Science Saturdays return beginning next month, as students in grades K-6 and their families can participate in hands-on, interactive science-related activities from 9 AM to noon during February and March at Springmill Learning Center, 1200 Nestor Drive.

The specific dates are February 3, February 17, March 3, and March 17.

Activities will be led by professors from The Ohio State University at Mansfield in the Springmill STEM galleries, which include Alternative Energy, CSI, Earth Studies, Feathers & Flight, Gears, Levers & Pulleys, Measuring Mars, Number Sense, and Ecology. Students in grades 4-6 and their families will visit three of the galleries each visit, with new activities scheduled each visit.

In recognition of Springmill Elementary School receiving the Ohio Department of Education designation of STEM school — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — students in grades K-3 and their families also will be able to participate in activities. Ohio State early childhood education majors will lead families in activities geared for that age group.

Science Saturdays is made possible through a partnership between the Mansfield City Schools and The Ohio State University at Mansfield and through a grant by the Connections Fund with Richland County Foundation. Register at For more information, call 419-755- 4111.

About Springmill Learning Center

Mansfield City Schools’ Springmill Learning Center (SLC) is a series of STEM-based galleries with interactive activities for students in grades K-12 based on Ohio’s academic standards.

Through a partnership between Mansfield City Schools and The Ohio State University at Mansfield, the center offers classroom extended learning opportunities for area school districts, out-of-school outreach activities for students and parents, and professional development for teachers.

The goal of SLC is to offer high quality, experience-based and inquiry learning and to encourage students to further explore interests in potential STEM careers.

Source: Mansfield City Schools

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