While inside and outside, it resembles a factory, it’s not an old building that underwent a facelift and conversion. James Bunting, a retired PA advertising executive, founded the LSF after seeing a science center in Florida. His goals were to increase children's’ interests in math and science, provide an interactive learning environment outside the classroom, and be accessible to all local youth in Lancaster County. The Science Factory opened in January 2008 after several years of planning and a $1 million capital campaign.
Here children – of ALL ages – experiment and create through exhibits, work stations and mini-labs, while learning the principles of science and its application in engineering and technology.
That’s because the over 50 displays housed in the LSF aren't just exhibits, they are interactive. Visitors are encouraged to touch, try out, play with, and most of all, experiment.
When we visited, parents and grandparents seemed to be having as much fun as the kids who took them along.
Even though we didn’t have any young(er) children with us, trying out the
Exhibits are related to a scientific or mathematical concept in categories that include: light and vision, electricity and magnetism, mechanics and motion, structural engineering, acoustics, fluid dynamics, puzzles and brain teasers.
Admission is charged, but kids to age 15 (under 2 years are free) and seniors get discounts.
Grenville tried to convince the folks there that he was just a big kid who was young at heart. He was still charged the senior rate cause he was “big for his age.”