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Laura Cotter

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Senior Manager of Outreach Education
Salt Lake City, UT
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (DGCM) provides opportunities for children and families to learn while at play, in a hands-on exhibit environment of over 60,000 square feet that serves as a platform for education and creativity. Early-childhood, science, and arts educators provide programming that cultivates deeper learning and fosters parent-child interaction. Cultural programming and collaborations with various community organizations and artists helps establish a diverse and inclusive approach, that reaches various populations and is representative of the community that it serves. Laura Cotter, Senior Manager of Outreach Education, has a strong background in chemistry, biology, and math. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in professional chemistry from the University of Utah and worked as a research assistant in organometallic and biochemistry research laboratories at both the U of U and the University of Georgia. Beyond practical applications, Laura has tutored in math and sciences from elementary to college levels. Laura cares deeply about encouraging children, especially young girls, to become interested in the sciences from an early age. Her position allows her to help science become more accessible for children of all backgrounds and abilities. She currently serves as the Region 3 Representative for the Utah Science Teachers Association and is on the Research in Science Teaching Committee for the National Science Teachers Association.

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