A “pop-up STEMtots science center” for young children has opened at The Grafton shopping center in Cambridge, after positive reaction to one in the Grand Arcade.
Run by the Cambridge Science Centre, the new PopUp at The Grafton caters to toddlers and preschoolers and is open on weekdays from 9:30am to 4pm.
It was already proving popular and well attended during the first week. Set to run through June, it is funded by the National Lottery and the Association of Science and Discovery Centers.
“We’re taking our unique PopUpScience Center offering out into the local community and into the heart of people’s daily lives,” said CEO John Paul. “We no longer wait for people to find us.”
“Our Grand Arcade experiences, which are aimed at older children, have shown us how much people value the unique interactions we provide that showcase different aspects of STEM.
“Our focus on applied science and fun attracts a broad audience, and by bringing our interactive displays, activities and exhibits to these popular places, we are seeing an exponential increase in children who are excited and inspired by science.
“For the last half week, we’ve had over 3,000 visitors at the Grand Arcade and seen over 39,000 visitors at our diverse PopUps community. Through this STEMtots PopUp, we’re working to show the power of STEM to improve people’s lives.
“As parents play with their young children, experiment and explore the world through our exhibits, we want to build their confidence, knowledge and aspirations for a future connected to the wonders of science and technology.”
He added, “During this year, which is also our 10th anniversary, we plan to move more PopUpScience Centers to new communities, and as soon as those opportunities are finalized, we will publish the details.
Once again, these hubs will be open to all members of the local neighborhood to explore, including schools and community groups. We would like to thank the like-minded people in the management teams at Grand Arcade and The Grafton Center who have helped us turn this vision into a reality.
“Without their support and the support of our sponsors and funders, we will not be able to inspire these young people to explore and discover science.”
The center on Clifton Street closed at the end of last year but remains the headquarters for the Cambridge Science Centre, an independent STEM charity dedicated to inspiring young people with hands-on experiences in STEM learning.
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For more information visit cambridgesciencecentre.org.
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