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Seattle Storm games already are known for family fun, so a partnership with Pacific Science Center is a natural. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Storm)

Pacific Science Center, Seattle Storm launch STEM-focused family fun

Home games will feature hands-on activity stations and more.

The Seattle Storm and Pacific Science Center have joined forces in an effort to challenge youth and fans of all ages to explore science and innovation.

Pacific Science Center was named the “official science partner” of the four-time WNBA champion Storm.

The most obvious result of this partnership will be Storm Family Weekends. Those are Storm home games on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the 2022 season, which opens May 6; full schedule here.

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Those games will have pregame activity stations where people can explore hands-on activities about biology, geology, astronomy and other STEM concepts. In addition, PacSci will provide the “Science Moment of the Game,” on a current science topic. Those could be solar eclipses, visible astronomy or geological events, for instance.

We have long known that Storm games are good, family-friendly fun. Now they will also be an opportunity to check out the brand new Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center.

The new partnership also will give the Storm access to the Champions Center facility inside PacSci.

PacSci and the Storm will jointly host StormAcademy sessions for girls at the science center. StormAcademy features girl-focused leadership and career sessions in which participants build community, explore STEM careers and learn new skills.

Background: Pacific Science Center was a science pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and then became the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. The facility is closed to the public but offers online programming. The Seattle Storm, established in 2020, has won four national championships, has a diverse and rapidly growing fan base and promotes literacy, health and fitness, along with support for women and girls and youth basketball.

Pacific Science Center will take its show on the road, bringing STEM-oriented activities to weekend Seattle Storm games at Climate Pledge Arena. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Science Center)

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