science Center. It’s hard to believe it’s already coming to a close! When the year began, AFSC set out with a vision of growth and change.  Our exhibit hall was just beginning to undergo major renovations, new programming was being proposed, and new events were being planned. Now, looking back after a year of hard work on the part of so many people, it is truly stunning to see how far the science center has come.

Our exhibit hall is now completely redesigned and equipped with new displays and technology. We had the opportunity to meet with pastors in the Akron area during our first annual Pastor’s Night and had so much fun at our first ever Chronicles of Narnia Summer Carnival. Our park now boasts brand new play equipment; the lecture hall now has two newly built animal learning areas to accompany its many other updates including our Camp Creation Cabin and turtle pond.

From renovations to new and growing programming, AFSC has experienced stunning growth and blessings over the past 12 months.  None of these changes would have been possible if not for the generous donations, countless hours of volunteer labor and materials, and of course, the blessings of the Lord. Take a moment to check out some of our favorite moments from 2016!

 

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As we celebrate this year’s victories, we are also planning and setting new goals for 2017! Some of the changes, goals, and improvements to look forward to in 2017 include fully opening the completed exhibit hall for self guided tours/ adding a “self-guided” option to our tour set, continuing to grow newly introduced events such as our summer carnival and pastors night, growing our existing programming to include more camps and Simply Science classes, exterior renovations, connecting more with the Akron/Copley community, and launching new programming including Camp Creation, and fossil replica making.

We are thankful for the success and support of 2016 and so excited for all that 2017 may bring. Thank you for your continued support of Akron Fossils & Science Center’s mission to bring quality, science-based creation education to the Akron community.  We cannot wait to see what the next year has in store.

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It’s Auction Time!

Akron Fossils & Science Center’s 12th Annual Auction and Benefit Dinner is fast approaching! This year brings another mystery to be solved as we reprise our CLUE themed mystery dinner night. It’s going to be a fun evening filled with drama, sleuthing, clue finding, and more, all while raising money to support all of the quality, hands-on creation education programming  Akron Fossils and Science Center provides throughout the year.

This year,  Compass Christian Church has once again generously allowed us to hold our auction at its facility, located at 1900 East Avenue, Akron, OH, 44314. On Saturday, November 5th, we will be transforming the church into a live version of the classic mystery game, CLUE, for the second year in a row–but don’t think that means you’ll have all the answers!!

Join Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and the whole gang to solve A WHOLE NEW MYSTERY at the Body Mansion! In addition to bidding on our many exciting silent and oral auction items and enjoying a delicious spaghetti dinner, guests will have the chance to search for clues and question suspects as they attempt to solve The Case of the Missing Donation: Part II. 

A peek at all of the fun we had at last year’s mystery dinner!

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Businesses and organizations from all over the country have generously donated exciting items for our silent auction, oral auction, raffle, and door prizes.With everything from passes to Walt Disney World, Florida, to gift certificates to play a round of golf, there will definitely be something for everyone at this event. What better place to do some early Christmas shopping??

Check out some of the amazing items up for bid this year!

 

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*For a full list of our generous donors, please visit the Donor Page on our website*

Every year, Akron Fossils and Science Center strives to bring science from a creation perspective to the Akron community through tours, programming, and outreach.  In addition to our hands-on guided tours, AFSC offers a wide variety of science classes, education days, birthday parties, Super Science Saturdays, outreach speaking, and more.

None of this programming would be possible without the support of generous donors and without the funds raised at our Annual Auction. As  largest, single fundraising event of the year, this event ensures that all of this amazing programming continues for another year.

We hope you consider joining in on this fun event and supporting Akron Fossils & Science Center as we prepare to enter into a new year of bringing fun, quality, creation education to the Akron community!

With tickets available at just $10 for adult tickets, $5 for youth tickets and $50 for a family pass, you could say it would almost be a CRIME not to go!!

Tickets may be purchased online at akronfossils.com/fundraisers or by calling Akron Fossils & Science Center at 330-665-DINO (3466)

Spotlight On: Youth Nights

This fall, you may want to consider booking one of our Youth Nights for your youth group or group of students! AFSC offers these nights as both a learning platform for students as well as to give students the opportunity to have their questions about origins, faith, and science answered. 

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of building a strong, scientific knowledge base. Having this foundation allows us to not only defend our faith to others, but also to ourselves. The truth of Biblical creation is scientifically sound, however, many students find themselves ill equipped to defend their faith. This is not due to a lack of evidence, but from a lack of education about the evidence that exists.

The Pew Research Center states that the percentage of adults who claim no religious affiliation is growing, despite the fact that a large percentage (78%) of those who claimed no religious affiliation were raised in the church (Lipka 2016). Perhaps more to the point is that when asked the reasons why they chose to leave the church, about half (49%) indicated a lack of belief as their main reason, including many who mentioned “science,””logic,” and “a lack of evidence” as the reason they no longer believe ( Lipka 2016).

The teen years are a time when many students find themselves faced with similar doubts and challenges to their faith and begin to ask questions.  Questions such as, “Can God’s Word really be trusted in this scientific age?” and  “what about radio-carbon dating-doesn’t it prove the earth is millions of years old?”.  At AFSC, we encourage everyone to ask questions and we want to help you answer them. This is why we offer our Youth Nights. We believe that students deserve to have their questions answered and should be able to face their peers equipped with answers and the confidence that the subject matter they are presenting is scientifically sound.

