Although its doors are closed, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center continues its mission to inspire every generation to reach for the stars, by delivering activities on its website, www.starhop.com, that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science. The Discovery Center anticipates reopening when it is safe to do so, but until that time, the Center is dedicated to providing entertaining, educational science and mathematics activities and distance learning modules for the many families who have children and teens learning at home for the first time, as well as for families who have been homeschooling for years. The Discovery Center’s websitealso includes features that appeal to people who would like to explore Discovery Center exhibits, learn more space history and/or try out activities where art, math and science intersect.
The Discovery Center recommends that people check the blog on its website, where they will find new science experiments, STEM activities and virtual exhibits uploaded daily. New this week include info on the Discovery Center’s Mercury Redstone rocket, simple programming with Cubetto robots as well as activities on erosion, kitchen chemistry, space “crafts” and coresamples. Those who are interested in activities not yet on the website are encouraged to makesuggestions on the website’s contact page.
To support the Discovery Center in its efforts to serve the community with online learning modules, people can go to www.starhop.com to donate or become a member. New members will still enjoy an entire year of fun, as all memberships purchased during this time will not expire until one year from the date the Discovery Center officially reopens to the public.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com