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Local Competitive Robotics Teams Create Inclusivity for People of All Abilities

[caption id="attachment_20148" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Judges discuss team's robotic creations during 2016 Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center. Judges discuss team's robotic creations during 2016 Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center.[/caption]

Picture this: two robots, built and controlled by high school students, battling to push the other out of a large ring like Sumo wrestlers, while hundreds of people cheer in the crowd. This was the scene last year during the Unified Robotics Championship held at Pacific Science Center.

Robotics competitions among high school students are on the rise. FIRST Robotics is an international non-profit organization that inspires students to become leaders in science and technology through building robots to compete against one another. During a school year, 460,000 students participate on over 52,000 FIRST Robotics teams. One of those students is Delaney Foster of the CyberKnights FIRST Robotics Team.

As an active participant in FIRST Robotics, Delaney, along with her mother, Noelle, and her sister, Kendall, would travel to competitions. Kendall loved watching her sister compete, but never had the opportunity to do so at the same level as her sister because she has autism. For years, Delaney saw the opportunities for her sister to be involved in group activities decline, so during her sophomore year of high school, she decided to change that.

Delaney began to build curriculum for a student-led robotics team for special education students called Unified Robotics. By recruiting her fellow FIRST Robotics teammates, each special education student was paired with a FIRST Robotics participant. Each set of partners had to learn how to work with one another to build a robot to compete in a match.

"The students began to realize that success is totally different for each person," says Noelle, who is also a mentor for Unified Robotics. "For some, success was connecting two LEGO pieces together. It's about the effort."

For many of the students with special needs, this was the first opportunity they had in high school to participate in an extracurricular activity or team setting. For some of the FIRST Robotics students, it was their first experience working with special education students.

"I had parents of the students with special needs tell me that the day that their child was going to participate in Unified Robotics was the easiest day of the week because they had something to look forward to. When I would get to the school to help set up for practice, there would be a line of students outside the door."

[caption id="attachment_20149" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Founder of Unified Robotics, Delaney and her sister Kendall at a robotics competition. Founder of Unified Robotics, Delaney and her sister Kendall at a robotics competition.[/caption]

Unified Robotics not only gives students with special needs the chance to participate in an inclusionary activity, but helps make science, tech, engineering and math more accessible. By learning how to build a robot out of LEGO parts, or code a simple computer program, these students gain invaluable skills that could help open doors in the workplace later.

"We had a special needs student who had participated in FIRST Robotics before, but his teammates had him only learn the rules because they couldn't find a right fit for his skills. When he came to Unified Robotics, he would come up with these completely out-of-the-box ideas that many of the partner students didn't think could be done. He would then start to build, make his ideas come to life and they would work. He now is in college majoring in Computer Science."

For the partner students, their perceptions change about students with disabilities. They learn how to become leaders in a group setting, and how to adjust their communication style to accomplish tasks with the special education student they are working with.

"Unified Robotics is extremely important for the partner students as well because they are our leaders of tomorrow. They will be the leaders in the tech industry; they will be making hiring decisions. The partner students realize that just because people with special needs think differently, it doesn't make them unintelligent and diversity in the workforce makes businesses and communities stronger."

Unified Robotics started with just six teams and 24 students. It has now grown to over 36 teams from 15 schools in three states and is a certified sport by the Special Olympics. Organizations like Microsoft have taken interest in working with Unified Robotics, and Pacific Science Center will be the location for the 2017 Championship in November.

"The students are so inspiring. Seeing how my daughter, Kendall, has changed, and how before she had no interest in technology. Now she's learning to code and is interested in robots," Noelle comments. "Unified Robotics is opening doors to STEM for students with special needs, and it's teaching partner students the importance of inclusivity. The experience often changes their perspective of their peers."

As part of our efforts to enable access to our facilities, programs, and experiences to people of all abilities, Pacific Science Center is proud to host the 2017 Unified Robotics Championship on November 12 for the second consecutive year.