Youth Nights, offered for groups of 30+ students on Fridays from 6:30- Midnight, allow students to both learn and question in a fun, safe environment. Rather than simply hearing lectures, they will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion. Over the course of the evening, students will take part in group teaching, educational activities, guided tours, and small group discussions.  Of course, they will also have the opportunity to ride our 2o0 ft zip-line!

This is a perfect opportunity for youth groups who are looking to build a solid foundation for their youth, or for any group of students looking to have their questions answered and to have a better understanding of the science behind their faith.

If you are interested in booking a Youth Night for your group and would like more information, call or email us at 330-665-3466 and jodiebrewer.akronfossils@gmail.com. Click here to download our flier for an event overview and pricing.

 

Citations:

Lipka, Michael. “Why America’s ‘nones’ Left Religion behind.” Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.

 

 

 

 

Summer Camp Fun And Fall Learning!

It’s hard to believe that camp season is over already! With a total of 3 camp themes, 5 sessions, and more campers than ever, this summer has been our most successful camp season to date! Every summer we love getting the opportunity to get our hands on science. This summer, we got dirty digging for dinos and learning about paleontology during our Dino Adventure Camp, became mad scientists and got our hands on fun science and experiments during our Mad Science Camp, and learned all about how to care for creatures of all types during Creature Feature Camp. And of course there was plenty of zip lining and putt putt golf!  We had so much fun and can’t wait until next summer!

Check out all of the fun we had at camps this summer!

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Not ready for the fun to be over? Neither are we! Now that camps are behind us, it’s time to gear up for Simply Science Classes.  Offered for grades K-12 Tue- Thu, these classes are an excellent way to help your children get a hands on, in-depth look at a wide variety of topics. Each class is interactive and  subjects offered include astronomy, biology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry! Students may choose to attend the entire 13 week session or may attend on a class by class basis as best fits with their individual curriculum. If you are part of the home-education community, Simply Science Classes are an enriching opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Registration is now open and can be done online, in person, or over the phone (330-665-3466). You can check out the Fall 2016 brochure by clicking here.

Take a look at some of the fun we had in last years Simply Science Classes! Who says learning can’t be fun?!

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“But how do I know if Simply Science classes are right for me?!” you may be asking. That’s why on Friday, September 9th from 5:30-8:30 we are hosting an open house! This FREE event is open to everyone-whether you have attended our classes in the past, are already signed up, or if you are looking to see what its all about!  After a light dinner, you will have the opportunity to see classrooms, meet the staff, preview materials, check out some interactive science journals, and see all that Simply Science has to offer! Did we also mention that our zip-line will be open?! This evening is the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer, ask questions, and see if Simply Science is right for you. We hope to see you there!

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Spotlight On: Spirit Song

Over the past 11 years, Akron Fossils & Science Center has been fortunate enough to explore creation with the communities of Northeast Ohio. Recently though, we had the opportunity to venture into new territory and share our message with the people of King’s Island! Once a year, King’s Island hosts Spirit Song–a Christian music festival where some of Christian music’s biggest names come together to rock and worship among the roller coasters of southern Ohio!

 

 

Can you see any of our shirts in the crowd???

 

This year, AFSC had the opportunity to join in and set up a vending booth at the event to promote the science center and raise a little money by selling our brand new apparel. As crowds filtered in and out of performances, we had the privilege of meeting so many new people who were enthusiastic about creation education. Everyone loved getting the chance to hold and learn about real fossils and take a shot at winning some of our new apparel by taking our creation science challenge quiz! Can YOU name the ingredients necessary for fossilization?? If you know, leave your answer in the comments (no Googling!!)!

 

Our  * new merchandise made its public debut as well.  Akron Fossils & Science Center now has 5 t-shirt designs and 2 wristband designs, giving you even more ways to show that you support creation education! Which one is your favorite?

 

 

 

The music at Spirit Song was incredible, as well, featuring artists such as For King and Country, Kari Jobe, Casting Crowns, and more. Having the opportunity to connect with people about God’s creation while some of the top musicians sang about it was a rare treat.  As with many that come through the doors of our science center, the majority that visited our table felt strongly about creation science, but wished they were equipped with more facts and evidence to defend what they believe.  We were excited to chat with concert-goers about the evidence for creation and answer their questions. That is exactly why AFSC was founded. To educate and equip others and send them on to connect even more people to the truth.

While at the festival, we even ran into a few old friends of Akron Fossils & Science Center! It was fun to catch up with them and tell them about all the exciting changes that have been happening with the center this past year. If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to stop by and check out all the updates we’ve made so far! We’re open Tuesday-Saturday until Labor Day!

Overall, our weekend at Spirit Song was a fun time of listening to excellent music, connecting with old friends, and sharing the message of creation with a whole new audience. As Akron Fossils & Science Center continues to grow, we hope to gain even more opportunities to reach beyond our little circle of Northeast Ohio and connect people to the truth!

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If you have an event you would like to bring AFSC to, check out our speaking page! We’ll bring the hands-on fun of our science center right to you!

 

*All of the apparel sold at Spirit Song is now available in our gift shop and online as well! Everyone who purchases online will receive a 25% discount on all adult tees!