In 2017, the City of Bisbee, Freeport McMoRan (FMI), M. Greene Planning & Resource Development, Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN), and University of Arizona South’s Education Department came together to discuss mutual interests and how each might achieve their individual goals and objectives through a collaborative economic and education development endeavor. To that end, these five organizations determined that a feasibility study was required to examine the formation of a multi-faceted, non-profit, science exploration and research center that could (1) promote tourism, (2) provide experiential science learning activities for students; (3) facilitate the professional development of teachers; and (4) support ongoing STEM research; thereby substantially improving the overall economic and education outlook and conditions for Bisbee.
With USDA funding and financial support from FMI, Arizona Public Service (APS), RAIN, as well as volunteer support from University of Arizona South, the City of Bisbee, and M. Greene Planning & Resource Development the feasibility study was completed in August 2018. The Study suggested the project was feasible and in October 2018, a second USDA grant along with financial support from partners and sponsors helped to open a store-front, pop-up science center on Main Street in Bisbee.
The Bisbee Science Lab, located at 24 Main Street in old Bisbee is operated as part of the Design Phase for a permanent Science Center. The Lab hosts Science Café, a lecture series, provides exhibits in support of that series, and develops exhibit based experiences for people to be engaged in regional scientific research. Utilizing Virtual and Augmented Reality technology, visitors can learn about a variety of scientific and technology based programs that reach beyond our region and even beyond our planet. Data collected from visitors will inform the development of a permanent science center and the types of exhibits that are most interesting and useful in providing an informal learning experience for the visitor.
Tabla de Directores
Etta Kralovec, Universidad de Arizona Sur, Presidenta
Robert Quinanar, Freeport - McMoRan, Vice Presidente
Melanie Greene, M. Greene Planeación y Desarrollo de Recursos, Secretario/Tesorero
Kal Mannis, Red Rural Activists e Innovadora
David Smith, Alcalde, Ciudad de Bisbee
Tabla de Consejeros
Carrie Gustavson | Presidente Ejecutivo | Museo Histórico y Minero de Bisbee
Thora Colot | Consultora | Museos
Mark Apel | Agentes de Divulgación | Universidad de Arizona
Allison Brody | Directora de STEM Centro de Desarrollo de Educación y Personal en Explora
Paul Martin | Investigador Profesional | Escuela para el Futuro de la Invasión en la Sociedad
Jose Hinojos | Maestro | Escuela Secundario de Douglas
Shipherd Reed | Director Asociado | Centro Científico y Planetario Flandrau
Eric Meyer | Universidad de Arizona
Melanie Greene, Manager de Proyectos y Directora de Desarrollo
Frank Davis, Manager de Instalaciones
Etta Kralovec, Investigadora Principal y Exhibidora de Coordinación
Kal Mannis, Co-PI y Jefe de Educacion
Mark Apel, Science Café Lead
Ozni Preciado and Alicia Raber, Cochise College Interns
Spanish translations by:
Martin Ozuna, Zolhangel Acosta, Odalys Rodriquez, Fernanda Morales, Cesar Francisco, Briseño Flores, Evelyn Lorenza, Montoya Gallardo, Ahilyn Alejandra, García Palazuelos
Financial support provided by these generous sponsors.