The 2016-2017 school year is bringing big changes to Sci-Port! This fall, we will open our new children's museum, Power of Play (POP). POP allows children ages 8 and under to explore a kid-sized version of Shreveport-Bossier. From exploring a fire station to caring for pets at the vet to leading a daily Mardi Gras parade, kids will spark their curiosity and discover fun at POP. Changes to our physical space aren’t the only differences you’ll find between this year and years passed. We’ve simplified our Programs Catalog. Rather than asking educators to choose from a long, diverse, menu of à la carte demonstrations and labs, we have crafted STEM program packages for you to choose from. These pairings are not set in stone; you are free to personalize your visit and combine any of our age-appropriate program offerings to best meet the needs of your class. Are you a School Pass Partner? Don’t forget that our partner schools and classes, in addition to enjoying unlimited visits and other perks, can ask us to develop special programs specifically tailored to meet their needs.
We have also made it easier for you to personalize your IMAX® Dome Theater experience. While we will continue to offer popular, scheduled cross-curricular films such as National Parks and A Beautiful Planet, we have also lowered the number of students required to access films from our IMAX® library to 50. Among other options, you can swim with Dolphins, take a journey into Amazing Caves, or experience Hurricane Katrina in Hurricane on the Bayou.
Another new addition to your Sci-Port visit will be Lagniappe Experiences scheduled daily throughout the center. These are rotating staff-led interactions with our exhibits and exhibit spaces, designed to ensure that your students receive the most memorable educational experience possible. Meet an animal, experience electricity and magnetism, join Becky on her Red River adventure and find Earth in the night sky of another planet in our solar system.
Despite all of the changes, the mission of Sci-Port remains unchanged. Our exhibit spaces and programming offer the practical, anchoring experiences that can serve to inspire your students before a new unit, reinforce learning after a unit, review material through a fresh perspective or reward kids for a job well done.
As always, we value your feedback. Let us know how your visit experience was in our post-visit survey, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to serving you and your students this year!
Director of Education.
P.S. Can't bring your class to Sci-Port?
We'll come to you! Make sure to check out all of our Outreach Programs.