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Discovery Center

IMAGINE Quarterly Newsletter

Fall 2013 • Volume 14 • Issue 3

Saturday, November 23


Festival of Trees A benefit for Discovery Center of Springfield

Exciting Changes for 2013! Thank You SPONSORS As of 09/10/13 PRESENTING SPONSOR C.W. Titus Foundation MAJOR SUPPORT Lezah & Ron Stenger Family Foundation and Bobby Allison

Cocktails & silent auction, featuring Stocking Stars.

SILVER SPONSORS Custom Metalcraft, Inc Husch Blackwell Heim-Young Associates BRONZE SPONSOR Boyd Aluminum Debbie & Bill Hart Jordan Valley Innovation Center/MSU Welhener Awning

Dinner, live auction, & dancing with “The Magills” from Tyler, Texas. On-line auction to come. BRONZE SPONSORS Springfield First Community Bank Voss Autohaus–Randy Voss EVENT SPONSORS Mark & Marie Wood Joe & Marie Carmichael Morelock Ross Companies Brewer Science Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation


Please contact (417) 862-9910 Emily Fox x700, or Charlotte McCoy x713




to continue our success.

Dear Friends,

Ways You Can Help NOW!

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Support our Scholarship Program Give to maintain DCS Operations Sponsor an Exhibit or Event

Every gift is tax deductible, but we also have Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax credits for those that qualify.

Support YOUR Discovery Center We will find the right thing to excite YOU!

We receive numerous notes and emails from children, parents and grandparents, teachers and administrators each year thanking Discovery Center and its staff for providing unique educational, fun and memorable experiences. What most folks don’t realize is DCS is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It’s operation is not owned or supported by the City, County, State or a University. DCS keeps its doors open through the generosity of people and businesses like you. Our organization has two sides to the operation; on-site exhibits and programming and outreach programming in classrooms. · We provide over 50 different types of science and cultural programs to school children of all ages. · We maintain 60,000 sq. ft. containing 11 exhibit galleries and well over 200 permanent exhibits at last count. · We are serving 30 counties in southwest Missouri, 40 states and 3 countries with educational outreach programming. · We support admission scholarships for children on the Federal Free Lunch Program in order to serve all children who want to come on field trips. · We are a tourist destination. · We ignite a spark and build self esteem because there are no wrong answers at DCS, just new ways of looking at science through deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills. As we enter the last quarter of the year, we ask that you consider contributing to support life-long learning which excites and engages children of all ages, helps them understand the world around them, and provides them with a greater chance to be successful academically and throughout their lives. I can go on and on, but the bottom line is, we need your help each and every day to provide the types of learning experiences you have come to expect and deserve.

DONATE NOW visit Contact Executive Director Emily Fox 862-9910 x700 or

See DCS In Action


Thank you for your support Emily Fox, Executive Director

2013–2014 WORKSHOPS


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Saturday, September 28 Dissection

• Cow eye & sheep brain • Ages 7+ • Material cost $15

Saturday, October 19 Maker

• Dr. Frankenstein’s Toybox • Ages 6+ • Material cost $10

Saturday, November 9 Robot

• Solar Space Fleet • Ages 7+ • Material cost $20

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$ I’ve been very impressed with the program. He’s learning and having an incredible time. I like the mixture of structure and choice learning and the safe environment. ~Satisfied Parent

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10am-12pm or 1-3pm Non-members can Stay & Play –only $7 per person extra

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Now register online at Pre-register & prepayment required

plus the cost of materials

For More Information Call Guest Services 862.9910 x706 3

Science Café

Thursday October 17 6-8pm

FREE • Farmer’s Gastropub (431 S. Jefferson Ave)

1 Part Science 1 Part Intriguing Discussion 1 Part Food:

Description-Carbon sequestration—what is it? How does it work?  Why does it matter?  These questions and more will be answered!  Join us for an evening of information and discussion about this concept!  Gary Pendergrass of GeoEngineers will be our guest speaker, and will share his first-hand experience with this project.

