By Eleanor Greene
Andrea never thought she’d be comfortable holding a snake, never mind speaking in front of a huge audience. After participating in the Discovery Corps program at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., Andrea Rose Nichols finds herself doing these both of these often during live presentations. As a student in the Live Science program, Nichols came out of her shell and became comfortable talking to visitors, and five years after beginning the program, she began working at the Center in the Adult Science Interpretation program. In this interview, director Bryce Seidl acknowledges the role the Pacific Science Center plays in the community, and especially in the lives of children who visit. Seidl has taken on the challenging goal of helping “young people imagine what they could be when they’re older and [helping] older people keep up with what’s happening in the world of science.” The Pacific Science Center’s Discovery Corps program has done just that.
The Pacific Science Center was one of 10 winners of the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Winners of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service will be announced on April 23, 2013.