Library launches science education program

ImagineIF Libraries has a new science-based educational program for all ages. This month, the library is launching Science Connect: Lending Tools For Discovery, a new service that lets patrons check out science kits or a reflector telescope.

In partnership with Arizona State University and SciStarter, ImagineIF offers two citizen science kits at checkout – the Light in the Night Measurement Kit and the Biodiversity Exploration Kit. With the Light at Night Measurement Kit, customers will learn about light pollution and contribute to astronomical research. The kit includes interactive star charts, astronomy binoculars and a sky quality meter. The Biodiversity Exploration Kit provides smartphone clip-on lenses and smartphone-adaptable binoculars to share sighting data on the iNaturalist World Nature app.

Additionally, Imagine IF Libraries has partnered with the University of Montana, Missoula, spectrUM Discovery Area and the OP and WE Edwards Foundation to provide an Orion Starblast 4.5 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope for verification. The telescope comes with instructions, including how to properly transport and set up the telescope. It is able to gather several hundred times more light than the naked eye, magnifies up to 56.25 times, and has been specially modified to allow amateur astronomers of all ages to easily observe craters on the moon. explore Jupiter and its Galilean satellites, discover Saturn and its rings and more.

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