Halloween Night At The Museum Friday October 25 6:30-9:30pm • Discovery Center Experience A Scientific Halloween! Come join the Halloween fun Discovery Center style. All ages wear your costume and explore the museum. Visit a variety of science activity stations, explore floating, flaming, sparking and sliming - a night of scientific fun for the whole family. Expect the unexpected! This has become the most exciting Halloween event in the region. Admission: adults & children, $10 Non member, $7 Member Free children 2 & under.

America Recycles Day Saturday, November 16 9am-6pm Discovery Center • $7 per person Visit with community representatives who specialize in recycling, spend some time in our Build-A-Car area and try to create something new from recycled materials, and see some Junk to Funk fashions created by students from Kickapoo High School. MORE FUN! • Kickapoo’s JUNK TO FUNK FASHION--Students of Kickapoo High School will be putting together a recyclable fashion show on November 8th from 6 to 7:30 at Kickapoo High School as their major fundraiser in support of the Wounded Warrior Project and Homes for Heroes.

Science Sprout Museum Days Science Sprout Museum Days are dedicated to early learners (ages 6 and under). You and your young scientists will be able to explore, discover, and enjoy the museum surrounded by other young scientists! General admission applies.

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Sept. 20, 2013 - Long, Long Ago-Dinosaurs Oct. 18, 2013 - Water, Water Everywhere! Nov. 15, 2013 - Exploring Space

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Dec. 20, 2013 - Green Holidays Jan. 17, 2014 - Get Food Fit! (Nutrition) Feb. 21, 2014 - Meet Roy G Biv (Colors)


Closed for Annual Cleaning and Maintenance DCS is closed for annual cleaning and maintenance from September 23rd–27th, 2013. We’ll reopen on September 28th at 9am! Dissection Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm Cow Eye & Sheep Brain. Ages 7+ Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3)

EXPLORATORY LAB: Water, Water Everywhere



Science Cafe 6-8pm • At Farmer’s Gastropub Carbon Sequestration


Science Sprout Day 9am-6pm • Story times 10am & 1pm Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm Water, Water Everywhere In partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library.


Maker Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm Dr. Frankenstein’s Toy box Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3)


Halloween Night at the Museum 6:30-9:30pm Admission Adults & Children: $10 Non member • $7 Member Free children 2 & under Sponsored by Little Grins Dental

Are you a treasure hunter?





EXPLORATORY LAB: Exploring Science

EXPLORATORY LAB: Long, Long Ago-Dinosaurs

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Robot Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm Solar Space Fleet • Ages 7+ Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3) Science Sprout Day 9am-6pm • Story times 10am & 1pm Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm Exploring Space In partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library. America Recycles Day 9am-6pm • Admission adults & children $7 per person • Sponsored by City of Springfield Environmental Services.


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Science Sprout Day 9am-6pm • Story times 10am & 1pm Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm Green Holidays In partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library. Closed for Holidays DCS is closed for holidays from December 24th–25th, 2013. We’ll reopen on December 26th at 9am! Winter Break 9am-5pm • DCS is open during winter break! General admission applies.



Closed for New Year’s Day We’ll reopen on January 2nd at 9am!


Treasure! at Discovery Center October 1 - December 31, 2013. Treasure! has seven areas that explore underwater treasure, treasures in the attic, buried—

treasure, protecting treasures, and a modern treasure hunt. Explore the history of treasures and treasure hunting. Organized by NRG! Exhibits. 5



Capital Sustain Our Science Brooke & Tim O’Reilly Mary Kay & Kenny Ross Capital Grant William T. Kemper Foundation Anonymous 3M Foundation Endowment Dorothy & Robert Thurman DCS Annual Appeal Judge Don & Mary Bonacker Dr. Jose Dominguez & Jill Dominquez In honor Dawn Cherry in honor of Owen Cherry Operational Grant U.S. Bank Musgrave Foundation


June 6 – September 5, 2013

Discovery Fund Operational Support Mr. & Mrs. Peter Estes Jr. Ronald Foster Emily Fox Amanda Hemphill Karen & Allen Kunkel Katherine & Matthew Ting Janet & Yates Trotter Bridgett & Keatyn Wallace Melissa & Grant Wistrom NAP Tax Credits Shirely & Michael Collison Patti & Bruce Moore Cathy & Ron Neville Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Jeff Schrag Moneyville Event Days The Great Game of Business Kids Entrepreneurial Workshop/Kids Market Liberty Bank Science Café Jordan Valley Innovation Center/MSU

