Friday, September 27, 2013

Susan Joy Reports

Live Streaming . . . 

Projects finished

Projects to plan.

                                                      Current Happenings by Susan Joy

 Did you notice something different on your last visit to HSC? Was it our STEAM exhibit featuring 2,000 KEVA planks? What about the fresh coat of paint on our ceiling and walls? Or could it be the time you tested your knowledge of aquatic invasive species using our AIS exhibit? We’ve been working hard at HSC to bring new experiences and a fresh look to you, our members and supporters. We are committed to providing engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences to Bemidji and Northwest Minnesota.

The STE(A)M exhibit (slipping A for Art/ Architecture/Design/Creativity into STEM) is 
in progress and will feature three stations for you to create, design, and build your own structures and objects. KEVA Planks, K’NEX, and Lego blocks will all provide opportunities to design and create. Challenge yourself to build a KEVA tower to the ceiling––ladders available upon request! 

The painting project was completed during the first week in September thanks to the Minnesota Beautiful Grant and Valspar Corporation. Through the grant, Valspar donated 75 gallons of ceiling and wall paint. In four days, with help from HSC Board members, Friends of HSC, two Sentence to Service crews, BSU student volunteers, community members, and HSC staff, we were able to paint 13,650 square feet, otherwise known as our ceiling and three interior walls! Come in and see our new look. 

Installed in June, the Aquatic Invasive Species exhibit challenges visitors to correctly identify native and invasive aquatic species. Do you think you know your plants, animals, and invertebrates? 
Come down and test your knowledge! 

Fall months are a time at HSC where we work hard to develop new ideas and plan for implementation. Many of the new exhibits that you can experience on our exhibit floor now were developed in the fall months. And we’re cooking up even more new stuff for you to enjoy in 2014. Do you have an idea for an exhibit that would add a new perspective to the exhibit floor or a hot topic that you want to discuss at Science After Dark? Let us know; we love feedback from our members and visitors. Find us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, e-mail, or call. Heck, you can even stop by and ask to speak to me! See you at HSC building a KEVA tower to the ceiling. 

Executive Director 

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