Curiosity, creativity, tolerance of ambiguity, resilience and the ability to work effectively with people who have different perspectives are vital life skills. These are the same skills that are fostered by STEM education and that have the power to shape a community and prepare an individual for a career in the science fields.
The science center’s form of informal science education can have a strong impact on STEM education throughout the community. Learners who engage in STEM education through active learning, like the interactive opportunities offered at Imagination Station, are able to better retain information and improve their critical thinking skills.
Furthermore, students who are exposed to real-world STEM experiences that are not possible within the classroom are more likely to have significant, long-term increases in their achievement and attitudes towards the sciences.
Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is a vital non-profit organization that is an integral part of Toledo’s economic, educational and social landscape. The science center opened to the public on October 10, 2009 after the investment of Lucas County residents, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and local businesses. Since opening, more than 1.3 million visitors have explored Imagination Station’s 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. With hundreds of interactive exhibits and demonstrations, Imagination Station delivers a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Imagination Station provides a critical layer of science enrichment by serving as an educational partner for educators, schools, parents and the community. It’s with a thoughtful blend of exhibits, experiences, education and excitement that Imagination Station inspires visitors to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Northwest Ohio.
Over the past six years, Imagination Station has grown dramatically with three new exhibitions, three new major exhibits, nine temporary exhibitions, summer camps, workshops and an expansion of its programmatic offerings. Imagination Station has also forged new partnerships with businesses, organizations and educational institutions.
Serve our community by providing informal science education and fun in order to spark a passion for the sciences by combining interactive exhibits and educational programming.
To be a science center whose impact extends well beyond our walls and inspires innovation, equips our visitors with valuable life skills and prepares our community for our knowledge-based economy. We do this because we know that we can inspire people, that people shape the sciences and that the sciences will shape the world.
Toledo’s science center (formerly known as COSI Toledo), began operation in March 1997, welcoming more than 3 million visitors before closing its doors on December 31, 2007, due to financial challenges. After a successful levy campaign and win in the 2008 general election, the science center, renamed Imagination Station, opened to the public on October 10, 2009. (Read more…)