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Springfield Science Museum Receives $750,000 Federal Allocation

SPRINGFIELD — A new Springfield Science Museum project titled “Equitable Access to the Night Sky” is being funded by a federal allotment of $750,000.

Described as a “game changer for the museum” by Science Museum director Jenny Powers, the funds will create a digital dome projection system complete with state-of-the-art planetarium software to increase the ball of light. historical stars. The change will add multicultural perspectives to the night sky, as well as an online digitization of the observatory and a multi-sensory astronomy exhibit for visitors who are blind or visually impaired, according to the Science Museum‘s press release.

The allocation was raised by Sen. Edward Markey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Richard Neal as part of the $138 million guaranteed by the state. The funds will support 120 community projects. In a statement, Markey reflected on the impact the funding will have on strengthening the community and the economy as a whole.

“This federal funding for Massachusetts means we can start, strengthen and expand community projects that serve our families, our businesses and our cities and towns every day. These projects will boost our economy, build our resilience, expand access to important healthcare, promote clean energy and climate solutions, and help feed and house our most vulnerable in all parts of our Commonwealth,” said Markey said.

The addition of astronomy marks another expansion of the Science Museum. In 2019, the museum added the Smithsonian Spark!Lab, an interactive hands-on exhibit that marks the only Spark!Lab in the Northeast.

After upgrading the Seymour Planetarium’s seats and star balloon in 2021, the museum is preparing to open the International Space Station Gallery in June 2022. The exhibit will highlight learning about science, technology, science, and science. engineering and mathematics (STEM) and will include interactive stations, according to the press release.

The new exhibits are part of the museum’s three-year strategic plan to prioritize diversity, inclusion, equity and access as the museum prepares for the future. Powers stressed the importance of continuing to innovate the space in a statement.

“The Science Museum must respond to the interest of the community. We need to provide relevant opportunities that appeal to everyone in the new multidimensional, tech-savvy world… This money will help us close the gaps in equity and access. We are already a beloved institution; we will have an even greater impact as a public good with the improvements this money will bring,” Powers said.

Readers can find more information about the assignment and other new exhibits at https://springfieldmuseums.org/about/springfield-science-museum/.