STATE COLLEGE, PA – (April 28, 2021) — Discovery Space is delighted to announce a generous donation from EnergyCAP, LLC that allowed the purchase of the Color Play Exhibit. Formerly part of a traveling exhibition that visited science centers across the world, it will now have a permanent home in Discovery Space’s Science Center.
When fully refurbished, this highly interactive exhibit will provide a variety of ways for children and adults to play with the physics of color. It will help visitors take a scientific approach to color by examining the pixels on a TV and cell phone screen and invite visitors to explore the perception of color in daily life. One fun exhibit involves spinning wheels of various colors and patterns to see how they trick the visitor’s brain into seeing something totally unexpected. Another involves exploring how different wavelengths of light change the way things look.
“One of the challenges for smaller science centers is the cost barrier to purchase new exhibits. EnergyCAP’s donation allowed us to purchase a high-quality exhibit that has literally been around the globe and loved by thousands of children. We’re thrilled that its next starring role is in our Science Center.” said Michele Crowl, Executive Director of Discovery Space.
During the next few months, the Discovery Space team will refurbish the exhibit and brand it as their own. This includes a fresh coat of paint, updating selected components and preparing it to be a centerpiece of the exhibit gallery.
Steve Heinz, Founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, noted, “We’re proud to support Discovery Space. Not only are we funding a new exhibit, we’re inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. STEM experiences are so important for kids, and exhibitions like this can be powerful motivators. We encourage other local science, technology, and engineering companies to follow suit and provide a spark to their next generation of employees.”
Michele Crowl summed up by saying “After being closed for 12 full months, we are investing in staff and in exhibits so that we can provide new and exciting learning experiences after a year of disrupted education. Our heartfelt thanks goes to EnergyCAP for helping our region’s children remember that learning is fun!”
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About Discovery Space
Discovery Space is a growing science center and makerspace based in State College. Our science center offers interactive STEM exhibits and hands-on programs in a fun learning environment. Our makerspace, The Rivet, helps our community build the skills to make or fix just about anything. Continually seeking to spark curiosity and creativity, we serve everyone from toddlers to seniors. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
For more information, please visit DiscoverySpace.org.
EnergyCAP, LLC has helped more than 10,000 energy managers in government, education, and commercial organizations derive value from their utility bills and energy data. Clients use EnergyCAP software-based solutions to streamline utility bill processing and auditing, track energy and greenhouse gas data, process campus chargebacks, target reduction goals, benchmark facilities, submit to ENERGY STAR, measure and verify energy & cost savings, create budgets and forecasts, and much more. EnergyCAP was named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces in 2020 and is a five-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winner.