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Judges discuss team's robotic creations during 2016 Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center.[/caption] Picture this: two robots, built and controlled by high school students, battling to push the other out of a large ring like Sumo wrestlers, while hundreds of people cheer in the crowd. This was the scene last year during the Unified Robotics Championship held at Pacific Science Center. Robotics competitions among high school students are on the rise. FIRST Robotics is an international non-profit organization that inspires students to become leaders in science and technology through building robots to compete against one another. During a school year, 460,000 students participate on over 52,000 FIRST Robotics teams. One of those students is Delaney Foster of the CyberKnights FIRST Robotics Team. As an active participant in FIRST Robotics, Delaney, along with her mother, Noelle, and her sister, Kendall, would travel to competitions. Kendall loved watching her sister compete, but never had the opportunity to do so at the same level as her sister because she has autism. For years, Delaney saw the opportunities for her sister to be involved in group activities decline, so during her sophomore year of high school, she decided to change that. Delaney began to build curriculum for a student-led robotics team for special education students called Unified Robotics. By recruiting her fellow FIRST Robotics teammates, each special education student was paired with a FIRST Robotics participant. Each set of partners had to learn how to work with one another to build a robot to compete in a match. "The students began to realize that success is totally different for each person," says Noelle, who is also a mentor for Unified Robotics. "For some, success was connecting two LEGO pieces together. It's about the effort." For many of the students with special needs, this was the first opportunity they had in high school to participate in an extracurricular activity or team setting. For some of the FIRST Robotics students, it was their first experience working with special education students. "I had parents of the students with special needs tell me that the day that their child was going to participate in Unified Robotics was the easiest day of the week because they had something to look forward to. When I would get to the school to help set up for practice, there would be a line of students outside the door." [caption id="attachment_20149" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Founder of Unified Robotics, Delaney and her sister Kendall at a robotics competition. Founder of Unified Robotics, Delaney and her sister Kendall at a robotics competition.[/caption] Unified Robotics not only gives students with special needs the chance to participate in an inclusionary activity, but helps make science, tech, engineering and math more accessible. By learning how to build a robot out of LEGO parts, or code a simple computer program, these students gain invaluable skills that could help open doors in the workplace later. "We had a special needs student who had participated in FIRST Robotics before, but his teammates had him only learn the rules because they couldn't find a right fit for his skills. When he came to Unified Robotics, he would come up with these completely out-of-the-box ideas that many of the partner students didn't think could be done. He would then start to build, make his ideas come to life and they would work. He now is in college majoring in Computer Science." For the partner students, their perceptions change about students with disabilities. They learn how to become leaders in a group setting, and how to adjust their communication style to accomplish tasks with the special education student they are working with. "Unified Robotics is extremely important for the partner students as well because they are our leaders of tomorrow. They will be the leaders in the tech industry; they will be making hiring decisions. The partner students realize that just because people with special needs think differently, it doesn't make them unintelligent and diversity in the workforce makes businesses and communities stronger." Unified Robotics started with just six teams and 24 students. It has now grown to over 36 teams from 15 schools in three states and is a certified sport by the Special Olympics. Organizations like Microsoft have taken interest in working with Unified Robotics, and Pacific Science Center will be the location for the 2017 Championship in November. "The students are so inspiring. Seeing how my daughter, Kendall, has changed, and how before she had no interest in technology. Now she's learning to code and is interested in robots," Noelle comments. "Unified Robotics is opening doors to STEM for students with special needs, and it's teaching partner students the importance of inclusivity. The experience often changes their perspective of their peers." As part of our efforts to enable access to our facilities, programs, and experiences to people of all abilities, Pacific Science Center is proud to host the 2017 Unified Robotics Championship on November 12 for the second consecutive year. 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A New Era Of Experimentation https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/reality/new-era-of-experimentation-2017-10-25/ Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:08:45 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=19980 Diana Johns

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[caption id="attachment_19978" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Diana Johns, Pacific Science Center Vice President of Exhibits & Life Sciences explores virtual reality at the University of Southern California. Diana Johns, Pacific Science Center Vice President of Exhibits & Life Sciences explores virtual reality at the University of Southern California.[/caption]

An Interview with Vice President of Exhibits, Diana Johns on Pacific Science Center's new set of experiences.

It's a common misconception that science is a set series of facts and equations. Science is a boundless and timeless process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving. If science is fluid and constant, then shouldn't a center for it be just that?

Pacific Science Center is in an era of discovery. We want to get better at inspiring guests to observe, ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and evaluate evidence in all aspects of their lives. In other words, we are immersing our guests in the scientific process- and our newest experiment, What is Reality is no exception.

"We're figuring out a new model for developing experiences," Diana Johns, Vice President of Exhibits for Pacific Science Center explains. "The traditional museum model of creating exhibits often ends with experiences that have really great content but that feel static over time. With all of the new technology tools out there we're playing with ideas on how to make our experiences more nimble. It's exciting to have the ability to experiment with new ideas."

Diana Johns is a veteran of the Science Center and she is no stranger to change, but this level of experimentation is new. Like any new thing, there will be successes and failures. "That's just fine – the point is to keep learning and applying so that we can deliver an excellent and delightful guest experience."

"It's a pretty big departure from what the Science Center has done before. We (Will Daugherty, President & CEO) and I started talking about the potential for Building Four after Terracotta Warriors departed. Our discussion lead to our interest in being more representative of the tech and innovation sector and really infusing the idea of a community laboratory and living room into our offerings. The conversation evolved into questions of reality - how do we know what is real?"

The topic of reality seems tangential, but it sparked a very important dialogue.

Questioning the world that we know dates way back in human history. People create their own reality each day. One portrayal of reality is summarized in the children's story, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. The story follows a stuffed rabbit's desire to become real through the love of his owner. Diana mentions that the story was part of the inspiration for the concept of What is Reality.

The popularity of immersive technologies is growing and Seattle is a hotbed for rapid innovation in augmented and virtual reality. Everyone from industry giants to small start-ups are playing with the promise and potential of these exciting new ways of seeing and interacting with the world. It's also a tie-in that Diana and Will thought connects with the local tech and innovation sector to bring new, immersive experiences to our community and spark conversations about reality with guests.

"It's a great big onion with tons of layers we get to peel back and play with. We're asking questions like: What does it look like to create reality experiences that are more nimble? What does it mean to have our Science Interpreters facilitate experiences between guests and local innovators? How can we be more of an open door for our community?"

What is most exciting for the Science Center is the opportunity to integrate more into the community; to be a resource.

"As a Science Center, we are committed to experimentation to become better. It's gutsy. We are putting ourselves out there and there will be failure in the mix. It will help us learn and move forward."

