Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 2010 - Port Discover Launches Afterschool Science

Contact: LuAnne Pendergraft, 252-335-3844, | Jessica Faulkingham, 252-338-6117,
Port Discover Launches Afterschool Science, Thursday, September 23

Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover invites kids and their adults to Afterschool Science—a new interactive science program featuring a different and timely topic each month. Afterschool Science runs from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and drop-in visitors are encouraged. This free afterschool science program is made possible thanks to support from the City of Elizabeth City.

Afterschool Science will launch on September 23 with Plankton Watch. Children will collect and examine water samples from the Pasquotank River and using microscopes and other scientific tools, they can observe the plankton that live in our rivers and track other data about our river systems.

Afterschool Science is offered every fourth Thursday of the month. Upcoming Afterschool Science Programs are:
    Thursday, October 28: CSI—Port Discover Style
    Investigate a crime scene using the techniques used by forensic scientists. Test evidence, including blood samples (simulated!), and determine “who-dun-it.”

    Thursday, November 18: Down & Dirty
    Get down and dirty! What makes dirt and how does it impact our everyday life? Learn the ins and outs of dirt by playing in mud, digging a soil pit, leaning to compost and planting a plant to take home for a winter garden.
Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street, Elizabeth City. Port Discover’s hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 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. Port Discover is also a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.

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