Soroptimists bring Carnegie Science Center program to Kingman, Bullhead schools


MOHAVE COUNTY – Hundreds of middle school students in Kingman and Bullhead City will be treated to a unique educational experience next week.

Soroptimist International of Kingman and support sponsors deliver the Carnegie Science Center’s dynamic, interactive teaching program to stimulate interest in aviation and associated fields of learning.


Soroptimist President-elect Dianne Haydon Ekstrom said the “Science Takes Flight” program uses an airplane as an analogy for teaching students about physics, math and chemistry, as well as the importance of human endeavor in accomplishing scientific achievement.

She said the program at each of the participating schools begins with an introductory 45-minute student assembly.

Ekstrom said a Carnegie instructor named Jason will be dressed as a flight commander as he shows a video and gets students excited about the subject matter.

“There's a lot of interaction with the kids at the assembly. There's fire. There are smoke rings and other things that will really get their attention,” Ekstrom said. “After the assembly there are 10 adventure stations where the kids get to do a little hands-on experimentation that shows some of the scientific theories they've been exposed to during the assembly. They can bring about 75 kids through the 10 stations every hour so they’re able to accommodate about 480 kids in any one day.”

Ekstrom said the program starts Monday morning at the Kingman Academy of Learning Middle School before a Tuesday stop at the Kingman Middle School, Wednesday at White Cliffs Middle School, Thursday at Black Mountain in Golden Valley and Friday at the Boys and Girls Club. Visits to a junior high school and Fox Creek Middle School come the following Monday and Tuesday in Bullhead City.

Adults can also join in the fun. A cocktail party on Friday, Oct. 20., at the Boys and Girls Club will serve as a fundraiser to help support the event. “An intergalactic adventure” will be offered to involve adults in the spirit of the educational exercise.

Haydon said Soroptimist International of Kingman will gauge the success of the program. If all goes well, she said the organization may bring the Science on the Road program back next year, expanding school and community involvement throughout the county.


Andrew Carnegie, below, was the founder of Carnegie Steel, which later became U.S. Steel. He was one of the world's great philanthropists. He has four museums in Pittsburgh, including the Carnegie Science Center. Center representatives will be in Kingman and Bullhead City schools over the next two weeks as part of an interactive learning program focused on aviation. Soroptomists International of Kingman is the event sponsor. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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