This Is What a Scientist Looks Like

 

 

 

 

At Exploration Place we celebrate diversity in the STEM field. Through a collaboration with the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the National Girls Collaborative Project, we are proud to highlight 12 scientists featured in the IF/THEN Collection.

If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

Along the river path outside Exploration Place you will see colorful banners dedicated to these innovative and impactful leaders. We invite you to open this page on your mobile device and then walk the path, reading about each person and reflecting on the impacts they are making to our global community. Please tag us on social media if you take photos!

Learn more about the IF/THEN Collection

 

 

Featured Scientist
Expertise
Bio
Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil Astrophysicist Uses the world’s largest telescopes to understand the nature of dark matter and galaxy formation by studying the smallest galaxies.
Dana Bolles Spaceflight Engineer Wears many hats at a space agency, from engineering to communicating about the search for life beyond Earth.
Dr. Danielle Twum Cancer Immunologist and Translational Scientist Liaison  Conducts research in oncology and clinical immunology.
Dorothy Tovar Microbiologist, PhD Student Researches antiviral immune responses in bats to understand their
remarkable ability to host viruses that are deadly to humans.
Kimberly Sass Architect and Professional Hockey Goaltender Advocates for the future of both women’s professional hockey and female participation in STEM careers.
Dr. Mitu Khandaker  Video Game Designer and Entrepreneur Designs, codes & researches games, and teaches game design & engineering with an emphasis on gender & racial equality in STEM.
Dr. Monica Rho Sports Medicine Doctor and Medical Educator Head Team Physician for the US Women’s National Soccer Team.
Myria Perez Paleontologist and Fossil Preparator Worked with paleontologist Louis Jacobs to unearth
never-before-seen fossils from Angola.
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant Large Carnivore Ecologist Uses statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology.
Dr. Ritu Raman  Engineer, Writer and Educator Builds machines from living cells.
Sarah A. Wilson Mechanical Engineer Intersects engineering with personal passions like skiing and gardening, to make a difference in the health and safety of people and the planet.
Dr. Yamina Presler Soil Scientist and Educator Studies the many ways that soil organisms control how soils form and function.

 


Five Reasons Your Family Will Love Being An Exploration Place Member

Discover where science meets imagination right here in Wichita, and become an Exploration Place member.

1. Unlimited annual visits

You won’t want to miss the three new traveling exhibits offered yearly. And your kids will love returning again and again to their favorites. Kansas Kids Connect is where you can ignite the STEM spark with your little ones. New memories are made daily at Where Kids Rule, a three-story medieval castle. And you can soar into our award-winning Design Build Fly exhibit to learn how planes are created in Wichita aircraft plants. Members also receive free admission to live science shows, performed daily.

 

2. Visit science centers across the country at no charge
Exploration Place is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program. That means your EP membership card serves as your free pass to standout science museums across the country, such as the Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature in Dallas, the Field Museum in Chicago, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and more than 300 other destinations.

 

3. Member exclusives
Throughout the year, you’ll be invited to numerous members-only events and activities, including an exclusive member preview of each new exhibit, as well as each new film that shows in our dome theater. Members also receive priority booking on popular programs that are in high demand and likely to sell out.

 

4. Discounts galore

It pays to be a member! Members get significant discounts on our highly acclaimed camps and memorable birthday parties; at least 25% on movie screenings in the amazing, immersive dome theater; and 10% on all Explore Store and snack bar purchases. Throughout the year, we run regular member specials on events and programs.

 

5. Make a difference in our community

As an Exploration Place member, you’re supporting STEM education throughout the whole community. With the support of our members, in 2020-21 we were able to do things such as provide a whole year of free science class for every elementary student in USD 259, make virtual field trips freely accessible to more than 20,000 kids and provide 144 camp scholarships for low-income families.

At just $85 annually for the entire family, a membership at Exploration Place offers unbeatable value. You get quality time together in real life for less than the cost of most streaming services. [LEARN MORE]

 

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About

The mission of Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Connect to a world of wonder and opportunity on every visit.


STEM Activities for at Home Learning


Ant Super Strength

In this activity, learners compare their own strength to ants through a series of physical tests. Activity includes materials list, step-by-step instructions, notes for adults extension ideas and more. This activity requires adult supervision for safety reasons. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Bird Feeder Challenge

In this activity, learners are challenged to build a bird feeder using recycled materials from home and are encouraged to problem solve during the extensions. Activity includes material suggestions, facilitator notes, and extension ideas. This activity requires adult supervision while using sharp objects and hot glue guns. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Convection

In this activity, learners model atmospheric convection currents using food coloring, water, and clear cups. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, STEM connections, and more. This activity requires some adult supervision when using hot water. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Does it Stick?

