WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today praised an agreement signed by NASA's Glenn Research Center and the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) that names the GLSC as the official Glenn Visitor Center site. Brown facilitated the first meeting between the two organizations in 2008.
"This will raise the visibility of NASA Glenn and improve educational resources for Ohioans visiting the Great Lakes Science Center," Brown said. "NASA Glenn is a critical source of economic development for Northeast Ohio, while the Science Center is an important component of our cultural landscape. This is a natural partnership that will strengthen our regional economy and improve our educational infrastructure."
"Great Lakes Science Center is extremely grateful for the leadership role Senator Brown played in brokering the conversations that sparked this wonderful partnership" said Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver, President and CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center. "Senator Brown and his team recognized early on the significant benefits that would be provided to the people of Ohio by combining the STEM-education-focused missions of the Science Center and NASA. He and his team worked tirelessly to ensure a successful and exciting conclusion. The finalized Space Act Agreement is a testament to Senator Brown, his commitment to advancing science, technology and the economy of Northeast Ohio. It also stands as an inspiring example of collaboration between the dedicated legislators in Ohio."
The Science Center will promote aeronautics, science, and space exploration through guided tours, outreach programs, and special exhibits and events. These programs will use interactive demonstrations and the Glenn Center's valuable collection of space-related artifacts. A massive exhibition renovation, estimated at $3 million, should be completed in 2011.
Great Lakes Science Center will provide free admission every Tuesday to young people 18 years of age and under (or students in kindergarten through 12th grade). Local schools will also be able arrange for free educational field trips. These special options will take effect once the transfer of the Visitor's center is complete.
Brown has been fighting to harness the ability of NASA Glenn to promote job creation and regional economic growth. Earlier this month, he convened a meeting of the Ohio Congressional Delegation with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to discuss opportunities for the Glenn facility. Prior to that meeting, Brown wrote to President Obama about the need to bring new work - particularly in the field of alternative energy research and development - to NASA Glenn. More information can be found HERE.