PacSci named as Storm’s first Official Science Partner
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm and Pacific Science Center (PacSci) today announced a new partnership between the four-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Champions and the nonprofit science institution, naming PacSci the first Official Science Partner of the Seattle Storm. Together, these iconic organizations will challenge youth and fans of all ages to explore science and innovation.
“We are thrilled to partner with Pacific Science Center for a first-of-its-kind partnership for the Seattle Storm,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm President and CEO. “With PacSci as our Official Science Partner, we will together undertake community work focusing on youth and STEM concepts. The partnership also provides the Storm with the Champions Center on the Seattle Center Campus, with doors opening to Storm fans and partners very soon.”
As the Official Science Partner, PacSci will be the presenting partner of Storm Family Weekends—Storm games on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the 2022 season at the team’s new home at Climate Pledge Arena. At pre-game activity stations, youth and curious minds of all ages will explore hands-on interactive activities about biology, geology, astronomy and many other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts. During Storm home games, PacSci will provide the “Science Moment of the Game,” igniting fans’ curiosity through current events in science such as solar eclipses, visible astronomy and geological events.
Additionally, the partnership allows the Storm exclusive use of the Champions Center, a unique space in PacSci designed to host fans, corporate partners and team events, throughout 2022.
“PacSci is very proud to be the Official Science Partner of the Seattle Storm and the site of the Storm’s Champions Center,” said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center. “Through our partnership, PacSci and the Seattle Storm will provide youth and families with high-impact STEM-oriented programs at Storm games, on the PacSci campus and throughout the region per our outreach programs.”
PacSci and the Storm will host several StormAcademy sessions for local girls at the Science Center. StormAcademy, which celebrates the power in girls and women in the Puget Sound region through dynamic leadership programs, are girl-focused leadership and career sessions allowing girls to build community, explore STEM careers, and learn new skills.
About Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle and has been a gateway to access science education and innovation for early 60 years. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Prior to COVID-19, Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reached nearly 1 million people each year – in their communities across the state of Washington, classrooms, and on the Seattle Center campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. During the period of reduced onsite operations due to COVID-19, Pacific Science Center continued to serve the community through digital and virtual programming. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and after closing, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010, Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. www.pacsci.org
About the Seattle Storm
The four-time WNBA champion Seattle Storm is an independently owned team in the WNBA, the world’s preeminent women’s professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, support for women and girls and youth basketball in local communities. More information is available at www.stormbasketball.com.
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