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Kentucky Science Center celebrates 100,000 visitors at traveling ‘Science in Play 2 Go’ exhibit

In less than two years since launching the next-generation learning experience, Kentucky Science Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors to its traveling exhibit in libraries throughout the Commonwealth. Science in Play2Go (SIP2Go) brings progressive early childhood learning opportunities to communities that Kentucky Science Center cannot as easily reach including Boone, Boyle, Laurel, Logan, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Oldham, and Woodford counties.

“Science in Play2Go plays a critical role in addressing kindergarten readiness across Kentucky by offering its youngest citizens opportunities to strengthen 21st-century skills via open-ended collaboration, and creativity through the power of play,” says Joanna Haas, CEO of Kentucky Science Center.

The exhibit was created by selecting elements of the Science in Play exhibit at the Kentucky Science Center that could be easily transported statewide to county libraries and adapted to their spaces. Kentucky Science Center also trains a full-time staff person from each community to facilitate the exhibit and provide additional early childhood learning activities. At host libraries, there has been a 36% increase, on average, in new library cards issued and children’s book circulation has increased by 45.5% during the timeframes when SIP2Go is on display.

“I cannot stress enough the value of this exhibit and the impact it has on the community as a whole. People that had never been in the library before walked through the doors. This exhibit is the draw. The desire to play is universal in every child. Something that is free and fun is a draw to those parents that normally would not be able to give their children this time of experience. Once they are here, we can demonstrate the value of returning,” said Janet Harris, Muhlenberg County Library Director.

SIP2Go was created two years ago with funding support being provided by Genentech and PNC Grow Up Great and was developed in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Planning is underway to continue the success in more counties in the coming years.

Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.

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