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The students at Bay Academy, with their families in tow, had the opportunity to play with brains, snakes, and animal pelts, while rubbing shoulders with NASA scientists and FBI investigators on March 27, as part of the school’s third annual Family Science and Math Night.

The event, which has grown tremendously since it debuted at the Sheepshead Bay school in 2010, featured about 40 professionals in the math and science fields, who came equipped with hands-on activities that provided plenty of fun for kids and adults.

“Basically, this family science night is a way for us to have the family become more involved with their child,” said Janice Dalton, the science supervisor at Bay Academy on Emmons Avenue. “Through discovery of science and math, and through hands-on activities, they can discover various aspects of those two disciplines together.”

Kids and kin had plenty of fun science stuff to lay their hands on in the pursuit of knowledge; including sheep brains, snakes and turtles courtesy of the Staten Island Zoo, and various animal pelts, while learning about how they relate to their environments.

“I think that all the students and families that came out were so enthusiastic for being able to participate in all the activities,” said Dalton. “When they left you could tell they were looking forward to next year.”

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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