CLEVELAND (June 23, 2016) – Here’s a quick quiz for parents: 1. Does your son or daughter serve as the “IT help desk” for your home? 2. Do they toss aside the instruction sheets from LEGO kits and build from their own inspiration? 3. Is math or science their favorite class in school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to enroll them in the Great Science Academy at Great Lakes Science Center.

The Academy is a great way to encourage your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). It’s an immersive, full-year program that meets twice a month on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Science Center and provides students in grades 6-9 with the challenges necessary to deepen their understanding and passion for the STEM fields.

The Academy is a learn-by-doing program featuring laboratory instruction, hands-on building and making challenges, field trip opportunities, a week of summer camp, an end-of-the-year sleepover at the Science Center, and the chance to interact with scientists, technologists and industry leaders from around Northeast Ohio.

For the 2016-2017 program year, students in sixth grade will focus on “Our Great Lakes,” seventh graders will investigate “Space and Aeronautics,” eighth graders will examine “Biomedical Technology,” and ninth graders will tackle “Design and Innovation.”

Registration is open for the next full program year (20 sessions) from October through August. Shorter winter term registration (14 sessions) from January through August is also available. A light breakfast and lunch are provided, and financial scholarships are available to those who qualify. Visit GreatScience.com or call 216-621-2400 for more information or to register.

Great Science Academy is sponsored by Arcelor Mittal, KeyBank, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cargill, Best Buy Foundation, Dominion and The Ginn Foundation.

The Science Center has resumed its summer operating schedule and is open seven days a week through Labor Day weekend -- Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fall operating schedule resumes once again after Labor Day weekend. The Science Center will be closed for cleaning and maintenance from September 6-16.

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.