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Science Center keeps curiosity burning with at-home videos

KINGS OAK – The St. Louis Science Center is bubbling with ideas about how to keep its fans of all ages engaged in science and learning.

For children and adults stuck at home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the science center, 5050 Oakland Ave., is offering videos that are fun and informative. They run the gamut from easy experiments and demonstrations – such as how to make your own fire extinguisher from baking soda and vinegar – to behind-the-scenes tours and explorations of historical events such as the Apollo 13 space capsule’s successful splashdown 50 years ago.

The center is providing a slew of entertaining and intriguing virtual experiences at its website’s virtual learning page,

“Look for DIY science experiments that can be done at home, Amazing Science Demonstrations from our Energy Stage team, connections to local scientists, astronomy updates from our McDonnell Planetarium team, live chats and more,” the science center invites.

Space geeks can stream “Hubble,” the IMAX documentary about the Hubble Space Telescope. This movie would be playing at the OMNIMAX theater if the science center were open to the public.

The center explains that because astronauts can repair and upgrade the telescope, it’s one of NASA’s longest-living and most valuable observatories. This year, 2020, marks the telescope’s 30th year in orbit. The movie is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Even after we’re once more safe to visit our favorite St. Louis sites, virtual learning can continue. And it, like the St. Louis Science Center itself, is free.

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