Discovery Science Foundation http://www.discoverycube.org Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:03:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Discovery Cube Los Angeles is Officially Open!http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-is-officially-open/ http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-is-officially-open/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:14:56 +0000 http://www.discoverycube.org/?post_type=portfolio&p=7325 On November 13, local VIPs, residents and students gathered at the 2.5-acre site in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood, to dedicate Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) to current and future generations of science fans. After an elaborate ceremony that included a fireworks display, confetti and more, the state-of-the-art facility officially opened its doors, welcoming the museum’s first visitors – a visiting class of 6th grade students on the first Cube field trip.

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The San Fernando Valley is now home to one of the world’s most technically advanced destinations for science-based learning and discovery in the world!

On November 13, local VIPs, residents and students gathered at the 2.5-acre site in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood, to dedicate Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) to current and future generations of science fans. After an elaborate ceremony that included a fireworks display, confetti and more, the state-of-the-art facility officially opened its doors, welcoming the museum’s first visitors – a visiting class of 6th grade students on the first Cube field trip.

Featuring over 71,000 square feet of hand-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces, the Cube is now L.A’s latest must-see family entertainment/educational destination.

While the museum will host exciting traveling attractions throughout the year, DCLA features many permanent hands-on exhibits that are unique to the Los Angeles facility. Some of these exhibits educate about the importance of sustainable housing and preserving California’s natural resources, including the Inspector Training Course, a simulated Helicopter Tour, and the “Aquavator,” a special elevator that descends deep below the earth’s surface to offer firsthand insights on the importance of saving water and protecting the fragile aquifer from pollutants.

Other permanent DCLA exhibits teach visitors about waste reduction and resource conservation. These include the Discovery Market, Planetary Research Station, Inspector Training Course, Aquavator, and the “Race to Zero Waste,” a thrilling, game-based adventure that challenges participants to sort trash and divert materials from landfills before it’s too late.

As part of DCLA’s healthy living initiative, the museum features Bean Sprouts Café, a kid-friendly café and cooking school specializing in healthy foods for visitors of all ages. Visitors can order pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as “Imaginibbles,” a signature line of themed, hand-held foods designed to make eating healthy fun.

Through introducing these interactive, science-based exhibits and fun learning opportunities, DCLA is proud to serve the Los Angeles community as the area’s newest family entertainment destination and educational resource center.

More information on Discovery Cube LA and its exhibits, upcoming event schedules, educational programs and more can be found by visiting www.discoverycube.org/la/.


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]]> http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-is-officially-open/feed/ 0 Residents Flock to New Discovery Cube LA During First Weekendhttp://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/residents-flock-new-discovery-cube-la-first-weekend/ http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/residents-flock-new-discovery-cube-la-first-weekend/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:20:10 +0000 http://www.discoverycube.org/?post_type=portfolio&p=7051 LOS ANGELES (Nov. 17, 2014) – Los Angeles residents, especially those from the San Fernando Valley, flocked to the new Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) during its opening weekend to make the 71,000-square-foot interactive museum at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood an instant success.

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Residents Flock to New Discovery Cube LA During First Weekend

Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley residents make L.A.’s new Cube an instant success



LOS ANGELES  (Nov. 17, 2014) – Los Angeles residents, especially those from the San Fernando Valley, flocked to the new Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA)

during its opening weekend to make the 71,000-square-foot interactive museum at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood an instant success.

Representatives from the nonprofit Discovery Science Foundation (DSF) reported that attendance at the 2.5-acre campus exceeded projections. “The response by residents in the Valley and beyond was extraordinary and suggests that our formula for hands-on science learning will be just as popular in L.A. as it has been in Orange County for 15 years,” said Kafi Blumenfield, DCLA executive director.

“From Day One, when 300 students participated in our opening ceremony, we’ve had strong interest in field trips from local schools. We’re also encouraged in the number of weekend visitors that purchased family annual memberships giving them unlimited visits to both Discovery Cubes for one year.”

The long-anticipated sister campus to the popular Discovery Cube Orange County (DCOC) in Santa Ana, DCLA opened Nov. 13 as one of the most technically advanced destinations for science-based learning and hands-on discovery in the world. Two levels of hands-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces celebrate the Foundation’s four core initiatives of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency, early childhood learning, healthy living and environmental stewardship.

Highlights include exhibits spotlighting the work of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LA San) and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) as part of both groups’ strategic partnerships with DCLA. These include the technically advanced Inspector Training Course; a simulated Helicopter Tour; Discovery Market; Planetary Research Station; the Aquavator; and the Race to Zero Waste, a thrilling, game-based adventure that challenges participants to sort trash and divert materials from landfills before it’s too late.

DCLA is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. Hours may be extended during seasonal periods.

Admission to DCLA is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for seniors 60 and older and kids ages 3 to 12.  Kids under 3 are free.  Special rates apply for groups of 15 or more. For a limited time, a special promotion allows admittance to anyone for just $10.00.

Operating schedules, exhibit availability and admission prices are subject to change without notice.  For information about the day you plan to visit, go to the DCLA website at http://www.discoverycube.org/la/.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley.  For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.

