These are just some of the interactive experiences guests will encounter at GROW, the newest permanent exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center, which opens today. This truly unique exhibit is the largest of its kind in the United States focused solely on agriculture.
GROW highlights the journey of food from farm to fork through 40 interactive exhibits, demonstrations and events, and helps visitors gain a deeper understanding of our food supply and the vital role we all play in the stewardship of our food.
The Science Center will celebrate the grand opening of GROW with festivities today from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Festivities include an official ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., food demonstrations, chicken feedings, demonstrations of technology including the combine and GROW-bot (a robot that monitors soil conditions for research), food samples and hands-on activities.
“The topic of food and where it comes from has never been more relevant to mainstream conversations than it is today,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “GROW provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about agriculture, take a spin on a mini-tractor, taste delicious food and have fun.”
The largest expansion since 1991, GROW greatly extends the Saint Louis Science Center’s footprint and sits on a one-acre site that formerly was occupied by the EXPLORADOME, a temporary exhibit area that was decommissioned in 2013.
Vescolani added, “Our goal is not only to educate people about the science behind food production, but also to ignite an interest in those who could be the next generation of farmers, scientists, inventors and problem solvers.”
GROW exhibit spaces include: