Smithfield Herald

Benson to host science program for students

“Science in the Summer” is coming to Benson in August.

The Mary Duncan Public Library will host the program, which is free thanks to support of GlaxoSmithKline and the Morehead Planetarium at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The program has three levels.

Level I is for students who will be in second and third grade this fall. It will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12.

Level II is for students who will be in grades 4-5. It will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-12.

Level III, for students who will be in middle school, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 15-17.

All sessions will meet at the Benson Conference Center, 303 E. Church St.

Registration for Levels I and II will open at 9 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Registration for Level II will open at 9 a.m. March 29, also at The Mary Duncan Public Library, at 100 W. Main St. in Benson, has computers parents can use.

The subjects of this year’s Science in the Summer are electricity and magnetism. Students will learn what makes materials magnetic and how magnets. They will build their own circuits and then use that knowledge to build electrically-powered contraptions. Students will also make an electromagnet to understand more about how magnetism and electrical current are interrelated.

“We are excited to bring this renowned program to Benson,” said Terry Hobgood, Benson’s director of cultural arts. “GlaxoSmithKline and the Morehead Planetarium have been serving the summer educational needs of children in the greater Triangle area for many years. We are thrilled that Benson was selected as a new site for this summer, and we hope that this is a beneficial partnership for years to come.”