Leap into Science

Take a Leap into Science!

Explore new STEAM topics each month in these hands-on programs for school age children. Held one Saturday each month. Leap into Science is an interactive program that focuses on various STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) topics. Join educator Ben Olewiler to ask and answer questions like scientists do. Families work together to learn scientific information from books, make observations and predictions, and then conduct science experiments to investigate answers.

“Programs that offer STEAM education build connections between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Our STEAM programs at York County Libraries are more than just tinkering. By participating in STEAM programs like Leap into Science, children are engaging in hands-on experimentation and working together with other children through the scientific process. Children enhance critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, which are important to their education and life beyond school. Programs like Leap into Science are fun and play a major role in fostering a lifelong pursuit of creativity and curiosity, and a community of thinkers.”

-Jaclyn Cassidy, Director of Youth Services, York County Libraries

Meet the Educator: Ben Olweiler

Ben Olewiler is a graduate of William Penn Senior High School, earned his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Mount Saint Mary’s College, and completed his Master’s Degree from Penn State University in Curriculum and Instruction prior to 2009. He has taught in Red Lion Area SD, 16 years in South Western SD, and has recently returned to teach 5th and 6th grade Math and Science in York City School District at the STEAM Academy.

Upcoming Sessions

Leap into Science will be held online via Zoom. Space is limited; registration is required.

Sessions are one Saturday each month, October through April.

  • January 15: Here’s Looking at You: The Science of Light; Register
  • February 26: Freeze Time; Register
  • March 26: Symbiosis – Relationships in Nature; Register
  • April: TBD

Leap into Science is funded in part by:

The Donley Foundation and The Anne & Philip Glatfelter, III Family Foundation