Science City Receives Prestigious Award

Science City earns worldwide recognition with a recent award.

Science City at Union Station has been awarded the prestigious Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge “EDGIE” Award for Visitor Experience in 2015 by The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Only two such awards were given worldwide this year.

A 10-member jury of professionals in the science center field representing a broad spectrum of ASTC’s worldwide membership made their determination based on a number of criteria including application of new ideas and promising practices, creativity and extraordinary performance, experiential learning, and forward-looking leadership. Past winners include Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and Heureka, The Finnish Science Center in Vantaa, Finland.

“Science City—as recognized by ASTC and the EDGIE Award—embraces our mission with a sense of local, national and global purpose,” George Guastello, Union Station president and CEO says. “Our visitor experience is now recognized as one of the best in the world. This award and recognition puts Kansas City’s Science Center on the world stage and among the most celebrated institutions of our kind.”

Three years into a long-term strategy to create a world-class destination, Science City has reimagined and transformed more than 50 percent of its space. Closely aligning with regional education priorities and partnering with leading local business and institutions, the science center has received substantial community recognition. Significant attendance and revenue growth, increased annual membership and recognition as a regional, top-tier destination for children, families, school groups and the fast-growing Maker community, have all contributed to this success.

“At a macro level, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education is an important local, national and international theme,” Bob Regnier, Union Station Board Chairman says. “It drives not only the focus of Kansas City’s Science Center, it is translating into a larger and larger share of our local economy. A vibrant Science City delivers tremendous value to our entire community.”