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Photography by Ann Chatillon

The Innovators, a philanthropy group of influential community and business leaders who champion the mission of Discovery Science Center, recently held one of its dynamic quarterly events at the Science Center.

Keynote speaker General Gene Tattini, Deputy Director and COO of JPL and Nagin Cox, Assistant Flight System Engineering Manager, gave a riveting presentation on the “The Story of Curiosity Rover” and the Mars exploration program which went hand in hand with the Centers Space Exploration exhibits.

Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

The idea of Discovery Science Center began in 1984 when the boards of the Exploratory Learning Center and the Experience Center joined and formed the Discovery Museum of Orange County (DMOC). Simply stated, their goals were to teach kids what life was like at the turn of the century in Orange County in an interactive manner AND to build a world class hands-on science center. They first developed the DMOC site, which now has two historic homes, a carriage barn, rose garden, riparian habitat and much more. Once this project was up and running smoothly, the Board turned to achieving their second goal, building a hands-on science center.