Staying true to our name, expect to partake in the scientific process during your next visit. Come prepared to question the world you know through a variety of experiences and experiment with us.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Callout Box - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|off|off"][box]<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Meet scientists like Ângela on most Saturdays at Pacific Science Center. Stop by Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery to engage in hands-on activities relating to research being conducted by local scientists. <a href="https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/meet-a-scientist/" target="_self">Learn More</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->[/box][/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Diana Johns, Pacific Science Center Vice President of Exhibits & Life Sciences explores virtual reality at the University of Southern California.[/caption] An Interview with Vice President of Exhibits, Diana Johns on Pacific Science Center's new set of experiences. It's a common misconception that science is a set series of facts and equations. Science is a boundless and timeless process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving. If science is fluid and constant, then shouldn't a center for it be just that? Pacific Science Center is in an era of discovery. We want to get better at inspiring guests to observe, ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and evaluate evidence in all aspects of their lives. In other words, we are immersing our guests in the scientific process- and our newest experiment, What is Reality is no exception. "We're figuring out a new model for developing experiences," Diana Johns, Vice President of Exhibits for Pacific Science Center explains. "The traditional museum model of creating exhibits often ends with experiences that have really great content but that feel static over time. With all of the new technology tools out there we're playing with ideas on how to make our experiences more nimble. It's exciting to have the ability to experiment with new ideas." Diana Johns is a veteran of the Science Center and she is no stranger to change, but this level of experimentation is new. Like any new thing, there will be successes and failures. "That's just fine – the point is to keep learning and applying so that we can deliver an excellent and delightful guest experience." "It's a pretty big departure from what the Science Center has done before. We (Will Daugherty, President & CEO) and I started talking about the potential for Building Four after Terracotta Warriors departed. Our discussion lead to our interest in being more representative of the tech and innovation sector and really infusing the idea of a community laboratory and living room into our offerings. The conversation evolved into questions of reality - how do we know what is real?" The topic of reality seems tangential, but it sparked a very important dialogue. Questioning the world that we know dates way back in human history. People create their own reality each day. One portrayal of reality is summarized in the children's story, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. The story follows a stuffed rabbit's desire to become real through the love of his owner. Diana mentions that the story was part of the inspiration for the concept of What is Reality. The popularity of immersive technologies is growing and Seattle is a hotbed for rapid innovation in augmented and virtual reality. Everyone from industry giants to small start-ups are playing with the promise and potential of these exciting new ways of seeing and interacting with the world. It's also a tie-in that Diana and Will thought connects with the local tech and innovation sector to bring new, immersive experiences to our community and spark conversations about reality with guests. "It's a great big onion with tons of layers we get to peel back and play with. We're asking questions like: What does it look like to create reality experiences that are more nimble? What does it mean to have our Science Interpreters facilitate experiences between guests and local innovators? How can we be more of an open door for our community?" What is most exciting for the Science Center is the opportunity to integrate more into the community; to be a resource. "As a Science Center, we are committed to experimentation to become better. It's gutsy. We are putting ourselves out there and there will be failure in the mix. It will help us learn and move forward." Staying true to our name, expect to partake in the scientific process during your next visit. Come prepared to question the world you know through a variety of experiences and experiment with us. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Callout Box - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|off|off"][box]<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Meet scientists like Ângela on most Saturdays at Pacific Science Center. Stop by Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery to engage in hands-on activities relating to research being conducted by local scientists. <a href="https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/meet-a-scientist/" target="_self">Learn More</a><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->[/box][/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Where Art Meets Technology: An Interview with XR Art Director, Marisa Erven https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/reality/where-art-meets-technology-2017-10-04/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:57:30 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=19498 Marisa Erven is the Art Director for Hyperspace, our current Start-Up in Residence.

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Marisa Erven is the Art Director for Hyperspace, our current Start-Up in Residence.

Marisa Erven is the Art Director for Hyperspace, our current Start-Up in Residence. In the video embedded below, she talks how her career in art has evolved and the intersections of augmented, virtual, and extended reality have with art. To learn more about Hyperspace, click here.

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Meet Our Start Up in Residence: Hyperspace XR https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/reality/meet-reality-start-residence-hyperspace-xr/ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:40:19 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=19215 Jeff Ludwyck, CEO and Creative Director of local startup Hyperspace

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Jeff Ludwyck, CEO and Creative Director of local startup Hyperspace

"What we're working on here at the Science Center is more than your at-home virtual reality (VR) experience. It's taking it a step further with what we call, "extended reality" or XR," Jeff Ludwyck, CEO and Creative Director of the local startup Hyperspace explains.

Hyperspace is a Seattle-based tech startup working at Pacific Science Center as part of the What is Reality experience. You can find them inside Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery behind the canvas drapes of the previous "Insecta-sideshow" tent. Here, they are creating a never-before-seen, transportive virtual reality experience that opens a portal to new physical realms by layering an immersive virtual experience onto a large physical set where guests of the Science Center will enter a new world, traversing it over a 20+ minute period.

This new frontier or immersive technologies includes Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Virtual Reality (VR) and now Extended Reality (XR) adding in all of the senses and large environments to immerse the player to the fullest. There are a small number of competitive companies focused on large scale XR experiences but Hyperspace is taking a novel approach to the technology. Instead of blanketing the virtual space with cameras mounted on a grid over the player and around the space to track the player, all of the tracking is done from onboard the player looking out. Using technology similar to a self-driving car, Hyperspace enables the player's suit to view the environment and communicate to the game where they are in the space; a much more seamless and elegant approach to this kind of problem.

"A virtual reality experience can only be so immersive, especially at home, when you're about to run into your coffee table. We wanted to be able to allow guests to traverse out across bigger areas, touch physical environments, feel the wind hit their face, and smell the world they are walking through so their minds will fully accept they have been transported to another world."

