Saint Louis Science Center

St. Louis on the Air
1:58 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Exhibit Steps Through Time To Solve Crime

The game's afoot, this time at the Saint Louis Science Center.

“The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective to St. Louis, nearly 130 years after he was created, and lets science center patrons test their powers of observation and crime-solving skills.

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Science Center
9:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected

Science Center President and CEO Bert Vescolani is closest to the screen; to his left is Science Center board chairman Doug Yaeger.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

The controversy over a contract between the St. Louis Science Center and a design firm doesn’t seem to be going away.

In April, Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Science Center awarding a contract to Arcturis, a company she founded.

On Thursday, ZMD board member Charles Valier again criticized Science Center dealings with the firm at a budget-presentation meeting at the Center.

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Zoo-Museum District
9:41 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code?

The institutions of the Zoo-Museum District are the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo.
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

The very existence of St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts.

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Zoo-Museum District
4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs

The Zoo-Museum District supports the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Zoo
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.

Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Steve Potter Eats Bugs As Science Center Opens Bug Exhibit

A tray of food prepared by Bug Chef Jayme Necaise.From the top left: meal worm salsa, banana cricket fritters, chocolate chirp cookies and wax worm fries.
Jeremy Bailey/St. Louis Public Radio

"Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World" opens October 19th at the Saint Louis Science Center. As a tasty addition, every weekend the attraction will host bug chefs preparing sweet, salty and crunchy bug treats. Cityscape host Steve Potter previewed the exhibit with Bug Chef Jayme Necaise and sampled an array of those bug-filled snacks.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Michelle Loyet Unravels The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt

Mummy from "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science"
Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center’s current exhibition Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture.  Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology  at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt.  She was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.

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Around Town
12:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Watch: Saint Louis Science Center Deflates Exploradome After 17 Years

The Exploradome sits deflated at the Saint Louis Science Center on June 24, 2013.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After 17 years, the giant, inflated event and exhibition space at the Saint Louis Science Center known as the "Exploradome" has come down.

What started as an experiment to test the need for such a space, the Exploradome was deflated on Monday to make way for a permanent exhibition structure with indoor and outdoor elements. The Science Center says the dome took just over 9 minutes to deflate.

Here's a time lapse of the deflation:

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St. Louis on the Air
7:45 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

50 Years Of Astronomy In St. Louis

James S. McDonnell Planetarium's 50th Anniversary
Saint Louis Science Center

In 1961, a parent of one of Charles Schweighauser’s students told him that a planetarium was being built in Forest Park and suggested that he apply for the job of director.  He figured that he was too young, but applied anyway.  Much to his surprise, he was hired the day before his 25th birthday.  Almost two years later, on April 16, 1963, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium opened its doors giving St. Louisans a state-of-the art way to view the universe in its star chamber.  The space race between the U.S.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Citizen Science: Local Efforts Contribute To Study And Preservation Of Many Species

Monarch Butterfly in Flight, "Flight of the Butterflies" opens at the Saint Louis Science Center on January 18th
SK Films

Citizen science is a growing opportunity for non-professional and amateur scientists to participate in professional research.

There are numerous opportunities for citizen science in the St. Louis area and engaging in such endeavors can contribute to protecting environments and preserving species.

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Cityscape
12:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Wildlife Rescue & Born To Be Wild At Saint Louis Science Center

Baby Orangutan from "Born to be Wild"
Courtesy SLSC, Copyright IMAX Corporation

The Saint Louis Science Center has an exhibition and is showing a documentary film about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Host Steve Potter talks with David Lickley, the director of Born to be Wild, about the film on orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue them.  Steve also talks with Bert Vescolani, the President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, about the Wildlife Rescue Exhibition.

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