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]]> http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/residents-flock-new-discovery-cube-la-first-weekend/feed/ 0 Discovery Cube Los Angeles Debuts in the San Fernando Valleyhttp://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-debuts-in-the-san-fernando-valley/ http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-debuts-in-the-san-fernando-valley/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:50:38 +0000 http://www.discoverycube.org/?post_type=portfolio&p=7047 LOS ANGELES (Nov. 13, 2014) – In just one day, L.A.’s San Fernando Valley went from having no major museum of its own to serving as the home to one of the most technically advanced destinations for science-based learning and hands-on discovery in the world.

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2.5-acre campus near Sylmar is the Valley’s first major museum and part of DSF’s mission to expand science-based learning in Southern California


LOS ANGELES  (Nov. 13, 2014) – In just one day, L.A.’s San Fernando Valley went from having no major museum of its own to serving as the home to one of the most technically advanced destinations for science-based learning and hands-on discovery in the world.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), the long-anticipated sister campus to the popular Discovery Cube Orange County (DCOC) in Santa Ana, opened today on the site of the former Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Offering 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces, DCLA becomes L.A’s latest must-see family entertainment/educational destination and the first major museum in the history of the Valley.

Local VIPs, elected officials, residents and students gathered at the 2.5-acre site at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area today to officially dedicate the state-of-the-art facility to current and future generations of science fans. A range of well-wishers – from California Secretary of State-Elect, Alex Padilla to DCLA Executive Director Kafi Blumenfield to the campus’ first fieldtrip students – welcomed the museum’s arrival and praised its importance to the educational future of L.A.

The City of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti said: “The DiscoveyCube will tell our story of innovation to not just enlighten but inspire youth to write the next chapter of our city’s prosperity. As someone born and raised in the Valley, I’m excited that it’s the home of this incredible L.A. resource that captures the boundless creativity and limitless imagination that’s such an integral part of our city’s DNA.”

DCLA is part of an ongoing commitment by the nonprofit Discovery Science Foundation (DSF) to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency, early childhood learning, healthy living and environmental stewardship throughout Southern California through engaging science-based programs and exhibits that create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.

DCLA is expected to draw 180,000 visitors during its first year and create 24 local, full-time jobs and 70 local, permanent part-time jobs.  Operating on a first-year budget of $4.7 million, it receives the same operational, program-development and fundraising support that enabled DCOC to receive the prestigious National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2013.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Angelinos, and especially San Fernando Valley residents, to their very own Discovery Cube,” said Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “Thanks to today’s debut of DCLA, more than 11.5 million people, including 2.6 million children under the age of 14, now live within 30 minutes of one of our two campuses. With that large audience comes the potential for extraordinary educational impact – both within and beyond our museum walls.”

            The dual-campus total of 140,000 square feet of interactive learning space will balloon to 220,000 square feet when DSF’s current 44,000-square-foot expansion of DCOC is completed in Q2 2015.

According to Blumenfield, DCLA offered museum designers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to design a participatory, science-based learning experience specifically for the L.A. visitor – one that reflects the rich stories, geography, opportunities, challenges and diverse population that characterize L.A. County.

“I’m most proud of the fact that DCLA offers something for visitors at all points on the scientific interest spectrum – from professional scientists by trade to the occasional fans more interested in hands-on fun than rigorous academic discovery,” she said.  “So, beyond allowing visitors to explore distant galaxies, take a helicopter tour of Southern California, shop for sustainable groceries in a miniature market and descend below the earth’s crust, we also teach the scientific realities behind these adventures for those that want to go deeper.”

A host of permanent, hands-on exhibits at DCLA spotlight the ongoing work of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LA San) and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) as part of both groups’ larger strategic partnerships with the museum.  DCLA is being funded by federal, city and private funds including LA San and DWP monies earmarked for education, plus DCLA fundraising.

DWP sponsored and co-sponsored exhibits educate about the importance of sustainable housing and preserving California’s natural resources. These include the Inspector Training Course, a simulated Helicopter Tour, and the “Aquavator,” a special elevator that descends deep below the earth’s surface to offer firsthand insights on the importance of saving water and protecting the fragile aquifer from pollutants.

LA San is represented at DCLA by sponsored and co-sponsored exhibits that teach visitors about waste reduction and resource conservation. These include the Discovery Market, Planetary Research Station, Inspector Training Course, Aquavator, and the “Race to Zero Waste,” a thrilling, game-based adventure that challenges participants to sort trash and divert materials from landfills before it’s too late.

DCLA also offers several teacher-based resources as part of DSF’s larger educational partnership with over 1,400 schools in over 100 districts throughout Southern California – a number that is expected to grow significantly with the opening of the L.A. campus. The SchoolsFirst Teacher Resource Center is a customized space allowing educators to check-out DCLA science kits and lesson plans and discuss school topics and content-related issues with trained DCLA staff and other teachers.  Meanwhile, the 70-seat 4D Theater hosts an ongoing program of films and live presentations, many produced specifically for Los Angeles and all available to teachers for in-classroom presentation.

As part of DCLA’s healthy living initiative, the onsite Bean Sprouts Café, a kid-friendly café and cooking school specializing in healthy foods for visitors of all ages, supplements its regular menu with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, nut-free and egg-free options. Visitors can order pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as “Imaginibbles,” a signature line of themed, hand-held foods designed to make eating healthy fun.

