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Contact: Randall Gann, Public Information Officer
Science and kids. That relationship is on the minds of everyone from parents, to teachers, to legislators, and that same relationship will be the focus of a spectacular upcoming event hosted by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). On Tuesday, October 22nd from 11am – 2pm, Science in the Park will fill Tiquex park with table-top activities and demonstrations from over twenty (20) world-class science institutions. The idea isn’t just to dazzle kids with science, but to keep them engaged and maybe even interested in pursuing a career in the sciences. Thus, kids from several Albuquerque schools will get the opportunity to interact with science and museum professionals from all over the world who have cool jobs in the sciences. Participating institutions include The Franklin Institute from Philadelphia, PA; The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska; The Bakken Museum from Minneapolis, MN; The New Mexico Museum of Space History from Alamogordo, NM; and many more. This is a public event, and we invite people from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as Old Town merchants to come check it out, too.
Science in the Park is an outreach event put on as part of ASTC’s 2013 annual meeting, which is being co-hosted in Albuquerque this year by Explora, The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. ASTC has always held an outreach event in the communities that host their annual meetings because they believe in giving back to those communities, but their events have typically only involved one school. This year the host museums in Albuquerque came up with the idea of a science festival in the park because they could include more schools and more of the ASTC delegates could both see the event and participate in it.
Explora welcomes people of all ages and creates opportunities for inspirational discovery and joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. Explora is located near Albuquerque’s historic Old Town at 1701 Mountain Road, NW, at the corner of 18th and Mountain Streets. Explora has free parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit www.explora.us.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the entrance to the Sandia Science & Technology Park. Formerly the National Atomic Museum, which opened in 1969 and was chartered by Congress in 1991, the Museum serves as a repository and steward of nuclear-related historical items and is a Smithsonian affiliate. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 361 days a year. The Museum’s website is www.nuclearmuseum.org and the phone number is 505-245-2137
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science preserves and interprets the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. NMMNHS is located at 1801 Mountain Road, NE. For more information visit www.nmnaturalhistory.org