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AETN Public Media Center to open in New Museum of Discovery Saturday

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has partnered with the all new Museum of Discovery in Little Rock to open the AETN Public Media Center, an interactive resource room highlighting the best in public broadcasting with a science and nature focus. The museum’s official reopening is Saturday, Jan. 14.

“The AETN Public Media Center at the Museum of Discovery is a wonderful partnership because we are both dedicated to providing educational opportunities to inspire visitors and viewers to explore the world around them,” AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said.

“We are gratified that they approached us to create a resource area drawing on the quality, insightful programming for which AETN and PBS are known.”

Featured in the public media center are: science, technology and nature videos, books and models; a double computer station linking to AETN, PBS and education sites; puzzles and activities for all ages; and AETN broadcast and outreach opportunities. While much of the room is a static resource library, content will be updated to support the museum’s future exhibits and introduce supplemental public broadcasting materials.

“For years, we've enjoyed our partnership with AETN,” Nan Selz, executive director of the Museum of Discovery, said.

“This collaboration was the logical next step to providing our state’s educators those media resources already in AETN’s library.

“Teachers will now have immediate access to science-related information that is both directly tied to the museum and its exhibits, and in-line with state curriculum standards.”

AETN delivers educational opportunities throughout the state through local productions and PBS programs, such as “NOVA” and “Nature,” as well as to communities and Arkansas's education system as a whole. These services include community outreach, professional development, online classroom-ready media and educational productions.

Renovation on the Museum of Discovery began nearly three years ago with a grant of $9.2 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The result is three new galleries containing 85 interactive exhibits for all ages, and a dedication to become Arkansas’s premier math, science and technology center.

The Museum of Discovery is located at 500 President Clinton Avenue in the downtown Little Rock River Market. Additional information is available at www.museumofdiscovery.org or by calling 501-396-7050.

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