That is where the backpack, AKA "the spacesuit" comes in. Hyperspace has built a wearable PC that connects to a fully virtual headset that tracks your movements in an already mapped area. This spacesuit allows you to move around in larger spaces without being connected by a cord. It's fully immersive not augmented reality. With augmented reality, you see the real world around you through the headset, then virtual items are layered on top of that space. Virtual reality is only part of the experience. What they are doing is creating a completely virtual view and building a physical set and experience to replicate that. This physical environment provides the tactile experiences: touch, sound, and smell left behind in other VR technologies. For example, if the environment that you're experiencing virtually is a forest, you can walk up to a rock that you see through the headset and feel the rough exterior, or pick it up and feel the weight.

"You will be able to feel rumbling through the ground. You will be able to feel coolness, heat and wind. Imagine walking through a cave where you will actually be able to smell the dirt as you enter or feel the wet cool interior. Or if you walk up to a campfire, you'll smell the smoke. If you walk up to something, like a barrel, you can touch it with your hands. We do not want to create an experience that is surface level. We want you to really feel like you are there."

Jeff envisions that this technology will be used to elevate all forms of entertainment; from theme parks, to theaters, to museums and science centers like Pacific Science Center. "My passion is attractions. Creating experiences that brings authentic joy is what inspires me. I'm also inspired by seeing people use something I created that makes them think and ignites curiosity in a new way."

For Hyperspace, the Science Center is an ideal location for them. Each day, several beta testers walk feet away from their workspace, so Jeff's team can test and refine their technology. For the Science Center, it's an opportunity to offer guests a hands-on experience with technology that could change the future.

It's also an opportunity for guests to learn first-hand about Seattle's active startup sector and lessons learned through navigating a sometimes ambiguous landscape. Although startups are common in our region, it's not often you get to see inside what makes them tick. Over the coming weeks we will dig deeper and explore what it's like to launch a new venture and build a company like Hyperspace.

What's next for Hyperspace? Hyperspace is currently raising their seed round of funding and looking for the right partners to team up with. The seed round is generally the funding round a startup enters once they've proven that their product can perform like they envisioned and that the market actually wants it. In the case of Hyperspace their 12 person team has proven they can build the technology to build an experience like this at scale and Pacific Science Center is the proof of market needed to move forward in their venture. We are excited to see, and feel, all of what's in store for Hyperspace.

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It's taking it a step further with what we call, "extended reality" or XR," Jeff Ludwyck, CEO and Creative Director of the local startup Hyperspace explains. Hyperspace is a Seattle-based tech startup working at Pacific Science Center as part of the What is Reality experience. You can find them inside Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery behind the canvas drapes of the previous "Insecta-sideshow" tent. Here, they are creating a never-before-seen, transportive virtual reality experience that opens a portal to new physical realms by layering an immersive virtual experience onto a large physical set where guests of the Science Center will enter a new world, traversing it over a 20+ minute period. This new frontier or immersive technologies includes Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Virtual Reality (VR) and now Extended Reality (XR) adding in all of the senses and large environments to immerse the player to the fullest. There are a small number of competitive companies focused on large scale XR experiences but Hyperspace is taking a novel approach to the technology. Instead of blanketing the virtual space with cameras mounted on a grid over the player and around the space to track the player, all of the tracking is done from onboard the player looking out. Using technology similar to a self-driving car, Hyperspace enables the player's suit to view the environment and communicate to the game where they are in the space; a much more seamless and elegant approach to this kind of problem. "A virtual reality experience can only be so immersive, especially at home, when you're about to run into your coffee table. We wanted to be able to allow guests to traverse out across bigger areas, touch physical environments, feel the wind hit their face, and smell the world they are walking through so their minds will fully accept they have been transported to another world." That is where the backpack, AKA "the spacesuit" comes in. Hyperspace has built a wearable PC that connects to a fully virtual headset that tracks your movements in an already mapped area. This spacesuit allows you to move around in larger spaces without being connected by a cord. It's fully immersive not augmented reality. With augmented reality, you see the real world around you through the headset, then virtual items are layered on top of that space. Virtual reality is only part of the experience. What they are doing is creating a completely virtual view and building a physical set and experience to replicate that. This physical environment provides the tactile experiences: touch, sound, and smell left behind in other VR technologies. For example, if the environment that you're experiencing virtually is a forest, you can walk up to a rock that you see through the headset and feel the rough exterior, or pick it up and feel the weight. "You will be able to feel rumbling through the ground. You will be able to feel coolness, heat and wind. Imagine walking through a cave where you will actually be able to smell the dirt as you enter or feel the wet cool interior. Or if you walk up to a campfire, you'll smell the smoke. If you walk up to something, like a barrel, you can touch it with your hands. We do not want to create an experience that is surface level. We want you to really feel like you are there." Jeff envisions that this technology will be used to elevate all forms of entertainment; from theme parks, to theaters, to museums and science centers like Pacific Science Center. "My passion is attractions. Creating experiences that brings authentic joy is what inspires me. I'm also inspired by seeing people use something I created that makes them think and ignites curiosity in a new way." For Hyperspace, the Science Center is an ideal location for them. Each day, several beta testers walk feet away from their workspace, so Jeff's team can test and refine their technology. For the Science Center, it's an opportunity to offer guests a hands-on experience with technology that could change the future. It's also an opportunity for guests to learn first-hand about Seattle's active startup sector and lessons learned through navigating a sometimes ambiguous landscape. Although startups are common in our region, it's not often you get to see inside what makes them tick. Over the coming weeks we will dig deeper and explore what it's like to launch a new venture and build a company like Hyperspace. What's next for Hyperspace? Hyperspace is currently raising their seed round of funding and looking for the right partners to team up with. The seed round is generally the funding round a startup enters once they've proven that their product can perform like they envisioned and that the market actually wants it. In the case of Hyperspace their 12 person team has proven they can build the technology to build an experience like this at scale and Pacific Science Center is the proof of market needed to move forward in their venture. We are excited to see, and feel, all of what's in store for Hyperspace. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Callout Box - Code" _builder_version="3.0.76" disabled="off" disabled_on="|off|off"][box]<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->For more information on the What is Reality experiences at Pacific Science Center visit <a href="https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/reality/" target="_self">pacsci.org/reality</a> for updates.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->[/box][/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Viitaniemi https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteer/volunteer-spotlight-maria-viitaniemi/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:47:33 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=18935 Meet Maria Viitaniemi, one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program.

