Hassan visits SEE Science Center in support of STEM

MANCHESTER – Governor Maggie Hassan has made it a priority to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engi­neering and Math) education in the state of New Hamp­shire and released a 61-page report on K-12 STEM Educa­tion earlier this year.

On Tuesday, July 14, Hassan toured the SEE Science Center with executive director Douglas Heuser. This visit allowed her to see the informal STEM education endeavors that are ongoing at the SEE Science Center.

Hassan watched visitors as they enjoyed the Moonwalk exhibit, Pool Ball Falls, Nano and other interactive exhibits at the facility. Heuser introduced Hassan to the Technology and Innovation Academy at SEE and to two student interns. Hassan spoke with the students about their experience with the program and their ambitions going into their senior year in high school. She also visited with campers at Camp Sum­mer Science, SEE’s flagship hands-on science camp. Hassan spoke to campers and learned about their interest in science and in attending science camp. Campers showed her how they were making their own flashlights.

"(There are) lots of great jobs out there involving engi­neering if you understand basic science," Hassan told camp­ers. "Like designing cars!" one camper said. "That would be very cool," Hassan replied.

The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and math­ematics. Since 1986, SEE has been offering creative hands-on exhibit experiences and programs for visitors of all ages. It is at 200 Bedford St., Manchester, and is open to the pub­lic seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 669-0400, or visit www. see-sciencecenter.org.