Families Get Bright Ideas at Hagley’s Annual Invention Convention

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wilmington, Delaware – January 2015 – Hagley Museum and Library spotlights lights and lasers during its 2015 Invention Convention on January 17, 18, and 19.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hands-on activities and experiments will spark curiosity and creativity in children and parents. Admission, including supplies, is free for Hagley members, $5 per child ages 4 to 14, $7 per adult, and free for children 3 and under. Use Hagley’s Buck Road East entrance off Route 100.

Kids and their parents will beam with delight as they bend and bounce light with water and mirrors. Young artists and art lovers will glow with excitement at the colors produced by “Ride the (Light) Waves” demonstration. Each day of Invention Convention features a different light-themed science show: “Light Fantastic” presented by the Carnegie Science Center on the chemistry behind lights and lasers is on January 17; “Eye to the Sky” presented by TheFranklin Institute featuring demonstrations of astronomy and the light spectrum is January 18; and “Cool Chemistry” presented by Dr. Mike Stemniski on the lights, colors, and booms of chemistry is January 19.

 “From naturally produced light to human-controlled light, Hagley’s 2015 Invention Convention will illuminate the science of lights and lasers,” stated Jeff Durst, education program manager at Hagley.

The light- and laser-themed activities and demonstrations complement Invention Convention’s traditional activities.  The Create-An-Invention Workshop challenges kids to imagine a creation and, then, build it. Kids construct their inventions using familiar household items like cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, oatmeal containers, and more. The Hagley Patent Office will give these young inventors patents for the inventions they make. 

Parents and children are welcome to explore the Science Fair. Scientists and science groups will conduct science demonstrations and display information on their projects. Much of the hands-on fun seen here can be duplicated at home.

At the Tinkering Tables, children can safely take apart appliances, machines and other discarded items like computers, telephones, and radios. Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County is donating items to be used at the Tinkering Tables.

For more information and a full schedule of activities and Science Shows, visitwww.hagley.org. Toscana Catering at Hagley will provide family-friendly foods for purchase.

At Hagley, we invite people of all ages to investigate and experience the unfolding history of American business, technology, and innovation, and its impact on the world, from our home at the historic DuPont powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.

For more information, call (302) 658-2400 weekdays or visit www.hagley.org.

Meg Marcozzi, Hagley Museum and Library marketing manager 
(302) 658-2400, ext. 238   mmarcozzi@hagley.org