Sci-Port seeks STEM professionals, hobbyists, enthusiasts
Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014 6:00 am
by Karen E. Wissing (318) 573-5283

SHREVEPORT, LA. – Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center’s STEM Communications Institute is currently in the process of recruiting people actively engaged in any career or hobby related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for a series of workshops to kick-off this January.

This initiative will allow the public to better understand the work in these fields.

“In a nutshell, our goal is to recruit people with a STEM-related passion but who have a hard time communicating what they actually do to non-scientists,” said Senior Programs Manager Alan Brown. “We all know people like that – people who can't describe what they do or how or why they do it without having to draw graphs, people whose husbands or wives don't really understand what they do, people who wouldn't think to say they work with butterflies because "Lepidoptera" is more precise.”

Through a series of fun and interactive professional development workshops, Sci-Port aims to give these new recruits the sufficient tools they need to distill what they do into terms the non-scientists can comprehend.

STEM professionals will create a hands-on activity that would provide a small window into what they do. Then, they will be directed to the Communications Institute in order to interact with the Center’s visitors. The visitors will benefit through interaction with these practicing scientists in an informal setting. More information and the application can be found at

For further any questions, contact Brown at (318) 424-8694 or Programs and Education Grants Manager Heather Kleiner, PhD, at or (318) 424-8675.


Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, voted the 2012 Attraction of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX Dome Theatre, gift shop and café. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers; a LA Space Consortium member and is recognized by Parents magazine as one of the nation’s ten best science centers. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront. For information regarding hours, IMAX showings or special programs, call (318) 424-3466, toll free at (877) 724-7678 or visit

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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101


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