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[caption id="attachment_18933" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Meet Maria Viitaniemi, one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program. Meet Maria Viitaniemi, one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program.[/caption]

"I tell them to trust physics," says Maria Viitaniemi, a volunteer at Pacific Science Center, when discussing her favorite interactions at the high rail bike. "A lot of people find it scary to ride a bike suspended 30 feet from the ground. I explain to them that because the weight hanging below the bike makes their center of mass so low, it's nearly impossible to tip the bike over. It's exciting to see a guest get on the bike and trust science."

Maria, a graduate student in physics, is one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program, where she interacts with guests to get them excited about science and ignite their curiosity.

On any given day, you can find Maria inviting guests to touch a brain, handling a hissing cockroach, or having conversations about the inhabitants inside the salt-water tide pool.

"[At the Science Center] you can see kids exploring their natural curiosity! Often times, they are actually conducting the scientific method without even knowing it. One of my favorite activities is guiding guests with questions when showing them the 'Touch a Brain' cart. With the right questions, they realize that they can come up with really sound conclusions just using their powers of observation and thinking critically. They realize they can think like a biologist or neuroscientist and sometimes start asking their own questions."

When Maria is in the lab, she performs experiments that involve shooting lasers onto millimeter wide samples mounted inside giant, ultracold magnets (yes, you read that correctly!). Her goal is to discover the best material to use in quantum computers.

"Not only is a nice break from the lab that I work in, I think it's important for scientists to interact with the public and discuss their work. I get excited when I talk about science with others, and even more so when those guests get excited too."

In between her time at the Science Center and inside the lab, Maria also loves to dance.

"I've participated in performance dance like ballet and tap since I was five years old. Then during my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, I began learning the Argentine Tango!"

Maria looks forward to continuing to volunteer at the Science Center through our Communications Fellowship Program, where she will receive training from our staff on how to discuss research effectively to our guests through hands-on activities and communication techniques.

"I am excited to learn how to further connect what kids are doing in the physics classes to the world around them. It's too easy to get lost in the math and forget that it's applicable to so many things!"

To learn more about volunteer positions like Maria's, visit pacsci.org/volunteers/.

 

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Meet Maria Viitaniemi, one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program.[/caption] "I tell them to trust physics," says Maria Viitaniemi, a volunteer at Pacific Science Center, when discussing her favorite interactions at the high rail bike. "A lot of people find it scary to ride a bike suspended 30 feet from the ground. I explain to them that because the weight hanging below the bike makes their center of mass so low, it's nearly impossible to tip the bike over. It's exciting to see a guest get on the bike and trust science." Maria, a graduate student in physics, is one of the volunteers in our science interpretation program, where she interacts with guests to get them excited about science and ignite their curiosity. On any given day, you can find Maria inviting guests to touch a brain, handling a hissing cockroach, or having conversations about the inhabitants inside the salt-water tide pool. "[At the Science Center] you can see kids exploring their natural curiosity! Often times, they are actually conducting the scientific method without even knowing it. One of my favorite activities is guiding guests with questions when showing them the 'Touch a Brain' cart. With the right questions, they realize that they can come up with really sound conclusions just using their powers of observation and thinking critically. They realize they can think like a biologist or neuroscientist and sometimes start asking their own questions." When Maria is in the lab, she performs experiments that involve shooting lasers onto millimeter wide samples mounted inside giant, ultracold magnets (yes, you read that correctly!). Her goal is to discover the best material to use in quantum computers. "Not only is a nice break from the lab that I work in, I think it's important for scientists to interact with the public and discuss their work. I get excited when I talk about science with others, and even more so when those guests get excited too." In between her time at the Science Center and inside the lab, Maria also loves to dance. "I've participated in performance dance like ballet and tap since I was five years old. Then during my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, I began learning the Argentine Tango!" Maria looks forward to continuing to volunteer at the Science Center through our Communications Fellowship Program, where she will receive training from our staff on how to discuss research effectively to our guests through hands-on activities and communication techniques. "I am excited to learn how to further connect what kids are doing in the physics classes to the world around them. It's too easy to get lost in the math and forget that it's applicable to so many things!" To learn more about volunteer positions like Maria's, visit pacsci.org/volunteers/.   [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Craft Cocktails You Will Only Find At THEORY https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-stories/craft-cocktails-will-find-theory/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:16:27 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=17579

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Craft Cocktail

For many Seattleites (of legal drinking age), the summer season ushers in the constant pursuit of an outdoor venue to sip on refreshing cocktails. Look no further than Pacific Science Center. On July 28, we will be hosting the party of the summer at THEORY: Festival 2017, complete with drinks, dancing and DJs all al-fresco.

