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Ready, set, play! Kopernik Science Park complete after 6 year process

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- The Kopernik Observatory has been working for years to bring a brand new science park to its site and now it's finally here.

The park is full of all kinds of exhibits to play on including for climbing, sliding and swinging.

It's no ordinary playground, however, when you're playing on structures there are corresponding signs with QR codes that you can scan on your phone. When you scan a code, a little science lesson pops up that has to do with the structure that you're playing on.

Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said the entire project took about 6 years in conjunction with the Junior League of Binghamton.

There were quite a few hiccups along the way including the pandemic, but now he's just happy the park is complete.

As for what he hopes the new addition provides, Deskur said:

"For us it's and what really Kopernik is all about is helping people understand, how does the world work? I think people are so used to their cell phones and their TVs or whatever computers working, but what makes it work? And getting kids to start asking those questions, how does this work? Why does it work? What might I be able to do to make it even better?"

Funding for the project came from private individuals, local and nationwide foundations and state funding.

The obervatory hopes to have a grand opening come the spring, but is currently open to explore and play on.

Staff at the observatory ask that if there's another group at the park with you that you wear a mask.

Julia Gorman

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