Children learn to unmask the mysteries of science at “Jugando Con Ciencia,” a program for bilingual children in third through eighth grades. Photo from the Evanston Public Library

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Playing with Science – Jugando Con La Ciencia – is a program to help third- through eighth-graders develop enthusiasm for science, designed also to encourage bilingual children to appreciate the sciences as a part of their everyday lives and become critical thinkers. It is founded in critical-thinking skills developed through a hands-on and historical approach.

From 2 to 4 p.m. every Saturday through March, children meet local Hispanic scientists and learn how these experts in physics, medicine, biology and mathematics are applying science in their careers.

The program is held in the children’s conference room at the Main Library.

The program is presented by Isabel Carrera Zamanillo, a Mexican researcher with an master’s degree in

biological science and science education, who is eager to share her enthusiasm for science with Latino and other children.

Kevin Gali Baler, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University, and Windsor

Aguirre, assistant professor of Evolutionary Biology at DePaul University were recent guests. More information is available by calling 847-448-8658.