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In the News: Discovery Center sets sail with new exhibit
Andrew Adams, KSNT
May 15, 2019
"Kids in Topeka have a new way to sail on their own adventures.
The Kansas Children's Discovery Center unveiled their new pirate ship Wednesday. The ship is part of the outdoor learning area at the Discovery Center.
The ship has been named 'Seas the Day' after a social media vote. The name was suggested by six-year-old Macy Archer, and her mother, from Carbondale."
Kids set sail on new exhibit at Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Eric Ives, WIBW
May 15, 2019
"Local kids set sail on a new adventure at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Wednesday.
"We had spent some time outside and we noted a need for some really interactive, imaginative play," said Dene Mosier, the Discovery Center's CEO.
The Discovery Center opened their new pirate ship exhibit. The vessel, named 'Seas-The-Day,' was built by the Discover Center Facilities Manager Draque Carver and volunteers."
In the News: KCDC debuts new "Lift Yourself" exhibit
Christina Reis, KSNT News
March 29, 2019
"The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is lifting people up with a new exhibit.
The new "Lift Yourself" exhibit lets kids see the Discovery Center from new heights.
Kids can learn about pulleys by hoisting themselves up into the air.
It's part of the "Fuel Your Body Through Play" initiative at the Discovery Center."
New Kansas Children's Discovery exhibit uses science and fun to teach students strength
Doug Brown, WIBW News
March 29, 2019
"The 'Lift Yourself' exhibit opened Friday. It allows kids and adults to use a rope and pulley system to life themselves off the ground, teaching the science of simple machines and the strength of one's body. The CEO of the Discovery Center says they want people to learn in fun ways.
'We know that that's how children and adults alike learn best, is learning through play," Dene Mosier said. "When opportunities come, we really look at exhibits that focus on science, technology, engineering art and math that bring it to life in a hands-on, fun, playful way.'"
In the News: Dené Mosier Promoted to President/CEO of Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
March 14, 2019
"In recognition of the museum’s growth, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Board of Trustees promoted Dené Mosier to president and CEO in February. Mosier has served as Executive Director of the nonprofit children’s museum since 2015. ... The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center also announced record attendance in 2018, hosting 88,423 visitors in 2018. Attendance increased 10.28 percent from 2017.The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is gaining prominence as a regional tourist attraction. Of the museum’s 88,423 visitors in 2018, 30.84 percent lived outside Shawnee County. Over 3,000 visitors came from outside Kansas in 2018, including three foreign countries. One family visited from Australia in 2018. Another family drove 1,800 miles from Eugene, Oregon to see a traveling exhibit at the museum. Since opening in 2011, the museum has hosted over 600,000 visitors from all 50 states and 23 countries. "
More mothers are ending up behind bars. Meeting the needs of their children is becoming a bigger priority
Anissa Gray, CNN
March 18, 2019
"The program is one of a growing number that aim to strengthen ties between American mothers serving time and their children, whose welfare faces grave risks if those family bonds weaken. The need for initiatives like these, as well as for more legal options and social services for mothers facing criminal charges, has surged, advocates say, in step with the explosive growth of the number of people in lockup -- particularly women. ... In Kansas, the Children's Discovery Center launched its Play Free initiative in partnership with the Topeka Correctional Facility, the state's only women's prison. It's modeled on the New York City program. Chicago is considering a similar move."
In the News: Kansas Children's Discovery Center uses robots as learning tool for kids
Alyssa Willetts, WIBW News
February 23, 2019
"Director of STEAM Education Caitlin Luttjohann says, "We like to introduce kiddos to technology at the earliest level so that they'll be familiar with what programming and coding is."Luttjohann says their main goal is this, "We want kids to be prepared to go into any field that they wanna be and we're here to spark interest.""
In the News: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center giving free admission to furloughed government employees
McKenzi Davis, KSNT News
January 21, 2019
"The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is giving back to families who have been out of work during the government shutdown. The discovery center is giving free admission to federal government employees until the end of the month. People can bring up to three family members during regular hours. The center said the free days give people a chance to get away from the hardships, and have fun with their families."
In the News: Top 10 things to do this week in northeast Kansas: Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019
Savanna Maue, Topeka Capital-Journal
December 29, 2018
"A fun balloon drop for parents who don’t want to stay up late. Families receive a breakfast buffet, participate in science activities and receive a party kit. The balloon drop is at noon."
In the News: Get ready for Noon Year's Eve!
Melissa Brunner, WIBW
December 28, 2018
"The Kansas Children's Discovery Center has an event for the younger crowd to welcome 2019. Noon Year's Eve festivities get underway at 9:30 am Monday, leading up to the big balloon drop at noon. Dene Mosier visited the Red Couch to preview the fun. Watch the video to learn what's in store - and get your tickets (they're $17 each) at kansasdiscovery.org."