Quigley Goes “Undercover” At The Adler Planetarium
CHICAGO – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) worked as a Facilitator for the “Young Explorers’ Mondays” program at the Adler Planetarium as part of his Undercover Congressman series. Facilitators serve as interpreters and educators on the museum floor, engaging visitors with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. “Young Explorers' Mondays” is a weekly series of hands-on activities that promote creativity, fun and scientific investigation.
“Our kids are blessed to have an amazing institution such as the Adler Planetarium in their backyard,” said Rep. Quigley. “By giving kids the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at such a young age, we are helping open their minds to new ways of thinking, creating and exploring. I appreciate all the Adler does to create an environment for these learning moments to occur.”
“We were thrilled that Representative Quigley joined us yesterday,” said Sarah Cole, Vice President of Visitor Experience at The Adler Planetarium. “He rolled up his sleeves and jumped right in alongside our Young Explorers helping them "do science" by building a model flying machine and testing its viability in our wind tunnel."
Rep. Quigley receives training and guidance from fellow Adler Planetarium Facilitators.
Rep. Quigley helps kids explore the secrets of flight by building their own parachute in the Adler’s Planet X Lab.
The Adler Planetarium was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections on display. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.
Since taking office in 2009, Rep. Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs as an Undercover Congressman, including cleaning animal pens as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, packaging beer and cleaning tanks at Half Acre Brewery, pouring metal at a local metal refinery and delivering mail with the United States Post Office.