The Experience Center at Saint Clair County Community College (SC4) offers many ways for students and residents to engage in STEAM based learning throughout the year, but new exhibits and displays have recently been added. Included in the new exhibits is a new electromagnetic exhibit, boulder rock garden, a Notable Women in Science display, and Tarbosaurus skeleton cast. The Experience Center features interactive displays, traveling exhibits, 3-D pens and technology, a circuit center, a coding station, a virtual reality simulation, and an augmented reality sandbox. The Bassam H. Nasr Science Museum, which is part of the Experience Center, includes, a fossil dig area and larger-than-life exhibits, including a woolly rhinoceros skeleton replica, T-Rex and Mastodon skull replicas.
Becky Gentner, SC4 executive director of budget and project management said the “goal is to consistently provide guests with new and exciting opportunities to engage in STEAM-based learning activities.” Thanks to the new experience center, SC4 recently received an Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. SC4 won the award in the Community Engagement Education and Forward-Thinking Partnerships category. Residents can drop in from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 to 2 on Saturday.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.