EcoTarium’s Joe Cox to bring this year’s STEM Summit back to nature
Oct 09, 2014
Among the over 1,000 attendees expected at this year’s STEM Summit, the DCU will be welcoming Jello, a Red Tail Hawk and Red, an Eastern Screech Owl. Serving as ambassadors for the EcoTarium, the Worcester science and nature center where they live and work teaching visitors about their lives and habits, the birds will offer an up close view of the center’s ongoing commitment to bolstering science education by connecting children with nature. They’ll be accompanied by EcoTarium president Joe Cox, who will be showing and telling just how the science center’s innovative partnerships and programs support exhibits and presentations that take science, math, literacy, and art out of the classroom and into nature.
Through a recently formed five-year, multi-faceted partnership with National Geographic, the EcoTarium became one of fewer than 10 US museums—and the first in New England—to be able to offer its visitors special access to traveling exhibits, and to one of the world’s largest and most diverse libraries of award-winning science, nature, and adventure films. At the closing reception, Cox will screen a trailer for the first film to be shown, “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which reveals the awe and splendor of everyday objects magnified at extreme levels.
“Partnering with National Geographic, one of the most well respected providers of scientific content in the world, allows us to work towards our strategic goal of becoming a national leader in engaging communities with science and nature,” says Cox.
He’ll also introduce the museum’s newest outdoor environment, Nature Explore. An interactive outdoor classroom created by educators and architects from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, Nature Explore was developed specifically to engage kids with nature, providing workshops and curriculum that incorporate field-tested, research-based activities and resources to support enhanced learning through nature.
The closing reception is a new feature of the Summit, inviting attendees to recap, unwind, and socialize over hors d’oeuvres and beverages, while learning about the unique resources available to Massachusetts’ students.