Using the Orange County center as a model, museum officials will supplement the permanent exhibits in Los Angeles with a continuing mix of traveling exhibits and programs to encourage repeat visits and keep the offerings relevant and consistent with in-classroom lesson plans and real-world science applications.

In addition, DCLA recently announced plans for “The Science of Hockey,” a permanent, LA Kings-themed attraction that will combine hands-on hockey learning focused on the skills of the sport with unique participatory experiences that explain the scientific realities of the game.  A partnership between DCLA, the LA Kings and the Kings Care Foundation, the exhibit opens in February, 2015.

In addition to public and private funding, DCLA worked closely with the Los Angeles Development Fund to receive an investment of New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) through U.S. Bank.

DCLA is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. Hours may be extended during seasonal periods.

Admission to DCLA is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for seniors 60 and older and kids ages 3 to 12.  Kids under 3 are free.  Special rates apply for groups of 15 or more. During the opening year, a special promotion allows admittance to anyone for just $10.00.

Operating schedules, exhibit availability and admission prices are subject to change without notice.  For information about the day you plan to visit, including exhibits, programs, events, operating hours, admission prices and driving and parking information, go to the DCLA website at http://www.discoverycube.org/la/.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley.  For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.

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la gets cubedThe holidays are coming early this year as L.A.’s newest museum for hands-on learning and fun opens to the public on November 13, 2014. Discovery Cube Los Angeles features 71,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, science programs and entertainment! Located in the San Fernando Valley at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, the Discovery Cube will feature an incredible array of exciting exhibits based around STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) proficiency, environmental stewardship, healthy living and early learners.

From taking a virtual Helicopter Adventure over California to learn about where our water originates to putting on an inspector badge and verifying that a house is sustainable during the Inspector Training Course, the fun and learning never stops. Guests can stand under a 20-foot wind tunnel or become a green superhero in the Race to Zero Waste! As exciting as all of these exhibits are, we are so much more than the campus at Hansen Dam and the walls that define the building. In fact, we have fully trained teachers and instructors that go out into the local schools and perform real science in the classroom for thousands of students every year!

All of this is the start of something truly wonderful and the entire Discovery Cube team is excited to become an important educational resource center and integral part of the Los Angeles community for years to come. More information on Discovery Cube LA and its exhibits, educational programs, resources and community involvement can be found by visiting www.discoverycube.org/la.


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]]> http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/los-angeles-gets-cubed-beginning-november-13th/feed/ 0 Discovery Cube LA Partners with LA Kings to Celebrate the Science of Hockey in a Permanent New Exhibithttp://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-la-partners-la-kings-celebrate-science-hockey-permanent-new-exhibit/ http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-la-partners-la-kings-celebrate-science-hockey-permanent-new-exhibit/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:28:56 +0000 http://www.discoverycube.org/?post_type=portfolio&p=6032 LOS ANGELES (October 7, 2014) – Imagine walking through the iconic LA Kings Player Tunnel at STAPLES Center, under hundreds of fans trying to reach their Stanley Cup-winning heroes, to enter a world of interactive experiences celebrating the science of hockey and the success of one of the most popular teams in the history of the NHL.

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Discovery Cube LA Partners with LA Kings to Celebrate the Science of Hockey in a Permanent New Exhibit

Destination attraction will immerse guests into the sport of hockey and Stanley Cup success of the team


DCLA Partners with LA KingsLOS ANGELES (October 7, 2014) – Imagine walking through the iconic LA Kings Player Tunnel at STAPLES Center, under hundreds of fans trying to reach their Stanley Cup-winning heroes, to enter a world of interactive experiences celebrating the science of hockey and the success of one of the most popular teams in the history of the NHL.

Now imagine doing that in the San Fernando Valley.

“The Science of Hockey” will debut in early 2015 at the new Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) as one of the most technically advanced sports-themed exhibits in the world. Announced for the first time today by representatives from the Discovery Science Foundation (DSF) and the Kings Care Foundation, the permanent destination attraction will combine hands-on hockey learning focused on the skills of the sport with unique participatory experiences that explain the scientific realities of the game.

Designed and produced by BaAM Productions, the new, second-floor “Science of Hockey” exhibit is one of more than a dozen highly interactive, science-based attractions being created on the 2.5-acre site of the former Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area. When it opens, Discovery Cube L.A. will offer 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces unique to Los Angeles but inspired by the 25-year success of Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly the Discovery Science Center, which is currently undergoing its own expansion.

According to Kafi Blumenfield, the newly named DCLA executive director, the goal of the “The Science of Hockey” is to provide science and hockey fans with exclusive access to the sport and the team while exploring the fascinating math and science behind the game.

One of the best things about the new Discovery Cube LA is the opportunity for us to partner with some of L.A.’s most popular, like-minded organizations to take science-based discovery and education to a whole new level,” Blumenfield said. “We’re honored to be able to work with the Kings Care Foundation to create a best-in-class destination attraction that not only furthers learning but helps build the sport of hockey during an extraordinary time. Our expectation is that, after just one visit, guests will leave as bigger fans of science, hockey and the LA Kings.”

