Project Envolve: Fun (and Learning!) at the Da Vinci Science Center

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Project Envolve. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own and may not reflect the opinion of Project Envolve and its sponsors.


Ever since I’ve become a part of the Project Envolve team, my energy-saving IQ has skyrocketed from somewhere around 12 to, well, way more than 12. And the higher my IQ gets, the lower my energy bill gets, which is fine by me!

In case you’ve forgotten, Project Envolve is a campaign sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities that was created to help inspire people to adopt a more energy-efficient, green and eco-conscious lifestyle.

Our most recent IQ-boosting experience was a trip to the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA. The Da Vinci Science Center is a learning experience aimed at kids (but also fun for adults!) that’s filled with hands-on exhibits about all sorts of scientific things, including lessons in weather, architecture, animals, physics and more!


The Science Center also has an entire section sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities devoted to helping kids and adults learn more about electricity and energy savings.

The Da Vinci Science Center’s PPL Electric Utilities E-power House is a 15-foot-tall cutaway model home. It’s packed with lessons and energy-saving tips in all the rooms, and children can use bicycle pedal power to light side-by-side incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED light bulbs.

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As special guests of Project Envolve, we were given a packet of information that led us on a scavenger hunt throughout the Science Center. The clues led us from one end to the other in search of information and knowledge. After successfully completing the hunt, we were given a fun solar-powered prize!

Among the hands-on stations at the Science Center was this magnification station that lets kids use a handheld magnifying tool to inspect rocks, paper and even their own clothing. I used it to get a closer look at my own arm. Let’s just say, some things are better left unmagnified.

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The rubber duck river allowed kids to use plastic partitions to create different currents of water. Rubber ducks and water. I was pretty sure we’d never tear her away from this thing, but then she found a tunnel for kids to crawl through (with the lights on or off), and the rubber ducks were a distant memory.

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And let’s not forget about the truck, which was a HUGE hit!


If you’re in the neighborhood with kids aged three through 93, I definitely recommend a visit to the Da Vinci Science Center. In the meantime, feel free to visit the Project Envolve website for more information about Project Envolve, including energy-saving tips and projects.

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