The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Science Saturdays receives grant

The Springmil Learning Center has just received a $2,500 grant from the Connections Fund at the Richland County Foundation for marketing and supplies for Science Saturdays. Dawn Kitchen, Adrienne Hopson, student Suzanna Hammond and Christina Drain worked on the successful grant, which included a site visit by the group and a chance to present their proposal in person.

Students in grades 3-8 and their families can join in on hands-on, interactive science-related activities from 9 a.m. to noon the last
Saturday of the month January through April at Springmill Learning Center. The first event is Jan. 28.

Activities are led by professors from The Ohio State University at Mansfield in the galleries, which include Alternative Energy, Chemistry Lab, CSI, Earth Studies, Feathers & Flight, Gears, Levers & Pulleys, Measuring Mars, Number Sense, and Ecology. Students and their families will visit four of the galleries each month, with new activities scheduled each visit. Students who participate all four months receive a prize.

Ohio State Mansfield faculty members Gary Kennedy, Adrienne Hopson, Kip Curtis, Carol Landry, Ozeas Costa, Dawn Kitchen and Agus Munoz-Garcia have agreed to teach in the galleries.

Free child care for children three years old through second grade is provided on-site.

Science Saturdays is made possible through a partnership between the Mansfield City School District and The Ohio State University at Mansfield and through a grant from the Connections Fund of Richland County Foundation.

Students in grades 3-8 and their families may register at For more information, call 419-525-6348 ext. 2.

About Springmill Learning Center

Mansfield City School District’s Springmill Learning Center (SLC) is a series of STEM-based galleries with interactive activities for students in grades K-12 based on Ohio’s academic standards. Through a partnership between Mansfield City Schools and The Ohio State University at Mansfield, the Center offers classroom extended learning opportunities for area school districts, out-of-school outreach activities for students and parents, and professional development for teachers. The goal of SLC is to offer high quality, experience-based and inquiry learning in the state of Ohio, and to encourage students to further explore interests in potential STEM careers.