DSF designers worked closely with LA Kings representatives and BaAM Productions to create an exhibit that is as interactive, compelling and realistic as possible – a commitment to authenticity that starts right at the two attraction entrances. In addition to using the replica STAPLES Center players’ tunnel at the top of the ramp leading from the DCLA lobby, visitors can climb the stairs to be greeted by an oversized LA Kings logo and photo of the 2014 Stanley Cup-winning team celebrating their victory.

Once inside “The Science of Hockey,” visitors can experience the following permanent interactive exhibits and displays:

  • You Be the Goalie / You Be the Shooter – Participants in this unique, in-the-game experience don a blocker and glove as goalie to try to stop pucks shot from virtual versions of LA Kings players Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter.  If they choose to turn the tables, and take shots on LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in “You be the Shooter,” they are rewarded with instant speed and accuracy.
  • Penalty Box – Fans can help get an LA Kings player out of the penalty box and back on the ice by correctly answering a series of questions about the math and science behind the sport.
  • Zamboni Test Drive – Occupying the center of “The Science of Hockey” is a replica Zamboni offering guests the once-in-a-lifetime chance to climb aboard, turn the auger and get the feel of driving this iconic, ice-resurfacing machine. A scale replica of the STAPLES Center scoreboard overhead provides the perfect photo opp.
  • Suit Yourself – NHL hopefuls can use interactive touch screens to design their very own jerseys and then capture and add their own likeness before the highly personalized image is displayed on a large screen.
  • Equipment Lab – An interactive display allows guests to compare the weight of an old uniform and equipment to the modern, streamlined uniforms of today. Meanwhile, a display wall of equipment cut in cross-section and a series of videos demonstrate the equipment in action, force and power exchange dynamics, STOP program and safety tips.
  • Healthy Locker Room – Guests learn about training and nutrition by playing interactive games in this unique, technically advanced replica of the LA Kings locker room. Hands-on participatory consoles at each players’ locker provide memorable opportunities for individual and group play and discovery.
  • Skater Challenge – Intrepid skaters can follow Dustin Brown or LA Kings mascot Bailey around the ice to test their skating ability and speed. The faster the visitor skates, the faster the on-screen LA Kings player or mascot moves.
  • LA Kings Story – The culmination of the “The Science of Hockey” experience is the LA Kings Story featuring great moments in LA Kings history, with storytelling supported by compelling, larger-than-life images, artifacts and video.  A photo op will allow fans to picture themselves holding the Stanley Cup.

This will be a fun and educational, interactive hockey experience for the entire community and for young people in particular,” said Luc Robitaille, president of LA Kings Business Operations and a Hockey Hall of Famer. “We love the game of hockey and we believe our new partnership with Discovery Cube Los Angeles will showcase many behind-the-scenes aspects of the game that help make hockey and the LA Kings unique and special.”

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. Civic activist and community leader Kafi Bumenfield is executive director. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org. Also, follow the Orange County or Los Angeles campus on Twitter @DiscoveryCube and @DiscoveryCubeLA

About The Kings Care Foundation:

The Kings Care Foundation (Federal Tax ID #95-4443065) is the award winning, non-profit children’s charity of the LA Kings hockey club, the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions. Formed in 1996, the Kings Care Foundation has donated more than $7 million in monetary and in-kind support which allows the Kings Care Foundation to make a direct impact on the lives of nearly one million children throughout Southern California each year. For all Kings information, visit LAKings.com. Follow the club on Twitter (@LAKings and @LAKingsPR).

About BaAM:

BaAM is a creative production company that develops experiences for the entertainment, culture, and sports industries. As collaborative storytellers, we provide concept creative, interpretive planning, design development and project management. Our projects range from permanent museum exhibits to multi-day fan events and world-class entertainment productions for clients throughout North America. BaAM’s clients include Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles, Toronto Zoo, Science North, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Organizing Committee, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and the Olympic Spirit Group. Follow us on Twitter @BaAMProductions and www.baamproductions.com to stay up-to-date with all of our exciting projects and events.

Discovery Science Foundation Contacts (media):
Dan Nasitka – Manager, Communications; Discovery Science Foundation
(714) 913-5018; dnasitka@discoverycube.org

LA Kings Contacts (media):
Michael Altieri – Vice President, LA Kings – (310) 535-4545
Jeff Moeller – Senior Director, LA Kings – (310) 535-4544
Mike Kalinowski – Director, LA Kings – (310) 535-4515
Supervisor – Supervisor, LA Kings – (310) 535-4433

Follow the Kings Communications Department on Twitter @LAKingsPR


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Discovery Cube OC Hosts Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails

Guests are invited to climb aboard on an imaginative adventure featuring everyone’s favorite train engine beginning Oct. 4, 2014


DCOC-Hosts-Thomas-&-Friends-resizeSANTA ANA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2014) – The world’s most beloved blue engine rolls into Discovery Cube OC just in time for the holiday season on October 4, 2014. Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails is an interactive, hands-on exhibit, and is locally sponsored by PBS SoCal. The exhibit is set to run through January 4, 2015.

Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) -focused exhibit seeks to engage children and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences.  The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.

Visitors to the 1500 square foot exhibit will be delighted as they find themselves surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.

