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.
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From the Discovery Center
Dear Friends of the Discovery Center,
Over the past two weeks, we’ve been carefully evaluating and making difficult choices for our community regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Due to the escalation of cases in the Springfield-Greene County area in addition to recommendations from the CDC, Governor Parson, and local health officials, we will be closing our doors to the public starting at 7 am Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until we feel it is safe to open again to the public. 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.
If your child is enrolled in the STEAM Break week long camp for March 16-20, we are still able to provide this service. We are limiting campers time out in exhibit areas starting March 17 as we move forward with an intensive deep clean of our facility.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 into 2021. Please complete the following form to request this hardship extension.
- STEM-spiration: 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 social media accounts for easy DIY home experiments, educational activities, and feel-good family science content to make your time at home a bit brighter.
We know this is uncharted territory, but we want to remain both realistic and optimistic. That’s why we are only canceling programming between now and May 1. As of now, we are not canceling any of our Summer of Science programming. 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