By MIKE SAGALMAN Associated PressA small community in northern Illinois is hosting a science museum and science conference.
The museum, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching science to all ages, will take place on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Urbandale on March 23 and 24.
Its creator says the event is the culmination of more than a decade of effort by the museum’s owners to connect people to their science.
They’ve created a website that allows people to upload their pictures of what they see in the museum, which includes an interactive learning experience.
The goal is to encourage people to share their knowledge and share their science with others, said Susan Boulanger, the museum co-founder.
“I hope this is a really cool way to engage people, and bring them together in a way that I think can really spark a lot of people’s imaginations,” she said.
The Illinois Science Museum has held events for the past few years and Boulangers said the goal is not just to educate people but also to teach them about science.
The museum also holds a conference every other year, but it has never been held in a community in Illinois, Boulager said.
Her organization has held an annual meeting on the museum grounds in the past, but that was not the case this year.
“It’s definitely something that I feel very excited about,” Boulant said.
“The fact that we’re doing it in a place that has such a passionate and loyal following.”
The museum is located at 498 W. Main Street in Urbedale, and the event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Urbandal Museum.
The event will be open to the public.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the museum or by calling (815) 562-0808.