Inside the Exhibit:

  • Climb into Thomas’ cab and explore the engine’s inner workings. Flip levers and investigate other moveable parts that trigger train noises such as braking, whistles and steam.
  • Fix Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts and experimenting to find a combination of wheels, rods and bolts that work.
  • Explore the favorite Island of Sodor destinations including: Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks and the Sodor Search & Rescue Station on an over-sized Thomas Wooden Railway train table.
  • Work with old and new friends loading luggage, livestock and other freight into the coaches of two train cars.
  • Collaborate with others to get Percy moving by loading coal into his coal box and filling his tank with water from a water tower.
  • Suit up as the conductor to exchange money and sell tickets to other visitors taking a ride on the train.
  • Wander through a Thomas & Friends retrospective featuring model engines from the original live action series produced in London, copies of the original drawings and manuscripts from the Rev. W. Awdry, the creator of Thomas & Friends, and a collection of memorabilia documenting the history and evolution of Thomas & Friends through books, television, and toys.

The Thomas & Friends exhibit was designed and developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. The national tour is sponsored by 3M.  PBS SoCal is the local media sponsor for the exhibit and the television home for Thomas & Friends. PBS SoCaL is excited that their PBS show is being brought to life by this dynamic exhibit for Thomas & Friends’ fans across Southern California.

Doors open to the public on October 4, 2014. Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails is included with general admission fees. Tickets can be purchased at Discovery Cube Orange County or online at www.discoverycube.org/oc. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95).

About Thomas & Friends®
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created by a father for his son nearly 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and teamwork.  Thomas & Friends is the #1 preschool toy license in the US, according to The NPD Group, Inc., and makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and Sprout® in the US and on Treehouse and Télé-Québec in Canada and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information, please visit Thomas and Friends website. Follow Thomas on Facebook and Twitter.

About Minnesota Children’s Museum
For more than 30 years, Minnesota Children’s Museum has combined early childhood research and best practices to provide children and families with hands-on experiences that develop healthy minds and bodies, build critical and creative thinking skills and prepare children for success in school and in life. A non-profit community organization and leading cultural institution, the Museum serves more than 450,000 children and adults each year through immersive experiences and environments that encourage children’s active exploration and adult engagement.

As the nation’s leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits, the Museum is a trailblazer in creating immersive learning environments, reaching more than 10 million children and adults in the United States, Canada and Mexico through the nation’s largest collection of children’s traveling exhibits. The Museum is consistently rated as one of the top children’s museums in the country by national media outlets like Forbes and Parents and was recently named as a finalist for an Institute of Museum and Library Services Medal of Service, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.

About Hit Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit HIT Entertainment.

ABOUT PBS SoCaL
PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and is dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including Studio SoCaL and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

About 3Mgives
3Mgives is a recognized leader in corporate giving, philanthropy, volunteerism and community engagement. Since 1953, 3M has invested $1.3 billion in cash and products around the world and was most recently honored with the United Way Spirit of America Award, the Silver U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Excellence in Mentoring Award for Corporate Leadership. For more information, visit the 3Mgives website or follow on Twitter.

About Discovery Science Foundation

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.


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Discovery Cube Los Angeles Brings Jobs to San Fernando Valley

New interactive science museum will use Sept. 24 and 27 job fairs to fill 100 full- and part-time positions in the Valley


LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2014) – Come November 13, there will be 71,000 square feet of new reasons for L.A. residents to visit the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley.

That’s the date Discovery Cube Los Angeles officially opens to the public – and to host and inspire the 180,000 visitors expected during the first year, the Discovery Science Foundation is partnering with the local America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) to host two job fairs designed to fill more than 100 new job positions in the Valley.

The new positions will staff the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a new interactive science center taking shape on the site of the former Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood. In partnership with the local AJCC, Discovery Cube LA will host job fairs in search of qualified employees for the two-story, state-of-the-art museum facility.

“Since the San Fernando Valley is the new home of Discovery Cube LA, we are delighted to be able to bring exciting new employment opportunities to our neighborhood,” said Discovery Cube LA Executive Director Kafi Blumenfield. “We’re confident that we can find local talent here in the Valley and candidates who share our passion for hospitality, science and hands-on learning.”

Interviews will be for both full- and part-time positions, which will vary in daily duties, required skills, and experience. In addition to hosting the job fairs, the local AJCC will offer resources, expertise, and community network to applicants. For more information on the Discovery Cube Los Angeles job fairs, please visit www.discoverycube.org.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.


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]]> http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/discovery-cube-los-angeles-brings-jobs-san-fernando-valley/feed/ 0 Social Change Agent Kafi Blumenfield Tapped to Lead Discovery Cube Los Angeleshttp://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/social-change-agent-kafi-blumenfield-tapped-lead-discovery-cube-los-angeles/ http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/social-change-agent-kafi-blumenfield-tapped-lead-discovery-cube-los-angeles/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:49:45 +0000 http://www.discoverycube.org/?post_type=portfolio&p=6028 LOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2014) – The newly formed entity Discovery Science Foundation (DSF) has tapped a 20-year, nonprofit leader and community advocate to direct Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), a hands-on science-based educational museum opening Nov. 13 in L.A’s San Fernando Valley.

