Science Center holds celebration for new expansion

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By Alyse Horn

On Tuesday, October 25 the Carnegie Science Center hosted not a ground breaking, but a ground booming celebration for the new Science Pavilion expansion by using liquid nitrogen to mark the beginning of construction.

Pittsburgh Schiller STEAM Academy and members of the Perry High School Band Drumline kicked off the event and assembled upon the future expansion site.

During the ceremony, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto spoke together, singing praise for the Science Pavilion and how it will raise educational advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Science Pavilion will be home to 6,000 square feet of STEM Learning Labs and act as a “regional hub for teacher professional development activities,” according to a press release by the Science Center. There will also be a 14,000 square-foot Special Exhibition Gallery above the STEM labs that will bring world-class traveling exhibits to the city, and the top floor will include conference and event space.

The expansion is part of SPARK! A Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, which was created to “address the timely challenge of strengthening STEM education and career awareness in southwestern Pennsylvania, where the demand for STEM professionals far exceeds the supply,” according to the press release.

The cost to construct the Science Pavilion and digital theater will be about $23 million and it is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

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Schiller STEAM Academy students.
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Perry High School Band.
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Perry High School Band Drumline.
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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto also spoke at the event, citing the value of the Science Center to the community as a venue for family fun and its importance in educating and inspiring the next-generation workforce of the region.
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Carnegie Science Center staff member Amanda Iwaniec prepares the liquid nitrogen.
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Iwaniec and other staff members burying the liquid nitrogen.
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The groundBOOMING begins.
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Schiller students celebrate the confetti cannon explosions.
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Mayor Peduto with Schiller students.
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The Science Center’s new Science Pavilion, to be built eastward along the Ohio River facing Pittsburgh’s Point, will house 6,000 square feet of STEM Learning Labs. This space will offer enhanced STEM programming and will serve as a regional hub for teacher professional development activities.
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Above the STEM labs, a new 14,000 square-foot Special Exhibitions Gallery will allow the Science Center to bring world-class traveling exhibits to Pittsburgh. The top floor will be a conference and event space to host science programs, conferences, and receptions. The expansion is part of SPARK! A Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, which also will fund two new permanent exhibitions, a new giant-screen digital theater, and endowment.
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