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click to enlarge Jonas, left, and Olivia, center, pet a bearded dragon at Mobius Science Center. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Jonas, left, and Olivia, center, pet a bearded dragon at Mobius Science Center.
Modeled after innovative science centers — San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Portland’s OMSI and Albuquerque’s Explora — the new Mobius Science Center highlights aerospace, fluid dynamics, the human body, space, music, in addition to physics and phenomenon.

In 2005, the non-profit Mobius Spokane fused the Inland Northwest Science and Technology Center with the Children’s Museum of Spokane. Since then, the vision to create a hands-on, imaginative and enthusiastic place to experience science is now real. First came the Mobius Children’s Museum, a center for kids to “play to learn.” Now the Mobius Science Center (MSC) brings that excitement of hands-on learning for people of all ages across the street from River Park Square.

“Kids learn by doing,” says Mobius co-founder and CEO Chris Majer. “When they get inspired, then their emotions get hooked.”

He sees Mobius bringing the same excitement for adults.

Single mother Holly Wiltison and her 7-year-old son, Matthew, look forward to the science center’s opening.

“Playing and learning don’t need to be two separate things. The hands-on opportunity this presents is so much more effective than, say, a concept from a book,” says Wiltison.

MSC’s public debut is August 3, but come September 8, Mobius is planning a grand opening with an all-day science fair. Mayor David Condon, state senators and representatives, and astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar are expected to attend.

Individuals, businesses, corporate sponsorships and grants have heavily funded MSC’s $12 million construction project. MSC is not just a 28,000-square-foot museum, says Majer, with its 65 hands-on stations, including a digital autopsy table and other interactive exhibits. As MSC leads as a community and business-supported effort, the better chance for science to become ingrained in our culture, perhaps accelerating the country’s competitive edge in global technology.

“As a nation, we are getting our butts kicked when it comes to preparing our kids for the economy of the future,” says Majer.

Mobius Science Center · Doors Open Aug. 3
10 am – 6 pm · 811 W. Main Avenue ·$7 children,
$10 adults · mobiusspokane.org (443-5669)

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