Submitted by the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention recently presented its fourth annual SPARK Award to Dennis Schatz, a renowned science educator and advocate for informal science education. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to science education and advocacy, was presented at Ignite the Night, the museum’s fourth annual fundraiser, on March 18, 2023.

“We selected Dennis Schatz for his dedication to informal science education and his huge impact on science education in general,” said John Jenkins, SPARK Museum president and CEO. “Making science accessible and relevant is something we strive for at the museum, and Dennis is a wonderful choice as we look to honor those who are truly making a difference when it comes to science education.”

Schatz is best known for being a long-term staff member of Pacific Science Center and a program director at the National Science Foundation. He is currently the retiring president of the National Science Teaching Association. In addition, he is on the board of BSCS Science Learning and a technical adviser to the Smithsonian Science Education Center. He also serves on the Science and Engineering Education Council of the Universities Space Research Association. He has received numerous honors, including having Asteroid 25232 renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education.

And, somehow, in the midst of his amazing career, Schatz managed to find time to author 26 science books for children.

The award was presented on March 18 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal during SPARK’s annual fundraiser. Funds raised by the gala will enable the museum to continue expanding its education program with more availability for school field trips and upgraded hands-on, educational experiences throughout the museum.

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention is an exciting and educational experience for all ages. Exhibits span four centuries of scientific achievement in a world-class collection celebrating the inventions and innovations that make our modern world possible. SPARK Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 1312 Bay St. in downtown Bellingham, it is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.sparkmuseum.org or call 360-738-3886.

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