The Michigan Science Center and the Ford Motor Co. Fund Debut World Science Festival in Detroit


Programming from New York’s World Science Festival will debut at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on June 2 and 3. The World Science Festival, which is in its 11th year, takes science out of labs and into public spaces such as streets, parks, museums, and galleries.

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co., is supporting the program and will help the Michigan Science Center offer free general admission on June 2, including free access to a live-stream event of the World Science Festival’s Cool Jobs program, which will feature scientists who work outside of labs studying forensics, snakes, Mars, and sports. The programs will be shown live from 3-4 p.m. from New York.

“The Michigan Science Center is excited to explore these amazing science careers with our guests,” says Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “We aim to make STEM accessible to everyone and to inspire curious minds of all ages.”

Programming will continue on June 3 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., when guests can view a live stream from New York of the Flame Challenge program, a contest that challenges scientists all over the world to explain a basic scientific concept simply and clearly. The winners of the challenge will present their entries.

“Science can capture the imagination of students and open young eyes to the fascinating study of our world and worlds beyond,” says Farah Harb, global education programs analyst of the Ford Motor Co. Fund. “At Ford Fund, we support educational opportunities that include a learning-by-doing component and believe the joy of discovery can spark an interest in scientific and technical career fields that will be the foundation of future jobs and improved prosperity in our communities.”

Both live-stream events will take place in the Toyota Engineering 4-D Theater at the center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis on June 2. Free general admission is available with pre-registration, which is available here. It does not include planetarium tickets or other 4-D theater tickets. Paid general admission, which is required on June 3, is $14 for adults and $11 for children.

The Michigan Science Center is a nonprofit organization that touches nearly 300,000 people each year through interactive education in Detroit and across the state.

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