10th Anniversary Moonlight Bike Ride Great Southern Bank State Farm Agents of SW Missouri Sunshine Bike Shop O’Reilly Automotive US Bank 100.5 The Wolf Village Inn Ozarks Coca Cola/Dr. Pepper CoxHealth Bush, Ramlow & Shore, P.C. Springfield Brewing Company Lamar Advertising Springfield/Greene County Parks The Copy Shoppe Domino’s Pizza Xerox Document Solutions Kuat Innovations Aaron Scott Lance Coffman Chase Card Services StreetWise Croley Insurance & Financial

In-Kind Gifts The Home Depot Batteries Plus Service World, Inc. Grainger City of Springfield Day of Caring Springfield Engineering Co. Keebler Snack Company Meeks Lumber

How can you GIVE, DONATE OR SPONSOR? Visit Contact 862-9910 x700

Photos by Aaron J. Scott Photography





An annual community family favorite event-packed with fun!





Admission: Adults & Children

$10 Non-Member • $7 Member FREE Children 2 & under


Find unexpected gifts for those who already have everything. Give a Gift Membership Share Your Love of Science

Show your love with a Discovery Center Membership. A DCS membership includes twelve months of free museum admission, plus so much more. It’s a great gift for any occasion: birthdays, graduations, teacher gifts, or any time you want to send someone a special treat. Click here to

Take Discovery Center home with you.

Our gift shop Gizmos, Gadgets and More offers a range of scientific educational toys that encourage invention and nurture imagination. Science kits, dinosaurs and dino digs, Newton’s cradle, Microscopes and more. Just like visiting Discovery Center, you will learn while having fun. For more information & Gift Shop hours contact

Guest Services 862-9910 x706 or



Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world and our place in it.

Minds at

Play! Discovery Center of Springfield 438 East St. Louis, Street Springfield, MO 65806 Volume 14, Issue 3 Quarterly

Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm Sunday: 1pm-5pm Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm Sunday: 1pm-5pm


(­417) 862-9910­

Emily Fox, Executive Director Laurie Duncan, Education Director Christina Worth, Finance Director Sara Anderson, Distance Learning Educator Anna Neale, Guest Services Alison Pettit, Museum Manager Brian D. Zweerink, Outreach Educator Elizabeth Guillebeau, Development Director Charlotte McCoy, Marketing/Special Events Director Cathy Mulford, Administrative Associate Micah Even, Outreach Educator Robert Olson, Exhibits Technician Bridgett Wallace, Graphic Designer Ryan Hawkins, Outreach Educator Hayley Budd, Program Facilitator

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Sara Coffman, ChromoZone Lab Facilitator Shaveen Sembler, Early Childhood Educator

Peter Nielebock Diana Bridgeman Amy Janzen Stacey Sees


Daniel Fore Zach Clapper Joshua Whalen Kaleb Brashears

Evan Henningsen Jack Rayl Vernon Meidlinger Marissa Buechel

Board of Directors Jeff Eiserman President Paul Satterwhite President Elect Toby Tomko Secretary Brent Singleton Treasurer

Allen Kunkel Past President Karen Brown Shirley Collison Trevor Croley Jeff Frye Rick German Justin Giles

Scott Gold Ben Hackenwerth Ellen Hammock Monte McNew Ron Neville Austin O’Reilly Gary Pendergrass Judi Phillips

Andy Ross Kristi Stringer Katy Tynes Dawn Wohlgemuth Mark Wood


time of year at Discovery Center

School has started and it is the perfect time to volunteer! Whether a student or not, let the Discovery Center become a part of your fall curriculum. We have several opportunities where you can help engage others in the excitement of science. Whether you have experience in science or not, we are always happy to have volunteers with a passion for lifelong learning. If interested in volunteering, contact Alison Pettit, Museum Manager or call 417-862-9910 x709.

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