Amy Pondolfino - Oneonta World of Learning
 

Enriching Life

Through Play

Here are the sign up links from the previous post, which has all the juicy details:

Sprouts A: Sign up a 3-4 year old

Sprouts B: Sign up a 3-4 year old

Saplings: Sign up a 5-7 year old - sorry, the Saplings section has been filled. However, you can sign up your 5-7 year old for either the older or younger group, whichever seems most appropriate.

Poplars: Sign up a 8-9 year old

Oaks: Sign up an 11+ year old

There will be two groups of 3-4 year olds. Caregivers with children in more than one age group will be asked to stay with the youngest child in their group. Lunch will be provided for the children only. Call 431-8543 or email WorldOfLearning@live.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Events are scheduled for 11:00am to 3:30pm Sunday July 17th at Pine Lake (1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport NY) but participating families are encouraged to spend the entire day enjoying the Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Dine at the nearby Tally Ho Restaurant on July 17th and if you mention OWL, 10% of your purchase will be donated to OWL.

Friday, 01 July 2011 02:29

Patterns in Nature Sunday July 17th

Children with their grown-ups are invited to participate in a day of immersion in nature and the patterns that surround us, Sunday July 17th.

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) invites you to join in workshops with internationally renowned photographer Michael Forster Rothbart, Bhala Jones, a nationally recognized artist, and local favorites Mary Peterson and Cindy Ketchum at the Hartwick College Pine Lake Environmental Campus. The day's activities will include photography, leaf printing, hiking, teleidoscope crafts and dance. Younger children will also enjoy storytime. Optionally, families can stay, explore and even swim in this beautiful setting, minutes from downtown Oneonta.
Activities will be tailored for children aged 3 through 13.

Expect to arrive at Pine Lake, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta NY after 10:30am and stay until 3:30pm. Registration is required, although late comers will be placed in workshops on a space-available basis. The cost is $25 for the first child, $10 per additional child and includes lunch for the children and admission to Pine Lake. This program is made possible by a grant from the Chenango County Council on the Arts.



When you look at a picture in a frame, where do your eyes naturally wander? What are the patterns they follow? During the photography session, children will explore how to look into a camera and the effects of centering and off-centering a composition. Composition of flower and leaf collections will be considered during the floral pressing activities. Everything changes when viewed through a teleidoscope, which is similar to a kaleidoscope. The dance portion will highlight how native peoples used nature as an inspiration to move.

"This event ties directly into our mission in three ways," says Aaron Sorensen, board member and OWL enthusiast. "It is immersive play and learning, identification of community resources and a great opportunity for children to interact with their grownups."

Events are scheduled for 11:00am to 3:30pm but participating families are encouraged to spend the entire day enjoying the Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Dine at the nearby Tally Ho Restaurant on July 17th and if you mention OWL, 10% of your purchase will be donated to OWL.

Sign up online:

Sprouts A: Sign up a 3-4 year old

Sprouts B: Sign up a 3-4 year old

Saplings: Sign up a 5-7 year old

Poplars: Sign up a 8-9 year old

Oaks: Sign up an 11+ year old

There will be two groups of 3-4 year olds. Caregivers with children in more than one age group will be asked to stay with the youngest child in their group. Lunch will be provided for the children only. Call 431-8543 or email WorldOfLearning@live.com if you have any questions or concerns.

OWL would like to thank our sponsors: Directive, Central New York Radio Group, The Arc Otsego, CSEA Workers Through-Out Otsego County, Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV), Tom and Amy Pondolfino, The Rissberger Family, Friedman LLP, Bella Michael's, The Tubia Family.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 00:38

Dig Dirt Day! Friday June 24th

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is teaming up with archaeologists from Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta to present Dig Dirt Day at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental campus, Friday June 24th.

Visit an actual archaeological dig in progress! Get your hands dirty and learn about archaeology!

Pine Lake is located at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta NY.

Drop in any time between 1-5 pm.

This event is free and appropriate for all ages.

Oneonta firemen, policemen and high school students served over 3,000 scoops of ice cream Sunday June 5th as part of the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social, brought to the community by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL).

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Despite a morning of cloudy skies, volunteers gathered in Oneonta’s Wilber Park Sunday morning hoping that the weather would improve, which it did. Mild breezes and gentle sunshine encouraged participants to linger, enjoying an afternoon of fast paced dance performances and music in the park. Even the Taekwon-Do demonstrations were choreographed to upbeat music.


When not building towers, coloring the sidewalk or devising creations out of PVC pipe and connectors, children played with a magnetic accelerator, mock up Maglev Train and other science activities. One station that was never empty was next to the bubble soap. “This is always the most popular activity,” said Mary Peterson, long time OWL volunteer and founder of Amazable Science Adventures, who was eager to share her favorite recipe for bubble soap.

Even after the last scoop of ice cream was served and tents were being taken down, children kept on dancing on the mobile stage, in an impromptu dance party to the music of MTC DJ Service.

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Ice cream for this free event was provided at cost or gratis by Pie in the Sky, Friendly’s Ice Cream, The Golden Guernsey, Stewarts Shops, and Schwan's.

The organizers would like to thank ALL of their generous sponsors. Without them, none of these events would be possible.

