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The Lancaster Science Factory will host hand-on fun for families at the Science is Amazing Festival March 19.

The free event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the interactive technology and science center. The demonstrations, activities and experiments will be based on physical science, engineering, technology and math.

Students in grade 5 and up can get hands-on metal work experience in the “soldering zone” by making a robot pin with LED eyes. Representatives of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and make717 Innovation Center will direct the activity.

“Soldering is one of the most fundamental skills needed to tinker in the world of electronics,” said Bruce Schreiner, co-founder of the make717 makerspace, in a press release. “When kids make their own pin… we are showing kids that a whole new world of electronics is opened with this one simple skill.”

Thaddeus Stevens will also give information on machine tool manufacturing and how Sterling engines work.

There will be plenty more hand-on activities for kids. Bricks 4 Kidz, a York-based after school program, will bring LEGO activities. Author Michael Carroll will be on hand with homemade spy gadgets based on his “Dewey Mac Maker Mysteries” middle grade book series.

In addition, Morphi App will demonstrate a 3D printer; local Girl Scouts will hold a sound wave experiment; and Lancaster’s North Museum of Nature and Science will present nano science.

During the festival, visitors can also take in the Science Factory’s 60 exhibits, which present the concepts of light, acoustics, mechanics, electricity and more.

AT A GLANCE

Where: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster.

Cost: The festival is free. Regular admission is $8.50, free for children 2 and under.

Info: 717-509-6363 or www.lancastersciencefactory.org.

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