Area students will soon have another way to learn while they play.
The groundbreaking of the Kopernik Science Park took place today.
The Junior League of Binghamton has worked with Kopernik Observatory and Science Center over the last 4 years to bring a STEM-themed playground and outdoor programming to the center.
After raising over 600 thousand dollars for the project, they were able to officially put the plans in motion.
Kopernik Executive Director Drew Deskur says this is another opportunity to expose kids to what STEM fields have to offer. “Kids at a very young age are just sponges. I think if you find a way to make science, engineering or math fun then they’ll continue to do it. They may struggle with it a little bit but ultimately look at it in the grand scheme of things and see this is really enjoyable.”
Deskur says there will be signage around the playground that will open kids’ minds to the physics behind swings or the friction on slides.
He says there will also be QR codes on signs so kids can use those to go on their website and learn more.
Construction will begin this week with an expected completion date around mid-summer.