Beth Demke, the Executive Director of Gateway to Science joined Good Day Dakota to discuss their Summer STEM Spectacular happening on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4 pm.

It’s all hands on and outside so people will have the opportunity to practice social distancing.

Demke explained that Gateway to Science is following all of CDC and N.D. Department of Health guidelines. “A lot of it is just making sure we are following the science and letting science guide us and not public opinion,” explained Demke.

When folks go to the events and the gallery their temperatures will be checked. Anyone ten years and older are required to wear a face mask.

Demke explained that when people arrive they stay with their groups. “Stay with your family pod and go together,” said Demke.

The events will be spread out so that people can stay safely socially distanced. Patrons are encouraged to respect other groups distances while they’re waiting to try a new event. They will have staff and volunteers to help guide people through all activities.

Demke says COVID-19 has allowed Gateway to Science the opportunity to innovate new ideas about STEM. “We are problem solvers, we are critical thinkers. Creative problem solving is an important part of STEM,” said Demke.

Here’s a list of Gateway to Science’s event and summer programming.

Summer STEM Spectacular:
 Free family event with hands-on activities for all ages.
 Saturday, July 18 from 1 – 4 pm (Member preview 12:30 – 1 pm).
 All activities will be outdoors.
 Favorites from past summer events include bubbles, rockets, and giant slingshots.
 Many new activities being planned as well.
 Scratch from the Bismarck Bobcats will be at the event and the Bobcats will be bringing a hockey
 Gateway to Science hands-on exhibit gallery will be open with $6 admission for all ages during the
STEM Spectacular event.  Masks will be required for gallery visitors ages 10 and up. Masks are strongly encouraged for gallery
visitors under 10 and STEM Spectacular participants as well.

Gateway to Science hands-on exhibit gallery is open:
 Closed for two months due to COVID-19.
 Re-opened May 15 following Smart Restart guidelines.
o Monday-Thursday 12 – 7 pm; Friday-Saturday 10am – 5 pm; Sunday closed
 We want our visitors to feel confident in knowing Gateway to Science is a safe place to visit.
 The health and well-being of staff, volunteers, and visitors has been the central focus of our planning
and the protocols put into place.
o Reduced capacity
o Social distancing
o Hand sanitizer
o Masks for guests over 10 year
o Temperature checks
o Additional sanitizing procedures

Gateway to Science summer STEM camps:  STEM Adventure Camps for students entering grades 1-5 are ongoing through August 25.
o No themes for each week; include hands-on activities from all areas of STEM.
o There are still a few openings for camps the last week of July and in August.
 STEM Camps for grades 6-9 include career exploration and guest presenters who work in STEM
fields. (All are completed or filled.)
o This week’s camp focuses on ecology and environment focus (week of July 6-10) o Next week’s camp is at the BPS Career Academy exploring STEM areas offered at the facility
(week of July 13-17)