Launch the Next Generation of STEM Stars
Visitors enter OH WOW!® The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology at our Visitor Orientation Center, generously sponsored by Kimberly and Jeff Simon in honor of their children Zachary and Zoe Simon. You will be greeted by our WOW! Pals and the “Infinite Possibilities Penguin,” designed by Robert W. Walker and sponsored by Tony, Mary, Natalie and Dana Lariccia.
OH WOW!® embraces universal design principles in our 17,820 square foot facility, ensuring we’re accessible to the greatest number of people possible without regard to ability or disability on our exhibit floors and in our administrative offices. (1st Floor = 8,560 SF, Lower Level = 9,260 SF w/ 6,420 SF for Exhibit Hall & Support Area, and 2,000 SF for Storage & Workshop.)
There are now thirteen galleries, or WOW! Zones and more than sixty-five hands-on, interactive opportunities, or exhibits, linked to the educational content standards of Ohio & Pennsylvania in OH WOW!®. OH WOW!®’s permanent exhibit collections promotes understanding of the Scientific Process of Inquiry, encouraging visitors to make observations, draw conclusions from those observations, and adjust or modify their experiments (or actions) to get a different (or better) result.
Phase 3 Construction Completed
Sponsored by First National Bank of Pennsylvania, The Youngstown Foundation, The Ohio Department of Mental Health, Gloria Jones & Fireline Incorporated, Allen’s Pharmaserve, John & Loretta Hynes Foundation, The Florence Simon Beecher Foundation Youngstown State University, The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, Bruce & Carol Sherman, Kimberly and Jeff Simon in honor of their children Zachary and Zoe Simon, Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, and Frank & Pearl E. Gelbman Charitable Foundation.
Remember – our new front entrance is on Youngstown’s Central Square Plaza – same building, new entrance, new look, new address. Bring your family & friends to experience three new exhibits:
1. In the House of Shine exhibit, you’ll discover new things about yourself, revealing intriguing possibilities for the future.
2. The Sensory Sensitive Room is a place for visitors to explore their senses and learn about the world around them, in a safe, quiet and comfortable place.
3. Our new MicroElectronics Lab is a collaboration with Youngstown State University that will provide our visitors with an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed in microelectronics and computer engineering fields
Phase 4 Renovation Planned
Our Phase 4 Renovation, scheduled to begin soon, will improve energy efficiency and protect the integrity and longevity of our building – a critical asset to OH WOW!® and our downtown area.
Additional education and exhibit space will offer our guests more equitable accessibility and other opportunities for guests of all ages to deepen their educational experiences.
We will add usable classroom and community event spaces that offer unique, hands-on learning opportunities, and enhancements are planned for our main exhibit floor and makers’ labs.
All these efforts are intentional – adding to the vibrancy of the downtown area and further contributing to the economic health of our community while growing our most important resource – our children!
Need to host an event?
Book the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation’s Function Junction for your party, meeting and event needs! We encourage you to make your reservation early… call your WOW! Pals at 330-744-5914.
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