Starting in late January, Catherine Wilson Horne will take the helm as the new president & CEO of Discovery Place, Inc.
Catherine is currently the CEO of EdVenture, a nationally-recognized children's museum in Columbia, S.C., a position she has held for nearly 17 years.
"After an extensive and thoughtful national search, we are delighted to have found a new leader who has the right mix of vision, passion, imagination and knowledge to lead Discovery Place, Inc. into the future," said Chris Perri, Board Chair, Discovery Place, Inc.
Over the last three decades, Catherine has worked exclusively in the museum, non-profit and higher education sectors. Her experience includes raising more than $50 million dollars for educational programs, exhibits and museum facilities, marketing and bra Keep reading.
December 03, 2013
Need some help with your holiday shopping? Check out our top gift ideas for 2013.
All items are available at Shop Science, which is open seven days a week during regular Museum hours. Discovery Place Members receive a 20% discount on all purchases.
Crossover 8-Wheel Stunt RC Car ($29.99) - With eight wheels, nothing stops this remote control stunt vehicle as it spins, twists, flips and rolls. Kids will love the colorful flashing lights and adults will appreciate the lack of sound effects. Ages 3 and up.
Magna-Tiles ($59.99) - These jewel-toned translucent tiles are a hit in KidScience, and now you can bring the fun home. Children learn shape recognition and build motor skills as they create flat patterns or 3D sculptures. Ages 3 and up.
Laser Pegs ($29.99) - Build eight differe Keep reading.
November 27, 2013
Buy or renew any Museum Membership online on Monday, December 2, and get an extra month of Membership for FREE!
Plus, the first 50 people to buy a Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS Membership through our website on Cyber Monday will receive a FREE Animal Grossology book.
There's more! The first two people to buy Memberships through our website on Cyber Monday may add an additional Museum to their Membership for FREE ($35 value).
This deal is valid only on new Memberships, gift Memberships and Membership renewals purchased online December 2, 2013, from 12:00 a.m. to to 11:59 p.m. Memberships will be valid from December 2, 2013 - January 31, 2015. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
What do dinosaurs, rockets, volcanoes, muscles and physics all have in common? Aside from being some of the most fun topics in science, they're also part of our Winter Break Camps!
It's November, which means that the holidays are right around the corner, and the kids will be out of school. Are you looking for something fun, engaging and educational to do for them? Discovery Place's Winter Break Camps are back for a third year, running December 30 - January 3, and I'm tremendously excited!
Winter Break Camps are interactive and hands-on, with great opportunities for inquiry. We'll be answering scientific questions and asking new ones, performing experiments and getting active. What a great way to bring in the new year!
This year, we've added four new programs to our roster of cool Keep reading.
Nineteen K-12 educators from public, private, and parochial school systems in four counties recently completed our STEM Fellows program, a teacher professional development experience.
Check out some of their rave reviews:
"Being a STEM Fellow has opened up my mind to a whole new realm in science. I am excited about what I can share with my colleagues and utilize in my classroom to peak a greater interest in science from my students. This experience was PRICELESS!"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! The STEM Fellows program has helped me to grow so much as a teacher."
"The experience has inspired me to be a thinker who observes and analyzes to a greater degree. With exposure to many topics, I will now take time to construct lessons where students become aware of the world around Keep reading.
November 15, 2013
Have you met our newest World Alive residents?
Stop by the aquarium and check out our armored fish! These fish defend themselves with thick scales that make them difficult for predators to devour.
Pinecone fish (Monocentris japonica) are found in the western tropical Indo-Pacific oceans, at depths of 2 - 100 meters, on both rocky and coral reefs. They grow to about 8 inches long and are encased in large, thick scales.
The pinecone fish has a light-producing organ on the side of its lower jaw that is thought to be used for night hunting. They feed at night on small invertebrates that may be lured by the glowing lights on the fish's mouth. The light is produced by luminescent bacteria.
Also residents of the Indo-Pacific region, longhorn cowfish (L Keep reading.