Infinity Science Center Opens in Hancock CountyBy Rhonda Miller | Published 11 Apr 2012 09:20pm |
The Infinity Science Center opens today in Hancock County. And Governor Phil Bryant announced plans yesterday for a new marine research center. As MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports, the projects are part of a vision to develop Mississippi as a hub for science and technology.
The $30 million Infinity Science Center, just off Interstate-10 near Bay Saint Louis, is the public window into NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Hundreds at the ribbon-cutting included state leaders, teachers, students and three astronauts.
"And that is a space shuttle main engine. It’s the most fuel efficient liquid-fueled rocket engine in the world."
That’s astronaut Robert Cabana, now director of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He says the Infinity Science Center is a gateway that can ignite a passion for science.
"And if we can capture the interest of students early and show them what science is all about, show them how important it is and spark that imagination, that’ll be great and that’s what this is going to do."
The spark has already hit sixth-grader Kelsi Lindberg of Bay Waveland Middle School.
"I love science. I want to be an astronaut when I grow up."
Her science teacher, Connie Roth, says the Infinity Science Center will give students a chance to develop an interest in 21st Century careers.
"I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for our students to be engaged in hands-on-learning, especially in relation to the STEM initiative, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math."
During the ribbon-cutting, Gov. Phil Bryant announced plans for a new National Oceans and Applications Research Center. He said it will use research to expand business and technology.
"We believe we can develop a world class center here at Stennis that will emphasize not only the space exploration, but also our warm water ocean."
Half-a-million dollars from BP will be used as start-up funds for the new center.
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