Silly Science Sunday promotes hands-on learning, breaks record

As part of the 6th annual event at Oh Wow!, there were stage shows, games and activities for kids to play and learn from

Promoting hands-on interactive science activities, there were over 40 exhibitors who brought stage shows, games, and activities for kids to play and learn from, too

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – You might remember doing fun experiments like making a volcano when you were in school. Well imagine an entire day dedicated to fun experiments — and even breaking a world record.

That’s what kids and families were able to enjoy Sunday in downtown Youngstown at the Oh Wow! Children’s Center as part of the sixth annual Silly Science Sunday.

Promoting hands-on interactive science activities, there were over 40 exhibitors who brought stage shows, games and activities for kids to play and learn from, too.

All of this was an effort to get the youngsters involved early with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, otherwise known as STEM.

“We’re promoting those careers now for our very youngest visitors, as well as adults who bring their children in,” said Suzanne Barbati, executive director of Oh Wow!.

The kids seemed to love it. Also, a couple parents said it was good to get their kids exposed early to some of Youngstown’s fastest growing career fields.

“There’s the incubator [where] they’re doing this 3-D printing down here now,” said Jim Fischer of Poland. “It’s being used, actually, all over the world now and they’re a big part of it.”

Added Matthew Todd of Youngstown, “Science and technology is what fuels our world. So it’s necessary for our youth to love it too.”

The activities not only took place inside of Oh Wow!, but also spilled into the downtown streets.

The highlight of the day came when 1,500 beach balls poured out of the Oh Wow! second floor windows. They did so for the crowd to break a Guinness World Record for the number of humans and robots simultaneously holding beach balls up in the air.


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