18th Annual Best of Northern Santa Barbara County

Best Learning Center/Museum Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum 705 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria Three, two, one, blast off! The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s newest exhibit is all about space, and Executive Director Nancy Gastelum said the museum’s partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base has really brought the vision to life.  “I think the […]

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HOBNOB: Mid-Summer melange

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS It was Monday, July 2, at 4 p.m. There were tempting appetizers from Moxie Café, respectable wines for imbibing, and a group of groovy guests, not to mention an awesome venue–the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Yet this was my saddest hobnobbing experience ever. About 100 folks gathered to bid farewell […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Notes New Beginnings

Executive Director Chris Slaughter set to leave, Nancy Gastelum hired as new leader By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully | July 3, 2018 | 2:46 p.m. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is celebrating new beginnings by bidding farewell to executive director Chris Slaughter and welcoming her replacement, a familiar face in the community. […]

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Summer offers chance for businesses to target youth

Jennifer Best Contributing Writer  May 27, 2018  Santa Maria Valley is home to a growing list of summer programs catering to the tens of thousands of local youth who live here. While public, private and non-profit organizations strive to meet the needs of the community, there’s still room for expansion. “There’s definitely a need and a […]

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NASA astronaut shares about life in space at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

By Gina Kim Community members met a real-life NASA astronaut at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Thursday, when they heard about his five-month mission to outer space in 2017. Both parents and children listened intently to Col. Jack Fischer, Air Force command pilot and astronaut, who served as engineer aboard the International Space […]

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Astronaut Jack Fischer visits Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

Col. Jack Fischer, a NASA astronaut, visited with families at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Wednesday. Fischer talked to the kids about the experience of space travel, plus what it was like to live on the International Space Station for six months and take part in spacewalks. Fischer has more than 3,000 flight […]

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NASA tour stops at Discovery Museum ahead of InSight lander launch

As excitement and anticipation build for Saturday’s historic launch of the Mars InSight Lander, children from the Santa Maria Valley and beyond had the chance Wednesday morning to learn from the scientists and engineers directly involved in making it possible. Stopping at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museumas part of NASA’s Mars InSight Roadshow, a multi-stop tour of California cities, members of InSight’s […]

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Mars InSight Roadshow arrives in Santa Maria

NASA’s InSight Mars Mission Team has made its arrival to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in its last trip before heading to Vandenberg for the main event. For complete story go to: http://www.ksby.com/story/38101746/nasa-team-talks-upcoming-mars-mission-in-santa-maria

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New Discovery Museum Maker Lab opening to public during Makerspace Weekend

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has a sweet deal for a young, creative soul who enjoys working with children: a paid internship at its brand-new Discovery Maker Lab. “We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about making,” Discovery Museum Program Director Amy Blasco said. The museum’s Creation Station has been central to the facility since moving […]

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In Countdown to Launch, NASA and JPL Go All Out on Mars InSight Education and Events

Saturday’s blastoff to be preceded by week of out-of-this-world exhibits and presentations, including screenings of War of the Worlds and Mars Attacks! An artist’s rendering depicts the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. InSight is a lander designed to give Mars its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. (Hewlett-Packard Co. rendering) A Mars […]

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Second Phase of Space Exhibit Touches Down at Santa Maria Discovery Museum

Vandenberg Launch Experience lets children get hands-on with rocket launches Chris Slaughter, executive director of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, talks about the Vandenberg Launch Experience exhibit during a ceremony Monday celebrating the completion of the project’s second phase. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo) The second phase of an exhibit to give children — […]

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Interactive launch exhibit opens at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

By Janae Sargent Officials unveiled the Vandenberg Launch Experience simulator at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Monday Night. The interactive exhibit has been a project in the works for more than two years. It is designed to get children excited about space and entering the STEM field. “We want to spark imaginations and create […]

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