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Summer Brain Games help keep kids engaged and learning this summer

6/7/2016, midnight | Updated on 6/7/2016, midnight
Take off on a voyage of exploration this summer with hands-on science activities related to the theme of travel through ...
Using everyday items, eight different science activities keep kids engaged this summer. Photo by: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Summer Brain Games help keep kids engaged and learning this summer

Take off on a voyage of exploration this summer with hands-on science activities related to the theme of travel through the Summer Brain Games program from the Museum of Science and Industry. Summer Brain Games offers eight weeks of free and fun at-home science experiments designed to combat the “summer brain drain.” Families receive a FREE Museum Entry voucher when they sign up online at msichicago.org/summerbrain (one ticket per household). This year’s Summer Brain Games runs June 86 through August 13, 2016. Registration is now open, and vouchers will be emailed when the program kicks off on June 86.

Registered families will receive weekly emails with detailed instructions on eight different travel-themed science activities that can be easily done (with some adult supervision) using items found around the house or inexpensively purchased. Kids will be on the move with experiments that teach about engineering, physics, materials science and other STEM subjects as they launch a glider, move a vehicle with propulsion, engineer a parachute and more. It’s a great way for families with kids of all ages to stay active and enthused as they learn more about the world around them.

“Kids lose about three months of learning over the summer, which means those first few weeks when school starts again is devoted to relearning the same concepts,” said Bryan Wunar, the Museum’s director of community initiatives. “With Summer Brain Games, thousands of kids and their families join us to experiment, learn and have fun together. We are excited to bring back this program for a fourth year.”

Families can register NOW at msichicago.org/summerbrain. When the program kicks off on June 86, they’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry ticket to MSI, and the instructions for the first activity. Then each week, families will receive an email with instructions and tips on each activity and additional suggestions on how to explore science during the summer. Thousands of registrants from around the country have enjoyed the program the past four summers.