About the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center

We chose our name because when you look through a kaleidoscope and view the image, then twist and move the lens, you view the same things but differently.  When you experience the hands-on activities of The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center you will begin to view the same things differently.  You will begin to see the gears on a bicycle, water running down the stream and its effect on the environment and the world around you through the lens of ESTEAM.

Our Vision

is for our community to create a fun and interactive service center where people are inspired to imagine a universe of endless possibilities!

Our Mission

is to provide opportunities that advance the understanding and appreciation of: engineering, science, technology, the environment, arts and math (ESTEAM); through hand’s on learning experiences, which inspire everyone to imagine, explore and create a better world.

Kaleidoscope Word Map

Kaleidoscope Discovery Center

Our service area is anywhere within a 45-minute drive of Rolla and includes communities such as Vienna, Salem, Houston, Lebanon and Sullivan.

We welcome anyone from Phelps, Pulaski, Maries, Dent, Crawford, Gasconade, Osage, and Washington counties to attend our programs!

The Kaleidoscope is a proud member of the Association of Children's Museums

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is the world’s foremost professional member service organization for the children’s museum field. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, we leverage the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination.

We Now Have Walls!

Thank you to everyone in the community who supported us in our earlier “without walls” phase, some of these hosts include Christ Episcopal Church, Missouri S&T, Rolla Public Library, St. James Library, and Salem Lutheran Church.

Staff Opportunities

We have numerous volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at info@thekaleidoscope.org or give us a call at: 1-573-308-9082.

Our Board of Directors

Laura Antolak

President/Treasurer

Founding Director
Professional Volunteer
573-368-6495
laura@thekaleidoscope.org

Robert Baird

Quality Assurance Specialist,
MO-SCI Corporation
214-274-2564
rbaird@mo-sci.com

Amy Beechner-McCarthy

Program Manager,
NSC Greater Missouri
573-368-8906
amy.12278@gmail.com

David Westenberg

Associate Professor,
Missouri S&T
573-341-4798
djwesten@mst.edu

Martina Hahn-Baur

Vice President

Founding Director
Professional Volunteer
573-201-5189
martina@thekaleidoscope.org

Kevin Edwards

Director of Applications,
Brewer Science
573-201-7845
kbennettedwars@gmail.com

Aaron Semon

Senior Manager,
Deloitte & Touche
504-201-1433
asemon@deloitte.com

Angela Rolufs

Secretary

Director, S&T Center for Sustainability and S&T Microgrid Industrial Consortium, Missouri S&T
573-201-9489
rolufsa@mst.edu

JoAnne Steineman

Project Manager, Design & Construction Management, Missouri S&T
573-341-4865
jstein@mst.edu

Bejamin Verkamp

Attorney,
Woodward, Joyner and Verkamp, LLC
573-426-4406
Benjamin.Verkamp@gmail.com