Science Center Unveils New Theater

DETROIT — Toyota Motor North America and the Michigan Science Center have unveiled the new Toyota 4D Engineering Theater.

The theater is designed to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through exciting programs and engaging films, the TET will showcase the fun and dynamic world of STEM and provide a resource for future generations of STEM professionals.

Said Toyota North America group vice president Jeff Makarewicz: “Toyota is committed to playing a role in building the future STEM workforce. Exposing children to engaging STEM experiences like those in the TET are critical in fostering innovative thinking.”

The all-new TET is prominently featured on the lower level of MiSci. The exterior of the theater features an interactive wall that allows visitors to engage in unique STEM activities. Once inside, the TET delivers a unique four-dimensional experience that engages multiple senses. It houses an HD projection system with 3D viewing capabilities and enhanced space and lighting for a more immersive experience. The TET is the only theater in Michigan to incorporate “spark” effects without heat, smoke or pyrotechnics. Additionally, advanced viewing technology enables MiSci to live stream video footage to and from virtually anywhere in the world, adding to the possibilities for distance learning programs.

“We’re focused on empowering and enriching all children and all communities with STEM,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, Michigan Science Center president and CEO. “Our partnership with Toyota, and the TET, with its new technology, will help reach communities across Michigan and build a legacy and inspiration of STEM education for students, schools, and families.”

The theater’s public grand opening is Saturday, May 27. To celebrate, the science center is offering free general admission and TET tickets for the entire weekend to the world debut of the National Geographic film “Extreme Weather 4D,” exclusively produced for MiSci. The film is an interactive experience that transports visitors as they discover the dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet – and the surprising connections that help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather. Pre-registration is required and can be found at Mi-Sci.org.

The Michigan Science Center inspires nearly 300,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. Through a Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, it is expanding beyond our Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With Toyota’s 4D Engineering Theater, live stage shows, Michigan’s only IMAX Dome Theatre, a planetarium, lab activities, 250-plus hands-on exhibits, and more, there are dozens of ways to customize your MiSci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive support from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, visit Mi-Sci.org.

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