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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Kids Ring in ‘Noon Year’ at Santa Maria Discovery Museum

Annual event lets children noisily celebrate New Year’s without staying up late By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully | December 31, 2017 | 5:45 p.m. Equipped with their recently-assembled noisemakers, youths enthusiastically rang in the new year with a noontime celebration at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Sunday. Approximately 200 people filled the Santa Maria museum […]

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Chumash Golf Classic a Winner for 5 County Museums

Members of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Business Committee and Team Chumash join representatives from five area museums. (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians) SOURCE: VERONICA V. SANDOVAL FOR THE SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH INDIANS Charity tournament brings in $120,000 The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has announced that its 13th annual […]

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Discovery Museum Looks to Expand With Makerspace

Grant will pay for collaboration between Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria museum and library By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor  A unique collaboration that led to a grant to expand the makerspace movement in the Santa Maria Valley also will boost the Discovery Museum’s revitalization efforts and inspire youths to create. Allan Hancock College, the Discovery Museum […]

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Diane Adam Keeps Her Focus on Family, Community and Philanthropy

By Ben Romo Ben Romo: Welcome to Diane Adam, fourth-generation Central Coast resident, community leader and — as I’m sure she lists first on her résumé — a former classmate of mine. Diane is what I call a “network weaver,” someone who uses her skills and connections to help strengthen our system of education and […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Unveils Space Shuttle Exhibit

Replica orbiter first part of Vandenberg Launch Experience after educational partnership pact By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor A space shuttle exhibit has landed at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum with an unveiling Wednesday night when officials also revealed a new educational partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base. Military representatives and Discovery Museum […]

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Noon Year’s Eve Celebration Caps Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s 20th Year

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] Armed with creatively crafted noisemakers and recently made party hats, children rang in the new year while dancing at noon Saturday in Santa Maria. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve party, a family celebration […]

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Kids Learn to Catch Some Air at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Exhibit

Air Pollution Control District-sponsored exhibit uses floor-to-ceiling pneumatic tubes to teach lessons about the movement of air A young girl waits to catch a yarn ball as air shoots it from the Catching Air exhibit at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo) By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | […]

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Energy Partners Fund Awards $80,000 to STEM Programs

The Energy Partners Fund, a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, awarded $80,000 to educational programs and organizations focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grants were presented recently at Presqu’ile Winery in Orcutt. The Energy Partners are a diverse mix of oil and gas companies, local businesses and community organizations […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Cooks Up Camps for Fun, Education

The organization marks its 20th year with new exhibits, including Catching Air, a ‘new favorite’ for people of all ages By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor A cooking camp set for next week at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum will help youths find out that food can be healthy, tasty and fun. The […]

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Santa Maria Park Filled with High Flying Fun

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully Hundreds of people on Sunday harvested the Santa Maria Valley’s plentiful spring wind into fun as kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky above Rotary Centennial Park. Adults and children took their turns at flying during the seventh annual Free Family Kite Festival, organized […]

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