Giving the gift of science

Some North Okanagan families will find the gift of science under the tree this year.

The Okanagan Science Centre and Kal Tire are providing 20, one-year memberships to families in need who might not otherwise be able to fully enjoy the science centre.

Memberships will be distributed by the Salvation Army through their Christmas hampers.

Executive Director Jim Swingle said at the recent International Science Centre and Science Museum Day event, Kal Tire set up a by-donation barbecue in front of the building.

Kal Tire donated all proceeds from the barbecue to the science centre, funding 10 family memberships. The Okanagan Science Centre matched the contribution, making for 20 family memberships to be given out.

“The Okanagan Science Centre maintains exhibits on subjects from sound to mechanics to astronomy — many of those exhibits designed and built in-house at the science centre. They put on science programs for schools and other organizations throughout the year, and every summer deliver their popular Summer of Science Camps,” said Swingle.

“When today’s children grow up, so many of the questions they will confront, as well as so many of the opportunities they will find, will depend on understanding science. And it is vitally important that all children have a place like the Okanagan Science Centre where they can be inspired to pursue the answers to those questions and to seize those opportunities. Programs like this, that make memberships available to families in Vernon, help us reach children who might not otherwise have this opportunity.”

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