The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas recently gave children, who have a niche for experimenting, the opportunity to explore scientific principles through hands-on activities during its Tinkering/Science Camp.
Tinker Jr., for ages 5 to 11, provided young campers the opportunity to make Zoetrope animation, Marker bots, Automatons, and Blinky bugs. The activities taught participants the sciences of animation, motorization, automation from gears, cams and shafts, and circuitry.
During Tinker Sr., which was for ages 12 to 17, campers learned animation using stop-motion software, storyboarding and green screen filming. They also partnered up to create GIF animations.
Instructor Timothy Rhoades, education coordinator at the Arts & Science Center, said the camp drew about 35 participants.
“They all seemed to have a good time. At the end of the camp, the kids took home an armload of fun creations,” Rhoades said. Rhoades said during the camps, participants created individual journals to practice recording data for each lesson.
Tinkering Camp was the center’s final camp for the summer.
ASC is also preparing to present its summer musical, “Oliver!” on July 24-27 at 7:30 p.m., and July 28 at 2 p.m. Sponsored by Simmons First National Bank, the production is directed by Stephanie Ong. Tickets are now on sale and range from $20 to $24. Student tickets are $5. For ticket information please call 870-536-3375 or visit www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.
The Arts & Science Center is located at 701 Main St. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.