Riverfront Museum partners with the ‘Ag Lab’

By Alyssa Donovan

Riverfront Museum partners with the ‘Ag Lab’

August 3, 2013 Updated Aug 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.— The scientists of the Peoria Ag Lab took a hands-on approach Saturday at the Riverfront museum.

External Relations director at the Peoria ‘Ag Lab,’ Kate Ohara said, "This a chance for people to come in and get a look at what kind of science happens in that mysterious building. Each of the tables here has a basic science demonstration that reflects some of the actual research those scientists do."

Visitors had the chance to look at atoms, learn how scientists insert smells into things like candy, and a fan favorite, how to make slime.

Jeana Williams of Canton even let her 5 year old son Conor take a sample home.

Williams said, "He loves anything about science he's a true boy. So he was excited to get his hands dirty and learn something new."

The ‘Science Rocks’ event was free to the public and Williams says that’s great for families on a budget.

Williams said, "To give them an opportunity to come and brighten their kids world and show them something they might not get to see everyday."

Curator of education at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Ann Schmitt said, "For a lot of people this is their first time at the museum and they won't get to see it all so we're hoping that they come back another time."

The event kicks off a partnership between the museum and the lab that will be represented in an exhibit called 'Places of Invention' at the Smithsonian museum in 2015.

The exhibit will highlight why Peoria is a place of invention.

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