In the News

Where will free-falling space station land on Earth?
Today Show – March 23, 2018

Snyder unveils $100M Marshall Plan for Talent
Detroit News – February 22, 2018

Planning to Detroit Cultural Campus Quietly Underway
Crain’s Detroit Business – February 18, 2018

Michigan Science Center CEO Matthews To MC IoT TechConnect
MITECHNEWS – February 2, 2018

6 Detroit Museums and Exhibits that aren’t a Bore – January 30, 2018

It’s Your Community
WJR – January 28, 2018

25 Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day
After Five Detroit – January 27, 2018

Michigan Science Center at the Meridian Winter Blast
WDIV – January 25, 2018

The 5 best things about Winter Blast in Detroit
Detroit Free Press – January 25, 2018

Science fun for kids at Meridian Winter Blast
Fox 2 – January 24, 2018

Dry Ice and Slime: Michigan Science Center Brings Virtual, Hands-on Experiments to Classrooms
Michigan Radio – November 6, 2017

1001 Inventions Exhibit Comes to Detroit
Arab American News – September 8, 2017

Eclipse 101: How and Where to Watch
WDET – August 18, 2017

Get Eclipse Ready
WDIV – August 18, 2017

Scientists & Experts

The Michigan Science Center offers a variety of experts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, who are available for interviews and commentary. To book an interview, please contact Shelly Otenbaker at

Dr. Tonya Matthews
President and CEO
Expertise: STEM Education, biomedical engineering, museum engagement, women in STEM
Video: Inspiring girls to pursue STEM
A thought-leader in museum engagement and open-classroom, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Dr. Tonya M. Matthews serves as the Michigan Science Center’s chief executive officer and president. Her diverse background includes academic and professional work as a Ph.D. scientist, educator, community volunteer and award-winning writer/poet. Read more …

Cassie Byrd
Chief Learning Officer
Expertise: K12 STEM education, community-based education, biology
Cassie Byrd

Charles Gibson
Director, Innovation & Outreach
Expertise: Informal STEM education, geology
Video: TEDx Detroit 2015 speech
Outreach Coordinator Charles Gibson gives a TED Talk entitled "Explosive Science!"Charles Gibson is an experienced museum professional, informal educator and dynamic public speaker with a passion for teaching science. He developed and oversees the Traveling Science and ECHO (Distance Learning) programs at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) that impact over 90,000 people annually. Highlighted during a talk at TEDx Detroit 2015, he uses large-scale demonstrations and memorable experiences that drive curious minds into STEM careers.

Paulette Epstein
Staff Astronomer
Expertise: Astronomy, women in STEM
Video: TEDx Detroit 2016 speech
A science center staff member looks at an image of stars on the planetarium dome.

Kevin Farmer
Innovation & Discovery Specialist
Expertise: STEM education, bio-medical science
Video: Chemistry lesson
Michigan Science Center biologist Kevin Farmer

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