St. Lou IS Leader in STEAM at St. Louis Science Center

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Friday, July 21, 2017

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The Saint Louis Science Center is experiential, educational, entrepreneurial, entertaining and exceptional. It is also the region’s most prominent showcase for STEAM – the seamless interaction of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“The Saint Louis Science Center embraced this integrated approach to learning long before the STEAM acronym was created,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “We believe that integrating diverse disciplines leads to a more coherent and comprehensive understanding of how science has real world applications.”

Vescolani brings that perspective to life with a talented team of science educators, entertainers and enthusiasts, all dedicated to the Saint Louis Science Center’s mission “to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.”

As many as 1 million visitors from around the world visit the Saint Louis Science Center each year. So, it is no wonder that the Saint Louis Science Center in 2016 was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The designation includes access to Smithsonian artifacts, traveling exhibitions and educational collaborations locally and nationally.

This includes being one of only four cities nationwide chosen to host “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” a state-of-the-art traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Scheduled to be on display at the Saint Louis Science Center from April 14 until September 3, 2018, the traveling exhibit is the first national tour since 1970/71 of the iconic Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, which made the historic first lunar landing in 1969.

By integrating diverse disciplines, The Saint Louis Science Center makes science fun for people of all ages. In addition to more than 700 highly-visual and imaginative interactive exhibits, the Institution offers a wide array of high-impact learning experiences and cutting-edge community outreach programs.

Highlights include:

  • The James S. McDonnell Planetarium, where visitors can view the most realistic night sky regardless of outdoor weather conditions, with more than 9,100 stars and deep sky objects projected onto a 78-ft. dome, creating a brilliant star field using the world’s best opto-mechanical star projector, the Zeiss Universarium Modell IX.
  • The OMNIMAX® Theater, featuring specially-produced movies with crystal clear images projected on a giant, five-story, 79-ft. diameter dome that fills visitors’ entire field of vision, combined with 14,400 watts of surround sound, for an amazing sight and sound full-sensory experience.
  • GROW, a one-of-kind permanent indoor/outdoor hands-on gallery spanning more than an acre that immerses visitors in exploring the journey of our food supply from farm to table and increases understanding of the role that each of us has in the stewardship of the world’s food supply.
  • Since 1998, the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program has provided exceptional inquiry-based learning experiences for teenagers throughout high school. YES teens are chosen by community partners and more than 250 teens participate in the program each year. Since 1998, nearly 5,000 teens have participated in the YES program.
  • The Loeb Prize. This annual award for excellence in teaching science and mathematics was established in 1996 and endowed in 2002 by Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb. It honors effective teaching as a central component of quality education and is an important to way to recognize teaching professionals in our community.

St. Lou IS a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – and the Saint Louis Science Center has it all.