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Imagination Station opens new Energy Factory

BP-Husky Refining, LLC and First Solar have partnered with Imagination Station,

floating-in-copper

The “Floating in Copper” exhibit works on a property of
magnetism called ‘eddy currents,’ which can also be applied
on a much larger scale to stop a rollercoaster. (Photo courtesy
of Imagination Station)

Toledo’s hands-on science center, to create the newest addition to the already-engaging family of Learning Worlds.

The new “Energy Factory” offers visitors a look into the worlds of oil refining and solar power through a number of engaging explorations designed by BP and First Solar, Imagination Station team members and ROTO Studios, which manufactured the exhibits.

Upon entering, visitors will find several exhibits that explore the oil refining process, including:

• The Ball Refinery, a hands-on version of the oil refining process that uses colorful balls in place of crude oil to explain the process of refining.

• Discover Energy Storywall, an animated exploratory of how oil is created, located and extracted, how it is refined and what it can be made into.

• Energy Brain Quiz – test your knowledge of energy myths.

• The Voice of the Visitor, which offers visitors the opportunity to give their opinion on important energy topics.

The latter half of the Learning World is positioned purposefully on the picturesque riverfront of the science center, where natural sunlight is abundant. Exhibits included in this area are:

• The Photovoltaic Wall (or PV Power Panel), is made from eight industrial PV panels that collect photons from incoming sunlight and convert them into electricity. (Become a cloud and block out the light.)

• Follow the Sun, an interactive single-person game that challenges visitors to capture the most amount of energy as they track the light.

• Solar Shoot Out, a competitive experience that encourages opponents to build up as much power as possible while blocking out the sunlight for their competitor.

• Program a Robot, which offers a hands-on opportunity to explore the importance of robotic technology for use in the solar power industry.

A variety of additional exhibits that focus on other forms of energy are located throughout Energy Factory, like the Thermal Camera, which offers the opportunity to visualize heat; Magnetic Clouds, an exhibit that allows visitors to “see” the shape of an electromagnetic field (or EMF); the Turntable, which demonstrates spin energy transfer as energy is transferred from a rotating table to objects visitors place on it; and Floating in Copper which displays a property of magnetism called eddy currents.

“Since this region has a strong focus in the renewable energy industry, the opportunity to partner with Imagination Station to bring education on solar power to the children in our community was ideal,” said Carol Campbell, executive vice president of Human Resources for First Solar.

“Everyone uses petroleum-based products every day and this new Learning World at Imagination Station will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the oil refining process,” said Mark Dangler, president of BP-Husky Refining, LLC.

“We are incredibly grateful to BP and First Solar for their generous contributions to the science center and to their dedication to the education of the children of Toledo,” said Lori Hauser, executive director of Imagination Station. “It is because of partnerships like these that we will continue to be on the cutting edge of technology and knowledge in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas of study and future career choices.”

The Energy Factory was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 13.

Imagination Station is located at One Discovery Way in downtown Toledo. Call 419-244-2674 or visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org for more information.

The “Floating in Copper” exhibit works on a property of magnetism called ‘eddy currents,’ which can also be applied on a much larger scale to stop a rollercoaster. (Photo courtesy of Imagination Station)

Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) will offer a series of free training classes for prospective foster or adoptive parents in June.

The accelerated training session will be offered on six consecutive weekdays from June 21-28. The all-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) classes will cover two topics each day.

To register for the classes, which are required for anyone seeking to become a foster or adoptive parent, call 419-213-3336 or visit www.lucaskids.net. Additional training sessions will be offered in September and October.

The agency is currently seeking adults and families who can provide loving and stable homes for youths with behavioral, developmental or physical challenges and groups of three or more brothers and sisters.

Foster or adoptive parents:

• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt and 21 to become a foster parent

• Can be married or single

• Can own or rent their homes

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May is here and at last, some serious gardening can begin.

If they aren’t already done, beds and gardens can be prepared for planting. Work compost and fertilizer into the warming soil, remove the weeds and clear out any remaining dead growth from last year. Break up compacted soil to a depth of six to eight inches as this will facilitate the growth of seeds or transplants and help them to establish strong root systems and healthy stems, foliage and fruit or flower growth.

If you plan to grow herbs this year, you may want to try an easy-to-grow variety that can be used in cooking a variety of dishes. Cilantro adds a delicious citrus-like parsley flavor to foods and has become a very popular kitchen herb.

Cilantro can be grown from seed in the garden and it prefers a moist, well-drained location that will receive at least six hours of sun per day. This herb grows quickly and you can usually begin to harvest the leaves in about three to four weeks. When the plant is two inches tall, apply a liquid fertilizer and, if you want a harvest of the herb all season, continue to plant more seeds every two to three weeks until late summer. To encourage more leaf growth, pinch back the plants about one inch. Do not allow the plants to flower or produce seed pods, as this will cause the leaves to become bitter.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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