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Schenectady Museum set for lift off

Transformation includes annually rotating exhibits, name change

— “The region’s history, rich in the tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation, coupled with its future as a global leader in technology and high-tech manufacturing, make it a perfect place to provide this kind of hands-on learning opportunity, designed to stimulate young minds and get them to look differently at the world around them,” Sam Dean, director of ExNET, said in a prepared statement.

Rensselaer’s School of Architecture was tagged to create a modern new look for the museum, with a redesigned entrance facing Nott Terrace

Evan Douglis, dean of Rensselaer’s School of Architecture, said the university is excited to be involved in the project.

“The new regional Science Center should fit into the community, but also have a different look and feel that reflect its expansion and importance in the community,” Douglis said in a prepared statement.

The Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium is also going to get a new name, with some help from the public. The survey was open for around a week, but just closed as of Wednesday, July 25.

A total of 65 names were brainstormed through meetings with stakeholders, but the final six were presented for a vote.

“It is always good to know what people are thinking and what their preferences are,” Lehner said. “We don’t like to impose a name on people, we want one that they are enthusiastic about.”

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