LaunchPAD Children’s Museum
LaunchPAD Children’s Museum focuses on developing children's understanding and appreciation for the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math). The museum features several exhibits. The first one as they enter, called You and Me, teaches children to learn about their own skills and personal statistics and how they are part of a larger community. Other exhibits cover the topics of machines and architecture, wind, water, commerce and trade, and agriculture. There is also an area for infants and toddlers.
Backstory and Context
In 2003 a group of women first proposed the idea for a children's museum. The museum was incorporated in 2007 and bought the old Hoak Motors building in 2009. Exhibit planning started that same year. Unfortunately, flooding in 2011 stymied the museum's progress but in 2012, the museum brought in professional museum administrators and the development sped up. The building was deemed unsafe and demolished. The current building was completed in January 2016 and opened a month later.
"About Us." LaunchPAD Children’s Museum. Accessed December 14, 2016. http://www.launchpadmuseum.com/history.