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Discovery Center

IMAGINE Quarterly Newsletter

Winter 2013 • Volume 14 • Issue 4

New exhibits, gallery improvements & more! Let’s keep moving forward!

NEW & IMPROVED! Fresh Science – Served daily –

Photos by Anna Neale Photography

As 2013 comes to a close, we are thankful for the continued support of our community, members, donors and sponsors! New permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, special event sponsorships, new and returning members— every contribution matters! We are looking forward to a fantastic ’14!


Please contact (417) 862-9910 Charlotte McCoy x713



to continue our success.

Dear Friends of DCS,

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.



Contact Interim Director Charlotte McCoy 862-9910 x713 cmccoy@

Emily Fox has been the life-force of the Discovery Center for the last 18 years. While we are all saddened by her resignation, we are also excited for her to be able to move closer to family and start a new page in her life. Emily’s ability to expand our mission to bolster educational opportunities in our community has had an unbelievable impact on breaking the cycle of poverty. All of us wish her the best! Emily, along with countless staff, donors and community organizations, have done an incredible job of building a foundation for a Museum and educational programs that even larger Science Centers are envious of. And, unbelievably, most people don’t realize that DCS is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our operation is not owned or supported by the City, County, State or a University. DCS operates based on the generosity and financial support of people and businesses like you to carry out our mission. So, the big question, how can you help? First, support our Education Programs by making a NAP contribution. If you qualify, and a lot of businesses and individuals do, you can offset Missouri State Income Tax with a NAP contribution. Entering this final quarter of the year, many of you will be contemplating tax strategies and this is an incredible way to offset Missouri Income Tax. Please ask us for additional information! Second, make a donation to maintain our Operations. Maintaining a 50,000 sq.ft. building containing 11 exhibit galleries and over 200 permanent exhibits has an amazing impact on all of our visitors, but we need your help to maintain this operation to the highest standards. And lastly, sponsor an exhibit or other educational event. Discovery Center has several events, or contribute to the Emily Blaugrund Fox Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation of the Ozarks. I know you have a choice when it comes to where you spend your charitable dollars. Please consider the impact you can have on a child who really needs a chance. I firmly believe that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty, and by partnering with DCS you can make a huge difference in a child’s life! On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you very much! Jeff Eiserman, President, Discovery Center Board of Directors

See DCS In Action


2013–2014 WORKSHOPS


Robot • Dissection • Maker






Saturday, January 25 Dissection

• Squid • Ages 7+ • Material cost $15

Saturday, February 15 Maker

• Stop Action Animation • Ages 7+ • Material cost $10

Saturday, March 15 Robot • All Terrain Robot

• Ages 10+ • Material cost $35

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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

plus the cost of materials

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

30 Non-Member


Now register online at DiscoveryCenter. org Pre-register & prepayment required

plus the cost of materials For More Information Call Guest Services 862.9910 x706


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.

Give the gift of learning

Stop by our newly stocked gift shop for your holiday needs. We are excited to have GSC International, Inc. as a proud sponsor of Discovery Center’s gift shop, “Gizmos, Gadgets and More”. GSC is a trusted choice for hands on science teaching aids, educational equipment and lab supplies. For more information & Gift Shop hours contact

Guest Services 862-9910 x706 or


Science Café

Thursday January 16 6-8pm NEW LOCATION Mille’s Cafe (313 S. Jefferson Ave • Springfield, MO) • FREE Joint Health from a Food Source—Did you know your joints can benefit from something we all keep in the fridge? Learn how a local company is using eggshells and eggshell membranes to make supplements for bone and joint health!  Join Nena Dockery from ESM Technologies as she shares about the natural nutrients found in this food-derived source and how ESM Technologies is driving the science to help improve joint comfort and flexibility. 

Scout Night At The Museum Saturday, January 25 6:30-9pm Discovery Center Activity stations available to support a variety of achievements and badge requirements. Non member: Scouts $12, Adults $7 Member: Scouts $7, Adults FREE Photo by Jeff Farabee Photography

Chinese New Year Sunday February 2nd 1-5pm Discovery Center • General admission applies Year of the Horse Learn about Chinese New Year with hands-on activities and demonstrations that will enhance the understanding of Chinese culture.


Seuss Science Day Saturday February 22nd 9am-6pm (special activities 10am-4pm)

Discovery Center • Members FREE • Non-members Only $7

Join us for a day of celebrating science Dr. Seuss style! • The Sleep Book • I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew Find out about daytime vs. nighttime creatures Try to build a Rube Goldberg device! • Green Eggs and Ham • If I Ran the Circus Healthy food choices Try out some balance experiments • The Foot Book • Yertle the Turtle Is it a turtle or a tortoise? Can you match the animal to its track print? Visit this station to find out the differences! Photo by Aaron J. Scott Photography

Presented by Ozarks Public Television and Mercy Children’s Hospital.





