Hikone Recreation Center
1999-2000 Science Club


  We meet on Thursday
  evenings from
  5:30-6:30 PM.


  Hikone Drive off Packard,
  south of Buhr Park;
  SE Ann Arbor [map]


  Want to join us? Contact Ben Kaufman at
  kaufmanb@umich.edu or leave him a message
  on the Reach out! phone: 734-647-0764.


  It is important to make an 8-week commitment in
  order to really establish relationships with the kids.

What We Do

We spend time every week with elementary school kids doing fun, hands-on science activities. You don't have to be a science genius to help out—we'll give you a copy of the lesson and the basic facts and information. We want kids to realize that (1) they are capable of learning science, (2) science is fun, and (3) science is everywhere (in the food they eat, the weather, etc.) But, most importantly, we are spending time with the kids—paying attention to them, caring about them, and giving them good role models to look up to. As crazy as it can get, spending an hour each week making a mess is actually quite a good stress reliever!

Some Activities
We've Done
Gak/Polymers Rocket Car
Tracing Bodies Seasons
Painting Leaves Egg Carton Glider
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Comments from Participants

"I've been impressed at the resources available at Hikone, and the variety of activities offered to kids there, it's certainly reinforced my belief that community centers and programs like this CAN work." - Laurie, LS&A undergrad, Circle K member

"I've gotten a glimpse of how much the kids need something like this. I've always thought along those lines, but seeing it firsthand and interacting with the children made it much more real to me." - Hwa, LS&A undergrad, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member
On an intergenerational group of volunteers: "The needs of children are so great. We have to learn to work together with adults of all ages and backgrounds to ever meet their needs." - Rosalee, LS&A undergrad
"It has shown me that one person really can make a difference. I don't know if I am having an earth-shattering impact on my mentee, but I know that for the time being I am taking part in something that seems to make her happy, and you can't put a price on that." - Adam, LS&A undergrad
"I have realized that there are people (especially children) that need help in my own community." - Rosalee

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