In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Whitaker Center introduced its new STEM Design Studios in the Harsco Science Center. The new studios, designed by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, are the hub of Whitaker Center’s educational programming, offering Girl Scout, Girls in STEM and Discovery Camp workshops. Additionally, the studios will feature Drop-in STEM labs which will be open to all patrons and include STEM activities including circuitry, K’NEX design challenges, iPad activities, Pre-K activities, 3D printing and introductory coding and robotics. The new STEM Design Studios opened in November 2019.
“Our Education Department is not only excited about the renovated physical spaces for our guests, but also about the hands-on inquiry-based learning and curriculum programming that will be offered to our patrons and school groups,” said Jessica Rice, Director of Education at Whitaker Center. “We have a wonderful opportunity to better prepare youth in our region for future STEM-related jobs and that is exciting.”
In May of 2022, the Whitaker Center unveiled the center’s new PNC Innovation Zone, a 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art space engages today’s youth in the topics of science, technology, engineering and math. This is accomplished through purposeful gaming and innovative programming. These new spaces have a special focus on experiential learning and deeper engagement in programming for students and families. This new “purposeful gaming studio” will be a space largely for scheduled programs and classes with school or other private groups.
Programs will include:
- After school programs
- Girls in STEM
- Emerging Healthcare Professionals: Science of Surgery Camp
- Programs that offer STEM Scholarships: Summer Camps, Surgery Live!, Field Trips to Whitaker Center, Innovation 10