Science City

The Science City in Kansas City, Missouri, is a scientific themed space which will feature an interactive museum, makerspace, and several community education programs.

The center will also be the home to a number of local start-up companies in addition to being available for use by high school students interested in science fairs or other scheduled events related to the field of applied sciences. The region is known for producing many high-achieving high school students in the field of mathematics and science.

In addition, Science City aims to be a center for visitors from all corners of Kansas City to learn about the latest technological developments in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence. Science City features an interactive museum with many exhibits and hands-on activities designed to be both accessible to children as well as adults. The maker space will allow students, scientists, and engineers with an interest in design and technology to learn how to use new tools and equipment, such as the laser cutter or 3D printer. Additionally, Science City is home to a community education program that places teachers and students with similar interests in the same room for a one-hour session. This allows those involved to work together on projects, as well as allowing each student to meet others who may be interested in pursuing the same career path as themselves.

Near Science City is the i-70 high school, a science and technology magnet high school. The project has been hailed as a way to provide educational opportunities for those who live in the surrounding community.  Supporters of the project assert that Science City will increase opportunities for economic growth and attract visitors who may not have otherwise visited Kansas City. Opponents to the project believe that it is currently unnecessary due to the widespread availability of museums throughout the country, including two museums in Missouri which are less than an hour away from Kansas City. Supporters repeatedly stress that Science City will be an educational opportunity for not only those who live in the surrounding area but also anyone who has an interest in learning about advances in science and technology. The project is paid for using funding from several private donors as well as the Walton Family Foundation.

A design team was chosen by Science City to design the interior of the building. The firm, led by designer and principal Walt Conwell, has worked on several projects, including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Most of the donors to Science City donated to other educational institutions in addition to donating funds specifically to this project. Sixty-five million dollars was donated by local philanthropist David Steward; he is a known patron of science education.

Other notable donors include the Walton Family Foundation, which donated 100 million dollars towards STEM efforts in 2010. The foundation has been known to donate large sums of money to organizations working on projects related to science and technology, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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Driving Direction To One Shot Water Heaters of  Kansas City, MO:

One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From Science City, Head north on Main St, then turn left onto W 20th St, then turn right onto Wyandotte St, now turn left onto W 16th St, then turn right onto Broadway Blvd, take another right onto Truman Rd, now use the left lane to take the ramp to I-70 E/U.S. 40/I-35 N. Time to merge onto I-670 E, then take exit 2N on the left to merge onto US-71 N toward Interstate 29 N/Interstate 35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines, Merge onto I-70 W/US-71 N, then continue onto US-71 N (signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines), keep driving onto I-29 N/I-35 N/US-71 N, Take exit 8A for Parvin Rd. Almost reached, now turn left onto NE Parvin Rd, take another left onto N Harrison Ave, Hence, you have now arrived at your destination.


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