UT-Tyler teams up with Discovery Science Place

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 2:45pm

TYLER — The Discovery Science Place and The University of Texas at Tyler have combined resources to enhance the educational programming available to the community.

“We are excited to partner with the Discovery Science Place. Providing quality education is a mission that we share, so it’s natural that we would work together on this initiative,” said UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry.

While Discovery Science Place will remain a standalone museum with its own governing body, the UT Tyler Ingenuity Center will strengthen the educational programming DSP offers. The Ingenuity Center will design programs based on its STEM outreach, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Ingenuity Center also will serve as in an advisory capacity for the museum.

The Discovery Science Place board will continue to maintain creative control over the museum’s permanent and traveling exhibit portfolio, branding and fundraising activities while serving in an advisory role in education and programming.

“Collaborations of the kind DSP and UT Tyler are implementing are quite common in the museum field,” explains Discovery Science Place CEO Phil Lindsey. “By doing so, a new stable and sustainable operating environment will allow DSP to refocus its significant community support toward immediate impacts to the museum in new exhibitions and content programming instead of underwriting operational needs.”

The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center has worked with DSP on educational and programming projects in the past. This initiative simply expands that relationship for the next three years.

Under this initiative, DSP employees will become UT Tyler employees, and the ultimate goal will be to develop Discovery Science Place into a full standalone UT Tyler Center.

“The Ingenuity Center at UT Tyler is excited to be working jointly with the Discovery Science Place,” explained Dr. Michael Odell We believe that this collaborative initiative will have a lasting impact on STEM education. We are working on a number of innovations that will make the DSP one of the most exciting informal learning experiences in the state and nation.”

UT Tyler and Discovery Science Place will immediately begin implementing joint programming and content planning in preparation for the spring and summer events.

The Discovery Science Place is a member of the American Science Technology Centers and the Association of Children's Museums and has been recognized among the top 25 science centers in the nation by Parents magazine. DSP is an IRS 501 (c)(3) nonprofit informal learning environment whose purpose is to ignite curiosity in young minds though fun, hands on exploration.

The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center is one of seven funded Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centers that addresses the challenges of tomorrow’s technology-driven economy by researching, developing and supporting best practices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for K-12 schools.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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