YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Oh Wow! Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology introduced two new exhibits on Friday.
On the bottom level, construction soon will begin on a Health and Wellness Zone. The 1,850-square foot display will feature eight different exhibits dedicated to the concept that decisions people make today on what they eat, how they sleep and their methods of play can have a positive impact on their overall health and mental well-being.
And upstairs will be a new exhibit called InspireWorks. The 3,700-square foot exhibit will provide a customized interactive experience where visitors become more familiar with the plan, do, check, act (PDCA) continuous improvement process, as well as the design, production and testing of “products,” using real-world tools.
Dr. Martin Abraham, dean of the Youngstown State University STEM College, said hands-on activities are critical to getting students excited about technology.
“As the dean of the college, one of the things I have learned is that if we don’t get young people at a very early age, kids that were sitting here a while ago, get them excited about the ability to be creative, to do technology when they’re 7, 8 and 9, then I don’t have any students,” Abraham said.
Both exhibits will be finished in July.