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Outreach Events | Partners

There's more to INNOVATION than meets the TV screen. Special events based on the series' content will take place at various centers across the country, bringing science, technology and their impact directly into the community. These include INNOVATION Nights, featuring screenings and prominent expert speakers, and family-oriented Activity Weeks in science centers and museums.


Albuquerque, NM
Lodestar Astronomy Center, Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum, and National Atomic Museum

Science Crawl! and Career Fair, April 3, 2004, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Will offer a day of activities at all three partner museums, located within easy walking distance of each other. The Lodestar Museum will provide space for exhibit booths of educational and industrial organizations to provide information about careers in science, and space for presentation of clips and lectures by experts who will speak about what is going on in Albuquerque relevant to the clips. Explora! will create exhibits and activities that will coordinate with INNOVATION series clips and may screen clips and host guest lecturers in their auditorium.


Columbus, OH
Center for Science and Industry (COSI) and the Invention Convention
614-292-9678, ext. 49867


INNOVATION Night, May 22, 2004:

Will feature screening and discussion, working with young professionals leadership group at COSI. The guest speaker and the date of the evening event have not been finalized. It will be held at COSI, at 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.


For information on INNOVATION outreach events in your area, contact:

Explorit Science Center
P.O. Box 1288
Davis, CA 95617

Ms. Tara Barbier
Family Explorations Coordinator
Tel: 530.756.0191

Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Ed Finkel, Ph.D.
Public Relations
Tel: 678.874.7131

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610

Marnie Dawson
Director of Programs & Events
Tel: 312.642.6502 x3130

Detroit Public Television
7441 Second
Detroit, MI 48202

Anne Patten
Director of Outreach
Tel: 313.876.8130

632 Niagara Court
Duluth, MN 55811

Dan Corbett
Director of Lifelong Learning
Tel: 218.724.8567

3242 Commonwealth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205

Beverly Dorn-Steele
Director, Educational Services & Outreach
Tel: 704.371.8840

1200 University Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Roxanne Allen, Corporate Support
Tel: 505.277.6108

2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1027

Marcelita Haskins
Instructional Services Coordinator
Tel: 614.292.9678 x49867

150 N. Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Art Ellis, Communications Director
Tel: 215.351.1262

Houston PBS
4343 Elgin
Houston, TX 77004

Ann Crider
Director, Community Education/Outreach
Tel: 713.743.8414

For additional information on INNOVATION outreach:

Thirteen/WNET New York
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Pat McGann, Outreach Producer
Tel: 212.560.2898

To further explore innovative technology and science, contact the local and national INNOVATION Outreach Partners:

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-769-5100

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. The Museum accomplishes this ambitious goal through its extensive facilities and resources. The institution houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 30 million specimens and cultural artifacts. The spectacular Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, which opened in February 2000, features the rebuilt and rejuvenated Hayden Planetarium and striking exhibits about the nature of the universe and our planet.

Association of Science-Technology Centers Inc. (ASTC)
1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005-3516
Tel: 202.783.7200

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. Through a variety of programs and services, ASTC provides professional development for the science center field, promotes best practices, supports effective communication, strengthens the position of science centers within the community at large, and fosters the creation of successful partnerships and collaborations. Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers more than 550 members in 43 countries. ASTC's Web site lists more than 400 member science centers and museums worldwide,

COSI Columbus
333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: 888.819.2674 (COSI)

For 40 years, COSI Columbus has made science fun through hands-on discovery. It ranks among the country's most respected science centers, generating innovative educational programs tailored to support national and statewide science curriculum and standards. COSI features over 300 interactive exhibits throughout eight themed exhibition areas, an outdoor science park, three theaters and a motion simulator. Signature programs, such as the overnight adventure for Girl Scouts, Camp-In, and the pre-school exhibition area little kidspace, are now mainstays in museums across the country. Through inquiry-based learning that complements in-class studies, COSI supports tomorrow's leaders with enriching experiences today.

Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28209
Tel: 704.372.6261

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that foster experiences in areas that range from life science to space exploration. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX Dome Theatre and its planetarium each year. The Nature Museum, a Queen City tradition for more than 50 years, provides a place to explore nature at its unique location near Freedom Park. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is the Carolina coastal area's premiere natural history museum.

Duluth Children's Museum
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Tel: 218.733.7543

The vision of the Duluth Children's Museum is to be the place where children ages three through eight enhance their lifelong exploration of an ever expanding world. Interactive exhibits, programs and outreach expand on children's natural curiosities and enrich their discovery of their world. The Museum's features an interactive Medieval Castle and grounds, a two-story tree with a spiral staircase adventure, a hands-on toy boat and campsite for toddlers, and a family treasure hunt through the study collection exhibit.

Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum
1701 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Tel: 505.224.8300

Explora! offers engaging, thoughtful, hands-on, interactive exhibits and educational programs in the sciences, technology, arts and intellectual culture. Its exhibits capture the imagination, reflect the needs and interests of Albuquerque in the 21st century, and engage people of all ages in new frontiers of knowledge and experience. The Center welcomes families, schools, children, adolescents, and adults from all walks of life to a hub for lifelong learning. Explora! is all about thought and experience. It is a place to actively participate in the fundamental phenomena, processes and principles of science and art through direct experience, to understand and appreciate the value of science and esthetics for the benefit of improving and enriching human life.

The Exploratorium
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel: 415.397.5673 (415-EXP-LORE)

The Exploratorium, the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world, is an experimental, hands-on museum designed to spark curiosity. With hundreds of exhibits to touch, look through, pick up, and tinker with, the Exploratorium lets curiosity be a compass to endless discoveries.

