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Families Learning Science Together

2020 Program

With the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a number of risk-mitigation policies have been implemented in consult with public health and emergency management experts. Yesteryday, March 10th, Cornell University announced a suite of updated strategies to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on both on campus and in the surrounding Ithaca and Tompkins County communities. Unfortunately, in light of this announcement, we will need to cancel the family science program at the library for the rest of the semester. We hope to restart the program in the fall.

Families Learning Science Together (FLST) is a hands-on science program for children ages 5 and up and their parents or caregivers. This program is lead by Cornell Center for Materials Research and co-sponsored with the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) in downtown Ithaca, NY.


The program will be on every second Saturday of the month throughout the year. It will run from 1pm – 2pm in the BorgWarner West room of the Tompkins County Public Library. All FLST programs are free to the public, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot by contacting us by email at ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu or by phone at (607) 592-4053. Drop-ins welcome if space allows.

Schedule of 2020 workshops and topics:


  • March 14 – Bridge Building – CANCELLED
  • February 8 – Chemical Reactions – Families will explore the colorful world of Chemistry and chemical reactions. They will be able to perform different chemical reactions and observe the changes that occur.
  • January 11 – Astronomy- Families will explore some features of our solar system and space. They will build a sundial to use the position of the sun to tell time, learn about the different planets in our solar system, create constellations, and build a straw rocket.
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