Science Center Partners with Los Angeles Unified
School District in Project to Change the Way Children
Learn About Science
Davis addressing the crowd at the groundbreaking.
Photo by Leroy Hamilton
ANGELES - Governor Gray Davis was joined today
by Superintendent Roy Romer, Los Angeles Unified
School District, Executive Director Jeffrey Rudolph,
California Science Center and others in a groundbreaking
ceremony to launch the construction of the Science
Center School and the Center for Science Learning
in Exposition Park. The event took place at the
site for the new project, adjacent to the Science
facility will improve public education in California
and serve as a model for the State and nation,"
Governor Davis said. "The Science Center School
and Center for Science Learning will exemplify California's
leadership in science and math education, while
enhancing our commitment to teachers."
Science Center School is the result of a partnership
between Los Angeles Unified School District and
the California Science Center that will place a
neighborhood elementary school adjacent to the Science
Center. The kindergarten through fifth grade school
will not be a magnet school but will focus on math
and science, integrating language arts, social studies
and fine arts in the curriculum. Part of the school
and all of the Center for Science Learning will
reside in the Armory Building, with the remaining
portion of the school housed in a new building at
the Armory's north side.
are very excited about this project," stated
Romer. "The partnership between LAUSD and the
Science Center is an example of our commitment to
providing quality educational opportunities and
quality facilities to the children of Los Angeles."
Center for Science Learning will develop the community
and public programs at the California Science Center.
The relationships the Center develops with universities,
school districts and informal education institutions
will become valuable resources for educators, parents
and community leaders. The Center will include thematic
classrooms with multiple uses such as teacher training,
children's workshops, parent/child classes and community
programs, two laboratory spaces, a professional
development library and a video production studio.
Davis, Science Center Executive Director Jeff
Rudolph and Superintendent Roy Romer join three
participants from the Curator Kids Program who
conducted the "foaming volcano" experiment.
In the background in the far upper right-hand
corner is Richard Nanula, Executive Vice President,
Finance, Strategy and Communications for Amgen
Inc. who announced a $3-million gift from The
Amgen Foundation to the Center for Science Learning.
Photo by Leroy Hamilton
the Science Center School and Center for Science
Learning located here, in the heart of Los Angeles,
science learning will be more accessible to a population
that has been traditionally under served,"
said Rudolph. "These two facilities are part
of the original vision for the Science Center, where
hands-on exhibits, a school emphasizing math and
science, and an education resource center for teachers
and other educators all work to reinforce each other-in
part of the ceremony, Richard Nanula, Executive
Vice President, Finance, Strategy and Communications
for Amgen Inc. announced a $3-million gift from
The Amgen Foundation to the Center for Science Learning.
"The Amgen Foundation's gift to the Center
for Science Learning represents a unique opportunity
to impact the way people learn about science,"
said Nanula. "We believe teachers should have
access to the best science education resources available
and this project reflects that objective."
In recognition of The Amgen Foundation's major support,
the Center for Science Learning will be named the
Amgen Center for Science Learning.
leaders dig in.
Photo by Leroy Hamilton
highlights of the event included the "foaming
volcanoes," an example of the type of science
activities students will engage in at the new Science
Center School and Center for Science Learning. Two
students dressed in goggles and gloves stood by
2 graduated cylinders while a third student described
the activity to the crowd. On cue, each student
added the final ingredient to their cylinder, producing
a huge mass of steaming suds that resembled a volcanic
eruption and spilled over the table to the ground,
to the delight of the audience. Later, Davis, Romer,
Rudolph and others used shovels to unearth an area
of the terrace for the traditional groundbreaking
The new Science Center School and Center for Science
Learning are scheduled to be completed in 2004.
Fact sheet on the Science Center School and Center
for Science Learning is available for further information.
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and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits is
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ticket purchases, group rates or to make a free
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call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the
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