Science of Brewing Countdown: Crush Sponsor

A few years ago, in 2012, 
Oh WOW! wanted to raise some cash. 
They had an idea that was swell-
What is more fun than brewing, they asked? 

Thus was born the Science of Brewing, 
An afterhours adult-only event
That keeps Millie the Cow mooing. 
If you attended before, you’re happy you went! 

But before you toast your mug of ale, 
The hops and malt first are crushed. 
Which is when our brewers begin their trail.
The chance to learn more is a must.

Hurry hurry,
Don’t delay,
Our event is soon,
About four weeks away. 

As we prepare for of our 6th Annual Science of Brewing fundraising event, we want to begin by thanking our generous crush sponsor, Ideal Image.

The type of brew will depend on the how finely the whole hops and malt are crushed. Crush is similar to the way coffee beans are ground, from coarse to fine, and the type of crush will determine the flavor of the finished product. For example, a more fine crush will make the mash more efficient, but it also produces excess tannins. Therefore, the level of crush is a delicate balance.

Ideally, the husk is removed from the grain, so that only the center part of the kernel is crushed. In mass commercial breweries, up to 25% of the husk is left intact, and ground finely, which accounts for the flavor difference from microbreweries.

Stay tuned next week when we learn more about the “Mash” part of brewing and thank our Mash level sponsors.

Our brewers will be on-hand at our adult-only event on August 11, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 PM to answer any questions you have about their techniques.

Tickets & sponsorships are still available — Call 330-744-5914 today for more information!

OH WOW! fundraising event

Best destination in Youngstown

From Sea to Shining Sea
When out of town family visits Youngstown, the best place to bring them is OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology. This past week, we had explorers from around the United States, including:

North Dakota

OH WOW! is entertaining for all ages, from our littlest explorers to grandparents. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, or even plan a family reunion in Youngstown. We have party rooms for 50 or 100 people, after-hours rentals, and all parties include admission to the museum. No need to wrack your brains coming up with something to do to entertain everyone, bring them here and we’ll do the EDUtaining for you. (shhh– they may also learn a thing as well!)

Trip Advisor agrees, as a recent reviewer wrote:

One of the best Children’s Museums
Every city we visit, we find a children’s museum. We have a 5,3 and 1 year old. We have been to dozens of children’s museums and this is in our top 3. There is something for everyone, even the adults had fun. We went with a large group, 7 adults and 7 children. The staff was very friendly and the cost is very conservative. We were there for 2.5 hours and it was not enough time. Can’t wait to go back!

We offer annual grandparent (and you can also be a favorite aunt, uncle, or adult) memberships for $20 where you can also purchase another 5 one-time use passes for an additional $20. This great opportunity is underwritten in part by our friends at Briarfield.

OH WOW! to Celebrate 6th Birthday Bash!

Birthday Bash Logo

OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology is celebrating its 6th birthday!  Since its opening 295,709 explorers have enjoyed hands-on, interactive exhibits and educational programs rooted in STEM.

The weekend will kick off at 10am on Saturday, May 13th with a special announcement about OH WOW!’s new exhibits and recent Liquidate The Loan Campaign.

The 6th Birthday Bash will feature EDUtainment for visitors of all ages at a discounted $6 admission rate.  There will also be special programming throughout the weekend, FREE treats…  and the chance to win prizes!  Plus, folks who book their own party at OH WOW! during the celebration weekend will receive 10% off!

New Job Openings

OH WOW! is growing and currently seeking three new WOW Pals!  Successful applicants will be willing to work a flexible schedule, have a positive attitude, be self-directed and be WOWtastic team players.

Please click on the links below for the full job descriptions for the following positions:

-Full-time Senior EDUtainer- Education, Programs & Standards

-Part-time (~32 hours/week) EDUtainer-Events & Programs

-Part-time (~32 hours/week) EDUtainer- Front Desk & Memberships

The deadline to apply for all three positions is May 9, 2017.  Please email a cover letter stating which job you are applying for along with resume to

OH WOW! is an equal opportunity employer.  Employment is contingent on the ability to pass a background check.

Celebrate Earth Day at OH WOW!

OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The “Earth Day Extravaganza” is supported by an award from the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE).  Guests are invited to take part in nine special hands-on activities about our Earth, Solar System and Space.

The event will run from 12pm-4pm in the InspireWorks! WOW! Zone on the bottom floor of OH WOW!  Participation is free to OH WOW! members and at no extra cost to those who’ve paid general admission for the day.



Rooftop Garden Fundraiser – Play, Paint & Partake

Join OH WOW! in partnership with Youngstown CityScape for an entertaining evening to help fund a rooftop garden in the heart of downtown Youngstown!

Come play with the cool exhibits, partake in adult libations, consume tasty snacks and create rustic, wooden signs you’ll paint and make all your own. It’s a groovy twist on the trendy “paint & sip” craze.

All proceeds will help support an Eagle Scout’s unique rooftop garden project on the historic McCrory Building.

The fundraiser is at OH WOW! on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Tickets are $45 and are limited, so act fast! Visit to purchase tickets now!

Let the Testing Begin!

Members are invited to a special hour long testing session of our two newest exhibits.  The special members only session will run 9am to 10am Friday, March 31, 2017. 

We will be testing our new A-Mazing Airways and Drive to Dance all day long and invite explorers of all ages to take part. 

NEW Amazing Airways Exhibit

Amazing Airways Drawing

We are working on an update of one of our favorite exhibits, the Windy Pipes. Our friends at RedBox Workshop are going to install a New Amazing Airways experience the last week of March.  In preparation of this WOWtastic update, we will begin deconstruction of our current exhibit the week of March 20th. Our goal is to have the new Amazing Airways and Drive to Dance exhibits installed before our busy field trip season. Keep an eye on social media for updates on these two exciting projects.

Pi Day Pie Request


Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159…

We are inviting you to help the WOW! Pals celebrate this never-ending number. OH WOW! is asking local restaurants to add a special Pi Day Pie to the menu in celebration of Pi Day, which happens to be Einstein’s birthday as well. These Pi Day Pie can be a fruit pie, a cream pie or even a pizza pie. OH WOW! is asking everyone to share this WOWtastic holiday with their patrons for the month of March.  Please share pictures of pies with us on social media, using #OHWOWpiday.

For more information contact Colleen Ruby, Director of Visitor Services, at 330-744-5914 or

OH WOW! Holiday Hour Adjustment December 24th

To celebrate the Holiday Season, OH WOW! will be closing at 3 PM today (12/24/2016). We will see you all Monday December 26th when we reopen at 10 AM. Happy Holidays!