We've partnered with Heritage Distilling to provide you with an exclusive cocktail list sure to provide you with refreshing libations designed to enjoy while soaking up the summer sunshine.

Anti-Gravity

Imagine if you could transport your taste buds to Hawaii - that's what this drink is.

  • Hibiscus Vodka
  • Tonic Water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Poured over crushed ice and garnished with a twist of lime

Solar Flare

Like its namesake, this drink is an eruption of intense high-energy in the form of flavor.

  • Elk Rider Blended Whiskey
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Poured over ice and garnished with a cherry

Nebula (VIP bar exclusive)

Don't let the blue hue fool you!

  • Brown Sugar Bourbon
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Tonic water
  • Muddled raspberries and blueberries in a tall glass, topped with ice and a lemon wedge to garnish

Both general admission and VIP ticket holders have access to open bar – which means you will be able to conduct your own taste test. Plus: you'll be drinking in the name of igniting curiosity and bringing science to life. We can cheers to that!

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  • Hibiscus Vodka
  • Tonic Water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Poured over crushed ice and garnished with a twist of lime
Solar Flare Like its namesake, this drink is an eruption of intense high-energy in the form of flavor.
  • Elk Rider Blended Whiskey
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Poured over ice and garnished with a cherry
Nebula (VIP bar exclusive) Don't let the blue hue fool you!
  • Brown Sugar Bourbon
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Tonic water
  • Muddled raspberries and blueberries in a tall glass, topped with ice and a lemon wedge to garnish
Both general admission and VIP ticket holders have access to open bar – which means you will be able to conduct your own taste test. Plus: you'll be drinking in the name of igniting curiosity and bringing science to life. We can cheers to that! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Callout Box - Code" _builder_version="3.0.64" disabled="off" disabled_on="|off|off"][box]<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->For tickets and more information about <em>THEORY: Festival 2017</em> <a href="https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/theory-festival-2017/" target="_self">click here</a>.<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->[/box][/et_pb_code][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Andy Jassy, Ceo, Amazon Web Services And Adriane Brown, President & Coo, Intellectual Ventures To Speak At Pacific Science Center’s Annual Fundraising Event https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news/andy-jassy-adriane-brown-to-speak-at-annual-fundraising-event/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:00:22 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=15135 14th Annual Foundation of Science Breakfast

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14th Annual Foundations of Science Breakfast: Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators on May 17 at Marriott Waterfront

SEATTLE, WA (March 16, 2017) – Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Business Leader, Innovator and Adriane Brown, President and COO, Intellectual Ventures, Recognized Business Leader, Influencer, Mentor will join Pacific Science Center to keynote the 14th Annual Foundations of Science Breakfast— a morning of inspiring tomorrow's innovators throughout Washington state.

Imagine that in our lifetime, the next generation of inventors and innovators cure cancer, reverse climate change, end hunger, push the limits of time and space, and discover new frontiers. What else would be possible when we ignite curiosity in tomorrow's innovators by fueling a passion for experimentation, discovery, and critical thinking through hands-on experiences today?

On May 17, Pacific Science Center will bring together leading Northwest business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to celebrate these possibilities.

Registration and networking begin at 7 a.m. and the program will run from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Marriott Waterfront, Seattle.

To register, please visit pacificsciencecenter.org/breakfast. If you are interested in sponsorship levels for this event, please email kdej-panah@pacsci.org.

Limited press passes are available on a first-request, first-served basis. Please contact Katelyn Del Buco at kdelbuco@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5728 to inquire.

A not-for-profit institution, Pacific Science Center greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors for the Foundations of Science Breakfast. Thanks to their generosity, every contribution made at the event will directly support igniting curiosity in every child and fueling a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. We are grateful for leadership support from our Dreamer sponsors, Intellectual Ventures, Battelle, and the newest member of the community, Kaiser Permanente. We welcome Kaiser Permanente and look forward to bringing science to life in the Northwest together.

Media partner: GeekWire

ABOUT PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution's mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and to fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center's award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Seattle campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.

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Imagine that in our lifetime, the next generation of inventors and innovators cure cancer, reverse climate change, end hunger, push the limits of time and space, and discover new frontiers. What else would be possible when we ignite curiosity in tomorrow's innovators by fueling a passion for experimentation, discovery, and critical thinking through hands-on experiences today? On May 17, Pacific Science Center will bring together leading Northwest business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to celebrate these possibilities. Registration and networking begin at 7 a.m. and the program will run from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Marriott Waterfront, Seattle. To register, please visit pacificsciencecenter.org/breakfast. If you are interested in sponsorship levels for this event, please email kdej-panah@pacsci.org. Limited press passes are available on a first-request, first-served basis. Please contact Katelyn Del Buco at kdelbuco@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5728 to inquire. A not-for-profit institution, Pacific Science Center greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors for the Foundations of Science Breakfast. Thanks to their generosity, every contribution made at the event will directly support igniting curiosity in every child and fueling a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. We are grateful for leadership support from our Dreamer sponsors, Intellectual Ventures, Battelle, and the newest member of the community, Kaiser Permanente. We welcome Kaiser Permanente and look forward to bringing science to life in the Northwest together. Media partner: GeekWire ABOUT PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution's mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and to fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center's award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Seattle campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. ### [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Explore The Arctic At Pacific Science Center’s Polar Science Weekend https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news/polar-science-weekend-2017/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:22:48 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=14568 Polar Science Weekend 2017

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NASA to join as featured exhibitor, March 3-5, 2017

SEATTLE, WA (March 1, 2017) — Take a scientific journey to the ends of the earth at Pacific Science Center's next Curiosity Days: Polar Science Weekend, March 3-5. Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, eavesdrop underwater on the sounds of whales and tour an actual Arctic Ice Camp that polar researchers call home; all with the guidance of scientists in the field.

