Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Develops Creative Event Based on “This is Dot” Children’s Book


"This is Dot" at OMSI June 12, 2010

On Saturday, June 12th 2010, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host a creative event based on the children’s book, “This is Dot.” Annie Douglass, Science Educator at OMSI’s Science Playground, developed the concept after meeting with the book’s author to discuss how children seem to quickly identify with Dot and incorporate the character into their own colorful and expressive drawings.

The “This is Dot” event will be held in the Discovery Lab, a section of the Science Playground where children 6 years old and younger have access to a variety of creative, hands-on activities. In keeping with OMSI’s core values of learning, creativity, and integrity, Douglass has crafted the event to introduce children to Dot and invite them to express their own ideas of what Dot may be thinking, feeling, or doing.

OMSI is a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of science and technology. While the concept of OMSI was born over 100 years ago, the museum was officially established in 1949 and has been making science exciting and relevant to visitors ever since.

For details about OMSI’s Science Playground and the “This is Dot” creative event, go to www.omsi.edu/science-playground (click the link for June events in the Discovery Lab) or contact Annie Douglass at ADouglass@omsi.edu.

“This is Dot” (ISBN: 9780984128907), written and illustrated by Bjorn Ansbro, is a colorful picture book about a simple black dot, who’s curious, friendly, and adventurous. The first in a developing series, “This is Dot” presents children with a positive message of imagination, exploration, and play.

Published by Squiggly Line Media and distributed by Ingram Book Company, “This is Dot” is available in the U.S. through Powells.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and worldwide on a variety of international booksellers’ websites.

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