In this activity, learners will observe magnetic properties and sort objects by them. This activity uses everyday items to teach learners about magnetic forces, poles and properties of magnets. Activity includes material suggestions, step-by-step instructions, extension activities and caretaker prompts. Safety note: Make sure to keep magnets away from electronics. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Earth Art

In this activity, young learners will model land and water on the Earth’s surface to make a unique piece of “Earth Art.” Activity includes materials list, step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and extension ideas. Adult supervision is recommended. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Exploding Baggie

In this activity, young learners will experiment with a basic chemical reaction and observe what happens when gas gets trapped! Activity includes step-by-step instructions, safety notes and more. This activity requires adult supervision. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Family Fort Challenge

In this activity, learners will explore engineering concepts to construct a blanket fort using materials sourced from home. Activity includes material suggestions, challenge ideas and extensions while inspiring creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. This activity requires adult supervision and encourages all family members to participate. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Hail Storm House

In this activity, learners construct hail-proof houses using recycled materials to discuss storm readiness and safety. Activity includes material suggestions, step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and more. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Lego Mania

In this activity, learners will put together towers using building bricks, then take the tower apart and build a bridge. This activity explores structure concepts, including how structures can be made of smaller parts. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, extension ideas and STEM connections. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Lego Man Jump

In this activity, learners are challenged to create a parachute using easily sourced materials in order to transport a Lego figure safely to the ground. Activity includes material suggestions, STEM connection, extension activities and more. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Mini Tree House Build

In this activity, learners are challenged to design and build a miniature tree house in a potted plant. This activity uses engineering concepts to encourage creativity. Activity includes materials list, instructions, inspiration images and more. Safety note: The use of hot glue and sharp objects should always be supervised by an adult. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Molecule Match

In this activity, learners will use their nose to sniff out hidden scents using extracts and cotton balls. Activity includes materials list, game instructions, STEM connections and more. This activity requires adult preparation time. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Play Dough Moon Phases

In this activity, young learners will learn about moon phases using materials found at home. This activity is adapted using play dough and cups to avoid food allergens and waste. Activity includes materials list, step-by-step instructions and STEM connections. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Property Sort

In this activity, young learners will learn to describe objects by their properties and sort by color, weight and texture. This activity uses household items and toys for materials. Activity includes material suggestions, step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and matching video. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Puff Car

In this activity, learners are challenged to design a wind-powered car using only a handful of household materials. This engineering challenge incorporates creativity and engineering design skills while challenging learners to think outside the box. Activity includes materials list, instructions, STEM connection and more. Adult supervision is recommended while using sharp objects. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Resource Hunt

In this activity, learners explore nonrenewable resources and learn why these resources are finite. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, suggested extension activities, STEM connections and more. This activity requires some adult supervision. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Save a Snowman

In this activity, learners explore the concept of insulation by trying to keep Olaf the Snowman from melting. This activity encourages critical thinking and problem solving. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and extension ideas. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Squash Dissection

In this activity, learners will dissect a pumpkin or other type of winter squash to learn the parts of the plant. This activity gets your learner hands on with every part of the plant and will be messy. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, vocabulary, diagrams and matching video. Safety note: Adult supervision is recommended while using sharp objects. Depending on the age of your learner, adults may want to cut the squash open for the learner. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Tall Tower Challenge

In this activity, learners will use their chosen material to build the tallest tower possible in under three minutes. This activity uses problem solving and fine motor skills to challenge learners. Activity includes material suggestions, extension ideas and step-by-step instructions. This activity encourages adult engagement and teamwork (extension). [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Weight in Space

In this activity, learners are challenged to calculate their own weight on various planets using a scale and calculator. Older learners may be challenged to do so without using calculators. This activity links space and math concepts to discuss gravity and atmosphere on planets throughout the Milky Way. Activity includes materials list, step-by-step instructions and extension activities. [DOWNLOAD PDF]


Virtual Visit with NASA Astronaut Anne C. McClain

On Oct 7 we had a virtual visit with NASA Astronaut Anne McClain. Our audience was captivated with her stories of living on the International Space Station, training to become an astronaut and so many other details that only someone who has experienced space travel can tell.

In partnership with NASA we recorded the visit and it’s now available to view on our YouTube channel. Gather up your family and enjoy an hour with an astronaut.