On December 2nd, 2014, Liberty Science Center held a fun and educational Special Needs Day event with over 1,400 special needs students, families and teachers. Guests enjoyed STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning through interactive exhibitions, films, lab activities, and demonstrations. The event was offered free of charge due to generous donations from United Airlines, Kessler Foundation and Dorr Foundation.
The Science Center’s Special Needs Day was inspired by Patrick Murphy, an autistic 11-year-old who submitted the winning entry for the Liberty Science Center “Earth Saving Super Powers” contest, open to all students across the New Jersey-New York area, four years ago. His success led Science Center staff to consider how the institution could help students such as Patrick. The December 2, 2014 Special Needs Day at the Science Center was booked to capacity and was a great success for all involved
Liberty Science Center guests and staff would like to thank Patrick Murphy for his inspiration and United Airlines, Kessler Foundation and Dorr Foundation for their support!