8. Pacific Science Center
Alexandra (Alex) Butera(202) 414-0798
Web Site: http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/
|Young visitors take part in a hands-on activity at one of the center’s Discovery Carts.
In Seattle, Washington, Pacific Science Center seeks to go beyond just teaching guests about science. Its Portal to the Public program connects the public with cutting-edge science by training scientists to demonstrate and explain their research; Discovery Corps gets students excited about the world around them and teaches invaluable job and life skills; and Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Science emphasizes not an accumulation of health facts but the impact of personal choices in building healthier lives.
"I’d like to congratulate Pacific Science Center for earning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service," said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (WA). "Washington state has a strong tradition of innovation and scientific achievement. The Pacific Science Center is helping us carry on this tradition by encouraging a new generation to embrace science and math. Our state benefits enormously from having one of America’s nationally recognized museums ready to serve our communities."
"This is great news. The Pacific Science Center is being awarded 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service not only because of its long-established commitment to teaching visitors about science, but also because the Center goes the extra mile and offers innovative hands-on exhibits that appeal to students. Getting our youth interested in science and technology at an early age is critical to building a next-generation workforce that ensures that the Northwest and the rest of the U.S. continue to lead the world in technological and scientific breakthroughs," said Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7).
Community Member: Andrea Rose Nichols
Twenty-one-year-old Andrea Rose Nichols began volunteering at Pacific Science Center in high school as part of the Discovery Corps. She began with little interest in science, but volunteering altered her view. She recently graduated from the University of Washington and is now pursuing a career in science teaching. "Discovery Corps training built the confidence I needed and now, as an adult staff member at Pacific Science Center, I use the presentation skills I learned to present live science shows to groups of up to 200 guests. Before, I had trouble making small talk with the grocery clerk, let alone a group of strangers," said Andrea.
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