The Michigan Science Center celebrated our 2nd birthday on December 26. We opened our doors with free general admission thanks to Delphi Foundation. Our donors, members, volunteers, guests, employees and community have made us successful and we’d like to say thank you!
One of our longest standing and most loyal members, Wendy Lesnick, recently shared her perspective on MiSci membership. We were excited to learn about MiSci’s role in her family’s education.
How long have you been coming to MiSci and the former Detroit Science Center before that? How long have you been a member?
We began visiting the Detroit Science Center before many of the educators who now work at MiSci were born. The crown jewel of the Center was the IMAX® theatre and the tubular escalators with traveling “rainbow” neon lights which led to and from the theatre. One of the first IMAX® films that we saw was The Dream is Alive, narrated by Walter Cronkite, in 1985. We’ve been members for as long as it has been possible. My husband Anthony was a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Science Center.
How did you originally discover MiSci?
We were excited to learn that a science center was to be built in Detroit. We eagerly followed its progress and were quite pleased to finally be able to enjoy a science museum in Detroit. We found it ironic that Detroit, the “Arsenal of Democracy,” and the home of state-of-the-art engineering did not have a museum dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Now, it’s difficult to imagine a Metropolitan Detroit without the Michigan Science Center.
What inspires you to keep coming back? What are some of the things you enjoy at MiSci?
What inspires us to visit every month is that the Michigan Science Center is like a treasure trove of educational gems. From polymers to the Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum, electromagnetism to electricity, phosphates in the shells of arachnids to the frozen worlds beyond Pluto, the Michigan Science Center offers so many exciting, educational experiences that it is often impossible to fit them all in one visit.
Without question, our favorite aspect of the Michigan Science Center is the team of exceptionally dedicated and devoted individuals who make the Center the outstanding educational resource that it is. It is quite obvious that everyone involved in the Science Center earnestly strives to give every guest the best experience possible. We think of our Michigan Science Center as a group of highly intelligent, artfully trained, and dedicated educators who present science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in an exciting and engaging format. We are most grateful to, and appreciative of, the outstanding individuals who work so hard to make our every visit a memorable one.
What does MiSci mean to you and your family? Specifically, how has it helped your son, Karol?
There is nothing in our lives that is more important than our beloved son, Karol. It has been often stated that “knowledge is power.” What often goes unsaid, and perhaps more importantly, is that knowledge is freedom. What better gift can parents give a child than the freedom to be whatever their hopes and dreams inspire them to be? Unlike the latest toy or device, what he has learned at MiSci will not end up on the floor of a closet or at the bottom of a toy box.
At a parent teacher conference, Karol’s teacher told us that she asked the class, “What are the states of matter?” She was astonished to not only hear Karol state, “solid, liquid, gas, plasma… and Bose-Einstein Condensate” but that he knew what they were. Thinking of our visits to MiSci, we smiled and told her, “We’re members of the Michigan Science Center, and we visit every month.” We learned that she later entered into Karol’s permanent record that he was significantly advanced in science and mathematics as a result of extensive, positive exposure to outside resources.
What do you hope to see in the future from MiSci and from science and education in general?
Having been there at the beginning of the Detroit Science Center, and as the first ones through the door at the reopening of the Michigan Science Center, we can attest that incredible advancements have been made and that the Michigan Science Center is in a constant state of improvement.
It has often been said that “one can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” It is equally true that one can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.” The Michigan Science Center provides the invaluable opportunity to “learn to love learning.” An excellent example of this is the cooperative effort between the Michigan Science Center and FIRST Robotics in Michigan. The Michigan Science Center is unequaled at instilling in future generations the love of learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. What could possibly be of greater importance?
Without doubt, we most certainly will be seeing great things from the Michigan Science Center on an ongoing basis. We are very fortunate to have inspired, dedicated leadership at MiSci and an intelligent, devoted team of educators worthy of any museum in the world. The Michigan Science Center has come a long way and will only get better. We have every intention of being a part of the future of the Michigan Science Center!
To learn more about MiSci membership, please visit ww.mi-sci.org/membership.