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Carnegie Science Center and Highmark Partner for New SportsWorks Facility


Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carnegie Science Center and Highmark today announced a three-year sponsorship agreement for the Science Center’s highly-popular SportWorks® exhibit, the only science-of-sport exhibition of its kind in western Pennsylvania.

Highmark SportsWorks® will open in the fall of 2009 in a new facility specially designed for the science of health and sport exhibit, featuring past SportsWorks® “favorites” and new, interactive experiences – many related to health-related topics.

“Since 2001, SportsWorks® has helped children and families of Western Pennsylvania discover the science of sports and the means to lead healthier lives – a mission we wholeheartedly support,” said Ken Melani, M.D, Highmark’s president and CEO. “Our partnership with the Carnegie Science Center will enable us to provide another dimension to our existing programs that focus on children’s health.”

More than 3 million visitors climbed, bounced, sprinted, and jumped their way through the dozens of activities that had been part of SportsWorks® prior to closing in late August 2008 for construction of a new facility and preparation of a new SportsWorks® experience.

Planning is currently underway for updating the science-of-sport exhibition and moving it to a new, dedicated facility adjacent to the main Science Center building. The new exhibition will include some of the current SportsWorks® “favorites” and also will add new, interactive experiences – many related to health-related topics. The addition of these new content themes reflects the Science Center’s long-range plan to transform visitor experiences over the next several years in the areas of astronomy; robotics; forces, matter and motion; environmental science; scientific curiosity in early learners; and sports and the human body.

“A new, updated SportsWorks® is a key component of expanding and refining visitor experiences at Carnegie Science Center,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of the Science Center. “The new Highmark SportsWorks® will have many activities and exhibits that will allow visitors an insight into how their body functions and steps they can take to ensure they live healthy lives.”

“This new partnership allows us to tap into Highmark’s wealth of knowledge and resources in the area of childhood health and fitness,” said Ron Baillie, co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “Once again, Highmark has demonstrated their dedication to the health and well-being of children in western Pennsylvania.”

Highmark SportsWorks® will open in fall 2009 in a new, 20,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the main Science Center building. The new facility will host the 12,000 square-foot SportsWorks® exhibition space, classrooms, and a home for the Science Center’s Science in Your Neighborhood youth program.


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