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Update from Imagination Station

When will Imagination Station reopen? 
Imagination Station's priority during this time is still our members, visitors, team and volunteers. We will continue to follow the guidelines from Governor DeWine and the CDC. 

COVID-19: What is it? 
The CDC describes the coronavirus as an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. Information about the current virus is still emerging, so scientists are learning what its long-term effects will be. 


Additional Online Resources: 
Ohio Department of Health
Facts, alerts and updates from Ohio's leading medical professionals. 


CDC
Information, facts and education about COVID-19, how it spreads and how we can protect ourselves.  


April 1, 2020
These are unprecedented times for all of us. Imagination Station's priority during this time is still our members, visitors, team and volunteers.

During this time, the science center continues its mission to help families explore science, creativity and reading. Even though the science center is temporarily closed, we want you to still be able to explore, learn and play with us. Through our Stay at Home Science, we are providing hands-on projects that give learners of all ages something to see, something to do and something to read - all while having a little fun. 

It's all part of an effort to offer new and exciting programming and explore engaging new ways to reach budding scientists in our community. Now's the perfect time to strengthen the habits and skills that will make you and your family members more imaginative and inventive than ever. 

Our commitment to the community continues through: 

 - Bringing science, fun and education into the home through at-home experiments that will expand minds, explore creativity and encourage learning. Our Stay At Home Science activities providing engaging curriculum with something to do, something to watch and something to read. 

- Students of all ages can log in to one of our live workshops and interact with one of our education team members. 

- The science center's education team is working with the YMCA to provide educational opportunities and programming to the children of our community's first responders who are in their care.  

Imagination Station is a nonprofit organization. We create exciting, inquiry-based science learning that allows people to understand the world around them. Now more than ever, we can't do it without you! A gift no matter what the size, will allow us to continue to spark a passion for science learners of all ages.  
John us in fostering exceptional hands-on experiences. Please donate and support this work today! 

March 23, 2020

These are extraordinary times right now and after careful consideration, the Imagination Station will be temporarily closed to the public. 

Given Governor DeWine’s recent order to shelter in place, we had to take the necessary steps to keep our members, visitors and team members safe and healthy. We will reevaluate the temporary closure again at the beginning of April and continue to follow the recommendations and advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health.

We will continue to update this page on what is happening at the science center in order to keep you up-to-date on this developing situation.

During this time that your kids and family members may be home, check out our website and YouTube channel for some fun at-home science! 

Thank you for being a loyal supporter of the science center and we look forward to when we can see you all again!

March 13, 2020

These are extraordinary times right now and after careful consideration, beginning today at 5pm, Imagination Station will be temporarily closed to the public through March 31.
 
The safety of our members, visitors and team members is our top priority. Our decision comes after taking into careful consideration the recent orders and recommendations from Governor DeWine. Our decision aligns with Governor DeWine's order to extend Ohio's K-12 schools Spring Break.
 
We will continue to update this page on what is happening at the science center in order to keep you 
up-to-date on this developing situation.

During this time that your kids and family members may be home, check out our website and YouTube channel for some fun at-home science!
 
Thank you for being a loyal supporter of the science and we look forward to when we can see you all again!



March 12, 2020

When you come to Imagination Station, we want you to fully enjoy your time with friends and family, knowing that your safety is our priority. To that end, the safety of our staff, partners and guests remains our top priority. 

Imagination Station is monitoring the progress of the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The science center is taking the appropriate preventative measures, which include continuing to follow our normal cleaning procedures, increasing the frequency that surfaces are being cleaned and increasing the deep cleaning done throughout the building. 

While large public gatherings are being discouraged by state officials, the science center is more similar to a K-12 school. At this time, state officials have not recommended large scale closures of K-12 schools. Following this recommendation, and the precautions we have put in place, we remain open at this time. 

As this situation continues to evolve, the science center will continue to follow the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and stay in communication with our counterparts with the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). We do understand that this is a fluid situation and could change at any moment. 

Recommendations at this time to team members, visitors and to all include the following: 

1. Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds cleaning the front and back of your hand and around your nails. 

2. If hand washing is not possible - use a hand sanitizer composed of at least 60% alcohol. 

3. Avoid touching your face.  It is difficult to break this habit, but not touching your face will reduce your risk. 

4. Cover your nose and mouth. Use your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately. Then wash your hands immediately. 

5. Stay home if you do not feel well or are running a fever. 

6. Maintain a clean environment. Keep household cleaning spray or wipes readily available and use according to label instructions. Don't share personal items such as water bottles. Clean high-touch surfaces daily, which includes things like desktops, phones, light switches, keyboards, bathrooms and more. 

The Ohio Department of Health offers additional guidelines to help you prepare. For additional recommendations, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov

For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, we recommend visiting the CDC website (www.cdc.gov)