Smiling children in career themed costumes
 

The Science Center @ MHDM

 

THE SCIENCE CENTER @ MHDM

This learning space is dedicated to early STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Exploration of these areas helps children to develop critical thinking skills and to make connections to the world around them.

Link, Lift, Launch. With exhibits on flight, magnetism, rockets, and building, this space encourages open problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Children and adults will have fun linking, lifting and launching in this new exhibition. Exhibit areas feature special “Challenge Cards” to encourage deeper investigation into STEM topics.  

WonderDome is an immersive play space that features nine interactive sensory exhibits involving light and color. Children can create light-art using brightly colored acrylic rods while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Light Waterfall, offers soothing, color-changing floor length strands of LED fiber optics. WonderDome is designed to give children, parents, caregivers and therapists more options for using the children’s museum for both therapeutic and explorative play. 

 

WONDERDOME: REACTOR CUBE

Explore light and color while making designs and patterns using acrylic pegs in this giant 3D light box.

 

WONDERDOME: EXPLORE INSIDE

Discover all that’s inside the WonderDome!

Smiling girl wrapped in color changing fiber optic strands
 

WONDERDOME: LIGHT WATERFALL

Surround yourself with ever-changing color in a curtain of cascading fiber optic strands.

 

WONDERDOME: HELIOS THE SNAKE

Helios, a corn snake, is our ambassador for other snakes, reptiles, and all wildlife. He’s here to teach about animals, their behaviors, and the importance of choosing your pets wisely!

Boys building giant wooden structure together
 

LINK, LIFT, LAUNCH: RIGAMAJIG

With over-sized planks, pulleys, bolts and rope, Rigamajig encourages you to design and create giant structures.

Boy proud showing his Keva building creation
 

LINK, LIFT, LAUNCH: KEVA

What can you build with KEVA planks? How strong is it? Come test your engineering skills!

SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS

The Science Center @ MHDM was developed with major support from:

  • IBM Corporation
  • Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust

Founding Members of The Science Center @ MHDM include:

  • Council of Industry
  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital
  • Daniel Freedman and Christine Chale
  • IBM Corporation
  • Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust
  • Marist College Department of Teacher Education
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • R.L. Baxter Building Corporation
  • Selux Corporation
  • Sholes & Miller, LLP
  • SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering
  • SUNY New Paltz School of Education