“North Dakota’s only hands-on science center”
Our Vision: Inspire and educate our youth and the public about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
This is a TINY space (3 rooms), but there's a lot packed into it. The exhibits are sturdy and ALL are hands on. We took our 2 y/o children, and there were only a few exhibits they could really get into (simple machines, gyro wheel, closing a circuit with your body, roller coasters, bottle rocket). BUT, those exhibits had them enthralled, and there were several that they could sort of play with, which makes me think a preschooler would love this place.
There were also several exhibits that were appropriate to older children all the way up to high school--the brain one pictured, some cool optical ones, and a room all about nano-technology.
The staff and volunteers are wonderful. They were happy to show even my little toddlers everything, and to excite their curiosity in the sweetest ways--when one was sitting on the circuit-connecting exhibit and clearly not getting it, a staff member quietly came up and played with it next to him (by not talking right away, he didn't trigger the stranger-danger in my toddler, and he made him interested to try more. It was a very age-appropriate way to handle the situation).
This was not a full day or afternoon-long experience, but it is well worth a quick side trip for bored kids in the car, it's free under 4 and they can really learn something.
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Visiting Scientists Series
- Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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