Let's meet Stacy, owner of Discovery Explorers and masterful creator.
Growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Stacy learned all about hard work and the great outdoors at a young age. Exploring the farm, camping, and participating in dinosaur digs are just the beginning of this scientist's adventures. Combining her background in business, love for science, and passion for sharing knowledge, Discovery Explorers launched in 2020. This is how it happened.
Stacy's interest in science began in 6th grade. "I remember Mr. Anderson, my 6th grade teacher, had us working in groups of two and we were given a large clear plastic container that had an 'island' in the middle. We added dirt to the island and planted grass seeds. Then we added water to the container to surround the island and added daphnia to the water. We took care of and observed any changes in our little environment as we introduced other animals and plants." In high school, she recalls taking a chemistry class and acciently burning a hole in her jeans with HCL! Then there was the anatomy class where she learned about the human body and became fascinated with how the body works.
Stacy isn't the only one with an excitement for learning. "Both my husband and I have always loved rocks/minerals, animals, science and history. We would plan our family camping trips and vacations around rock hounding areas, zoos, natural wonders and museums. We’ve been to Arkansas to dig for diamonds and crystals, Thunder Bay for amethysts, North Carolina for Emeralds and other gems, plus Montana for garnets and gold. We’ve worked alongside paleontologists and geologists on dinosaur digs in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Even though our children do not vacation with us anymore, we still plan many of our adventures around museums, zoos and of course...rock hounding."
In 1995, Stacy had an opportunity to share her knowledge and excitement with others. A newer company, Science Explorers, was looking for teachers to go out into the community and teach their curriculum to children ages 3-12. Stacy eagerly joined. She fell so in love with teaching and working on curriculum that she purchased the company in 2007. Combining her background in business with her passion for teaching, Stacy says "I've surrounded myself with instructors and staff who have inspired and taught me about science, education, curriculum, how students learn and so much more."
In March 2020, Covid-19 hit and in-person Science Explorers classes, like most everything, were cancelled. Students were suddenly distance learning, many parents were working from home, and things were changing quickly. Stacy knew she had to find a way to get easy to follow science lessons into the hands of our students in a different way. She had been tossing around the idea of at-home science kits for awhile and decided this was the time to launch them! Discovery Explorers became a reality in April of 2020 and Stacy couldn't be more excited. Over the past 2 years, Discovery Explorers continues to grow by providing quality, tested, all-inclusive STEM kits and sensory bins for students around the ages of 4-12. When brainstorming an idea for a new class or kit or looking at how to update a current lesson, Stacy says she "love(s) learning the history of the topic, new advancements (available) and trying out new experiments".
We are so grateful to have Stacy's enthusiasm, knowledge, and experiences to make Discovery Explorers something that is out-of-this-world!