Presented in partnership with the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, Polar Science Weekend brings current research from some of the most scientifically impactful regions of our planet to Pacific Science Center with interactive exhibits and opportunities to talk with some of the nation's top polar scientists who have worked in this rigorous climate.

This year NASA is joining in on the fun and will be exhibiting a model of its ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2), which launches in 2018. It measures the height and thickness of sea and land ice, as well as estimate global vegetation mass. Guests will be able to stand under the model and have their height measured.

Photon Jump, a 3-minute movie describing how this technology works, will be premiering at Polar Science Weekend. In the film, a brave photon of light named Pho must travel from a NASA spacecraft down to Earth and back again to help complete a crucial science (climate change) mission. The animation was produced through an education partnership between NASA and students from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The idea of the film is to pique interest into learning more about the mission's objectives to use lasers to measure the melting of ice sheets and sea ice from space.

In addition to NASA's ICESat-2, they'll be facilitating two activities:

  • "Motion in the Ocean" Experiments - Explore how water moves throughout the ocean with this hands-on activity, which uses colored saltwater and freshwater in recycled tennis-ball tubes. The experiment demonstrates how fluids move depending on their densities -- see for yourself what happens when you pour fresh water on top of salt water in a tube. This is similar to what happens when sea ice melts in the Arctic or Antarctic Ocean, since the ice is less salty than the ocean water.
  • ICESat-2 Bouncy Ball Photon Collection Activity - Teams will use green bouncy balls, representing particles of light, to experience what a difficult job ICESat-2 has as the NASA satellite measures the height of our planet. A group will bounce these "photons" off different surfaces and try to collect them, just as the satellite sends down and collects laser photons.

"We're thrilled to share hands-on activities during the Polar Weekend, and introduce visitors to the world of NASA's polar research," said Valerie Casasanto, outreach lead for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "This is also a chance for guests to get the first look at our animated 'Photon Jump' short film, which will premier during the Polar Weekend."

Scientists and researchers will be joined by the U.S. Coast Guard and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to highlight unique and engaging activities.

Demonstrations include:

  • Extreme Cold
  • Antarctica Under the Ice
  • Arctic Marine Mammals
  • Keep It Cool for Polar Bears
  • Living and Working in Antarctica

Activities include:

  • Salinity taste tests
  • Discovering Polar Science Technology
  • Sea Ice vs. Freshwater Ice
  • Polar Detectives

Polar Science Weekend is a partnership between Pacific Science Center and the University of Washington's Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory. Generously sponsored by PEMCO.

Polar Science Weekend is presented as part of Curiosity Days, Pacific Science Center's monthly program where guests of all ages are invited to explore a different theme each month through hands-on activities and presentations by local experts, as well as featured IMAX® movies, stage shows and more. More information can be obtained at pacsci.org/curiosity-days.

About Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution's mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and to fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center's award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Seattle campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.

