Donor Spotlight: Paul and Heather Zottola
Paul and Heather Zottola have always instilled a love of science in their children. Paul, a dentist, and Heather, an educator, know the importance of quality learning opportunities and have taken their children to museums from a very young age. “We’ve always wanted to teach our children the joy of being amazed. Amazement leads to curiosity and curiosity leads to learning. The Connecticut Science Center has been a major resource in helping us fulfill that goal as parents.” Now, as Connecticut Science Center Visionaries Society members, Paul and Heather graciously donate their time, resources, and talents to help the Science Center provide transformative STEM education programs. “We hope the Science Center imparts a deep appreciation of STEM to everyone who visits, and inspires children to pursue educational and career opportunities in STEM fields. It is one of our favorite places!”
Inspirational moments happen at the Connecticut Science Center each day when visitors explore our exhibits or attend our programs. Whether engrossed in a hands-on exhibit or captivated by a 3D movie, children and adults are learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in a fun and engaging way.
The Connecticut Science Center’s programs extend well beyond the walls of our unique building in Hartford. With Connecticut’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Science Center is playing a pivotal role in changing the way science is taught and students are learning. Affecting nearly every child in the state, this forward-thinking work will have great impact on science education and Connecticut’s future economic and workforce needs.
Currently, a team of STEM professionals and educators at the Science Center’s Mandell Academy for Teachers is working closely with the State Department of Education to train teachers and facilitators, readying them to incorporate new NGSS principles into their everyday curricula and teaching practices. Concurrently, Science Center staff is developing tools for educators to use in their classrooms to highlight curriculum ties that will enrich field trip experiences. Over the next five years, new Science Center exhibits and laboratory spaces, as well as improvements to current exhibits, will support NGSS and reinforce the role of science and technology in everyday life, bringing this learning to all Science Center visitors.
Please make a gift to support the important work we do in the Science Center and in classrooms throughout Connecticut. Your gift will ensure that children and families throughout the state experience inspirational moments of science learning. Thank you.