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Toledo's Science Center

Imagination Station’s mission to bring science education to the community extends well beyond the permanent exhibits and learning worlds. The science center’s educational efforts include more intensive experiences that promote hands-on, inquiry-based exploration and exciting scientific discovery. Educational programs meet the needs of multiple audiences including children, educators, families and scouts.

Grant & Sponsor Funded Programs

The science center aggressively pursues funding in order to expand existing programs, create new programs, reach new audiences and cover new topics. Imagination Station continues to secure funding for programmatic efforts. Some of these programs include Science Workshops at Lucas County Children Services, Science Story Times at local elementary schools, Energy Explorations and more.

Outreach 

Recognizing the limited transportation budgets in many school districts, Imagination Station features extensive outreach program offerings that bring science education out to the schools: including Science FestivalsWorkshop on Wheels, Pre-School Workshop on Wheels and StarLab®. Outreach programs have impacted more than 93,000 students and teachers since Imagination Station opened.

Science Weeks

Each year, in collaboration with national initiatives and working with local partners, Imagination Station features special science weeks that deliver specific science content to visitors through fun, interactive activities.

Hot Summer, Cool Science Summer Camps

Now in its sixth season, Imagination Station’s summer camp program has increased attendance by almost 400%, expanded to two offsite locations in 2014 and will offer four exciting themes to choose from this year – Young MacGyver, Taste of Tinkering, Behind the Mask: Superhero Science and Super Splatter Science. 

Little Scientist Workshops

Our littlest learners have the opportunity to take part in a series of programs that focus on everything from insects to colors to the seasons. Each session involves a story and a hands-on activity.

Homeschool Workshops

This monthly program, for kids ages 7 to 12, covers a variety of topics – from chemistry to astronomy and all the fun, messy science in-between. They encourage participants to come ready to explore hands-on science and learn with other families.

Scout Programs 

To help scout troops reach their badge and belt loop requirements, Imagination Station hosts Scout Badge workshops that engage the scouts and inspire them to achieve their goals while having fun.

Science Story Time

Every day in Little KIDSPACE Science Studio, an Imagination Station team member shares an engaging story followed by a hands-on science activity with kids kindergarten age and younger.

Educator Resources

In addition to meeting the needs of younger visitors, Imagination Station delivers a range of professional development for educators that include:

  • Prep4Ed – A monthly program that acclimates educators to the science center prior to a field trip so that students can get the most out of their experience

  • Exhibit Guides – Educational companions that accompany specific exhibits and learning worlds 

  • Science Demonstration Videos – Educational videos of our weekly TV segments that demonstrate and explain a variety of science concepts

  • Activity Cards – Detailed instructions for classroom-friendly activities along with the science behind each experiment

  • Free admission – Teachers receive free admission every day

  • Discover.ed – A monthly electronic newsletter

Educational Partnerships

Imagination Station is an active member of the educational community and has partnered with the University of Toledo, Lucas County Schools including Sylvania Public Schools and Toledo Public Schools, Lourdes University, Bowling Green State University, Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education (NWO) and WGTE to deliver professional development and programming.

Adopt-a-School

Schools are facing fiscal challenges, budgets are being cut and field trips are being canceled. The Adopt-a-School program gives corporations and foundations a way of directly impacting the children in their community by providing them with educational outreach programs and field trips to Imagination Station. The science center has adopted 36,000 students and educators through the Adopt-a-School program.

Community Partnerships

Imagination Station is aware of the importance of community support in regard to exposure, new exhibits, sponsorships, collaborations, corporate memberships, individual donors, “in-kind” donations and media relations. The community support the science center receives has been outstanding and continues to offer proof that Imagination Station is a community asset to Lucas County and Northwest Ohio.

On-Air Science Education

Imagination Station has established relationships with local media outlets in order to deliver science content to the larger community. Imagination Station frequently garners both print and television media, and has partnered with local television programs to offer regular science segments.

Collaborations

Imagination Station has ongoing collaborations with area organizations like The Toledo Zoo, Toledo Mud Hens, Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, Toledo Walleye, University of Toledo, Lourdes University, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and WGTE. The science center is also an active member of TACL (Toledo Area Cultural Leaders), the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, Destination Toledo and EPIC. 

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