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.
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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!

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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

Jyoti Malholtra

President

Doctorate of Chemistry
Professional Volunteer

Vinod George

Secretary

Director of Manufacturing
Meramec Instrumental Transfer, Co.

JoAnne Steineman

Project Manager, Capital Projects
Washington University

Martina Hahn-Baur

Vice President

Founding Director
Professional Volunteer

Laura Antolak

Founding Director
Professional Volunteer

Benjamin Verkamp

Attorney at Law

 

Aaron Semon

Treasurer

Senior Manager
Deloitte & Touche

Robert Baird

Quality Assurance Specialist
MO-SCI Corporation

David Westenberg

Associate Professor
Missouri S&T