Dear Discovery Museum Partners,
The strength of any species on earth, including we homo sapiens, is a matter of science. Do we have the basic elements of water, oxygen, food, and immunity to live a healthy life? Thankfully, with the help of science, we do. However, from time to time, we face new challenges to our environment and our health. Covid – 19 is a virus, newly infecting humans, and causing serious threats to many things in our lives. I believe, with science leading the way, with hard work and sacrifice, we will persevere. This fight means that science, STEAM education, and the Discovery Museum are more important than ever before.
At the Discovery Museum, we are actively monitoring the news and guidelines regarding concerns due to the COVID-19 virus. We believe in using science to make our decisions, and right now science is telling us that an abundance of caution and the use of social distancing are the responsible measures to help keep our communities safe and healthy. Many schools and other organizations are enacting closures, and Discovery is here to help.
In an effort to help schools and families remain actively engaged in STEAM activities, we will be unveiling several new options for people to interact with Discovery throughout their time away from school. We are pleased to announce new opportunities for remote engagement with STEAM activities for school districts and for families. Discovery educators will be offering “Digital Discovery,” a roster of online programs, including some of our most popular science demonstrations and Learning Labs. Digital Discovery learning programs, including teacher resources, training videos, and downloadable activities, will be available for purchase beginning March 20, 2020. For more information about Digital Discovery, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also pleased to offer families options for STEAM learning that can be done with simple household supplies. “Stuck-at-home-science” will be made available to families at no cost to help students get through out-of-school time without missing a beat. Videos will be shared through our social media platforms and will be available on our website and YouTube page, including planetarium shows and stargazing live streams (weather permitting). A schedule of live streams and broadcasts will be available on our website soon—stay tuned!
However, to protect our staff and our visitors, the Discovery Museum will close to the public effective today, Friday, March 13 at 2:00 PM. There are no currently identified COVID-19 cases in town, but public health authorities are advising that community transmission of COVID-19 is now occurring in the Greater Bridgeport area. We are taking this measure as an additional precaution. We will continue to monitor the situation, and as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so, we plan to reopen. Keep an eye out for updates as information unfolds. We will make information available about additional resources and remote engagement opportunities as well as public access as it becomes available.
Until we see you again, stay healthy, wash your hands, watch for our latest posts on social media, and please join us in online STEAM engagement
PS. here is a link to our media statement regarding our closing: