Pacific Science Center Launches Living Laboratory

by | Feb 2, 2016

Pacific Science Center Partners with University of Washington to Conduct Research Studies with Guests

SEATTLE, WA (February 2, 2016) – In collaboration with the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Pacific Science Center launches a “Living Laboratory,” an area where guests can participate in cutting-edge research.

The Living Laboratory brings local child development researchers and Pacific Science Center’s Portal to the Public program together to collect data and discuss with guests about their research. Two scientists from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Dario Cvencek, and Craig Maddox are studying math-gender stereotypes, children’s perceptions of math and self-esteem.

“Living Laboratory allows us to offer more opportunities for the public to interact with local scientists and learn about research happening in our backyard,” said Eve Klein, who manages Portal to the Public programs. “It also allows the University I-LABS to answer important questions about cognitive neuroscience and social psychology.”

Researchers will currently be in the Living Laboratory most Thursdays and Fridays in Building 2 near Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness directly across from the Just for Tots area. Pacific Science Center’s Living Laboratory is part of the National Living Laboratory Initiative, which aims to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery. This work is made possible by the National Science Foundation.

Pacific Science Center serves more than one million people a year, sparking curiosity, conversation and collaboration and bringing inquiry-based science education to classrooms and communities around the Northwest and beyond. Our award-winning nonprofit work has been inspiring lifelong interest in science, math and technology among diverse communities since our inception at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Our main campus hosts several special exhibitions annually and is home to permanent interactive science exhibits, a tropical butterfly house, a planetarium, state-of-the-art IMAX® theaters and Wellbody Academy for personal health and fitness.  We offer nature-based programs through a partnership with the City of Bellevue at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park. To learn more visit pacificsciencecenter.org.

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