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Summer science

New York Hall of Science Rocket GolfSummer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and ASTC members are offering a wealth of warm-weather science activities. Many museums held summer soltice celebrations on June 21, including Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where visitors received free admission if they brought a snowball from this past winter to launch from a giant slingshot into the Ohio River. Science parks with water exhibits have reopened for the season at Heureka, Vantaa, Finland, and Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, Vermont. And science camps are underway at many centers, including Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, which offers overnight camps throughout the northwest United States that invite both children and adults to explore coastal biology, astronomy, and geology.

Several science centers feature miniature golf courses with science themes. On June 20, New York Hall of Science, Queens, opened their new Rocket Park Mini Golf course, inviting visitors to explore space science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, and launch window as they putt their way through nine holes. Galaxy Golf at Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York, demonstrates a different math or science principle at each hole, and Science Museum of Minnesota’s EarthScapes course demonstrates how rivers, like the nearby Mississippi, transport sediment to the ocean.

About the image: New York Hall of Science’s new Rocket Park Mini Golf opened June 20. Image courtesy New York Hall of Science