The long list includes Directive, Central New York Radio Group, The Arc Otsego, The Daily Star, The City of Oneonta, SUNY College at Oneonta, Hometown Oneonta, Five Star Subaru, CSEA Workers Through-Out Otsego County, Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV), Tom and Amy Pondolfino, The Rissberger Family, Friedman LLP, Bella Michael's, The Tubia Family, NYCM Insurance,  Otsego Automotive, Tri County Glass Company, Springbrook, The Sorensen Family, Oneonta Community Christian School, Exit Realty, Hartwick College and BJ’s Wholesale Club of Oneonta.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:48

4th Annual Ice Cream Social


The Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social in Oneonta's Wilber Park with be Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 5pm!
 
For the fourth year in a row, the public is invited to Wilber Park for a city-wide Ice Cream Social brought to you by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL).

As in past years, families are invited to enjoy delicious free ice cream and take part in children's games, learning activities, live entertainment and pleasant conversation.
Ice Cream merchants from across the city have contributed ice cream at cost or gratis for the afternoon social,  including Pie in the Sky, The Golden Guernsey, Friendly's, Schwan's and Stewart's Ice Cream. Volunteers will scoop a wide variety of flavors for the public.

Admission is free and the ice cream is free.

Rain location will be the Alumni Field House, SUNY College at Oneonta.

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There will be free live performances by Oneonta Taekwon-Do, Stanley and Wade School of Dance, Schenevus A cappella Choir, The Farrell School of Irish Dance, Damhsa Beatha and Kennedy Performing Arts Center.

Also in Wilber Park will be the Leatherstocking R/C Buzzards Airplane Flyers, Magic of Magnets, The Science Discovery Center, and Hasu Ranch Alpacas.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the Alumni Field House at SUNY College at Oneonta.

This is a community-wide celebration and all are welcome to enjoy a great afternoon in the park.

This event and all OWL events would not be possible without the support of Directive, Central New York Radio Group, The Arc Otsego, The Daily Star, The City of Oneonta, SUNY College at Oneonta, Schwan’s, Hometown Oneonta and Five Star Subaru.

Ice cream sundae sponsor: CSEA Workers Through-Out Otsego County;

3-scoop sponsors: Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV), Tom and Amy Pondolfino, The Rissberger Family, Friedman LLP, Bella Michael's, The Tubia Family;

2-scoop sponsor: NYCM Insurance;

1-scoop sponsors: Otsego Automotive, Tri County Glass Company;

Supporters: Exit Realty and Hartwick College

The CDO STEM Leadership Council has announced a Summer 2011 GO Green Institute for current 6th grade students in our area. The institute is held at SUNY Oneonta and offers a week-long exploration of “green” topics and how scientists think and work.

The dates are July 18 through 23, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Applications must be subitted to the Catskill Regional Teacher Center by May 20, 2011, and space is limited.

Please visit their website for more information: CDO Workforce - STEM.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 00:37

NanoDays - "This stuff is FASCINATING!"

About 100 children with their grown ups came out to SUNY Oneonta last Saturday to celebrate nano-science, that is, the science of really, really small particles.

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Kids investigated super thin materials like those used in solar cell technology. They also learned about forces stronger than gravity, and experimented with sand that doesn’t get wet—even under water. Children also viewed "Riding Snowflakes", a planetarium show about molecules.

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OWL would like to thank the SUNY Oneonta science department and students, and especially the Science Discovery Center for bringing the world of nanotechnology alive for the afternoon. OWL and the Science Discovery Center have been partnering together to present Science Saturday events since 2009.

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The event was a great success. As one grown up put it,  "Who said this is supposed to be for kids?  This stuff is FASCINATING!"

NanoDays at the Science Discovery Center of Oneonta has been part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3, 2011. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 01:14

Grant Awarded for Pine Lake Event

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) has been awarded a grant through the Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program. The $2,000 award will help to present Patterns in Nature at Hartwick College's Pine Lake On July 17th. Read more about the grant at at http://www.chenangoarts.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/content.display/page/decntrlgrant.cfm. And stay tuned for full details as this fun event nears!

Friday, 25 March 2011 02:13

NanoDays Sat March 2nd

NanoDays will probably be our best Science Saturday yet. Young scientists will investigate super-thin materials, forces stronger than gravity and sand that doesn't get wet, even under water! Measure yourself in nanometers, use your nose as a nano detector and much more! Get your Passport to Nano stamped at all the activity stations and take home a Nanoscience Prize Bag!

The event will be on Saturday April 2nd from noon to 4pm. It is recommended for children aged 2 through 13 with their grownups. $5 suggested donation per child.

Be sure to register for the planetarium show on Molecules online at http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/sdc/ or by calling the Science Discovery Center at 607-436-3192 (that is the only part of the event which requires registration). Shows will be at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 and there is no additional cost.

Unlike previous Science Saturdays, there are no separate workshops to sign up for. Instead, participants will visit multiple discovery stations.

The location for this event will be in Science Building #1, SUNY Oneonta campus (which also differs from previous Science Saturday events).

Enter the campus from Ravine Parkway. Science Buidling 1 is on the left, past the Morris Conference Center.

This Science Saturday is brought to you by OWL and The Science Discovery Center.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 01:14

Ice Cream Social 2010 Roundup

One of our board members stumbled across this great online article covering last year's ice cream social. It's worth sharing! Here's the link: Ice Cream, Airplanes and Discovery.

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