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Social Change Agent Kafi Blumenfield Tapped to Lead Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Twenty-year champion of civic engagement is new executive director of hands-on science museum opening Nov. 13


Social-Change-Agent-Kafi-Blumenfield-resizeLOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2014) – The newly formed entity Discovery Science Foundation (DSF) has tapped a 20-year, nonprofit leader and community advocate to direct Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA), a hands-on science-based educational museum opening Nov. 13 in L.A’s San Fernando Valley.

Kafi D. Blumenfield, most recently the president and CEO of Los Angeles’ Liberty Hill Foundation, is the new executive director of the state-of-the-art museum being built on the former site of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area. Blumenfield will be responsible for growing the 2.5-acre campus to meet the needs of Los Angeles, and specifically San Fernando Valley residents while fostering public appreciation and support for the 71,000 square feet of exhibits and programs as part of DSF’s ongoing commitment to encouraging science-based education in Southern California.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a sister campus of the popular Discover Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif., will offer a best-in-class collection of technically advanced exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces unique to Los Angeles and inspired by the 25-year success of the original, Santa Ana, Calif., museum. Highlights of the two-story building in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood will range from a simulated helicopter flyover of California’s natural resources to a planetary research station, interactive park science exhibits and immersive grocery story experience.

“As an Angelino, San Fernando Valley resident and mother, I’m excited about the impact Discovery Cube LA will make,” said Blumenfield. “Some of our country’s greatest technological advances have been developed, nurtured or manufactured in Los Angeles, specifically in the Valley. Discovery Cube LA will inspire the next generation of innovators to love science, technology, engineering and math.”

During her six-year tenure at Liberty Hill Foundation, Blumenfield created a number of programs designed to train and elevate new community leaders, including Brothers, Sons, Selves and the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change. Other programs enacted under her watch increased the organization’s donor diversity in philanthropy and refocused nearly $5 million in annual grant investments.

Prior to joining Liberty Hill, she was deputy director of Neighbor to Neighbor, a national organization dedicated to grassroots political empowerment of working families. She was also director of programs for the Fair Housing Council of the San Gabriel Valley, and worked with the National Resources Defense Council on various urban air pollution and environmental justice issues.

We’ve had our sights set on Kafi, and are thrilled she has agreed to partner with us to be the community face of Discovery Cube in LA,” explained Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that there is no better qualified or connected individual in Southern California to lead L.A.’s newest educational destination – and the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley. She perfectly embodies our commitment to community and personal empowerment through education, science and discovery.”

Blumenfield will call upon her fundraising and coalition-building experience to develop new audiences for Discovery Cube Los Angeles and, in turn, work closely with the DSF to ensure an inclusive, relevant and always-expanding exhibit and program mix. This will mean building upon existing DSF alliances with schools, nonprofits and public agencies in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

She is a Speaker appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and serves on the boards of Tides, ARC, Southern California Grantmakers and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project in Los Angeles. She is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation and the selection committee for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards.

Blumenfield holds a law degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. She lives in Woodland Hills with her husband and two children.

Blumenfield will be supported by a ten-person board of directors which includes Adams; Kelly Cheeseman, Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports; Bruce Corwin, Chairman, Metropolitan Theatres; Melanie Coto, President, Coto Foundation; The Honorable Wendy Greuel, Community Leader; Tim McCallion, President, Western Region of Verizon; Sukeshi “Casey” O’Neal, President, Kokoro Exhibits; The Honorable Alex Padilla, California State Senate; Pedram Salimpour, MD, President of Los Angeles County Medical Association; and, Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.


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Plans Released for Discovery Cube Los Angeles Taking Shape in the San Fernando Valley

The Valley’s first major museum opens Nov. 13 with 71,000 square feet of exhibits tailored to L.A.


Plans Released for DCLA Taking ShapeLOS ANGELES (Aug. 13, 2014) – Come November 13, science fans of all ages will be able to explore distant galaxies, take a helicopter tour of Southern California, shop for sustainable groceries in a miniature market and descend deep below the earth’s crust to help save water and protect the aquifer without ever leaving L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.

These are just some of the highlights of plans released today for the new Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA) taking shape on the 2.5-acre site of the former Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood.

The two-story space, representing the Valley’s first major museum, will offer 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, displays, programs and learning spaces unique to Los Angeles but inspired by the 25-year success of Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly the Discovery Science Center, which is undergoing its own expansion under the newly formed Discovery Science Foundation (DSF).

Discovery Cube L.A. gives us a once-in-a-lifetime, blank-canvas opportunity to dream up the ultimate hands-on science experience,” explained Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “While we are including updated versions of some of the best exhibits from Orange County, most of this campus is being created from the ground up specifically for the Los Angeles visitor. The result is a best-in-class facility that will rank as one of the most technically advanced and regionally relevant science museums in the world.”

The two Discovery Cubes are part of an ongoing commitment by the DSF to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency, early childhood learning, healthy living and environmental stewardship in Southern California through engaging science-based programs and exhibits that create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.

In support of DSF’s environmental stewardship initiative, permanent, hands-on exhibits will spotlight the work of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LA SAN) and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) as part of both groups’ larger strategic partnerships with the museum. DCLA is being funded by federal, city and private funds including LA SAN and DWP monies earmarked for education, plus DCLA fundraising.

