Mid-America Science Museum puts new twist on holiday fundraiser
Science by the numbers can seem abstract from everyday life, a mystery operating on a plane of consciousness only an enlightened few can access. Since opening its doors in 1979, Mid-America Science Museum has demystified the phenomena informing the natural world, making science at once tangible and accessible.
Niles Ellis, the museum's longtime director of design and operations, said interest is fundamental to understanding. A indifference to an exhibit is inversely proportional to the inclination to assimilate it.
“You have to make it interesting enough to where they understand it,” he said. “That's the key. If they're not interested, they can care less about it. When you have an application for something and there's a reason for it, and understanding for it, you can relate to people. We're not formal education here. We're not trying to be. We're just here to kindle interest, spark something that makes them want to learn more.”