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EXPLORATORY LAB: Meet Roy G. Biv (colors)

Science Sprout Day 9am-6pm Green Holidays • Story times 10am & 1pm • Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm 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! OPEN Winter Break 9am-5pm • DCS is open during winter break! General admission applies. OPEN New Year’s Eve 9am-5pm • General Admission 6–8pm • We’re a part of First Night SGF



Science Cafe 6-8pm • At Mille’s Cafe (313 S. Jefferson) Joint Health from a Food Source


Science Sprout Day Get Food Fit! (Nutrition) 9am-6pm • Story times 10am & 1pm Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm In partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library.


DCS Garage Sale 7am-3pm Shop unique and fun Discovery Center items, variety of prices.

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OPEN Martin Luther King Jr Day 9am-5pm Center open. General admission applies. Dissection Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm Squid • Ages 7+ • Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3) Scout Night at the Museum 6:30-9pm Activity stations available to support a variety of achievements and badge requirements. Non member: Scouts $12, Adults $7; Member: Scouts $7, Adults FREE


Maker Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm Stop Action Animation • Ages 7+ Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3)


Open for President’s Day 9am-5pm General admission applies.


Science Sprout Day 9am-6pm Meet Roy G. Biv • Story times 10am & 1pm • Brain Bytes 11am & 2pm In partnership with Springfield-Greene County Library.


Seuss Science Day 9am-6pm (special activities 10am-4pm) Non-member $7 per person Member: Free admission


February 28-March 1 Girl Scout Camp-In Pre-registration required through Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland. Space is limited register early!

EXPLORATORY LAB: Go with the Phloem Plant Science



CLOSED New Year’s Day Will reopen on January 2nd at 9am!



Chinese New Year 1-5pm Learn about Chinese New Year with hands-on activities & demonstrations.

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SPRING BREAK— Geek Week Visit for details. Robot Workshop 10am-12pm or 1-3pm All Terrain Robot • Ages 10+ Pre-registration & pre-payment required. (page 3)

Maker events coming in early 2014!

DCS has been selected as one of 75 national Maker Sites, sponsored by NOVA! Be on the lookout for some special maker events. 5



Grants Verizon Associated Electric Cooperative Capital: Sustain Our Science Brooke & Tim O’Reilly Tim Rissman Mary Kay & Kenny Ross In honor of Emily Blaugrund Fox Mr. Rusty & Mrs. Teresa Worley Treasure Relics Antique Mall MSU/Applied & Natural Science Department DCS Annual Appeal Tracie & Mitchell Ahrens Cathy & Ron Neville

September 5–December 9, 2013

NAP Tax Credits Barbara Brockschmidt Marilyn & Darryl E Bueker Drs. Nancy & James Ceaser Mrs. Rita & Dr. Larry Gurian Debbie Hart J & J Development I, LLC Chuck McCann Doug Neff Brent Singleton Heim Young & Associates Susann & Thomas Singleton Jeff Tynes Springfield Grocer Company Maggie Wilcox Brenda & John Griesemer Charlotte & Scott McCoy In-Kind Gifts Paul Mueller Co Springfield Engineering Co Sheila & Shawn Baker Jana & Marv Dahmen Two Men & A Truck Science Cafe Jordan Valley Innovation Center/MSU

Festival of Trees 2013  Photos by Aaron J. Scott Photography


Museum Event Days Halloween Night At the Museum Karen Brown Little Grins Dental Brewer Science Aaron Scott Photography Jill & Richard German Scott Gold Safe Kids Springfield Ellen & Jeff Hammock Jeff Eiserman Cathy & Ron Neville Austin O’Reilly America Recycles Day City of Springfield Environmental Services Festival of Trees 2013 Presenting Sponsor C.W. Titus Foundation Major Sponsor Bobby Allison Lezah & Ron Stenger, Family Foundation Gold Sponsor BKD Springfield Grocer Company

Silver Sponsor Custom Metalcraft Inc Heim Young & Associates Husch Blackwell LLP Mr. & Mrs. Scott W Gold Mary Beth & Charlie O’Reilly Family Foundation Janice & Ron Penney Beth & John Raidel SRC Holding Merril Lynch Julie & Bill Miller FOT In-Kind Donations FloweRama Heart of America Beverage Company Two Men & A Truck Springfield Blue Print & Photo Copy Co. Bronze Sponsor Boyd Aluminum Debbie & Bill Hart Diane & Wesley Cooper Great Southern Bank Jordan Valley Innovation Center/MSU


Thank you for or a fabulous 2013 Festival of Trees! Bronze Sponsor Continued Larry Snyder & Company Donna & Larry Snyder /Dusty & Lacy Emmert MFEC, Inc Positronic Industries Rochelle & Bucky Buckner Springfield First Community Bank University Plaza Hotels Welhener Awning Cathy & Ron Neville Randy Voss, Voss Autohaus Meeks Lumber Hogan Land Title Co. Commerce Bank Event Sponsor Brewer Science Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences/JVIC Cindy & Brad Wyrsch Marie & Joe Carmichael Shirley & Mike Collison Empire Bank Rita & Larry Gurian Med-Pay Morelock Ross Company Ollis & Company Judi & Mike Phillips Kathy & John Steinberg Rita & Keesag Baron SECO–Springfield Engineering Company Susan & Bill Kirkman Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation The Wooten Company Trust Company of the Ozarks Marie & Mark Wood Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Jill & Richard German Saunny & Tom Lynch Neale & Newman Law Firm Judge Mark Powell Margaret & Scott Swango FOT Cash Donation Greene County Medical Society Alliance Mrs. Nancy Hopkins Ingram Enterprises Charlene & James Jaeger Camille & Alan Lockhart Mrs Faye Marie & Dr. Richard Loeb