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[et_pb_section admin_label="section" global_module="7474" fullwidth="on" specialty="off" background_image="https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/header-ethernet-cables-1280x2921.jpg" transparent_background="off" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][et_pb_fullwidth_header global_parent="7474" admin_label="PacSci Perspectives" title="PacSci Perspectives" background_layout="dark" text_orientation="left" header_fullscreen="off" header_scroll_down="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" content_orientation="center" image_orientation="center" title_font_color="#ffffff" subhead_font="|on|||" subhead_font_color="#ffffff" custom_button_one="off" button_one_letter_spacing="0" button_one_use_icon="default" button_one_icon_placement="right" button_one_on_hover="on" button_one_letter_spacing_hover="0" custom_button_two="off" button_two_letter_spacing="0" button_two_use_icon="default" button_two_icon_placement="right" button_two_on_hover="on" button_two_letter_spacing_hover="0"] [/et_pb_fullwidth_header][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_post_title admin_label="Post Title - DON'T EDIT THIS" title="on" meta="on" author="on" date="on" categories="off" comments="off" featured_image="on" featured_placement="below" parallax_effect="on" parallax_method="on" text_orientation="left" text_color="dark" text_background="off" text_bg_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" module_bg_color="rgba(255,255,255,0)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text admin_label="Body of Story - EDIT THIS IF NEED BE" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] NASA to join as featured exhibitor, March 3-5, 2017 SEATTLE, WA (March 1, 2017) — Take a scientific journey to the ends of the earth at Pacific Science Center's next Curiosity Days: Polar Science Weekend, March 3-5. Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, eavesdrop underwater on the sounds of whales and tour an actual Arctic Ice Camp that polar researchers call home; all with the guidance of scientists in the field. Presented in partnership with the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, Polar Science Weekend brings current research from some of the most scientifically impactful regions of our planet to Pacific Science Center with interactive exhibits and opportunities to talk with some of the nation's top polar scientists who have worked in this rigorous climate. This year NASA is joining in on the fun and will be exhibiting a model of its ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2), which launches in 2018. It measures the height and thickness of sea and land ice, as well as estimate global vegetation mass. Guests will be able to stand under the model and have their height measured. Photon Jump, a 3-minute movie describing how this technology works, will be premiering at Polar Science Weekend. In the film, a brave photon of light named Pho must travel from a NASA spacecraft down to Earth and back again to help complete a crucial science (climate change) mission. The animation was produced through an education partnership between NASA and students from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The idea of the film is to pique interest into learning more about the mission's objectives to use lasers to measure the melting of ice sheets and sea ice from space. In addition to NASA's ICESat-2, they'll be facilitating two activities:
  • "Motion in the Ocean" Experiments - Explore how water moves throughout the ocean with this hands-on activity, which uses colored saltwater and freshwater in recycled tennis-ball tubes. The experiment demonstrates how fluids move depending on their densities -- see for yourself what happens when you pour fresh water on top of salt water in a tube. This is similar to what happens when sea ice melts in the Arctic or Antarctic Ocean, since the ice is less salty than the ocean water.
  • ICESat-2 Bouncy Ball Photon Collection Activity - Teams will use green bouncy balls, representing particles of light, to experience what a difficult job ICESat-2 has as the NASA satellite measures the height of our planet. A group will bounce these "photons" off different surfaces and try to collect them, just as the satellite sends down and collects laser photons.
"We're thrilled to share hands-on activities during the Polar Weekend, and introduce visitors to the world of NASA's polar research," said Valerie Casasanto, outreach lead for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "This is also a chance for guests to get the first look at our animated 'Photon Jump' short film, which will premier during the Polar Weekend." Scientists and researchers will be joined by the U.S. Coast Guard and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to highlight unique and engaging activities. Demonstrations include:
  • Extreme Cold
  • Antarctica Under the Ice
  • Arctic Marine Mammals
  • Keep It Cool for Polar Bears
  • Living and Working in Antarctica
Activities include:
  • Salinity taste tests
  • Discovering Polar Science Technology
  • Sea Ice vs. Freshwater Ice
  • Polar Detectives
Polar Science Weekend is a partnership between Pacific Science Center and the University of Washington's Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory. Generously sponsored by PEMCO. Polar Science Weekend is presented as part of Curiosity Days, Pacific Science Center's monthly program where guests of all ages are invited to explore a different theme each month through hands-on activities and presentations by local experts, as well as featured IMAX® movies, stage shows and more. More information can be obtained at pacsci.org/curiosity-days. About Pacific Science Center Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution's mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and to fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center's award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Seattle campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. ### [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Pacific Science Center Continues Accessibility Efforts To Accommodate Autism Spectrum https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/news/pacific-science-center-continues-accessibility-efforts-accommodate-autism-spectrum-20170201/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:41:20 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=13345 Pacific Science Center Arches

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Exploration For All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance invites early access to our exhibits for families on the autism spectrum

SEATTLE, WA (January 31, 2017) – With generous support from Safeco Insurance, Pacific Science Center is proud to continue Exploration for All: Autism Early Open for a third year.

Exploration for All invites families with children on the autism spectrum to explore Pacific Science Center before doors open to the public on the second Saturday of each month through December 2017.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. This is an increase of 33% over the past two years. For many of these children, a typical day at the Science Center can be overwhelming. Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the Science Center at their own pace without heavy crowds. We soften general lighting and decrease noise levels and visual stimulation on our interactive exhibits in order to create a space that allows children with different sensitivities to ignite their curiosity within our exhibit halls.

"One of our top priorities is to make our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities. Autism Early Open is a great example of our work in this area. The support we receive from Safeco Insurance is a great example of collaboration with other community leaders. We are excited to continue this program in 2017," said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center.

Contributions from Safeco Insurance also support Pacific Science Center's overall accessibility and inclusion efforts. For example, the grant enables specialized training for Pacific Science Center staff in serving people with special needs, as well as improvements to the historic campus that increase safety for low- and no-vision guests

For more information on Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance, please visit pacsci.org/exploration-for-all/

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Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.

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Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728
kdelbuco@pacsci.org

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Exploration for All invites families with children on the autism spectrum to explore Pacific Science Center before doors open to the public on the second Saturday of each month through December 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. This is an increase of 33% over the past two years. For many of these children, a typical day at the Science Center can be overwhelming. Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the Science Center at their own pace without heavy crowds. We soften general lighting and decrease noise levels and visual stimulation on our interactive exhibits in order to create a space that allows children with different sensitivities to ignite their curiosity within our exhibit halls. "One of our top priorities is to make our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities. Autism Early Open is a great example of our work in this area. The support we receive from Safeco Insurance is a great example of collaboration with other community leaders. We are excited to continue this program in 2017," said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center. Contributions from Safeco Insurance also support Pacific Science Center's overall accessibility and inclusion efforts. For example, the grant enables specialized training for Pacific Science Center staff in serving people with special needs, as well as improvements to the historic campus that increase safety for low- and no-vision guests For more information on Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance, please visit pacsci.org/exploration-for-all/ [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="PSC Background" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world. ### [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column_inner][/et_pb_row_inner][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Katelyn Contact Info" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left"] Contact: Katelyn Del Buco Pacific Science Center, Seattle (206) 269-5728 kdelbuco@pacsci.org [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_section]

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Dream Big https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/imax/dream-big/ Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:45:55 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=12683 Dream Big

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Dream Big: Engineering Our World 3D is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world's tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly "yes" using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering's greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life's greatest challenges.

Rated: G, Runtime: 45 min. Watch the trailer below.

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