Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “selfie” as its 2013 word of the year. Each year the folks at Oxford Dictionaries select a word to add to the lexicon that rose to prominence in common parlance in the previous 12 months. It doesn’t need to be a new word; “selfie,” in fact, has been in use for at least 10 years, but it needs to speak to something larger happening in our culture this year.
While some have criticized the choice as glorifying an aspect of our culture that can seem narcissistic, Merriam Webster Dictionaries responded by choosing their own word of the year: “science.” “Science” was chosen on the grounds that it was the most looked-up word in 2013.
This curiosity about science, its meaning and how it works comes as no surprise to Explorit Science Center, where we celebrate curiosity about science and nature every day with our engaging hands-on exhibits and programs. So whether you looked up the meaning of science this year, or were more inclined to post a selfie, we invite you to commemorate 2013 by sharing a science-themed selfie with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.
Share a pic of you visiting our “Beautiful World: Science and Art” exhibition or posing with your creation in our challenge center. Did Explorit come to your school this year? Or did you try an at-home science activity? Share those pics, too.
The winter solstice coming up this weekend is a great time to visit the “Evidence of Life” sculpture by Sam Tubiolo in Mace Ranch Park. Post a selfie of your visit at sunrise or sunset immersed in this life-sized solar calendar.
Don’t have a science selfie on hand to share? There’s still time! Drop by our museum and bring a camera. We’re open during the winter break from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday through Sunday, Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1).
And don’t forget our exciting Winter Science Explorations, half-day camps for students kindergarten through fifth grade. Call 530-756-0191 for more information or to register.
Also, consider keeping the science selfies coming all through 2014 by using your year-end tax-deductible donations to help Explorit. As a nonprofit, we rely on individual donations all year long to sustain our museum exhibits and science programs for the curious of all ages.
From free public lectures to science-themed day camps and weekend workshops, Explorit’s commitment to bringing interactive science explorations to everyone can continue to thrive with your help. So remember Explorit this year as you plan your end-of-year giving. For more ways you can help, visit www.explorit.org or call 530-756-0191.
Explorit’s coming events:
* Dec. 21-23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-5: Explorit’s “Beautiful World: Science and Art” exhibition will be open for public hours daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Children 2 and younger are free.
* Winter Science Explorations for children kindergarten through fifth grade run Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Call 530-756-0191 to register.