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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( April 2, 1999)
SDSM& T INTRODUCES NEW CHILDREN’S SCIENCE CENTER
For the past several years the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) has operated the Museum in Motion, which provided children with a variety of hands- on exhibits that focused on scientific principles and the laws of nature. Because of space constraints on campus, the Museum in Motion was open only during the summer months. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Rapid City and SDSM& T, a new Children’s Science Center will soon be opening in Rapid City that will offer the opportunity for students, teachers, day care centers and other groups to utilize throughout the school year.
The Children’s Science Center will focus on learning by doing and making learning fun. The Center will provide area children with hands- on, interactive activities in science and technology. The Center also plans to provide interactive educational programs for children, school groups and the general public that promote the learning of science and technology. The exhibits will promote learning in earth science, physical science, math, technology literacy, space science, biology and other fields. The Children’s Science Center will also serve as a resource for area teachers.
Scheduled to open later this fall, the Center will begin hosting special presentations and programs in April for the community to get a sneak peak at the new Museum. Upcoming events include National Science & Technology Presentations, Dinosaur Dash – 5K Run/ Walk; Bubble Festival; Buffalo Bonanza; and a Gala Auction.
The Center will be located near downtown Rapid City in the Halley Park facility at 515 West Boulevard. The historic stone building that was built as a Works Progress Administration project in the 1930’ s formerly housed the Sioux Indian Museum and the Minnelusa Pioneer Museum before they moved to the Journey Museum.
The Center will serve as an educational and community outreach project to help foster children’s interest at an early age in science and technology careers. Another goal is to increase the preparedness of students for university- level study in engineering and sciences.
SDSM& T officials are seeking partnerships and support from individuals, businesses and organizations offering them a chance to get involved in helping SDSM& T start the Children’s Science Center. A sample of the ways you can get involved include the following:
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Sponsor permanent or rotating exhibits
Donate funds or materials to build exhibits
Loan exhibits or items for display
Volunteer to help with operations ( gift shop, admission tickets, tour guide, etc.)
Become Newton’s Founding Friend and donate funds to help with various aspects of establishing the Center
Assist with presentations to community organizations and prospective sponsors
Identify external funding sources and support for grant applications
Donate funds to help upgrade the facility
With the planned opening of the Children’s Science Center, the future offers many exciting educational opportunities that will promote science and technology learning for children of all ages. For information about upcoming events or ways to get involved, call the SDSM& T Office of University & Public Relations at 605- 394- 2554.
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