Speaker Series: OH WOW! Children’s Center of Youngstown
In collaboration with Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe Innovation Hub and the eCenter@LindenPointe featured a live online discussion with The OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology Executive Director Suzanne Barbati about how the hands-on STEM museum has adapted their services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is in store for the future of the museum.
Suddenly changing their business model to meet the new challenge allowed OH WOW! to become a museum without walls, featuring new and creative product offerings that keep the Science Center connected to learners of all ages.
“There can often be more than one right answer and more than one perspective to a problem,” said Georgia Macris, assistant teaching professor and VenturePointe coordinator. “Viewers will learn the importance of expanding creative thinking in order to solve problems differently — and often resulting in better outcomes.”
Changes due to the pandemic is only half the battle. Barbati will discuss how the science center plans to emerge as a stronger business by providing unique educational and entertaining services, allowing OH WOW! to continue being “the happiest place in Youngstown.”