DWP sponsored and co-sponsored exhibits are dedicated to education on sustainable housing and preserving California’s valuable natural resources. The exhibits included are the Inspector Training Course, a simulated Helicopter Tour, and the first-ever “Aquavator” – a virtual elevator that takes guests down into earth’s crust to learn about aquifers and how to protect these fragile, underground reservoirs. Guests will learn about the different types of aquifers, how aquifers are beneficial, and why they are important to the local environment.

“Education is critical to the success of our efforts to transform Los Angeles’ water and power supplies and create a more sustainable future,” said LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. “LADWP is proud to sponsor exhibits at DCLA that creatively illustrate what it takes to get water and power to Los Angeles. Through this, we can engage Angelenos of all ages in protecting and conserving LA’s water and energy resources.”

LA SAN will also be represented by sponsored and co-sponsored exhibits dedicated to teaching visitors about waste reduction and resource conservation. These exhibits include the Discovery Market, Planetary Research Station, Inspector Training Course, Aquavator, and the “Race to Zero Waste” – a thrilling, game-based adventure that challenges participants to sort trash and divert materials from landfills. Players learn what items can be recycled, qualify as green yard trimmings, and what should be disposed at S.A.F.E. (solvents, automotive, flammables, electronics) Centers.

“L.A. Sanitation is proud to partner with Discovery Cube to inspire, educate and impact sustainable practices to promote quality of life and protect public health and the environment,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. “These state-of-the-art interactive exhibits will send DCLA visitors home with the tools to get involved and be environmental stewards in their own neighborhoods.”

Discovery Cube Los Angeles is set to feature the following permanent offerings. For complete, constantly updated exhibit and program information, go to the just-launched DCLA website at http://www.discoverycube.org/la/.

  • Helicopter Adventure – Step into a one-of-a-kind helicopter theater and lift-off on this multi-video adventure. Guests will followthe 300 mile journey water travels from Mt. Whitney through the Los Angeles Aqueduct system and into the L.A. basin, while learning about the scarcity of water and how conservation can protect this precious natural resource. Then, a second video explores the process of water sanitation and reclamation with an underground view of local sewer systems and the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Guests will learn what happens to water after it’s been drained, flushed, and used and how treated water can be repurposed in the community.
  • Discovery Market – An immersive grocery store that uses game-based technology to teach kids and their parents the importance of purchasing and packaging decisions as well as labels, nutrition facts, and making healthy shopping choices. Based on one of the most popular exhibits in Orange County, DCLA’s version will be updated and customized to Los Angeles.
  • Sun Stage – DCLA staff lead live, hands-on science demonstrations that use fun games, audience participation and guest interaction to educate and entertain.
  • Planetary Research Station – Examine Earth like never before using a suspended, animated globe. Visitors will have a unique view to observe visuals related to the atmosphere, oceans, and land. With a focus on climate change, visitors can explore weather patterns and watch historic storms, observe the impact of catastrophic earthquakes and human activities, and gain an understanding of global warming along with flight patterns and all from an out-of-this-world perspective.
  • Making the Grade Gallery – A customized gallery that brings grade-specific lessons to life through hands-on exhibits to help students throughout Los Angeles County better understand the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Inspector Training Course – Visitors will master their skills in resource efficiency and sustainable housing choices when they become eco-friendly home inspectors during the Inspector Training Course. Touch screen tablets will teach ways to employ the four R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle, recover; conserve water, energy, waste; and even offer tips for earthquake preparedness.
  • Park Science – Learn about the environment surrounding the Hansen Dam area and the importance of exercise with rock climbing and mountain biking. Take a lesson in meteorology and learn about the Santa Ana winds, the L.A. River, local habitats, and tree science.
  • School Readiness Gallery – It’s never too early to start preparing for kindergarten! Early learners will find activities to help build skills necessary for reading, understanding language, understanding the concept of numbers, and to succeed in school.

Other campus highlights include the Teacher Resource Center, a customized space allowing Southern California educators to check-out DCLA science kits and lesson plans and discuss school topics and content-related issues with trained DCLA staff and other teachers; and the 70-seat “Discovery” 4D Theater that will host an ongoing program of films and live presentations, many produced specifically for Los Angeles.

Using the Orange County center as a model, museum officials will supplement the permanent exhibits in Los Angeles with a continuing mix of traveling exhibits and programs to encourage repeat visits and keep the offerings relevant and consistent with in-classroom lesson plans and real-world science applications. Additional exhibits and installations, including potential partnerships with Los Angeles-based organizations, are planned.

To borrow a phrase from another Southern California visionary, Discovery Cube Los Angeles will never be completed since we’ll constantly be updating our offerings to reflect new advances in science – and to give Angelenos exciting new reasons to visit,” added Adams.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles is expected to draw 180,000 visitors during its first year and create 24 local, full-time jobs and 70 local, permanent part-time jobs. Operating on a first-year budget of $4.7 million, it will receive the same operational, program-development and fundraising support that enabled Discovery Cube Orange County to receive the prestigious National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2013.

