Press Release: Pop-up Science Cart

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman

Catch “Pop Up Science” at Your Favorite Town Locations All Summer Long

Nantucket, MA – All this summer the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is sending a “Pop Up Science” cart around the island thanks to a generous grant from the Nantucket Community Foundation’s ReMain Nantucket Fund. Pop Up Science can pop-up anywhere in town to provide family oriented science experiments every weekday, unless it’s raining. There are exciting and engaging demonstrations and experiments for the audience to try themselves, birds from the MMA’s Education Collection, paper airplane contests, and on Tuesdays there will be an aquarium touch tank. Experiments include testing everyday liquids to see if they are acids or bases, demonstrating inertia, using solar energy, learning about birds, exploring magnetism, making a homemade lava lamp while learning about density, and much more. And, there are prizes!

The locations change throughout the week as Pop Up Science moves about town. Most days it will “pop up” in the afternoon but one day a week visitors might find the cart while getting their morning coffee at a favorite local coffee shop. Some days the cart might be a little more “British” than usual, and some days one might find the cart while shopping for outdoor gear or while perusing a book in the same place where Maria Mitchell was the first librarian. Look for the cart and stop by to watch the show and learn something new about science.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.