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Kopernik One Step Closer to Science Park

Kopernik Observatory in Vestal is one step closer to becoming a reality. The science center is one of 40 projects that won a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

The winners were chosen via a Facebook vote. The money will allow Kopernik to finish its master plan to bring to the community and potential sponsors. The park will aim to give kids an opportunity to play, but learn at the same time.

"It takes something as simple as a see-saw, but then you move the fulcrum and you learn about leverage. You might take something along the lines of a merry-go-round, you put a generator on it and you see what it takes to actually create power," said Drew Deskur, Executive Director of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center.

"We are so appreciative of the people of the Southern Tier and Northeast Pennsylvania who voted like crazy to keep us in the top 10. The Southern Tier has spoken. We want this kind of think here and we're going to make it happen," said Rachel Consolazio of the Junior League of Binghamton.

The grant brings the total raised so far to about $50,000. The cost of the project could approach half a million dollars. Next Friday at noon there will be a check presentation at Kopernik, along with a free science class and ice cream.