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Kopernik Observatory Receives Grant for Kids Playground

Kopernik Observatory officially celebrated receiving a $25,000 grant to help it build a kids' science playground.

In May, the junior league of Binghamton teamed up with Kopernik to compete in a nationwide State Farm neighborhood assistance contest via Facebook. The park will have fun ways to teach kids about stem -- or science, technology, engineering and math.

This grant brings the total raised to about $50,000. The total project cost may reach half a million dollars.

"This check will allow us to really complete our master plan. And it then gives us a document that we can then take to foundations, corporations and organizations. So that they don't have to just imagine, they can actually see what this park will look like," said Executive Director of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center Drew Deskur.

After the presentation of the check, kids got a taste of just how fun science can be. They played with a stuffed-animal zipline, created bouncy balls, and made paper airplanes.