Explorit Science Center
3141 5th Street
P.O. Box 1288
Davis, CA 95617
Tel: 530.756.0191

Explorit Science Center's mission is to involve people in science experiences that touch our lives. Since its inception in 1982, Explorit has emphasized inquiry-based, hands-on learning experiences and the exploration of the ways science, math, and technology are an integral part of everyday life. Explorit's programs promote science literacy, provide opportunities for personal discovery, and involve people directly in the scientific process. Explorit has long recognized the importance of reaching beyond the Center's walls to serve children and families. Today, over half of Explorit's annual audience of 48,000 is reached through traveling outreach. Explorit's target audience is K-6 children, their parents and their teachers, but its programs - from educational classes to public lectures - engage pre-school children through senior citizens.

Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Tel: 678.874.7102

Fernbank Science Center is a unique educational science and woodland resource located in a suburban area of northeast Atlanta. It is an agency of the DeKalb County School System and is open year-round. Fernbank staff members travel out to schools, host visiting classes, and now also coordinate all science instruction within the system. Fernbank has been operating since 1967 and is a founding member of ASTC, the Association of Science-Technology Centers. The complex includes a 65-acre forest with paved walkways, a 500-seat planetarium, a science library, an observatory, laboratories and classrooms, a NASA-sponsored aerospace education center and exhibit halls with a variety of original and traveling exhibitions.

Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-448-1200

Founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America's premier centers of science education and development. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by serving the public through its museum, outreach programs, and curatorial work. Through its annual awards program The Franklin Institute recognizes outstanding achievements in science throughout the world.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713.639.4629
en español: 713.639.4603

Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science is to enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects. Over a dozen permanent exhibit areas cover astronomy, space science, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife. The Fondren Discovery Place is filled with hands-on exhibits that delight children and adults of all ages. The Museum is also a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually. One of many unique educational opportunities is the Challenger Learning Center, the first in a national network, which allows students to experience the teamwork necessary to complete a variety of space tasks. Modeled after NASA, the two-part center houses Mission Control on the lower level, which is linked via monitors, microphones and computers to a space simulator located in the Museum's penthouse.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: 312-642-6502

Explore the intriguing evolution of a rich and complex discipline at the International Museum of Surgical Science, where fascinating exhibits from around the world trace the history of surgery from the earliest practice of a brutal craft to today's revolutionary techniques. The Museum's four floors of exhibits are filled with extraordinary artifacts, as well as oil paintings, illustrations and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations. Exhibits on surgery and its related sciences, including anesthesia, radiology, orthopedics, urology, cardiology, and ophthalmology, as well as the surgical history of various countries give visitors a well-rounded sense of medical history.

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
251 Phillip Street
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Tel: 201.451.0000

Liberty Science Center is dedicated to challenging the imagination and encouraging a better understanding of the world in which we live. Located in Liberty State Park, minutes from New York City and the Statue of Liberty, the Center's distinctive building features hundreds of hands-on exhibits and the nation's largest IMAX(R) Dome Theater. At Liberty, science is presented in a fun, unintimidating way, allowing visitors of all ages to experience the excitement of science and the joy of individual discovery.

Lodestar Astronomy Center
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Information hotline: 505.841.5955
Information desk: 505.841.5960

The LodeStar Astronomy Center offers a planetarium, observatory, astronomy exhibits, virtual voyages motion simulator, and family-oriented hands-on fun events for children and adults. The Center's observatory houses an impressive 16-inch telescope. The LodeStar planetarium is equipped with the "next generation" of dome projection technology, DigitalSky, a real-time digital starfield and graphics projection system, making it easier to see the stars and Milky Way on the dome, second only to the real thing!

National Atomic Museum
1905 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque New Mexico 87104.
Tel: 505.245.2137

The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. The museum was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today's peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The Museum presents, exhibits and quality educational programs that convey the diversity of individuals and events that shape the historical and technical context of the nuclear age. The museum presents through permanent and changing exhibits and displays, the diverse applications of nuclear energy and its pioneers. Exhibits include: Pioneers of Science including Madame Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Lise Meitner; What's Hot, What's Not - Radiation in the World Around You, explaining both naturally occurring and man created radiation; Seeing Is Healing, a look at nuclear medicine; Waging Peace, the history of arms control; ZOOMzoneTM, where inquisitive young minds can try their hand at science activities.

New Detroit Science Center
5020 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Tel: 313.577.8400

The New Detroit Science Center features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan's only IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Ford Learning Resource Center; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the DaimlerChrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; five exhibit laboratories - General Motors Motion Laboratory, Dow Foundation Life Sciences Laboratory, Waves & Vibrations Laboratory, Matter & Energy Laboratory and SBC Children's Gallery; and a Special Events Lobby. In July 2001, the Science Center completed a $30 million renovation and expansion. It has served more than 800,000 visitors in its first two years.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
Tel: 718.699.0005

The mission of the New York Hall of Science is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers, and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. The Hall of Science, opened in 1964, is designed to improve public understanding of science and technology through exhibits, programs and media. The New York Hall of Science has attracted national and international attention as a leading innovator in exhibit technology and educational programming. More than 225 hands-on exhibits explore the wonder and excitement of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Science Museum of Virginia (SVA)
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Tel:: 804.864.1400

At the Science Museum of Virginia, enter a world of investigation and discovery. Enjoy unlimited opportunities to explore hundreds of hands-on, interactive exhibits. Uncover fascinating facts about aviation, aerospace and astronomy; gain intriguing insights into life sciences and computer technology; and conduct exciting experiments with electricity, magnetism and crystals. SVA offers the amazing sights and sounds of breathtaking IMAX® films and DIGISTAR® planetarium shows in the five-story, Ethyl IMAX®DOME & Planetarium.

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