The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its newest expansions – the Discovery Playground and Multipurpose Center.
Children were on hand to play on the equipment and thoroughly enjoyed the new addition.
Disadvantaged and at-risk youth will be exposed to this uplifting opportunity. “An estimated 100,000 children a year will be able to play on the new equipment, 80 percent of which are from Title I schools,” said Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “We are grateful for the opportunity to pair up with PNC to be able to open every mind to science and provide additional space for kids to learn, especially those that might not otherwise have this opportunity.”
The Science Center has taken the Multipurpose Center, a gift from the City of West Palm Beach, and has converted the building into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces.
During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, educators were on hand with demonstrations in every classroom to foster excitement and display how the new equipment will be used.
The Multipurpose Center project is sponsored partly by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. Additional partners include The Junior League of the Palm Beaches, Gast Construction Group and the City of West Palm Beach.
Pictured above: From left, Noemi Coltea, Beth Stevens and Ashley Schutz tour the new Mulipurpose Center during The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s recently-held ribbon-cutting ceremony.Photo courtesy of The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium