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Chabot Space & Science Center Awarded $150,000 Grant To Develop "Launchpad Science Playground"

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OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Chabot Space & Science Center has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2011 Museums for America Program to develop an exciting new outdoor exhibition, Launchpad Science Playground.

Launchpad Science Playground will engage children and families in imaginative play in a vividly themed space exploration environment, utilizing 10,000 square feet of outdoor space at Chabot Space & Science Center. “Launchpad Science Playground will vastly increase Chabot’s exhibit space. We’re excited to create a safe and welcoming new community resource where future space explorers will discover science through play,” said Tamara Schwarz, Senior Manager of Experience Design at Chabot Space & Science Center.

The preliminary concept for the Launchpad features a storyline evoking the excitement, mystery, and romance of early space exploration. Visitors will explore planetary geology, astrobiology, and scientists’ quest to understand our Universe and search for extra-terrestrial life as they play and engage in hands-on activities throughout the exhibit. Play areas include an astronaut training zone and a space laboratory zone, offering a welcome space for outdoor voices and active imaginative play where kids can “train” as the astronauts and engineers for a future mission.

“Play is an incredibly important part of children’s learning and development. This stimulating exhibition will provide a great outlet for kids’ energy and will provide a memorable setting to develop and encourage science process skills,” said Alexander Zwissler, CEO/Executive Director at Chabot Space & Science Center. “Launchpad Space Playground will promote exploring, investigating, hypothesizing, and will convey the excitement of science.” The Launchpad is targeted to open to the public in 2014.

Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, and Bay Area Certified Green Business, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Founded in 1883, the Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills. For more information, visit www.ChabotSpace.org.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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