Arts Beat: Santa Maria children’s museum aims to put the A in STEAM

By TYLER PRATT • FEB 3, 2019 Listen to this article  Many have lamented the disappearance of the arts from public school curriculums. Over the past few decades, there’s been an emphasis on STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. But one local institution encourages turning STEM to STEAM by including the arts. Laura-Susan Thomas is an art teacher and […]

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Children enjoy Noon Year’s Eve celebrations in SLO, Santa Maria

By KSBY Staff Children on the Central Coast are getting in on the New Year’s Eve fun a little early. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is hosting its annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and includes 2019 capsule making and other art, cookies and […]

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Discovery Museum Marks New Year with Noon Celebration in Santa Maria

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor December 31, 2018 Paper plates became noisemakers and tiny pompoms found many uses as hundreds of children — and adults — readied to ring in the new year at noon Monday. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve party where the merriment was high although the […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum gets festive for the holiday season

Gina Kim gkim@leecentralcoastnews.com Dec 15, 2018 Updated Dec 16, 2018 Creating crafts from bicycle parts, going on a sweet treat scavenger hunt, singing Christmas carols and visiting Santa are among the creative ways the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has invited the community to get into the holiday spirit this month. The [Holidays at the Discovery Museum […]

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Central Coast celebrates InSight landing on Mars

Melissa Newman November 26, 2018 Monday was a day of excitement for people of all ages. Kids and adults across the Central Coast packed into viewing parties to watch the InSight spacecraft land on Mars. “Going back in time when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, I was watching it on television in Beirut, Lebanon. […]

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‘A very good day’: InSight landing celebrated during Hancock College viewing party

Mathew Burciaga mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com Nov 26, 2018 Updated 18 hrs ago For seven minutes late Monday morning, a crowd of more than 150 onlookers sat at Hancock College’s Marian Theater in silence, waiting to hear a beep from a spacecraft nearly 100 million miles from Earth. With all eyes on a screen placed at the center of the […]

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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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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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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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We have liftoff: Santa Maria Discovery Museum launches phase two of Vandenberg Launch Experience

A new partnership between the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base will allow children and families across the Central Coast to explore the fascinating world of aerospace science. Phase two of the Vandenberg Launch Experience — a hands-on, state-of-the-art simulation of the rocket launch process — was […]

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