March for Science takes place in Perry Square

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 4:47 PM
March for Science takes place in Perry Square by Anna Ashcraft
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The March for Science is a celebration of science. But, it’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world,” stated the March for Science website.

In Erie, on Earth Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration of science included booths from many different locals featuring family friendly scientific activities. From 3 to 4 p.m., the march took place around the park at Perry Square. There was a large turnout for the event, including children, dogs and activists alike.

Students from Edinboro’s Physics, Students of Edinboro for Environmental Defense (SEED), Cooper Hall’s Ambassadors of Science (CHAOS), Geology, and Math Clubs all teamed up to create signs, march and showcase science to the community.

Jennifer Lane, head of the geology club, said during the sign-making event before the march, “Physics Club, CHAOS, Geology Club, Math Club, we are all hosting a booth together as Edinboro students, so we can kind of give a whole rounded educational experience.”

“We are going to have some minerals and fossils that the kids can look at. The math department is going to do a puzzle. The physics department is going to have experiments the kids can grasp easily, and get science out in the younger generation,” she said.

Lane talked about the importance of teaching children science at a young age.

“I really love getting to kids young and instilling a love of science and discovery and (promote) learning about the world around you.”

She continued: “I like to push that into the minds of the young children. That’s where that love affair starts, when you’re young.”

There was a mixture of people in attendance at the sign-making event at Edinboro, which took place a few days before the march. Anyone from the community was able to make signs for science, with materials provided.

Three people in attendance were from a new local activist group called “Boro Voices.” They have a Facebook page by the same name.

Maria Redmond, alumna, was at the event along with Isabel Axon-Sanchez, an art student at Edinboro, and Rayna Tabarez, who is not a student.

Dr. Tamara Misner, co-faculty advisor for the geology club, said: “We want to stress that it’s not a partisan issue. It’s not whether you are a Republican or Democrat; science is important to everyone’s lives.”

“Science is important to the environment and to health, so having policymakers make decisions based on scientific facts or evidence-based science is really important, so that they are making good policies,” she said. “The idea isn’t to politicize science, but just to make sure that people are thinking critically about things, and that decisions are being made based on real science, not alternative facts or opinions.”

Lane said, “Science is such an integral part of protecting what we have and keeping the human way of life sustainable.”

The celebration in Erie had speakers, food trucks and booths, with free items and science experiments for the children and community, all meant to bring awareness of the importance of science to the community.

Anna Ashcraft can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com. 

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