Program areas at Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center has broad ambitions and sound strategies to change the face of Science education in new jersey and beyond. In addition to its engaging exhibition and theater offerings, an important tool in achieving that objective is the Center for learning and teaching. The 19,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to delivering educational programming for students, guests, teachers, and visitors. It is the home of lsc's internationally acclaimed "live from surgery" program, where students observe and discuss procedures and risk factors with operating staff via videoconferencing during live surgery. It also features seven working labs including the makerlab, as well as the studio for electronic field trips. In this space, lsc provides outstanding and affordable educator professional development opportunities. School residencies are available there for special needs, home schoolers, and other students. Liberty Science Center also conducts curriculum-linked on-site, off-site, and online programs including field trips, classroom and lab instruction, interpretive programs in both formal and informal settings, traveling Science presentations, and early childhood Science programming. The institution annually hosts hundreds of private events from birthday parties to high-end product launches, hosts workforce development initiatives, and showcases public Science, and technology-related events from robotics competitions to live animal shows to rocketry lessons.the Center's operations have been affected by the recent and ongoing outbreak of the covid-19 virus, which was declared a pandemic by the world health organization in march 2020. The Center closed to the public on march 13, 2020 and resumed limited operations on september 4, 2020. While this closure has negatively affected the Center's operations, the Center has taken several steps to strengthen its financial position and to maintain financial liquidity and flexibility.the full duration and extent of the covid-19 pandemic, related business and travel restrictions and changes to behavior intended to reduce its spread are uncertain as of the date these financial statements were available for issuance, as the pandemic continues to evolve globally. Therefore, the full extent of any adverse impact on the results of operations, financial position and cash flows in fiscal year 2021 cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.