SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The state has awarded the Springfield Science Museum $100,000 to move ahead with its’ international space station exhibit.
State Senator Eric Lesser of Longmeadow was the lead sponsor to include the $100,000 into the budget. The money will be used to help build the space station exhibit from the plans bring developed.
“People from all over the region, all over the country come to the Springfield museums. We know they were hit hard by COVID-19. We’ve got to keep these exhibits fresh, we’ve got to bring new things in,” said State Senator Eric Lesser.
“As a valued informal STEM learning space, we were very excited to continue work on the International Space Station exhibit,” said Kay Simpson, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums. “The funding secured by Senator Lesser is a welcome addition to the funds needed to open this important and fascinating gallery.”
Science Museum Director Mike Kerr told 22News, the money makes it possible to open the space station exhibit it the spring, “The people will walk out to the outside of this and once they’re inside, it will be a multi media experience.”
Springfield State Senator Adam Gomez, who grew up visiting the museums, would hope the new exhibit attracts more museum patrons from the minority neighborhoods, “I think that if you encourage, market towards them. If you’re a resident of Springfield, come and enjoy the museum.”
The goal now is to work quickly enough to have the space station exhibit open to the public sometime in May, furthering their goal of supporting science and technology for young people.