March 18 2013

Why Science Centers Matter

Science centers matter because they encourage some of the most memorable out-of-classroom learning experiences both throughout and after childhood.

Adults and children alike enjoy Mobius Science Center in Spokane, WA

The imagination has an opportunity to explore itself, and ideas have the opportunity to linger in these non-profit havens. No matter how large or small, entire regions flock to these venues with reason: with each visit, they change one’s perspective of the universe, if only just marginally. Science centers contribute to society in ways no other organization can. They fill each visitor’s minds with more questions than answers in the best way possible.

A young adult performs a virtual autopsy

In fact, going to a planetarium inspired the internet’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, to study the universe at the age of nine. He is now the director of that very planetarium.

For a region that never had a science center until recently, Mobius Science Center in Spokane, WA has attracted tourists, family-oriented professionals, and public school children from the surrounding areas quickly. Finally, young Spokanites have somewhere to go for a nifty and memorable field trip, thanks to Mobius. This small powerhouse of inland northwest ingenuity is Spokane’s new hub for scientific exploration.

Mobius is like many regional science centers in that their blend of interactive and exhibition-style entertainment naturally enthralls visitors of all ages. Who could resist performing a virtual autopsy? Nobody.

Find the nearest interactive science center to you via this directory.

Why do science centers matter to you? In what ways would you alter your area’s science center to better serve your region?

Credit: Photos by Aascot Holt. Data linked to sources.

Aascot Holt

Aascot Holt is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, pursuing a major in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in Geography. She will graduate in the spring of 2013. She is from Stevenson, WA and currently lives in Spokane, WA in a brick 1936 kit house. She is most intrigued by small-city and small town planning, parks and recreation planning, long-range planning, and historic preservation. She hopes to continue her habit of being involved with many planning projects at a time, and fears being pigeonholed. Aascot maintains the “Being A Planning Student” Tumblr as well as her planning-centric blog, The Comprehensive. She is currently writing Cheney, WA’s entirely new comprehensive parks, recreation, and trails plan, completely pro bono. More can be learned about her endeavors via LinkedIn.

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