Staci & Mike Niemoth Mrs. Fay B. & Mr. Lawrence M. Ollis Penmac Personnel Services Mr. Jason & Mrs. Bertie Rader Mrs. Eleanor & Dr. James Robberson Mr. & Mrs. Randal Saul Shelly & Brian Todd FOT Event Patrons Mrs. & Mr. Jeffrey Allen Susan & Harry Appleby Marilyn & Darryl Bueker Linda & John Clouse Ben Hackenwerth Mr. & Mrs. Leon Helms David Hinrichs Mr. & Mrs. Keran Lemons Dr. Kathy & Dr. Carl Price FT Live Auction Items O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC Metropolitan Grill Touch Flower Merchant Bass Pro Shops Maxon’s Diamond Merchants Ms. Pam O’Reilly Mother’s Brewing Company Jennifer Smith, Traveling Chef Plateau Fly Shop FOT Silent Auction Fire & Ice Restaurant and Bar Ozarks Regional YMCA Kneadful Things Sara & Robert Anderson Springfield Hot Glass Studio db Design Salon & Gallery Wild Birds Unlimited Staxx Jelly Beans Vogue Cleaners Harem & Company Dr. Mary & Mr. Dan Duff Sarah & Frank Evans Lavare’ Day Spa J Howard Fisk Limousines, Inc Emily Blaugrund Fox Lighthouse Lanes Brooke & John Griesemer Mrs. Rita & Dr. Larry Gurian Ozark Adventures Hamels Foundation

Mrs. Ellen & Mr. Jeff Hammock Jana & Eric Hansen Debbie & Bill Hart University Plaza Hotel Amy & Travis Hiles CoxHealth Fitness Centers Dr. John Hume Mediacom Ice Park Mrs. Marcia & Dr. Jeff Johnson Debbie & Ron Johnson Justice Jewelers White River Brewing Company Mrs. Susan & Mr. Bill Kirkman Zen 3 Arris Pizza Wickmans Gardens Kuat Innovations Mr. Gary and Mrs. Bridgette Leonard Midwest Family Marketing Mille’s Turn of the Century Cafe Mr. Scott Marrs & Mrs. Brigitte Marrs Mrs. Andrea McKinney Mears Floral Products Juanita K Hammons Hall Mrs. Cathy and Mr. Bob Mulford Qdoba Mexican Grill Mr. Peter Nielebock Dynamic Body Dynamic Earth Mrs. Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Good Girl Art Mrs. Judi & Mr. Mike Phillips Dr. Kimberley & Dr. Thomas Prater Wendy’s of Missouri Art Inspired Mr. Clif & Mrs. Gail Smart Starplex Cinemas Ms. Kelly Stone, Kneadful Things Hickory Hills Country Club Downstream Casino Kneadful Things Waverly House Dawn & Tommy Wohlgemuth Sunshine Valley Farm Gracious Occassions Twin Oaks Country Club Gilardi’s FOT Committee Angela Kincade, Cathy Mulford, Debra Hart, Judi Phillips, Martha Wright, Mary Kay Ross, Susan Kirkman, Toby Tomko 7

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.


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Non-profit Organization US POSTAGE PAID Springfield, MO Permit #801

Discovery Center of Springfield 438 East St. Louis, Street Springfield, MO 65806 Volume 14, Issue 4 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

Laurie Duncan, Education Director Christina Worth, Finance Director Sara Anderson, Distance Learning Educator Anna Neale, Guest Services Brian D. Zweerink, Outreach Educator Charlotte McCoy, Interim Director, Marketing, Special Events Director 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


Peter Nielebock Amy Janzen Stacey Sees Daniel Fore Zach Clapper

Joshua Whalen Kaleb Brashears Vernon Meidlinger Marissa Buechel Lynni Payne

Kristin Mallett Avery Casey Ann Wempe John Fitzgibbon

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

TRULY THANKFUL During this giving time of year, Discovery Center wants to extend a special thank you to all of the volunteers that generously gave us a gift of their time in 2013. This year alone more than 6700 hours were gifted to Discovery Center and several new volunteers spent time helping with everything from special events to field trips. It has been a fast and furious year made possible by the support of our community and the Discovery Center staff is truly thankful. Volunteer Training workshop February 19th and February 20th. If interested, please RSVP which day you can attend. Happy 2014!

If interested in volunteering in 2014, please contact the museum manager at 417-862-9910 x709.

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