Ready, set, play! Kopernik Science Park complete after 6 year process

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Kopernik Observatory has been working for years to bring a brand new science park to its site and now it’s finally here. “For us it’s and what really Kopernik is all about is helping people understand, how does the world work? I think people are so used to their cell phones and their TVs or whatever computers working, but what makes it work? And getting kids to start asking those questions, how does this work? Why does it work? What might I be able to do to make it even better?” Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said the entire project took about 6 years in conjunction with the Junior League of Binghamton. The park is full of all kinds of exhibits to play on including for climbing, sliding and swinging. It’s no ordinary playground, however, when you’re playing on structures there are corresponding signs with QR codes that you can scan on your phone. When you scan a code, a little science lesson pops up that has to do with the structure that you’re playing on. Funding for the project came from private individuals, local and nationwide foundations and state funding.center_img There were quite a few hiccups along the way including the pandemic, but now he’s just happy the park is complete. The obervatory hopes to have a grand opening come the spring, but is currently open to explore and play on. Staff at the observatory ask that if there’s another group at the park with you that you wear a mask. As for what he hopes the new addition provides, Deskur said:last_img read more

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Gay marriage cake case

first_imgThe Independent 27 March 2015The director of Christian-owned bakery which refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan has said she knew in her heart she could not complete the order.Karen McArthur was giving evidence during the second day of the high-profile legal action being heard in Belfast’s County Court.Mrs McArthur said: “I knew in my heart that I could not put that message on the cake.”Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission is taking the case against the family run Ashers Bakery on behalf the gay rights activist customer whose order was declined.Gareth Lee, a volunteer member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, claimed he was left feeling like a lesser person when his order, which had been paid in full, was turned down.Ashers, which is run by the McArthur family, declined the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage. It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.“The problem was with the message on the cake because, as a Christian, I do not support gay marriage,” Mrs McArthur said.http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/gay-marriage-cake-case-director-knew-in-her-heart-she-could-not-put-that-message-on-31099421.htmlI’m Backing Christian Bakers, Says Pro-Gay Marriage ColumnistCharisma News 28 March 2015A columnist who is in favor of same-sex marriage has expressed support for the Christian-owned Ashers Baking Company, in order to protect the “vital” principle of freedom of speech.Writing in The Belfast Telegraph, Fionola Meredith said that forcing Ashers to endorse a cause with which it disagrees would do “nothing to advance the cause of equality.”She made the comments ahead of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s court case against Ashers, which starts on Thursday.http://www.charismanews.com/world/48921-i-m-backing-christian-bakers-says-pro-gay-marriage-columnistlast_img read more

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