FRISCO, Texas, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Inspiration is the critical ingredient that can push an idea from educational experience to adventurous innovation. Sci-Tech Discovery Center, a non-profit science center, is in North Texas with the mission to educate and inspire a new generation of innovators, creators, scientists and engineers in our regional community. Starting this fall, the Sci-Tech Heroes of Discovery Lecture series will honor inspiring champions who are making innovative contributions to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experiences.
The inaugural Heroes of Discovery lecture on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center, in Richardson, TX, will be more than a traditional lecture. Our featured speaker will be Dale Dougherty, a celebrity grassroots innovator in the Maker Movement.
"The Maker Movement is exerting a profound influence in our American culture. This influence will grow over the next decade, impacting how we look at creativity and innovation, manufacturing and industry…indeed how we look at ourselves and our place within the dynamics of our culture," says Paul Vinson, Executive Director at Sci-Tech Discovery Center. "We are all makers, of remarkable diversity and interests. We are so pleased that Dale Dougherty, one of the principal founders of this movement, will launch Sci-Tech Discovery Center's Year of the Maker in the first Heroes of Discovery lecture series."
Dougherty is the founder of Maker Media, Inc. that launched MAKE Magazine in 2005, and held the first Maker Faire in San Francisco the following year. MAKE Magazine invites educators, professionals, students, and everyone to become makers within their own communities. Maker Faire, called the "Greatest Show and Tell on Earth," is a technology-rich experience for makers and makers-to-be, a showplace for creativity and innovation developing valuable new products and services. Principally hosted in San Francisco and New York, Maker Faire festivals now span the globe, reaching into large and small communities through Mini-Maker Faires. Dougherty will attend the flagship Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science September 21-22, 2013 where more than 100,000 people are expected to share the exhibit experience of a lifetime.
"Inspiring people young and old to see themselves as makers has been the goal of Make Magazine and Maker Faire," said Dale Dougherty. "Seeing ourselves as producers, not just consumers, opens us to a more purposeful life. While we start making for highly personal reasons, makers soon discover that these capabilities have social and economic impact in their own community. The growth of the Maker movement is one of the most positive and important developments of our time, where a community comes together to celebrate a culture of creativity and ingenuity."
In addition to the Heroes of Discovery lecture on September 25, Dougherty will meet with students at the new Plano ISD Academy High School located at 1701 Alma Road on Tuesday, September 24. Students will tour Dougherty through their Maker Lab within the new facility, which has received $5 million in funding from local high-tech company Texas Instruments.
The Plano ISD Academy High School's project-based curriculum is grounded in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, plus the arts (STEAM). 260 students will comprise its learning community, committed to fostering a professional environment, inspiring creativity, and empowering collaboration to compete in a rapidly changing world.
"After working with parents, students, community members, and staff members for 10 months to design our first academy program in the Plano Independent School District, it was clear that the defining factor would be the opportunity for the students to contribute in very tangible ways to their portfolio of evidence demonstrating their knowledge of required state education standards," states Jim Hirsch, Associate Superintendent for Academic and Technology Services with the Plano Independent School District. "The inclusion of a Maker Lab is the cornerstone of having our students demonstrate through prototyping and related physical construction how their solutions to problems are based in application of their learning. The teachers involved with developing this innovative curriculum have followed Dale's work in the Maker movement since they began the process. Having Dale work directly with our Academy students will validate the importance of including this learning experience within their daily activities."
The Heroes of Discovery reception, honoring Dale Dougherty, will start at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 in the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery in the Eisemann Center. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets range from $45 to $100 and are available online through the Charles W. Eisemann Center: http://www.eisemanncenter.com/tickets/. Heroes of Discovery lecture series event details and sponsor opportunities may be found at www.heroesofdiscovery.org.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center aims through Heroes of Discovery to make its non-profit mission increasingly better known. Sci-Tech provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through active exploration of science, math and technology. Sci-Tech will invite everyone in North Texas regional communities to share in the Maker Movement at its inaugural Mini-Maker Faire in spring 2014, the culminating event of the Year of the Maker.
Located at 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX, Sci-Tech Discovery Center admission is free to members and children under two years. General admission is $7.00, and Senior (age 60+) admission is $5.50. Group rates are available for 10 or more with advance reservations. Directions and additional information about membership, Discovery Camps, Quadcopter Flight School, Preschool classes, Scout programs, and other Sci-Tech news and events may be found at www.mindstretchingfun.org.
About Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Responding to community demand for a cultural and educational destination, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Inc. ("Sci- Tech") was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004 as a multi-year initiative of the Junior League of Collin County, formerly known as the Junior League of Plano. Since then Sci-Tech has found a permanent home in Collin County at the Frisco Discovery Center and offers hands-on exhibits to the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators, and innovators. Sci-Tech provides dynamic education experiences to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology.
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