Posted by Art Heim at 8/2/2011
A historic day for Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania… On July 13th, we opened our doors to the public for the first time. In addition to the exhibits in place and operational now, we have many more in development and under construction, and every day new components are being added. Over 2300 visitors enjoyed the array of exhibits and programs on hand that day. Our visitor log includes families from as far away as Brazil, others from North Carolina, West Virginia other neighboring states and many locations across Pennsylvania. We have become a visitor destination point in the Centre Region. Over the course of the Arts Festival weekend we averaged 300 to 500 visitors per day. Kids responded to our request for feedback with lots of encouraging words… “amazing, awesome, loved the circuit boards and the dig-it…”
A quick survey of kids indicates a high degree of excitement and a willingness to return for more fun and learning.
Our initial opening days also provided an opportunity to prototype our programming activities. Under the leadership of Michele Crowl the Discovery Space Studio schedule was filled to capacity on many occasions with science education demonstrations. Our science education programs are a critical element of the Discovery Space mission with an ever-increasing array of topics and themes evolving as we become fully operational. During these first weeks of operation we also hosted our first organized group programs welcoming visits from the Easter Seals and area pre-school programs.
I am pleased to announce our “Grand Opening” scheduled for Saturday October 22nd. Stay tuned for details regarding this important day in the life of Discovery Space.