“Science Runs This Town!” Museum of Science, Boston Announces the First Annual Sci-K Fun Run

September 5, 2019

Family Friendly 5K Fun Run is October 6th along the Esplanade to Support the Museum of Science’s Community Access for All

BOSTON (September 5, 2019) – On Sunday, October 6th the Museum of Science will take over the Esplanade’s Fiedler Field near the Hatch Shell for the Museum’s inaugural Sci-K fun run. The 5K course will run along the Charles River and will include Museum of Science activities, entertainment, prizes, and music hosted by radio’s HOT 96.9. The CEO of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), Thomas Grilk, will kick off the fun run as Sci-K’s starting line announcer.

“We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Sci-K fun run this fall and let everyone know that science runs this town,” says Ellie Starr, Senior Vice President of Advancement at the Museum of Science. “STEM principals are fundamental to all of our children’s education. Our first annual Sci-K will be a day for participants to have fun with science, engineering, music, and family-friendly activities, while helping our community members explore and find joy in STEM subjects.”

The Museum of Science invites, engages, excites, and empowers the next generation of critical thinkers to ask questions, imagine what is possible, and design solutions to shape the future. The Sci-K fun run will support this mission by raising money for critical programs that ensure everyone can experience the magic of the Museum. Proceeds raised from the Sci-K will:

  • Help continue to provide free Museum access for Massachusetts foster families through its partnership with the Wonderfund
  • Provide funds to help classrooms participate in field trips to the Museum
  • Enable more students to participate in overnight programs, a prevailing and iconic memory for many students of their experiences with the Museum

Data from the Boston Foundation released last year indicated a growing inequality among Massachusetts students’ achievements in STEM education. The Museum looks to inspire a strong interest in STEM starting at the earliest ages, and help foster that throughout a student’s school career. The Museum of Science is committed to removing barriers —financial or otherwise— to increase accessibility of STEM for all.

“It is an honor to be part of the inaugural Sci-K fun run, along with the Museum of Science, Boston,” said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association. “I look forward to celebrating the spirit of running along Boston’s Esplanade, all the while inspiring interest in STEM subjects. Boston is a city full of running and science exploration, and both will be on full display at the Sci-K fun run… and, it should be fun for all of us!”

Registration is now open and registrants can participate as individuals, or with friends and family to create a team.  Science-themed or just plain zany costumes are highly encouraged for a chance to win a variety of prizes. At the event, participants can take photos with an astronaut along the course, get a science-themed temporary tattoo, and celebrate all things STEM.

Learn more about Sci-K and register at www.mos.org/sci-k


About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.5M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions more through award-winning STEM content such as its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar and Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, and originally created, globally distributed planetarium shows. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org

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