Discovery Center Keeping STEAM Skills Sharp During Spring Break

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – You might have noticed more kids out and about this week, that’s because it is spring break for many schools in the Ozarks. The Discovery Center of Springfield aims to keep kids’ STEAM skills sharp during their week-long hiatus. 

The Discovery Center is hosting STEAM Break this week, centering each day around a different topic with interactive stations. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics– the skills schools aim to instill in students before they go on to careers in the workforce. 

“STEAM Break is a week long, Monday through Friday extra bonus of the Discovery Center,” said Marketing & Advancement Director Jennifer Collins. “We have over 300 hands-on exhibits, but every day we’re going to have more stations that you can come and experience.”

STEAM Break is included with the Discovery Center admission cost, which runs $12 for adults and $8 for children. 
The goal is to spark creativity in children to help them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” that can occur when these skills are not applied for a long period of time.

“There is actual data to show that students regress in STEM topics– science technology engineering and math– it’s about finding ways to get kids excited about these topics so that they don’t experience that slump in these breaks,” explained Collins.

For parents who can’t make it to the Discovery Center this week, there are a number of ways to keep students’ brains stimulated at home.

“Just keep them engaged, ask them questions. We like to lead with a lot of ‘how do you think this works’ or ‘why do you think its doing that’ prompts, just letting them and their imaginations explore subjects,” said Collins. “We have volunteers and staff members to help teach parents how to ask those guiding questions.”
If you are interested in attending STEAM Break you can still catch the engineering session on Wednesday, arts on Thursday and mathematics on Friday. 

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