Kentucky Science Center is excited to bring our travelling early childhood experience to another Kentucky library. Science in Play2Go (SIP2Go), a miniature version of Kentucky Science Center’s signature Science in Play exhibit, opened at Scott County Public Library in Georgetown on June 4th.
Designed specifically for children ages 8 and under, SIP2Go is built around the twin concepts of open-ended play and “loose parts” – materials that can be reimagined in countless ways – allowing children to naturally develop 21st century learning and STEAM skills.
SIP2Go is provided free of charge to communities and participating libraries thanks to the support and partnership of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).
The travelling exhibit is open to the community during normal library hours. Field trips and group visits to SIP2Go are encouraged; groups, including schools and local community centers, may contact the library directly to arrange a visit. SIP2Go is designed to serve as a resource to the community, providing at-home activities for parents and caregivers to Do Science with children and tools to help facilitate early-childhood learning.
In its first four years of operation, Science in Play2Go welcomed over 152,000 visitors with residencies in 15 Kentucky counties: Bath, Boone, Boyle, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, McLean, Muhlenberg, Oldham, Trimble, Warren, and Woodford. During the pandemic when many county libraries were closed to the public, SIP2Go transitioned into Kentucky malls, with locations in Louisville’s Mall St. Matthews and Bowling Green’s Greenwood Mall. SIP2Go returned to public libraries in early 2022. Scott County is the exhibit’s third location this year, with additional residencies planned throughout 2022 and into 2023.
The elements of the exhibit present in Scott County – including creating your own rollercoaster, engineering with big blocks in Build Your World, or visiting the Shapes and Stuff Store – encourage open-ended thought, collaboration, and creativity – fundamental skills that provide the foundation for future learning.
SIP2Go’s impact is clear. Surveys conducted in the travelling exhibit’s first year found that an average of 81% of parents and caregivers report “feeling more confident in my ability to nurture my child’s science learning” after visiting SIP2Go; 91% believe that SIP2Go helps them “think of new ways to encourage learning at home”; and 90% report it helps them “extend learning by asking my child questions and encourage new skills.”
Scott County Public Library is located at 104 S. Bradford Lane in Georgetown, Kentucky. The library’s Science in Play 2Go experience is available to the public from June 4th through August 28th. For more information, please visit the Scott County Public Library website at scottpublib.org or call 502-863-3566.