Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Sci-Port to continue assisting Bossier, DeSoto schools thanks to Verizon grant

by BIZ Magazine

Sci-Port Discovery Center will provide admissions assistance to Bossier and DeSoto Parish School students thanks to a $5,000 local community grant from Verizon.

“This is the first time in my nine years of service that Sci-Port has received support for place- based learning/field trips above $1,000 in parishes outside of Caddo,” exalted Heather Kleiner, Ph.D., Sci-Port’s Region 7 STEM Center Director now working on behalf of the Board of Regents. “We consistently receive requests for admissions assistance beyond the hotel/motel tax- supported Caddo Parish funding, so it is exciting to be able to fulfill requests through this grant.”

Verizon has been a long-time supporter of Sci-Port Discovery Center, especially since its re-opening in 2018. The flames lit by Gobo lights on the exterior of the planetarium are supported by Verizon and mimic the flames and sunspots seen on the sun itself. The remote viewing
station was also fixed by refurbishing the rooftop observatory. “Astronomy Friday” programming, made available to school field trips, was initiated by Verizon funding.

Due to its popularity and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) alignment, the program continued well beyond the grant, thus serving 6,659 individuals, with 5,403 being students from over 117 school groups. In addition, Verizon sponsored seasonal exhibits including Sno-Port, Game-Port, and sustainable gardening of Sci-Port’s new living Hydroponics exhibit.

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 or visit sciport.org.

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