“In time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. Those who have finished learning find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
– Eric Hoffner
It is difficult to imagine our community without the Sci-Port Discovery Center, yet, just twelve months ago the Center was facing permanent closure. This last year has been a time for reflection and learning. Like the resurgence of the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, Sci-Port has successfully recovered from the threat of extinction. Science brought the pelicans back to Louisiana and science is why Sci-Port is thriving today!
We are grateful to our community and partners for the support, encouragement and contributions which have enabled our successes. It is extremely rewarding to talk with visitors who experienced Sci-Port in their youth and are now sharing a very similar experience with their children. As Louisiana’s ONLY science center, we remain committed to our mission to provide lifelong, STEM-based learning opportunities for all ages.
You can expect some exciting upgrades and additions at Sci-Port as we prepare for the coming year. Just last month, we completed an upgrade of the lighting, seating and carpeting in the IMAX Dome Theatre, the ONLY dome theatre in Louisiana. In September, we will feature six NASA exhibits from the Apollo 11 collection. These exhibits will be on loan to the Center until early December and will include items that went to the moon!
In November, we will unveil a totally unique exhibition designed by local artists entitled, “Sno-Port: The Science of a Snowflake”. Visitors will experience the transformation of a water droplet as it becomes a snowflake. Local artists are working on the designs now and they include SNOW, interactive holograms, a “flying” rocket sled and a lot of holiday fun.
In February we will focus on providing an experience for guests of all ages in the area once referred to as the Red River Gallery. Beginning in October, you can watch our New York production crew as they transform this area into the Gallery of Intrigue. As our guest, you will board a train, get your suitcase with an adventure assignment and head off for a variety of interactive adventures. Visitors will experience the Captain Shreve inventor’s mansion, the Audubon nature cabin and the Cypress Lake swamp—each designed to educate and inspire visitors of all ages.
And….don’t tell anyone…but in 2020 we are planning a very special homecoming for some of the exhibits you once loved! Did someone ask about the nailbed? Watch for details coming soon!