Alliance Rubber Company Presents Summer Science Smash at Mid-America Science Museum

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hot Springs, AR. (July 26, 2017) – Celebrate the end of summer with Mid-America Science Museum’s 2nd annual Summer Science Smash party on Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm!  This year will be bigger and better than ever because Alliance Rubber Company has joined forces with the museum to demonstrate just how much fun rubber bands can be! This is a fun-filled day for kids of all ages with each activity powered by rubber bands. For instance, visitors will be able to make “crunchy” slime, create rubber band splatter art and launch Nerf balls with a custom giant rubber band sling shot. 

“We are very enthusiastic about incorporating rubber bands into the hands-on educational activities taking place throughout the day because it’s a fantastic way to demonstrate science concepts in physics, chemistry and geometry,” said Doug Herbert, director of education at Mid-America Science Museum. During the day, the museum will launch a year-long activity to create one of the world’s largest rubber band balls. Guests will be encouraged to add rubber bands to a “community” rubber band ball throughout the day. The rubber band ball will remain in the museum for the next 12 months in hopes that it will grow up to 300 pounds by next August. The rubber band ball with be used in a spectacular event that will be announced prior to next year’s Summer Science Smash.

In celebration of its 94th year of business, Alliance Rubber Company will be offering a back-to-school prize to the 94th visitor of the Summer Science Smash. Alliance's rubber band ball starter kits will also be available for purchase, while supplies last, in the museum store.

“We love belonging to the Hot Springs community and being a partner with the Mid-America Science Museum to help inspire younger generations," said Bonnie Swayze, president and CEO of Alliance rubber Company. "Our company was founded on innovation, and we make certain that we put innovation at the forefront of everything we do. We are thrilled to co-host this event to show how rubber bands can be used in so many unique ways. We can't wait to see just how big we can grow the rubber band ball throughout the next year,” said Bonnie Swayze, president of Alliance Rubber Company.

“By partnering with Alliance Rubber Company, Mid-America Science Museum helps connect local families with area businesses that use science, technology and engineering in their daily operations and thereby encourage our young people to consider science as a career,” explains Diane LaFollette, executive director of Mid-America Science Museum. 

For more information on Summer Science Smash or other upcoming educational programs at Mid-America Science Museum visit www.midamericamuseum.org or call 501-767-3461.

About Mid-America Science Museum

Mid-America Science Museum is Arkansas’ oldest and largest science center. A 65,000 square foot building on 21 beautiful wooded acres. Our mission is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences, and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. Find out more about the museum and the educational opportunities here.

About Alliance Rubber Company

Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been dedicated to “Holding Your World Together.” The company has grown into a global leader with more than 2,200 skus of mailing, shipping, office and packaging products sold through dealers in 55 countries. Under the current leadership of President Bonnie Swayze, Alliance continues its long history of innovation. Pioneering the women’s entrance into the boardroom, Swayze was the first female board member of the Wholesale Stationers Association and has served on the WBENC board and other HUB organizations.