The SUNY Oneonta A.J. Read Science Discovery Center will re-open to the public on March 1st after extensive renovations and a renewal of its original mission. Since its opening by Professor Al Read in 1990, the Science Discovery Center has helped people across the region connect with science through self-discovery and play. The newly renovated center preserves and expands on that mission, which now embraces all the sciences and mathematics. New exhibits such as a functioning telegraph and a set of Cubelet robots will join renovated classics that many in the community will remember, like the acoustic tube that enables one to “hear” the speed of sound.

As in years past, the center will welcome field trips from area schools. The center also plans to collaborate with community organizations and businesses, starting with the Green Toad Bookstore, which will feature a shelf of books selected by center staff on topics ranging from octopuses and trees to Galileo and the Space Race.