The nation’s largest shopping mall Grades 30th Birthday celebration with national STEAM event
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United Statescelebrates 30 years August 11. Since 1992, Mall of America has pioneered an exceptional retail, dining and entertainment experience, becoming one of the nation’s most visited attractions with more than 1.3 billion visitors from every state nationwide. United States and every continent in the world.
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mall of Americath birthday, we’re also celebrating the many people, businesses and organizations that have helped make it an iconic destination,” says Jill Renslow, executive vice president of Mall of America. “Since day one, Mall of America has exceeded expectations, and we are excited to continue to do so for years to come.”
The Mall of America continues to be an innovator in providing exceptional retail, dining and entertainment since its doors first opened three decades ago. 5.6 million square feet is home to more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; FlyOver America; The Crayola Experience; Escape game; two hotels and more.
As part of Mall of America’s 30th birthday celebration, Mall of America is proud to partner with the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Northland Community and Technical Collegeand colleges and universities of State of Minnesota to present Experience STEAM, an interactive mall-wide indoor and outdoor event that aims to inspire young people by showcasing a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) careers in action August 10-14.
“We are honored to be the host site for the STEAM Experience,” said Renslow. “To wait for this event during our 30sth birthday is especially fitting because over the past three decades, Mall of America has continually innovated to be a place where kids, families and all generations can think big and be inspired. From challenging the very definition of what a mall can be, to offering thousands of creative and technical careers, we’re excited to showcase our innovation in action for the next generation.”
Parents and children of all ages are encouraged to attend this free hands-on experience that will include a STEAM carnival, robotics competition, drone races, workshops and much more.
“The STEAM experience is a revolutionary approach to educational outreach. NCAT believes that the experiential learning provided by a two-year technician education is a driving force in advancing social and economic mobility,” says Jonathan Beck, Executive Director and PI, NCAT. “Our team is focused on creating accessible pathways to technical education for anyone who wants it. Our dream is that Experience STEAM will provide life-changing opportunities to connect people to education using hands-on learning. With a through thoughtful collaboration, we can ignite the imaginations of our nation’s future skilled technical workforce.”
As part of the birthday celebrations and continuing a 30-year tradition, Mall of America will celebrate with mall guests with a cupcake giveaway as well as other special prizes, including a chance to win a Pepsi ® exclusive designed by MINNESOTA own Adam Thurmanwhile supplies last.
Since opening, the Mall of America has hosted more than 10,000 events including everything from celebrity appearances by The Beach Boys with John Stamos, Ringo StarrNSYNC and Mariah Carey performing live in the Rotunda for The Today Show, for the casts of Glee and Twilight, for him Tim Gunn AND Sarah Jessica Parkerto Grumpy Cat.
For more on Mall of America’s 30th birthday, go to https://www.mallofamerica.com/birthday
For more on Experience Steam, please visit https://ncatech.org/experience-steam/
For more on Northland Collegevisit https://www.northlandcollege.edu/
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At 5.6 million square feet, the Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the world North America with more than 520 world-class retail shops and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; FlyOver America; The Crayola Experience; Escape game; more. The mall was opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn.minutes from the city center Minneapolis AND Saint Paul and adjacent to MSP International Airport. Follow Mall of America on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the Mall of America app from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.
The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) was formulated through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (NSF ATE) program. As the first national ATE center in autonomous technologies, NCAT is creating, adapting and implementing educational resources and serving as a resource center for evidence-based research on the knowledge and skills needed to meet workforce demands by increasing the quality and diversity of skilled technical workforce.
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