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Beloit College, Kerry host upcoming Family Discovery Night

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beloit, Kerry LogosMEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Beloit College and Kerry Ingredients & Flavours are teaming up to host the first-ever Family Discovery Night on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Beloit College Center for the Sciences. Community members will enjoy hands-on activities, prizes and food, and benefit from a unique opportunity to learn side-by-side with scientists from Beloit College and Kerry.

Family Discovery Night

When: Friday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Beloit College Center for the Sciences

What: Learning opportunities for local children and families including:

    Hands-on activities



    Open Observatory

This event is proudly sponsored by Kerry Ingredients & Flavours. No registration necessary. Free to kids and families.

Beginning at 6 p.m., families are invited to enjoy tours and participate in laboratory exhibitions with Kerry scientists and Beloit College students and faculty. Participants will collect “passport stamps” as they discover how the brain works, watch marshmallow animals joust, and engage with robots. The evening wraps up with an open observatory (weather permitting) from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. when guests will gaze at the stars through telescopes with expert guidance.

Family Discovery Night is part of a new community science education program between Beloit College and Kerry. Kerry has donated $21,000 to fund the first year of the program, and the college will serve as facilitator and host.

"By coming together, Beloit College and Kerry seek to strengthen science and learning opportunities for local youth and families,” said Assistant Biology Professor Katie Johnson, who is the lead faculty member for the grant.

“This event is about piquing kids’ curiosity and interest in the sciences,” says Alaina Wendlandt, communications manager for Kerry. “Kerry employs more than 200 food scientists who are eager to bring their diverse range of talent, skills and scientific insights to our community.”

The next event in the partnership takes place in the spring of 2013 when Kerry scientists and college faculty will teach a new workshop on scientific pedagogy during the annual Girls and Women in Science event. This well-established program brings together 30 to 35 local sixth-grade girls for a weekend of science learning and activities, and equips teachers with tools to bring new experiments to their classrooms.

The Beloit College Center for the Sciences is located near the intersection of Emerson and College streets. Click here for a campus map and directions for parking. Volunteers with glow sticks will be on hand the night of the event to assist in guiding guests.

More about Kerry Ingredients & Flavours
A division of Kerry Group, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours develops, manufactures and delivers innovative taste systems, functional ingredients and integrated solutions for the global Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical markets. We are proud to support the health, wellness and education of families and children in the Beloit Community. For more information about Kerry, please visit or contact Alaina Wendlandt at 608-363-1200.