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Help Kopernik Observatory get a Science Park

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Kopernik Observatory in Vestal is hoping to win some seed money to help grow the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The venue is one of the finalists for a $25,000 grant from State Farm.

There are 200 contenders, with the top 40 set to get the grant.

As of Tuesday morning Kopernik was third in the voting with two weeks left.

Kopernik is teaming with the Junior League of Binghamton to plan a science park on Kopernik's campus for kids of all ages.

The grant would be a start to funding the half-million dollar project.

"We would have playground equipment unlike any other playground in town and a destination for people of the Southern Tier and tourists. People can come in and try this new experience," said Rachel Consolazio of the Junior League of Binghamton.

"There's opportunities to have perhaps a merry-go-round that has a generator built into it so as the kids are running around they're creating electricity and running some device. Or, they might learn about friction through a slide," said Drew Deskur, Director of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center.

You can cast your vote by going to facebook.com/scienceparkatkopernik.

Voting ends on June 3rd.