Townsend Public Affairs is proud to announce the National Medal for Museum and Library Service has been awarded to longtime client, the Discovery Science Center (DSC). One of ten museums nationwide to receive the honor, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to DSC President Joe Adams in the East Room of the White House.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Mr. Adams and DSC Board Members Walkie Ray, Dan Bolar and Rich Bailey attended events surrounding the award, including meeting with members of Congress. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher met with DSC representatives to discuss the importance that Discovery Science Center plays not only in Orange County but throughout Southern California. As Chairman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, Congressman Smith plays an active role in shaping the nation’s science education programs.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, a longtime supporter of DSC, worked with Townsend Public Affairs to nominate DSC for the award, and attended the ceremonies at the White House.
For 25 years, DSC has brought science education to school children at the Center’s Santa Ana facility, and will soon open a Los Angeles facility in the San Fernando Valley. With a dynamic outreach program and state-of-the-art exhibits, the DSC team has led the way in creating innovative museum exhibitions and classroom programs. By blending hands-on science activities, immersive environments, game design, and role playing, DSC is modernizing how educational content is delivered to families and students. The award-winning Eco Challenge exhibit at DSC utilizes these unique, immersive experiences to encourage environmentally responsible behavior among their community.
Patronage of DSC programs has more than tripled over the last decade and in the last year alone, programs impacted over 739,000 visitors and students throughout the Southern California region. Their outreach program in schools is among the largest in the nation including 650 schools and 27 school districts across Southern California.