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Chabot Space & Science Center Receives $1.8 Million Grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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OAKLAND, Calif. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto has awarded Chabot Space & Science Center a $1.8 million grant to support phase II enhancements to the Center’s Bill Nye’s Climate Lab exhibition and website. The Lab enables kids ages 8-14 to learn basic principles of climate science and engage in behaviors that address climate change.

Bill Nye’s Climate Lab opened in November 2010, offering an optimistic, solutions-oriented, highly interactive educational experience focusing on climate science. Featuring Emmy-award winning science educator Bill Nye as commander of the Clean Energy Space Station, visitors join an urgent mission to thwart climate change by discovering exciting new clean energy opportunities while gathering “solutions” on their Climate Scout ID badges. The exhibition is one of the most popular in the Center’s history; the accompanying website, www.BillsClimateLab.org, continues the experience at home or in the classroom with online information and activities.

“The support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation enables us to build upon the success of Bill Nye’s Climate Lab and increase the number of kids actively engaged in climate science through personalized learning and understanding with real world actions,” said Alexander Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO at Chabot Space & Science Center. “We thank the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for supporting our efforts.”

In Phase II of Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, Chabot will focus on linking users’ experiences at the science center with virtual learning and real-world experiences. Chabot will partner with Oakland-based Lucid Design Group to add a Building Dashboard Kiosk to the exhibition to monitor the facility’s real-time energy use alongside interactive exhibits about building efficiency and energy use. Chabot will introduce the Building Dashboard Network to Bay Area middle schools to monitor energy usage and initiate school-based energy conservation competitions. Additional expansion includes developing new Climate Lab games that seamlessly span learning experiences at Chabot, in online and mobile media, and in visitors’ homes, schools and communities. These will showcase Climate Scout achievements, first-person comments and pledges, and stories of actions taken outside of Chabot.

“Bill Nye’s Climate Lab raises the bar for climate change education. It creates a fun environment where kids and their families learn how their actions add up. We’re thrilled to develop innovative strategies for using game play and personalization to expand the Climate Scout community and keep them engaged.” said Tamara Schwarz, Senior Manager of Experience Design at Chabot.

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.  

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay Area Science Learning area of focus supports science-rich educational institutions such as science museums to enhance science education and learning by students (especially children) and the public to increase science literacy. For more information, visit www.moore.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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