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The St. Louis Science Center offers visitors an exciting array of over 700 different exhibits in its 10 galleries.
In the 50,000 square feet of outdoor space previously occupied by the inflatable Exploradome, the museum offers the GROW exhibit, an exploration of the process that the food supply chain undergoes to take food from the farm to the consumer.
The St. Louis Science Center’s Life Science Lab offers dedicated spaces for educational programs covering a variety of scientific areas that include genetics, agriculture, medicine, and biotechnology, and provide guests with opportunities to engage these topics with hands-on lessons and activities. Visitors can sign up for Daily Dissection classes, which offer a chance to examine the internal structures of worms, insects, starfish, squid, and even sheep eyeballs. The Activity Benches let guests don actual lab coats and safety glasses and use authentic scientific tools. The classrooms even offer a recreated Pacific Coral Reef ecosystem, which visitors are free to take a look at any time there are no classes happening. The display includes clownfish, live corals and a brittle sea star, and a touch screen allows guests to learn about the organisms and the intricate relationships they form.
The Science Center includes a fully featured Makerspace, where STEM concepts—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—converge in a hands on environment that invites visitors to use the many different tools and materials to explore their creativity and curiosity. In the Makerspace, visitors will find the Air Ball, an exhibit that offers experiments to see how wind affects objects differently, and the Float and Fly, where guests are given simple materials to build an object and test its flight capabilities. At the Sail Race participants can design a sail and race it at the track, then experiment with designs to challenge and set the daily best time. Guests can use magnetic pipes at the Ball Run to get a ball from one end to the other. The Rigamajig invites visitors to build large structures form the supplied materials.