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The Center for Family Learning in STEM

The future is taking shape right now. Around the world, the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and tech experts are exploring and testing ideas that will impact life for years to come. The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) literacy is growing rapidly worldwide and right here in Indiana.

  • In Indiana, the STEM unemployment rate (3%) is less than half the non-STEM unemployment rate (7.7%).
  • 123,000 STEM-related jobs will need to be filled in Indiana by 2018.
  • Indiana ranks 16th in 2005 NAEP (The National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores in mathematics.

The Children’s Museum has an important role to play. Together, we can reach millions of children, students, teachers, and families through immersive, intergenerational STEM-related experiences. The Heritage Group Center for Family Learning in STEM will spur curiosity and spark interest in STEM subjects and allow visitors to engage with real scientists. 

Extraordinary Experiences with Real Science and Scientists

Beyond Spaceship Earth: An Out-of-This-World Experience 

Step into the world’s first Planetarium and Space Object Theater featuring real space vehicles and equipment and immersive sights and sound. With the help of astronaut Dr. David Wolf, the Museum’s first Extraordinary Scientist-in- Residence, and other real-world experts, this permanent space-themed experience showcases how science, technology, engineering, and math illuminates the mysteries of our planet and beyond.

Beyond Spaceship Earth is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc., Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Patricia Schaefer, The Heritage Group, and NASA, with major support provided by R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, Church Brothers Collision Repair, The Dorsey Foundation, and Steve and Susan Haines.

Leonardo the Mummified Dinosaur 

Dinosaurs capture the imaginations of visitors big and small. Building on that appeal, we opened Leonardo the Mummified Dinosaur in 2014, a Dinosphere attraction that will remain on display through 2024. To give visitors an up-close-and-personal view of this amazing paleontological discovery, this new experience features exploration stations for examining Leonardo’s bones, skin, and stomach. 

ScienceWorks Reenvisioned 

Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks has been one of the museum’s most popular exhibits since opening in 1996, attracting close to 90% of our visitors annually. Updates to the new space included an immersive water table representing the connectivity of the Great Lakes to the Mississippi Delta, and a new “land” area to explore soil quality and agriculture.