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Letter: Be curious … come play

Be curious … come play

In response to recent articles (April 7 and 8, The Aspen Times) about the fate of the current Aspen Art Museum, aka the Old Power House, I am advocating for the Aspen Science Center. In lieu of arguing why the other ideas are not as well suited for the space, it makes more sense to bring to the front of the conversation why the Science Center is a perfect fit.

Here are just two great reasons:

Education. As the parent of a sixth-grader in the Aspen Middle School, I receive information from the Aspen School District and the Aspen Education Foundation regarding budget shortfalls and the need to supplement our children’s education.

(www.aspenaef.org/faq.html) We need the help; it’s evident, clear and can only be of benefit to our children’s education.

The Aspen Science Center is a privately funded nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded to bring science into our lives in a compelling way and use the power of good science to create a better future for all of us. The Aspen Science Center will enter partnerships with universities, government and other educational agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry, collaborating with them to pursue our goals throughout the United States and beyond.

Activities. The Science Center will be an ideal activity destination for locals and visitors. Just one look at the program schedule will give you an idea of all the great things that are planned for the summer. The door of possibilities swings wide open with the opportunity to have a permanent location and structure.

I invite all of you, especially the Aspen City Council, city staff, and anyone who wants a voice in the fate of the Old Power House to join the Aspen Science Center for Science Sundays hosted at Jimmy’s Restaurant starting this coming Sunday, and for the next two Sundays, the May 11 and May 18. It will be a great way to understand and experience what the Aspen Science Center is all about and why they create tremendous added value for our town.

Science Sundays will be great for kids, families and adults. Information is available at http://www.aspensciencecenter.org, http://www.jimmysaspen.com and http://www.facebook.com/AspenScienceCenter, or just come up from noon to 3 p.m. the next three Sundays in May. May 4: Preservatives, Supersaturation, and Density. May 11: Robotics, Electricity, and Magnetics. May 1h: Food & Cocktail Science

Be curious. Come play!

Jimmy Yeager

Aspen


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