Thank you to our STEM Heroes:
Central Bank/Central Trust
Thank you to our community hero Central Bank of the Ozarks for stepping up for families in the Ozarks! Central Bank/Central Trust is generously pledging the first $20,000 of our fundraiser to provide free childcare to healthcare workers and is challenging other community banks and businesses to give what they can. Thank you, Central Bank/Central Trust for believing our health care workers shouldn’t have to worry about childcare when they are doing everything they can to care for us all. You can donate at any Central Bank of the Ozarks location in Springfield or donating on out website.
UPDATED June 1, 2020
From the Discovery Center
Dear Friends of the Discovery Center,
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been carefully evaluating and making difficult choices for our community regarding the spread of COVID-19. As phase 1 of reopening Missouri begins on May 4, our doors will continue to remain closed for general admission until local officials allow for gatherings of over 100 individuals. However, we are continuing with our crisis childcare program in addition to our Summer of Science camps!
This was a difficult decision as closing our doors greatly impacts our small team financially, but we feel it is our role as your community-funded, hands-on science center to do all we can to protect and educate our community in the safest ways possible. As always, our role in the community remains the same: to inspire a life-long love of learning in STEM education. We want to be your community science center for the next 20 years which is why we think it’s imperative to close our doors to the public, for now, to keep people safe so they can continue to be life-long learners.
Despite being closed to the public, we know we still have a job to do in our community. That’s why we’re offering our award-winning STEM education and childcare to healthcare workers and their families. For the families that can’t afford care, we’re fundraising to offer free childcare through our STEM Education for All fund. We’re also offering our Science of Germs and Hand Washing lesson to area children for free. In order to provide this emergency care to the greater Springfield community, we’ve put out a fundraiser to offset the cost of keeping doctors and nurses in the hospitals saving lives instead of at home with their children. If you want to keep our health care professionals on the front lines saving lives, we hope you’ll consider donating to this emergency initiative so we can help our local heroes. Please check back here for more details as we move to launch this program in the coming days.
Here’s what we’re doing to help our STEM patrons during these unprecedented times:
- Summer of Science: We are still holding summer camps! You can learn more about how we’ve modified our camps to to reflect current local, federal, and CDC guidelines by clicking here. Camp spots are limited and are anticipated to sell out quickly, so please do not hesitate to register today for summer offerings.
- Registration Exchanges: We want to see you again when it’s safe to do so! That’s why we’re asking you to complete this form if you’ve registered for any upcoming workshops or purchased any general admission tickets. We hope you’ll consider exchanging your registration for a future event or donating the value of your registration. As a nonprofit, we rely solely on the generosity of our community (during normal operations), and hope you’ll continue to support us through this international crisis.
- Membership Extensions: If you purchased a membership starting March 1, 2020 through our temporary closure, we will extend your membership for an equal amount of days into 2021. Purchasing or renewing your membership today allows us to continue staffing our operations to seek larger state and international funding to weather this crisis. We are processing memberships as quickly as we can, but please know there may be delays in you receiving your physical cards. If you have any questions about your membership status as it becomes safer to travel again, please email us at email@example.com. Are you a current member? If your investment in a DCS membership is now causing your family financial hardships, we would be happy to extend your membership for an equal amount of days that we are closed. Please complete the following form to request this hardship extension.
- Arvest Bank STEM-ologist School: As educators, we know the importance of keeping normalcy in the lives of children, especially in times of crisis. We hope you’ll follow our Facebook page for three live-streamed lessons a day for learners of all ages.
- Expired General Admission Passes: We will be honoring passes that expired during our COVID-19 closure. We will have more specifics regarding new expiration dates when we reopen to the public. We will communicate new policies on our website and social media channels as we adjust operations in response to the virus.
We know this is uncharted territory, but we want to remain both realistic and optimistic. That’s why we are only modifying our May-July camps and leaving our August Summer of Science camps as scheduled. As always, we will reevaluate as developing recommendations come to us from state and local officials. We promise to notify you through our website and social media as we make these difficult decisions.
From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support of your local, nonprofit science center. We look forward to seeing you back at the Discovery Center, but until then stay healthy, stay curious, and don’t forget to love each other.
Your Friends at the Discovery Center