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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center  Announces New Discovery Lab

Concord, N --The McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center will open a Discovery Lab, a new permanent space specifically designed for tinkering, making, and discovery, on Friday, August 3rd. The opening will be part of the Discovery Center’s Super Stellar Friday event where the Center is open extra hours every first Friday of the month from 6:30-9:30 PM with special programming.


The Discovery Lab will feature fun and engaging hands-on activities that foster  creative problem solving skills, perseverance, and team-building skills. The Discovery Lab will be installed in the gallery currently housing the Riding the Waves of History exhibit near the Planetarium entrance; this will create a permanent space that will be able to change on a regular basis with new activities and layouts, based visitors’ feedback and experiences. 

“We are really excited to offer the Discovery Lab to the community and offer a permanent space devoted to tinkering and making, critical and creative thinking, as well as engineering and innovation” - Sarah T. Hoffschwelle, Director of Education.

The first round of activities will honor the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankensteinwhere you create your own monsters, electricity, and more! The Discovery Lab will be recommended for ages 8 and above though some activities will be designed specifically with younger audiences in mind. For the rest of the summer, the Discovery Lab will be open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Discovery Center also plans to offer special programs in the Discovery Lab for school trips and rentals this coming fall. 

About McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a full-dome planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. For more information on the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center visit