In addition to public and private funding, DCLA worked closely with the Los Angeles Development Fund (LADF) to receive an investment of New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) through U.S. Bank. Sandra Rahimi at U.S. Bank arranged the partnership.

“LADF is proud to contribute to the financing of Discovery Cube Los Angeles,” said Sandra Rahimi, Manager, LADF. “They offer innovative exhibits and programs, which are made available to all residents of Los Angeles, and the facility creates an educational and cultural asset in a community where they are sorely lacking.”

An executive director for DCLA has been retained and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The museum is backed by a separate board of directors which, in addition to Adams, includes Kelly Cheeseman, Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports; Bruce Corwin, Chairman of Metropolitan Theatres; Melanie Coto, President, Coto Foundation; The Honorable Wendy Greuel, Community Leader; Tim McCallion, President, Western Region of Verizon; Sukeshi “Casey” O’Neal, President, Kokoro Exhibits; The Honorable Alex Padilla, California State Senate; Pedram Salimpour, MD, President of Los Angeles County Medical Association; and, Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.

About L.A. Sanitation:
As the lead agency for the City’s environmental programs and initiatives, Sanitation protects public health and the environment through the administration and management of three program areas: Clean Water (Wastewater), Solid Resources (Solid Waste Management) and Watershed Protection (Stormwater). These infrastructure programs collect, treat, recycle, and dispose the solid and liquid waste generated by the nation’s second largest city of more than four million residents. Through these essential Public Works programs, Sanitation delivers a triple bottom line of economic, environmental, and social benefits that sustain the quality of life in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.lacitysan.org.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power:

LADWP is the largest municipally-owned utility in the nation that provides critical water and power to more than 1.4 million customers. It has provided utility services to residents and businesses in the city of Los Angeles for more than a century. For more information, visit www.ladwp.com.


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Discovery Science Foundation Embarks on Regional Plan to Expand Science Learning in Southern California

Doubled-in-size Discovery Cube Orange County and new Discovery Cube Los Angeles will offer more than 186,000 square feet of immersive science exhibits and programs


DSF-Embarks-on-Regional-Plan-to-Expand-Science-Learning-resizeSANTA ANA, Calif. (July 30, 2014) — The Discovery Science Foundation (www.discoverycube.org), the newly created entity behind Orange County’s award-winning Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, has broken ground on a long-term, regional plan to bring science-based learning and education to more of Southern California.

Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, formerly Discovery Science Center, is the Santa Ana museum’s new name as part of a multiyear expansion and rebranding effort. The expansion is nearly doubling the current size to 115,000 square feet which will accommodate ongoing growth in attendance and demand for onsite and offsite educational programs.

Joining it will be Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second campus now under construction on the site of the former Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. Offering an exhibit and program mix exclusive to Los Angeles, the two-story, 71,000 square-foot center will be the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley when it opens in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in the Lake View Terrace neighborhood on Nov. 13, 2014.

The dual-facility effort is part of a larger Discovery Science Foundation plan to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency, early childhood learning, healthy living and environmental stewardship in Southern California through engaging science-based programs and exhibits that create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles will have the same operational, program-development and fundraising support that enabled the Orange County center to receive the prestigious National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2013.

“We’re excited to bring our commitment to science-based hands-on learning and innovation to more Southern California families, children and science fans,” explained Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “When Discovery Cube LA opens in November, more than 11.5 million people, including 2.6 million children under the age of 14, will live within 30 minutes of one of our two campuses. With that large audience, the potential for broader educational impact is enormous.”

As part of the Discovery Science Foundation strategy of close collaboration with local corporate and educational circles, Discovery Cube Los Angeles will be backed by a board of directors that includes: Joe Adams, CEO of Discovery Science Foundation; Kelly Cheeseman, Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports; Bruce Corwin, Chairman, Metropolitan Theatres; Melanie Coto, Philanthropist; The Honorable Wendy Greuel, Community Leader; Tim McCallion, President, Western Region of Verizon; Sukeshi “Casey” O’Neal, Philanthropist; The Honorable Alex Padilla, California State Senate; Pedram Salimpour, MD, President of Los Angeles County Medical Association; and, Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles.

Planned exhibits focused on the environment, children’s health and literacy, a “Making the Grade” gallery for the Next Generation Science Standards, and a 4D Theater are expected to draw 180,000 visitors during the Discovery Cube L.A.’s first year. Detailed exhibit plans, including partnerships with several well-known Los Angeles companies, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Discovery Cube Los Angeles will enrich the lives of families in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities,” said Wendy Greuel, Board Member and Community Leader. “Recognized as a terrific interactive science experience for children, Discovery Cube LA will instantly become an iconic piece of the Valley tapestry.”

At the original Orange County center, a 44,000 square-foot expansion and remodel planned for completion in April 2015 will add a new Welcome Center, Mission Control exhibit, Healthy Kitchen, Early Learning Zone and a California Natural Resources Pavilion, as well as a 10,000 square-foot Showcase Theater to host larger traveling exhibits. The addition will help the center meet growing demand from residents and schools that saw attendance swell to over 500,000 in 2013. Discovery Cube Orange County is the most densely populated science center in the country per square feet and has the 3rd largest science education outreach program in the nation reaching over 250,000 students in the classroom each year.

About Discovery Science Foundation:

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, will open in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.


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