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At WWU, in the KNOW means science fun – and swimming – for kids

Students whisper during the 2015 Kids Night Out at Western. The university’s quarterly science-oriented event is designed to give parents a “date night” and offer a stimulating activity for their children in kindergarten through fifth grades.
Students whisper during the 2015 Kids Night Out at Western. The university’s quarterly science-oriented event is designed to give parents a “date night” and offer a stimulating activity for their children in kindergarten through fifth grades. The Bellingham Herald file

Kids Night Out at Western is WWU’s quarterly event designed to give parents a “date night” and offer a stimulating activity for their children.

It’s aimed at students in kindergarten through fifth grades and features a science-oriented program in the university’s SMATE Building.

Afterward, there’s optional swimming in the campus rec center, Jiasong Yuen, interim manager for WWU Youth Programs said in an interview.

“Kids can learn about some kind of academic topic, and then they have pool time,” Yuen said. “It’s for kids to learn something that they don’t get in everyday school life.”

Fall quarter’s program examined planets and stars and showed the young participants how the constellations that they see in the night sky change with the seasons.

This quarter is called “Everything Engineering,” she said.

“They’ll be doing and creating – building engineering projects,” she said. “It’s hands-on, not lecture. We want kids to have hands-on experience.”

Two KNOW programs are planned in 2019:

▪  “Everything Engineering,” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, followed by optional pool time until 9:45 p.m.

▪  “What’s in Bellingham Bay?” 7-8:30 p.m. April 26, followed by optional pool time until 9:45 p.m.

Full curriculum for 2019 programs was still being planned, Yuen said.

Cost is $25 for the academic session or $30 for the academic session and swim time.

Students are asked to bring a healthy snack, a water bottle, a swimsuit and towel and a jacket for the walk to the pool.

For more information, go online to ee.wwu.edu/youth-programs or call WWU Youth Programs at 360-650-3308.

In addition to its KNOW programs, WWU offers a girls-only GEMS Night Out and GEMS Academy.

These Girls in Engineering, Math and Science offerings are science-oriented programs aimed at introducing girls to careers in the STEM field, which is historically dominated by men.

A free GEMS Fair set for noon-4 p.m. in Academic West is open to both boys and girls.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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