Thursday, August 23, 2007

News from Port Discover: Northeastern North Carolina’s Center for Hands-On Science, Inc.

September Events at Port Discover

The Deep Blue Sea is the focus of Port Discover’s Second Saturday Science, Saturday, September 8. Mandi Young, who was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the Teacher-at-Sea program, will present the program about the sea creatures that live deep in the ocean. Programs are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The program is free, thanks to the program sponsor, Gateway Bank. Reservations are required.

September’s Toddler Time will look at Beauty of Rainbows on Thursday, September 20. Children will explore the science of rainbows and the color spectrum and will make their own rainbow scope to take home. The one-hour program for two and three-year-olds will begin at 9:30; the program for four-and-five-year-olds begins at 11:00 a.m. Cost for the program is $5.00 per family and reservations are required. Parents or guardians must accompany the child. Reservations begin September 1.

The Science of Salt Crystals is the Make-It-Take-It for September. Stop in Port Discover to make your own salt growing crystal experiment to take home. After your crystals are complete, come back to Port Discover to take an even better look at them under the microscope. The activity is free to children visiting the center, thanks to a grant from the City of Elizabeth City. Make-It-Take-Its are available during hours Port Discover is open, Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.

Reservations for Port Discover’s programs begin the first day of the month for that month’s programs. In September, reservations will begin on September 1. Port Discover members can register beginning August 15.

Port Discover is located at 613 E. Main Street. Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups. For more information call 252-338-6117 or

Port Discover is a community-based, non-profit organization, established to enhance the public’s understanding and enjoyment of science through engaging programs, activities, and exhibits. Elizabeth City State University along with the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the project that has attracted broad community support, including Elizabeth City Morning Rotary, College of the Albemarle, Albemarle Hospital, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.

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