Photo 1:  Brian Buchanan, Danville Science Center Education Coordinator, explains how planets in our solar system orbit the sun.

Photo 2:  Family STEM Night featured fun STEM-themed activities for children, adults, and community groups including the Danville Science Center and Danville Public Library.


Photo 3:  Dan River Year AmeriCorps Member, Caitlin Hutcherson, helps a budding scientist pour iron oxide powder; one of the ingredients used to make magnetic slime!


Join the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and partners (Dan River Year AmeriCorps, Danville Public Library, Danville Science Center, and the YMCA) Friday, May 12, anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Institute for Family STEM Night.

The event is free and open to the public.  Families will have many opportunities to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) including hands-on magnetic slime, electric gelatin, Minecraft, and playing video games on the region’s largest hyperwall.  

According to the United States Department of Education, not enough youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers.  Critical thinking is essential to future innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow.

Contact Caitlin Hutcherson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-766-6631 for more information. 

Join us for a real “lunch and learn” experience as you graft your own English cucumber under the direction of Senior Scientist Kedong Da PhD.  Participants will graft an English cucumber plant onto a gourd rootstock.  The gourd rootstock provides the plant with a stronger support system and significantly increases the growing potential for the plant.

**There is no fee, but participants must register for the event. All materials and lunch are included.  Lab Day will be May 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Link to Registration

Background:  The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research recently received a grant from the Virginia Agriculture Council to work with growers in the counties of Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, and Halifax to share research with greenhouse farmers on how to grow high-value vegetables and cultivation best practices for English cucumbers.   




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