Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Denver beat

I've already talked about some of the stuff I love about Denver. Having now had several months to settle in, I have to say that my appreciation just keeps growing. For one thing, there's a lot of interesting archaeological activity going on in the city and the immediate area (including M. Glantz's talk on Neanderthal biogeography this Friday in the UC Denver department of anthropology!). And, while to the south of us Colorado Springs is apparently doing its best to emulate the fine urban model of Bartertown, in Denver the Museum of Nature and Science just received the largest donation in its 109 year long history.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has received the largest donation in its 109-year history, an $8 million gift from the Morgridge Family Foundation for the construction of a new Science Engagement Center on the south side of the Museum building.

The 40,000-square-foot, three-story Science Engagement Center will feature two floors of innovative, high-tech science activity facilities designed for preschool through 8th grade children, as well as their teachers, parents, and other caregivers. The center will provide a dynamic, hands-on learning environment and deliver programs that will have a profound impact on children’s understanding of science. The third floor of the building will contain a large, new temporary exhibition gallery.

“We want to change the way people think about science education here at the Museum,” said George Sparks, the Museum’s president and CEO. “Our goal is to complement what children learn at school by offering the types of memorable experiences they can only have at our great Museum. We want to give these kids the inspiration they need to become lifelong fans of science and learning, and we are grateful to the Morgridge Family Foundation for making a significant contribution to the fulfillment of this vision.”

Fostering an appreciation of science and the natural world from an early age is a noble goal indeed! Just one more reason to appreciate the fine work the DMNS is doing.


terryt said...

I was impressed with Denver too. Denver was the nearest thing I found in the USA to an Australian city, i.e. reasonably relaxed and liberal. But that may have been because I arrived in Denver after travelling through the Bible Belt for a month, and the contrast was pleasant.

Ben S. said...

but have you been to Pints Pub yet? It's next door to the new Denver Art Museum which is also very cool and the Colorado History Museum which is underrated and has some fun Paleoindian exhibits.

Julien Riel-Salvatore said...

terry -
it's definitely a very nice city to live in so far! And it's close to many outdoor activities, to boot!

Ben -
I've walked by Pints Pub but was rushing off to an appointment, so didn't order... I did notice they seemed to have a nice selection of drinkables, though.... maybe I should hold my grad seminar there one night!