Hope College Expands Science
Outreach for Area Children
Posted June 4, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College is placing expanded
emphasis on science outreach for area children as work on
the college's new science center progresses.
Hope has operated a science museum, hosted summer
science camps and school-year science clubs, and worked with
area home-school students for several years. Some 700 area
students are anticipated for the camps this summer, and in
recent years the science museum has hosted about 1,800 area
With the new science center scheduled for
completion with the start of classes this fall and the
subsequent renovation of the existing Peale Science Center
over the next year, the college is already exploring
The outreach initiative is being coordinated by
Juliane Lenon, who graduated from Hope in May with a science
composite major and elementary education certification.
Through the new part-time position, Lenon is responsible
both for working with the existing programs and developing
new ones during both the school year and summer.
The college is running 18 week-long science camps
on campus between June 10 and July 18. Topics range from
the "Prehistoric Planet" to "Space and Rocketry" to "The
Mystery of Pharaoh's Treasure" and "Robo-Tech," with the
camps grouped by age level, kindergarten through ninth
grade. This year, Hope is also offering "The Mystery of
Pharaoh's Treasure" and "Robo-Tech" in Grand Rapids and
Kalamazoo between July 28 and August 15.
Currently located in the Peale Science Center, the
science museum will soon close temporarily and then move
into the renovated science center a year from now. Opening
soon, on the third floor of the new building's atrium,
will be a related display: a collection of 110 waterfowl
prepared and donated to Hope by the late Dr. Jack Moermond,
a 1956 Hope graduate from Midland.
Other areas of expansion include working with the
Children's After School Achievement (CASA) program, which is
housed at Hope; establishing other after-school programs;
and exploring connections with other community youth
Those interested in suggesting possible
collaborations and opportunities, or in learning more about
Hope's current efforts, can contact Lenon by calling (616)
395-7628 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer camp and
science club information is also available online at
In addition to the museum and related outreach
space, the new science center will house the college's
departments of biology, chemistry, geological and
environmental sciences, nursing and psychology. A part of
the "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" fund-raising effort, the
$36 million project includes both the construction of an
85,900 square foot building and the renovation of the
72,800-square-foot Peale Science Center, built in 1973.
Even though the new building will open this fall, Hope is
continuing to raise money to complete funding for both the
new construction and the renovation of Peale.