Engineering Fun for Kids 7 to 12

SILVER CITY, NEVADA— Each summer since 2003, the historic Comstock community of Silver City has partnered with Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey to organize a free, public program with guest teachers  leading fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Parents and their children ages 7 to 12 are invited to join guest teacher Seena Drapala from the Society of Women Engineers on Tuesday, June 20th from 10am-noon (“mining” for chocolate) and Tuesday, August 1st from 10am-noon (robotics) at the Silver City School House (community center).

Location: Silver City is within the historic Comstock district 3 miles from Virginia City, 7 miles from Dayton, and 12 miles from Carson City. The park and School House (community center) are located at 385 High Street.

2017 Program Note: For children’s activities, parents are asked to stay and participate in the fun and help with clean up. Kids’ activities will be on Tuesdays from 10am – noon, beginning Tuesday June 6th through Tuesday August 22th at the Silver City town park and community center (known as the School House) at 385 High Street. For more information about the annual program, contact Quest Lakes at (775) 287-7598.

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Other Activities: 

Acoustic music jam sessions, last Saturday of each month from 3pm-5pm, hosted by Silver City Arts. If you like to sing, or you play a musical instrument, or if you simply enjoy music, come to the School House. Recommended age: adults and teens.

Blues Concert: Enjoy a morning in the shaded Silver City park with a free acoustic blues concert by Mylo McCormick on Tuesday, June 6th from 10am to noon. Sponsored by the Resident Artist Program in Silver City, the free show kicks off the town’s annual free arts and science summer program.

Science and Math Experiments with Jim Barcellos of University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension (UNCE). For ages 8-12. Sponsored in partnership with Healthy Communities Coalition. Tues 10am-noon on Tuesday June 13th (have fun with whirly gigs & build a glider to understand how science drones work) and Tuesday June 27th at the School House.

Hands-on Engineering Projects with Society of Women Engineers. For girls and boys ages 7-12. Sponsored in partnership with Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey – Tues 10am-noon, June 20th (“mining” for chocolate) and August 1st (robotics) at the School House (community center).

July 18th Bike Safety Rodeo with Western Safe Routes to Schools for ages 5-12. Tuesday, July 18th from 10am to noon at the Silver City basketball court (next to the School House). Kids will learn road rules and safety, participate in bike maneuvers and exercises. Kids will receive new bike helmets if they do not have one yet. Sponsored in partnership with Healthy Communities Coalition.

July 22 Art Exhibition: Molly Brunhild’s solo exhibition, titled The Outsider Show: Molly Brunhild Paintings, is being sponsored by the Silver City Arts group. A reception for the show takes place at the School House Sat. July 22 at 1pm. Molly’s work was the subject of the first chapter in Mary Beth Elam’s book, Mining the Treasures: Contemporary Comstock Artists.

Aug. 22nd Fun Fair for Preschoolers and Their Parents. Tuesday, August 22 from 10am to noon at the town park. The event, which includes free books and snacks, plus crafts, hands-on science and literacy activities provided by United Way, is for parents and their children ages 2 years to 6 years. Nevada Families First will also host a booth with fun things for preschoolers and their parents to do.

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