STEMosphere Exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum Gets a Refresh
Duke Energy continues Marbles partnership by refreshing popular STEM play exhibit
Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum
The Duke Energy Foundation and Marbles Kids Museum have renewed a commitment to supporting learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the foundation, Marbles debuts an updated STEMosphere exhibit this week, featuring playful technical activities and hands-on opportunities for kids of all ages to collaborate and learn from each other.
“When it opened in 2014, STEMosphere brought a new kind of play to Marbles. It’s fun to see guests tinker with challenge play — experimentation and problem solving that develops aptitude and interest in STEM across a wide range of ages,” says Sally Edwards, CEO of Marbles Kids Museum. “We are proud to partner with Duke Energy to advance our STEM learning goals and to respond to community desire for more activities that engage older kids.”
Leaders from Duke Energy Foundation and Marbles gathered October 4 to celebrate the new exhibit and continued partnership to support STEM learning and accessible community play.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARBLES KIDS MUSEUM
Located on the second floor of the downtown Raleigh museum, STEMosphere offers open-ended brain teasers and math games that puzzle and perplex. The exhibit update features new tech activities, including an experimental turntable that taps into math skills, and a maze that relies on coding to complete. Other existing activities have an expanded audience from new pieces that offer imaginative storytelling play opportunities for younger children while older kids get technical.
“Duke Energy believes in the power of play and its ability to spark curiosity that leads to learning and often to career exploration,” says David Fountain, president of Duke Energy North Carolina. “We’re excited to renew our commitment to the STEMosphere exhibit at Marbles to provide new and exciting challenges for kids from across the state.”