Somewhere in New Jersey you can dig for fossils, examine shipwrecks’ treasure, check out aircraft displays, visit a mine or see where the wild things are. But where?
To answer this question, Liberty Science Center in Jersey City has just launched a new web application titled “Science Near You,” designed to connect educational science opportunities with the families who seek them. When visiting snu.lsc.org, you can search for events, camps, museums, parks, and much more. Enter your address, and choose to sort by topic, location, or age group, and you will be presented with a map full of opportunities! Click on any circle for information about that event or location.
“We are proud to delight learners of all ages with the excitement of science and technology -- and we’re not alone!” says Paul Hoffman, president and CEO. “From zoos and aquariums to aviation museums and technology clubs, New Jersey offers nearly endless opportunities for families to explore the world of science together.”
According to a press release from the Science Center, the site is free of charge due to a generous grant from Overdeck Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving math and science education.
What might you find on the site? Examples include New Jersey’s very own bug museum, Insectropolis, in Tom’s River; astronaut-in-training opportunities at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus; animals from around the globe at America’s most touchable aquarium, the Adventure Aquarium in Camden; or Thomas Edison’s laboratory complex and 29-room mansion at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange.
Go ahead. Visit the site. Look around. Then gather your family and head out to see the wild things. And in the immortal words of Maurice Sendak, “Let the wild rumpus begin!”
About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (lsc.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses seven museum exhibition halls, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. 600,000 students, teachers, and parents visit the science center each year, and tens of thousands more benefit from the center’s offsite and online programs.