Thursday, August 14, 2008
Parents magazine designates Sciport as one of nation's 10-best science centers
Part of Parents’ ongoing series of 10-Best articles, the survey places Sci-Port at number eight out of the nation’s 150-plus science centers.
Sci-Port is also the only science center in the Southern U.S. to make the top 10 ranking, and its location of Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana, is the only mid-sized city on the 10-Best list.
“We are absolutely elated and honored by this outstanding national recognition,” said Ann Fumarolo, Sci-Port President & CEO. “It serves as wonderful testament to the work and support of all who make Sci-Port possible.”
To figure out which of the nation’s science centers are the most exciting and educational, Parents sent them an extensive survey, asking for details about the exhibits as well as science demonstrations, special events, camps and classes. The magazine also considered the stroller-friendliness of the facility; dining options; the quality of staff; conveniences like family restrooms; and whether the center was a good value based on the admission price in relation to the number of exhibits. Staff interviews were also conducted.
“The science centers we profiled make learning fun for young children,” says Sally Lee, editor in chief of Parents magazine. “So when kids begin studying in school, they’ll be enthusiastic about it.”
According to the Parents survey, the 10 Best Science Centers for Families in order of their ranking are:
1. Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus, Ohio
2. Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
3. Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
4. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey
5. St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
6. New York Hall of Science, Flushing, New York
7. California Science Center, Los Angeles, California
8. Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
9. The Franklin (formerly The Franklin Institute), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Full results will soon be available at parentsmag.com and in the September issue, which is on newsstands Tuesday, August 19.