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Go to the Mall for STEM Learning?

Posted By Lisa Herrmann, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Prescott Gateway Mall has recognized the value of providing community support through STEM education. Just last weekend, they hosted the Prescott SciTech Festival which included many opportunities for STEM learning, with activities and demonstrations by both local schools and organizations. Embry Riddle featured many of their STEM oriented programs, providing interactions with electronics and models, and Freeport-McMoran, Inc. demonstrated some of their technology and engineering operations. The Mall Management also provided use of 3 vacant storefronts for student work and fun activities such as the marble roller coaster and robot maze. KaelaSeisinger with Prescott Gateway Mall management explains their interest, ‘We wanted to do this for the Prescott youth, and to show our community support for education, but also the tenants were thrilled because the traffic was huge for the event. That makes it a win-win for all parties!”

Prescott Gateway Mall has also provided permanent home to a unique storefront called ‘The Spot’, a kind of blend between an arcade, a STEM classroom, and a children’s museum. One of The Spot’s current features is ‘Quantum Quizzics’, described as a physical world in motion with gears, magnets, robots, building and light.  Kaela was pleased to report that this unique learning environment has picked up with traffic that they’ve recently extended their hours. ‘We’re here to support the Prescott community, and of course education is very important to us all.”

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