ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Science class isn't all about textbooks and test tubes.

That's the idea behind a new learning center that opened Monday on the campus of Washington University. The "MY SCI" Resource Center hopes to change the way children think about science by offering a hands-on approach to learning.

The building houses classrooms and a warehouse full of supplies available to every school in the region.
Things like a star lab, microscopes, feathers, even yarn.

Organizers say a good science education will benefit the region for years to come.

"I think it's so important to facilitate science education in our area because we want to grow," said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund spokeswoman. "We want to grow, we want to be a magnate for good jobs and companies want to move into a region that has a talented and qualified work force."

The Monsanto Fund donated $2.2 million to the project.

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