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Children’s Discovery Center

children's discovery center

Coming Soon!

The Children’s Discover Center will consist of two adjoining buildings that both feature hands-on STEM education for children (and adults) of all ages! One building will focus on Environmental Science and the other on Applied Engineering and Robotics. Interested in supporting the Children’s Discovery Center? Contact the MCC Foundation office at for information on how you can help!


Environmental Education Center

The Environmental Education building will house a variety of rotating exhibits and permanent exhibits all dealing with various aspects of Environmental and Earth Sciences. Exhibit ideas include:

  • Demonstration Bee Hive
  • Where Does Your Trash Go?
  • How does Composting Work?
  • Plant a Seed Station
  • Local River Systems and Waterways
  • Alternative Energy Sources

Altec's Styslinger Engineering Discovery Center

Thanks to a generous gift from Altec's Styslinger Foundation, the Applied Engineering and Robotics Discovery Center is under construction! The center will house a variety of interactive exhibits combining space exploration with mechatronics, robotics and virtual reality. Exhibit ideas include:

  • Scaled Remote Control Model of NASA’s Mars Rover
  • 3D printing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Robotic Arms

Contact Us!

Call 828-470-7584

Email with Observatory questions:

Email with Planetarium questions:

Physical Address:
66 Energy Exchange Dr. Burnsville, NC.

Mailing address:
PO Box 547 Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

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