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Science Center Opens GROW, an Interactive Agriculture Exhibit
The Saint Louis Science Center's new 5,200 square foot pavilion, built on the site formerly occupied by the EXPLORADOME, features an agricultural exhibit called GROW.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 18, 2016 - The new 5,200 square foot pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center features an agricultural exhibit called GROW, which tells the story of food from farm to fork through 40 interactive exhibits, demonstrations and events.
Visitors can it in the driver's seat of a giant combine like those used on a farm. Dig deeper in soil and learn how to plant your own backyard garden. Use headphones to listen to the sounds of a bumblebee hive and witness the action inside the hive live on a flat screen monitor. See videos of real farmers sharing their stories and learn about the foods and products that are exported from Missouri and Illinois.
"The topic of food and where it comes from has never been more relevant to mainstream conversations than it is today," said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. "GROW provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about agriculture, take a spin on a mini-tractor,
taste delicious food and have fun."
Vescolani added, "Our goal is not only to educate people about the science behind food production, but also to ignite an interest in those who could be the next generation of farmers, scientists, inventors and problem solvers."
The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.
Boeing Hall, a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition addition to the Saint Louis Science Center, provides a needed venue to better accommodate traveling exhibitions, and provide space to house unique educational activities on a distinctive, green rooftop terrace.
Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome.
Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572.
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