The weather is improving, vaccines are available, and the virus seems to be subsiding.  We are all looking forward to being able to get together again and seeing everyone’s SMILES!  We have missed them this past year!  

On February 28th, the Missouri Future City Competition announced its winning team.  This year the competition theme focused on “Living on the Moon” with teams of 6th-8th grade students addressing issues ranging from radiation to food supply in their presentations and models.  Despite the current Covid challenges, teams recorded their timed presentations, sometimes from multiple locations in order to submit their entries.  Dedicated judges from across Missouri interviewed the teams during live Zoom sessions and ultimately selected a winner to represent Missouri in the national competition in April.  Congratulations to Altera Domi from St. Clair Middle School and their instructor, Jennifer Hawkins!  We are so proud of you and know that you will represent Missouri well!

Providing STEAM opportunities in our region continues to be a primary focus of the Kaleidoscope.  Through the generous support of our patrons and numerous grants, the Kaleidoscope continues to support four area robotics programs (Newburg, Dent R-III, Richland, and Vienna) with equipment and afterschool instruction.  We are grateful to our 4-H partners who also assist in the support of the Richland robotics outreach program. 

Additionally, our new technology/robotics AmeriCorps VISTA position has been approved for a start date in April.  We look forward to building capacity and sustainability in this area going forward.  If you know anyone willing to serve in this role for the organization, please send them our way.  We are excited about the new partnerships and opportunities they will cultivate!

How you can help!

  1. Just for the month of March, please consider switching your Amazon Smile account to benefit the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center and check out the Kaleidoscope Charity Wish List for March! https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/QS0MQBL55PGM?triggerElementID=editItemSettings_ASIN%3AB00E1PTRAE%7CATVPDKIKX0DER&
     
  2. On March 24, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks will once again be hosting their annual Give Ozarks campaign and the Kaleidoscope will be well represented!  We are excited to be part of this effort.  This year Give Ozarks is using the Cause Momentum platform at https://causemomentum.org/
     
  3. In-person Spring break camps are filling fast.  With three weeks to go, only four slots are left for the 4th-7th grade EV3 camp!  https://thekaleidoscope.org/register-online/
    Summer camps will be announced in the April update.

Upcoming events… Mark your calendar for the first Kaleidoscope Discovery Center Gala the first weekend in October!  More news in April…

On behalf of all of us at the Kaleidoscope, we thank you for your continued support